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Job Features

SalaryCompetitive plus a discretionary bonus, life insurance, private health care and pension (5% contributory)
Contract TypePermanent, full-time
Closing Date19 March 2018

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About The Power of Nutrition

The Power of Nutrition was first conceived at the Nutrition for Growth Summit in 2013 by three global players in development. In July 2015, this vision became a reality as The Power of Nutrition opened as a UK-based, independent charitable foundation (No: 1160373), with the first Chief Executive Martin Short having been appointed by the Board. The Power of Nutrition was established through strong support from the UK’s Department for International Development, CIFF and the UBS Optimus Fund, UNICEF and the World Bank, which catalyse their opportunity to deliver nutritional interventions at scale, that can make a significant positive impact on undernutrition in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia – which is the underlying cause of 45% of all child mortality, nearly 4 in 10 children with stunting (chronic form of undernutrition that inhibits a child physical and mental development) and  one of the best interventions to transform children’s health, education and livelihoods.

Over the past 2.5 years, Martin has built the organisation to a strong team of 15 FTEs committed individuals, and he has attracted some well-known senior international development professionals; namely Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, Director of Investments and Sarah Dunn, Director of Global Partnerships and Branding.

The Power of Nutrition has already made investments in Tanzania (initial priority Country in 2015), Liberia, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Ivory Coast and Rwanda and continues to build a healthy pipeline for future investments. The team have raised US$ 50m and through co-financing and close working relationships with their delivery partners, they already have US$ 360m of programmatic interventions underway, with another US$100m in the pipeline; they have received awards, including being selected by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as an accelerator in their sponsored goalkeepers event at UNGA 2017.

In 2018, they have their surpassed ambitious fundraising goals and are on target to unlock US$ 1billion of new global financing by 2020 to reach and help 8m children in 5-10 Countries to grow to their full potential through improved nutrition.

The Role

The Senior Nutrition Governance & Systems Reform Specialist is a key appointment for The Power of Nutrition. S/he will work within the Investments team to ensure that all investments are robust, and well-structured to satisfy good governance criteria and to achieve a sustainable impact for children at scale. S/he will also collaborate closely with colleagues across the organisation to undertake the necessary due diligence on all new investment opportunities and support the review and management of ongoing investments. All the investments and programmes are complex, and this individual will need to interact with numerous stakeholders – Investors (Private, Corporate, High Net Worth and institutional donors) and Governments and their respective departments (particularly Ministries of Health and Finance) in the UK and overseas. S/he will need to have a good understanding of health and / or nutrition, and public finance management / economics with a broad understanding of the environment in which the above stakeholders operate. They will have a strong ability to communicate, negotiate and influence at multiple levels, knowledge to evaluate and quantify the scope of our nutritional interventions, the proportion of health budgets allocated to nutrition programmes, the amount of capacity building and systemic reform being undertaken in-country. Ultimately, the individuals’ ability to review and disseminate the impact of our investments and nutrition programmes on the lives of children is paramount.

The Power of Nutrition team is relatively small, and everyone has the passion and commitment for our mission to nutrition. S/he must be a self-starter and have a can-do attitude to undertake duties beyond their specialist area. There are many opportunities to oversee nutrition programmes, get involved in fundraising, partnerships, communications, advocacy, branding and marketing.

It is a fantastic role to broaden your skills and experience, work within a creative and innovative UK-based charitable foundation with a clear focus on delivering a sustainable impact for children in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Person Specification

Essential requirements:

  • Extensive experience in systemic reform and/or public finance management in the nutrition or health sector will be an asset
  • Evidence of expertise in political economy analysis and an established track and credibility in working on systemic reform issues in the nutrition and/or health sectors in fragile and conflict, developing and/or emerging economy context
  • A strong track record and evidence of successful delivery in political economy and institutional analysis
  • Familiarity or experience engaging with global governance structures/coordinating mechanisms within the nutrition sector will be an asset (Scaling Up Nutrition Movement, Council on Food Security, Nutrition 4 Growth initiative, UN REACH, etc.)
  • Proven programme development and programme management experience
  • Demonstrable experience in influencing policies and reforms at senior levels of government and influencing bilateral and multilateral donors.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Outstanding communication skills with a proven ability to taper style for both technically literate and non-technical audiences, investors and policy-makers.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills – a publication record is desirable, but not required
  • Outstanding networking skills with a proven ability to work globally and effectively with diverse groups of individuals. Experience with large bilateral donors such as DFID, multilaterals such as the World Bank and UNICEF, and the private sector such as CIFF and UBS Optimus Foundation is desirable
  • An ability to work in French is desirable


  • Excellent political awareness and judgment on sensitive governance matters
  • Strong understanding of nutrition interventions in an international development context
  • Strategic and results-oriented
  • Excellent relationship building and relationship management abilities
  • Demonstration of an ability to influence beyond authority
  • A proven ability to solve problems and make decisions including challenging ones


  • Masters’ degree or equivalent level of academic and professional experience in nutrition, health science, public health, political science, international relations, public administration, management, accounting or finance, law or development studies


Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below for more information then come back to this page to apply.

Lead Consultant

Ana Fernandes
Principal Consultant