Senior Technical Officer, Environment

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Job Summary

GAIN is looking for an environmental specialist who can bring new knowledge to the organisation and create energy and momentum around the environmental agenda via programmatic impact.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description/Requirements

Senior Technical Officer, Environment

London, UK; Utrecht, The Netherlands; Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya
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Contract Type
Fixed Term
TBC - Subject to Funding

GAIN is looking for an environmental specialist who can bring new knowledge to the organisation and create energy and momentum around the environmental agenda via programmatic impact. The Senior Technical Officer will work alongside the Programme Services Team to create and nurture impactful partnerships and collaborations and help address our organisational environmental sustainability.

This is a fixed term position, with the expectation that it will operate for five years, subject to funding. The role is open to applicants based in London, United Kingdom; Delhi, India; Utrecht, The Netherlands or Nairobi, Kenya.

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’s Board approved a new Environment Strategy towards the end of 2020, committing the organisation to take action on three pillars; creating more awareness on the undeniable, intrinsic relationship between food systems and environment; analysing, developing and testing integrated programme implementation towards sustainable diets; and reducing the organisation’s own environmental footprint. Following our involvement with the United Nations Food Summit, we aspire to be an exemplar on how to be a green nutrition machine. This new role will work across the organisation to make that aspiration a reality.

GAIN is looking for an environmental specialist who can: bring new knowledge to the organisation and create momentum around the environment agenda via programmatic impact; create and nurture impactful partnerships and collaborations, and help address our organisational environmental sustainability.

Specific Responsibilities include;

  • Leading the implementation of GAIN’s Environment Strategy by leading the internal Environmental Strategy working group and coordinating it’s programmatic and operational activities
  • Creating and nurturing alliances with other leading organisations in the field by building a network of relevant partners and experts and proactively seeking their input to help share and grow environment work
  • Representing GAIN at relevant international meetings and fora, and following up on the outcomes of relevant global summits/reports
  • Identifying new and existing donors, building and maintaining relationships through regular engagement
  • Participating in the design of new projects/proposals with technical advice on the potential environmental impact and opportunities
  • Actively sharing knowledge and building evidence on how sustainable diets can be applied in the context of LMICs whilst achieving nutrition and sustainability objectives
  • Acting as the focal point for GAIN’s environmental work, both internally and externally  

About You

You will be an environmental scientist or similarly qualified professional with solid experience in fundraising, having worked with key donors, government and internal/external stakeholders to meet targets. You should have an in-depth understanding of programme issues and advocacy work at organizational, national and international levels, as well as experience leading and managing programme development (ideally in Africa and/or Asia). The role would suit someone with strong analytical and technical competence in the areas of environment, climate change, food systems or nutrition, as well as excellent communication and organizational skills.

In addition, you should be qualified at Masters’ degree level in environmental science or a related field. Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is as follows.

  • £53,425 - £57, 241 per annum for applicants based in the United Kingdom, dependent on experience
  • EUR 65,713 – 70,406 per annum for applicants based in The Netherlands, dependent on experience
  • INR 2,066,861 – 2,363,201 per annum for applicants based in India, dependent on experience
  • KES 4,833,127 – 7,077,009 per annum for applicants based in Kenya, dependent 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.

For more detailed information please see the attached job description. To apply, follow the "Apply Now" link.

This advert closes on 25th October 2021. 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 country of the office they are working to apply in. Please note that GAIN are currently unable to sponsor working visas. 

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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