Senior Associate, Social Protection

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking for a Senior Associate, Social Protection to coordinate and lead on social protection project activities by carrying out policy advocacy & operational work for GAIN Pakistan. This role will be offered on fixed-term contract of up to 3 years’ and 8 months, subject to availability of funding. You will be based in the GAIN Pakistan office in Islamabad, Pakistan.

About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the UN in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both governments and businesses, we aim to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people. In particular, we aim to make healthier food choices more desirable, more available, and more affordable. GAIN’s mission is to advance nutrition outcomes by improving consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

About the Role

GAIN is expanding its efforts to improve the diets of low-income, high-need consumers in the countries we work in. Social protection programmes are critically important for improving the livelihoods and purchasing power of vulnerable consumers, and nearly all such mechanisms have the potential to improve nutrition and diet quality. GAIN’s social protection approach emphasizes community-based approaches, human-centred design, and social and behaviour change as tools for enhancing the nutrition impact of social protection.

As GAIN works to develop and implement an organizational strategy for social protection, partnerships with governments and policy advocacy will be central a central focus. GAIN Pakistan intends to hire a Senior Associate, Social Protection, under the leadership of policy & portfolio leads and in close collaboration with the Social Protection programme lead, to carry out our social protection policy advocacy & operational work.

The Senior Associate, Social Protection will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operational delivery, implementation, and monitoring of Pakistan’s Social Protection projects, specifically focusing on tracking the progress and status of project activities. You will be tasked with leading and managing social protection project activities at the country level, contributing to key project deliverables, and effectively communicating findings to diverse and cross-cultural audiences.

Key Responsibilities include;

  • Managing the project schedule, activity plan and planning milestones, supporting the tracking of progress and deliverables from project partners and implementing countries
  • Leading on content development for Pakistan’s social protection contribution to donor reports and other deliverables, such as case studies, academic articles, and media/social media materials
  • Creating and managing the repository of policy documents that are relevant to social protection in Pakistan.
  • Conducting stakeholder analysis and needs mapping in Pakistan.
  • Engaging/consulting with relevant stakeholders to develop novel messaging tactics and outreach channels to reach to the most vulnerable/in needs.
  • Assessing the possible impacts of enhancements to SP mechanisms, including nutrition outcomes and cost-benefit analysis.
  • Contributing as part of a multi-country team to global research and indicator development projects.

About You

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience in the field of development with a specialisation in social protection and/or humanitarian assistance programmes. . You will have the ability to network and engage with a wide range of stakeholders while championing the social protection agenda within all programmatic areas.

The post holder will also be able to demonstrate the ability to synthesize evidence and policy documentation and contribute to deliverables and policy guidance. In addition to this, applicants will have a comprehensive understanding of social protection policies, systems, and decision-making, ideally in Low- or Middle-Income Country (LMIC) contexts.

You should have an understanding of food and nutrition security, food systems, and wider issues such as livelihoods, gender, poverty and be familiar with human-centred design approaches/consumer research. Fluency in English and Urdu is required.

Significant policy research and experience in mainstreaming cross-cutting issues, particularly gender, governance, environment and/or Social Protection will be an added advantage. Applicants must be Flexible, with the ability to work effectively within and across global and in-country teams.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from PKR 2,033,928 – PKR 2,324,496 per annum, depending on experience.

GAIN has a fair and competitive salary structure that allows for annual progression subject to good performance. In addition, GAIN offers a total of 37 days holiday per year (including annual leave, public holidays and additional office closure days), an attractive pension scheme and competitive insurance cover including health, travel and life assurance.

We are committed to the health of our staff, especially in these challenging times, and have developed a programme of wellbeing that includes flexible working, additional leave allowances, wellbeing days, mindfulness coaching and access to independent and confidential counselling.

GAIN also has a strong commitment to professional development. We will support you to grow in your career through both formal and informal training, and are committed to providing opportunities through internal recruitment, secondments and promotion. All of this is delivered in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Our Working Culture and Environment

We provide a flexible working environment that includes a combination of home and office working opportunities through our global hybrid working policy. This encourages our staff to have a healthy work-life balance and increases staff motivation, enriches employee wellbeing, and improves performance and productivity.

All of our positions are based in one or more of GAIN’s designated offices as stated on our job advertisements. Successful candidates will be based in one of GAIN’s country offices and must have the existing right to live and work within a reasonably commutable distance of the relevant city / cities in which the role is advertised. Please note, that GAIN does not sponsor working visas and relocations.

GAIN reserves the right to withdraw an offer of employment for candidates who are considered to ineligible under the above conditions during or after the recruitment process.

This advert closes on 17th March 2023. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date.

Applicants must have the existing right to live and work in Pakistan. Please note that GAIN is currently unable to sponsor working visas and relocations.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is committed to equality of opportunity and creating an inclusive environment where diversity is valued. We are keen to reflect the diversity of our society at every level within our organisation and therefore welcome applications from talented and committed people from all backgrounds, representing the diverse societies we operate in.

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Deadline: 17 Mar 2023