Aug 292019

Organization: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Country: Pakistan
Closing date: 21 Sep 2019

The Country Director (CD) is responsible for leading, managing, representing and setting the overall direction of GAIN’s strategy, partnerships and programs. Based in-country, the CD must ensure that the country strategy implementation is in line with GAIN’s vision, outcomes, policies and procedures. As the most senior representative for GAIN in the country, the CD is responsible for high-level representation to the government, donors, the private sector and the UN. The CD has overall responsibility for security management and health and safety for GAIN staff within the country.

S/He will lead and manage all aspect of GAINs Country office, including operations and financial management, compliance with local laws, fiscal planning, human resource planning and the creation of a shared vision among all staff.


Strategic Leadership

  • The CD will lead the development, implementation and quality management of the country strategy so it maximizes impact to transforming local food systems for better nutrition.
  • The planning and tracking of progress of the implementation of the country strategy, including the development and review of annual business plans, to support the vision set out in the country
  • Contribute positively, as a member of GAINs leadership team to strategic discussions, to support organizational effectiveness and
  • Manage the process of support to partners, sustaining formal, long-term relationships, and identification of appropriate partner

Program Design and Implementation

  • Ensure program design and implementation maintains focus on achieving country strategy objectives
  • Guide business development, staying aware of the local funding context and identifying appropriate opportunities to increase income to deliver the country
  • Support the program teams to ensure that strong M & E and quality control procedures are understood and implemented by program staff, both from GAIN and partner

Resource mobilization, advocacy and communication

  • Develop the organization’s profile & influence, including approving the development of communications products (press releases, brochures, stories).
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with relevant officials in government, civil society, donors, partners and other international
  • Support activities to deliver outcomes on priority advocacy
  • Ensure that information requests are serviced in a timely way and that effective country contributions are made to global advocacy initiatives and
  • Represent GAIN in external events or suitably delegate

People & Organizational Development

  • Provide overall leadership to GAIN staff, coach, mentor and motivate team members and ensure team synergy, including leading the senior direct
  • Line manage a number of senior direct reports including supporting work plan development and performance
  • Ensure all staff within the Country Office uphold GAIN Values and Code of Conduct, including the development of and support to a culture & work environment that reflects GAIN’s
  • Ensure the appropriate implementation of all Human Resource policies, procedures and
  • Foster a collegial, transparent, supportive and respectful culture within the country
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion including the safeguarding vulnerable populations, as well as staff health and wellbeing

Financial and Operations Management

  • Manages systems and business processes for finance, HR, contracts, facilities and IT that are integrated and aligned with the organization as a
  • Manages the recruitment of staff, with support from the Global HR
  • Support the operations and programs teams to ensure the efficient and proper use of funds, supporting team in the development and management of the country program and grant level
  • Support the operations and programs teams to ensure compliance with donor monitoring, spending and legal
  • Lead the identification of in-country funding to support our planned work, and to make best use of resources available to maximise
  • Support the operations team/ finance and admin team to ensure country office policies, procedures, guidelines and risk registers are in place, updated and
  • Develop a proposed annual budget and ensue the timely submission of financial reports, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the country


  • Lead the preparation, regular updating and implementation of the security plan in line with GAINs security policy and procedure


  • The Country Director reports to the Director, Country Programs
  • The Country Director works closely with:
  • The Country Programs Team
  • The Human Resources and Finance Teams
  • Subject matter experts and technical staff across GAIN
  • Fellow Country Directors and staff in GAIN country and rep offices globally to share knowledge, best practice and take advantage of synergies across countries and regions
  • GAIN Strategic Management Team
  • Government, Donors, NGOs, Private Sector, Academia and others



  • Strategic thinking, management and leadership skills
  • Excellent communication skills, presenting clear and structured arguments with strong interpersonal and negotiation
  • Excellent networking, influencing, negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Ability to operate within corporate and public sectors to effectively liaise with private companies, development agencies and governments.
  • Proven successful people management experience, ability to work as part of a multicultural
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving


  • At least ten years leadership and management experience in leading and developing projects in a multicultural environment at international level in the private sector, food industry or with development organizations.
  • Solid experience in representation with key donors, government, internal and external stakeholders with a demonstrable track record in fundraising and business development
  • Experience in building effective personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organization
  • Broad understanding of the nutrition-food systems nexus, public health and community
  • Excellent understanding and experience of risk, programme, financial and operational management
  • Demonstrated success in building and managing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development


  • Masters in agricultural science, food science, public health, nutrition, economics, business administration or Equivalent

Other requirements

  • Fluent in written and verbal
  • Proficiency in local languages highly desirable
  • A willingness and ability to travel in-country and overseas as and when required


  • Flexible working hours
  • Friendly working environment
  • Professional development opportunities

How to apply:

To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Gareth Griffiths or Madhu Malhotra, email address: Please subject your email with the following reference: GAIN-CD.

Please note that the interview dates for this role will be confirmed with you should your application be successful.

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