Job at TechnoServe for a Fortification Technical Manager

TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty.
A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with
enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive
farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information,
capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting
prosperity for their families and communities. TechnoServe has earned a
4-star rating from independent evaluator Charity Navigator for the last
10 years, placing us in the top 1 percent of all its rated nonprofits.

TechnoServe is recruiting to fill the job position below:


Job Title: Fortification Technical Manager
Location:
Nigeria
Job Summary

  • The Food Fortification Program, a partnership between
    TechnoServe and Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), aims to increase the
    compliance rates of private sector food processors against national food
    fortification mandates by increasing the production of fortified food
    staples in Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania.
  • PFS is a non-profit organization formed by General Mills to link
    the technical and business expertise of volunteer employees from
    General Mills, Cargill, Royal Dutch DSM, Bühler, and the Hershey Company
    to food processors and millers in the developing world.
  • As well as direct technical support to assisted companies, the
    FTM will oversee the country team, including Business Advisors (BA) in
    supporting their country objectives, managing the country finances and
    reporting their country progress. Business support will include
    assisting processors with customized business planning, adoption of food
    fortification and food safety protocols, overseeing market studies, and
    developing customized processor marketing strategies, business
    operations and provision of other business advisory services.
  • As the managerial lead in country, the FTM will oversee the
    activities of the country team and work in close cooperation with
    project partners and will receive technical oversight from the Team
    Lead. .
  • Reporting to the Team Lead, the Fortification Technical Manager
    (FTM) will manage the implementation of the Food Fortification program
    at the country level, working within the program resources and mandate
    to meet the objectives of their country plan.
  • The Fortification Technical Manager will establish relationships
    with food processors and industry stakeholders to support technology
    transfer and building their capacity to meet compliance standards for
    fortification.
  • The FTM will proactively review, make recommendations and report
    on programmatic activities to deliver TechnoServe’s strategic plan for
    Food Fortification in their country and as part of the broader regional
    program.
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Duties

  • Represent TechnoServe at the country level, meeting with
    potential partners and stakeholders: processing company directors and
    production managers, government institutions and regulators, technical
    industry experts, service providers and universities, complimentary
    programs, NGOs and related agencies
  • Identify, review and select prospective companies for program
    support, familiarize them with the program offering and expectation for
    all participating partners
  • Work with selected companies to identify their challenges to
    adequate fortification compliance, design project charters to address
    these challenges and work with program partners to facilitate the
    appropriate technology and knowledge transfer in support of the assisted
    food companies
  • Identify common fortification industry weaknesses and support
    the design and delivery of sector wide training workshops to strengthen
    these gaps
  • Assist the Regional Program Director and management unit in
    timely tracking of country expenditures, budget management and
    forecasting, HR recruiting and country staff management, monitoring and
    evaluation of program results and the development of country workplans
  • Represent the country activities through reports, presentations,
    hosting of leadership, donor or stakeholder site visits and other
    communications as required.
  • Review, monitor, and report on all programmatic activities
    including periodic progress, and financial reports, ensuring strict
    compliance with TNS’s objectives, strategies, policies and procedures.
    Make appropriate recommendations on the implementation plan

Key Organizational Relationships

  • The FTM will report directly to the Regional Program Director on
    strategic issues related to work planning, targets, budgets, staff and
    program delivery
  • Regional M&E Manager to facilitate data capture and reporting
  • Regional Program Accountant to reconcile program expenses, budget tracking and prepare for upcoming expenses
  • The FTM will receive technical oversight and support from the
    Regional Program Director with respect to training and technology
    transfer to assisted companies
  • Country Director –  to align with country objectives,
    administrative and compliance requirements and to receive support and
    assistance from the local office as required
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Skills & Attributes

  • Food processing experience, preferably in staple foods with an understanding of fortification technology
  • Strong project management and strategic thinking abilities
  • Analytical mind and commitment to quality; rigorous approach with a high level of attention to detail.

Budget management skills:

  • Proven ability to work in an environment requiring collaboration
    with the private sector, government, and national and international
    organizations
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment, problem solving, and creativity
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Flexible, proactive, goal-oriented and with a willingness to travel in challenging environments.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Experience

  • At least 10 years of experience in developing and managing
    projects, preferably in the design, implementation and monitoring and
    evaluation of PPP programs in developing countries
  • Experience in working with financial and project management systems
  • Experience of working in the food industry in Nigeria will be an advantage

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Food Technology, Nutrition, Business Administration or related fields, Master’s preferred
  • Computer literacy with excellent Excel, MS word, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills

Other Requirements:

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English is essential
  • Ability and willingness to travel both locally and abroad

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note: Due to a high volume of applicants, please
understand that we are able to contact only those who meet the minimum
qualifications. No phone calls, please.

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