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Job Title: Programme Coordinator – Nutrition and Gender
Organisation: Self Help Africa
Department: Programmes
Location: Nairobi
Salary: Gross annual salary Kshs. 2,333,664/-
Benefits: 22 days annual leave, Medical Insurance (self + spouse and up to 4 children under the age of 18 years), 10% Employer pension contribution and 25% leave allowance
Reports to: Head of Programmes
Expected Travel: 70% Country-level travel
Restrictions: 6 months’ probation, 2-year fixed term full time employment contract


Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO, dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. Working in ten countries throughout Africa, SHA focuses on agriculture and agribusiness as the engine of growth in Africa.

We believe in market-based solutions to the alleviation of longterm poverty and our primary clients are smallholder farmers in Africa. We work with all participants in the agricultural value chain and believe that you can only achieve longterm sustainable growth by creating profitable businesses (whatever the size) and farmer organisations that can operate at scale.

Our approach is collaborative and market-based: although we see our primary clients as smallholder farmers in Africa, we work with all participants in agricultural value chains. SHA currently runs programmes on behalf of a range of organisations including two Challenge Funds for the European Union, Irish Aid, the World Food Programme and the UK Department for International Development. SHA has an ambitious growth strategy to increase its global footprint and expand into new areas.

The organisation also has a number of social enterprise subsidiaries – TruTrade, which supports market access for small-holder farmers in agricultural value-chains and Partner Africa, an ethical auditing and consultancy firm that operates across more than 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.


Hunger and malnutrition remain a major issue worldwide and are of particular concern in SHA (Self Help Africa) countries of operation. Nutrition, in the past has been placed within the health sector. However, there is a recognition that the food and agriculture sector have a major role to play in ensuring improved food and nutrition security. Nutrition is a key theme across SHA’s programming: we aim to ensure that increased and diversified production translates to improved nutrition at household level, so it is essential and all of our programmes have a strong nutrition focus.

Equally, SHA recognises the importance of gender equity to ensure progress in reducing poverty. Working with smallholder farmers and recognising that women contribute the bulk of labour on family farms, there is a need to ensure our programmes have a strong gender element to improve cohesion within the household with better resource and power sharing. Development goals cannot be achieved without explicit consideration being given to all, which includes women, men, boys and girls, understanding their different needs and contributions.

This role is a key part of SHA’s drive to build technical excellence, improve programme quality across the organisation and become a leader in innovative development practice.  Promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture will involve ensuring that all of SHA programmes and projects progressively integrate explicit nutrition objectives and indicators into project/programme design and guide its implementation. It also ensures that gender is mainstreamed within all programmes.

This post will facilitate learning, mentor programme staff and build staff capacity (both SHA and partner staff) based on best practice from within the organisation and experiences from other development actors.

Key Responsibilities:

Technical Resource:

  • This position will be the resource person for Nutrition and Gender within the SHA Kenya programmes. The role will involve working with the team throughout project cycle management – from supporting the development of concept notes ensuring a strong nutrition and gender element, proposal development, programme delivery, supporting M &E and evaluation of projects/programmes.
  • Advise, mentor, train, and support programme/partner staff to effectively integrate nutrition sensitive agriculture and mainstream gender into programmes and projects including setting objectives and measuring results.


  • This role will ensure SHA engagement in relevant networks to strengthen SHA’s visibility in nutrition and gender, remain current/up to date within this sector and where possible capitalise on relevant opportunities that arise in terms of funding, and dissemination of SHA work.
  • Networking with relevant stakeholders will include the various ministries, UN agencies such as UNICEF and WHO and NGO’s involved in nutrition and gender sectors


  • Support the Head of Programmes in planning and designing programmes; ensuring that nutrition and gender are specifically addressed with effective implementation strategies in line with SHA Kenya’s programme strategy.
  • Support SHA staff and partners in developing nutrition and gender components of projects/programmes through establishing knowledge gaps and conducting capacity building/training and conducting project/programme monitoring visits.
  • Support the SHA programme team/technical staff/partner staff in the implementation of project interventions to ensure that the project/programme interventions are gender transformative and nutrition sensitive.
  • Develop and carryout reviews of SHA nutrition and gender policies/guidelines and strategies that provide strategic direction keeping abreast of resources already available in country or regionally/internationally.
  • Together with the SHA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer be responsible for designing, collecting, processing, analysing nutrition and gender data within SHA programmes.
  • Identify and support the development of tools for programme and partner staff, such as IEC material, to use for gender and nutrition throughout SHA programmes/projects.
  • Contribute and share knowledge, information, best practices and lessons learnt on gender and nutrition to ensure high quality programming throughout SHA programmes/projects for internal and external use.
  • Liaise regularly with the Nutrition Advisor and Social Inclusion Advisor at Head Office for support and share learning with other SHA country programmes and head office.
  • Guide processes of identifying and participating in nutrition and/or gender research as required.
  • Facilitate and assist the timely submission of regular reports (monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual) or special reports as deemed necessary.
  • Organise and facilitate workshops/trainings to share information/learning.
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships with civil society organisations and the private sector to influence nutrition and gender responsive policies and laws.
  • Keep updated on technical aspects of nutrition and gender with specific focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Active networking and advocacy profiling of SHA country programme with external stakeholders implementing similar programmes at local, national and/or international level.

Key Relationships:


  • Country Director
  • SHA in-country Technical Advisers
  • SHA Project/Programme Managers in-Country
  • Partner Organisation Staff
  • Head Office Technical Advisers
  • Other SHA Country Nutrition & Gender Advisers


  • Key Ministry Stakeholders (Ministry of Health, Gender and Agriculture as relevant)
  • UN agencies, in particular; UNICEF, WHO, FAO and UNFPA
  • Relevant National Food and Nutrition Organizations
  • Research institutions and Universities as relevant

Knowledge & Experience:


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in Nutrition, Public Health or related discipline
  • At least five years’ experience in the design and implementation of nutrition and gender projects/programmes
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of sector thinking on nutrition with a wide range of partners from civil society, public and private sectors
  • A good understanding of project cycle management approaches and tools including knowledge of M&E principles with a bias on Nutrition sensitive and gender focus development.
  • Experience in facilitation of learning process and networking
  • Experience in research and report writing
  • Experience in developing and delivering training or general capacity building skills
  • Excellent level of spoken and written English
  • Very good working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and general IT skills
  • Commitment to working with a value-based organisation
  • Self-motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Experience in teamwork and coordination
  • Willingness to travel in country and overseas to support nutrition and gender activities in other SHA country programmes


  • Experience in gender and social inclusion in an Agricultural development environment
  • Demonstrated experience in integrating/mainstreaming gender in development and humanitarian projects focused on food, nutrition, and livelihoods sectors
  • Ability to communicate effectively in more than one national language

Role Competencies and Values:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of team across different cultures.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative.
  • Ability to solve problems and take appropriate corrective action.
  • Ability to spend up to 50% of time in field travels.
  • Valid motorcycle licence mandatory.

Download the Job Description

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.


If you are interested in the position and have the right skills and attributes, please download the Application Form and fill it in. Upload this, along with your CV and covering letter to our Online Recruitment Platform.

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is Friday 3rd September at 5pm.

Please note that Self Help Africa Kenya advocates for equal opportunity and does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Self Help Africa is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, transparency, and accountability in all its affairs and is completely against fraud, bribery, and corruption. All employees are bound by code of conduct, child protection and conflict of interest policies.

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Police vetting is required.

All applicants are encouraged to read through the following safeguarding policies as you make your applications:

  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Conflict of Interest
  3. Child Protection

Women applicants are highly encouraged; Self Help Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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