Private Sector Coordinator

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a Private Sector Coordinator to support the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network (SBN) with developing the tools available to engage business in nutrition increasing its business reach and impact. This role will be offered on fixed-term contract of 1 year and you will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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

The SUN Business Network (SBN) has recruited over 300 companies to join the network, and supports over 20 SUN Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to build awareness of the importance of nutrition in the business community. National SBNs work with national business to advance nutrition through improved work force practices or the provision of nutritious goods and services. The SBN is convened at global level by GAIN and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

The Project Coordinator Private Sector will help SBN Bangladesh to operationalize its SBN Bangladesh Strategy to strengthen the ecosystem of the SBN members, increase its business reach and impact by scaling up the number of business members and in promoting the agreed components of the national SBN action plan.

In close collaboration with the Portfolio Lead, you will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day operational delivery, implementation, and monitoring of the project, specifically focusing on tracking the progress and status of project activities. You will play a coordination role in GAINs cross-functional project teams and supporting the maintenance of relationships with partners and stakeholders. Ensuring the sharing of good practice amongst national SBNs events and that tools within the SBN’s Country toolkit are fully utilized to strengthen and scale up the national SBN.

To learn more about the SUN Business Network (SBN), please visit:

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
  • Contributing to close collaboration with the Portfolio Lead to the design, and planning of the scope, activities and objectives of the project.
  • Identifying, escalating, tracking and resolving project issues on an ongoing basis, and proactively reporting to the Portfolio Lead issues which require wider attention and resolution.
  • Helping the Private Sector to monitor risks and develop contingency plans to respond to emergencies. Making an assessment and reviewing the status of projects and providing recommendations to the project manager on approaches and procedures for project implementation
  • Liaising with relevant environment, gender and safeguarding specialists to ensure that themes are present and relevant in project activities.
  • Contributing to building strong partnerships with civil society, INGOs, government entities, private sector and other organisations.
  • Supporting the Portfolio Lead in preparing donors’ reports in collaboration with project teams, technical teams, funding team and support teams.
  • Facilitating accurate project budgeting and forecasting processes, ensuring that activities costs are kept within budgets.
  • Developing Terms of Reference for project consultants/suppliers hired on a short-term basis and ensure proper delivery of technical services and submission of technical and other report within ethical and procurement standards and guidelines.

About You

The ideal candidate should have strong proven experience in project management with a track record in delivering donor contracting and efficient budget management. You should be experienced in influencing, implementation and monitoring of international development projects. A track record of successful fundraising with multi-lateral, private and corporate donors would be an added advantage.

The post holder should be able to lead effectively, motivate and mobilise individuals within or outside their reporting line. Possess excellent stakeholder management, with the ability to operate within the corporate and public sectors to effectively liaise with private companies, local partners, and local community groups.

The candidate should have a degree or equivalent recognized international accreditation in business management, international relations, sustainable development, economics, development studies, public health nutrition or related work experience. Fluent written and verbal English and verbal Bangla.

About our Offer

The starting salary on offer for this role is from BDT 1,601,676 – BDT 1,830,276 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.

Applicants must be currently based in the Dhaka, Bangladesh region to be eligible to apply for this position.

This advert closes on 25th May 2023. Early applications are encouraged. GAIN reserves the right to close this advert early should we receive suitable candidates ahead of the closing date.

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.

We welcome applications from people in under-represented groups and are open to candidates who can demonstrate transferable skills from other sectors and industries as a way of meeting the person specification.

How to apply

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