Senior Program Associate, Food Initiative

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New York, United States
Apply by 29 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 30 May 2018

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Internal Project Management & Strategy Development

Surfaces new developments, innovations and trends in the global food system by reading key reports, regularly engaging experts and attending key conferences and events

Advances internal integration and alignment with other relevant areas of work (e.g. Asia and Africa regional teams), supporting coordination with key internal stakeholders

Supports engagement with outside experts and advisors, including preparing communications and materials, facilitating discussions and managing relationships for the team

Applies strategic insight to synthesize these insights into specific inputs and actionable recommendations for the Food team’s strategy and priorities

Enables effective team-level knowledge management, which includes documenting the evolution of RF’s strategy and helping to surface and frame strategic choices

Supports the Senior Associate Director, Food in internal processes such as budget management, business plan reporting, and communications as needed

Grantmaking & Opportunity Assessment
  • Helps the Food Team assess incoming project opportunities, which includes shaping criteria to inform decision-making and evaluating incoming pipeline of individual ideas, grant proposals and opportunities
  • Supports the management of a portfolio of grants within the Food initiative, which includes understanding the capacity and effectiveness of potential grantees, designing and writing grant memos and other key documents, managing grantee relationships, and conducting site visits and other monitoring activities
  • Collaborates with grantees to maximize impact from their work; ensures methodological rigor
Research and analysis for strategy development
  • Analyzes key metrics and outcomes for initiative programs, advances a structured and quantitative approach to estimating potential impact on nutrition and sustainability, and understands and plans for risks
  • Contributes to the Foundation’s funder landscape analysis, generating insights to advance partnership development in the protein space
  • Provides technical advice on research methodologies and research outputs to team members as needed, to ensure optimal engagement with grantees and individual experts
  • Serves as a programmatic focal point for key geographies (e.g. South and Southeast Asia), ensuring that strategy development reflects the existing, context-specific evidence base and that the Foundation leverages emerging opportunities
Required Competencies:

Communication: Excellent interpersonal abilities; excellent listening skills; writing and verbal skills; assertiveness in presenting ideas; able to present ideas to a range of stakeholders in a clear and compelling way

Decision-Making: Ability to evaluate risks and opportunities; uses analytical and problem-solving skills; takes initiative and drives for results; able to prioritize

Execution: Strong project management skills; meets deadlines; sense of urgency and responsibility; ability to multi-task and work under pressure; detail oriented

Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building

Leadership: Thinks innovatively and creatively; displays negotiation skills; demonstrates accountability

Strategic Ability: Anticipates future opportunities and consequences, demonstrates innovative approach to work, ability to organize chaos into coherent plan

Integration: Accesses functional and substantive expertise organizationally; demonstrates inclusiveness, collaboration

Supervision Received:

The Senior PA is based in New York, NY and will report to the Senior Associate Director & Food Strategy Lead.

Supervision Exercised:

None at this time. Possible future supervision of interns, analysts and/or contractors for the Food Initiative.

Education, Training and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in relevant discipline (Food & Agriculture, Environmental Science, International Affairs / Development, Nutrition) preferred
  • 5+ years relevant work experience on issues of food, agriculture, nutrition and/or the environment, preferably with project experience in both for-profit and non-profit environments
  • Experience working in a range of teams and managing complex stakeholder environments in a dynamic context
  • Demonstrated ability to build strategic partnerships in the food and agriculture sector, including through grant making, thought partnership, and programmatic collaboration
  • Experience delivering high-quality work in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working in global organizations, with direct field experience in the food, agriculture, and/or sustainable development field
  • Knowledge of common sustainability frameworks; food science and/or food and agriculture tech and innovation are a plus
  • Experience working with a diverse set of experts and leaders across various disciplines (e.g., business, science, policy)
  • Proficiency in basic office software (MS Office, etc.); experience preparing detailed presentations, whilst adhering to strict deadlines
  • High proficiency to work, communicate, and write in English is required, with fluency in other languages an asset
  • Ability to travel to represent the Foundation at conferences, conduct site visits, and organize field consultations

Note: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the Organization

History * Established the first schools of public health. * Provided early support in the United States for education "without distinction of race, sex or creed." * Developed the vaccine to prevent yellow fever. * Supported the establishment of international cultural institutions, including Lincoln Center in New York City and the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood in Western Massachusetts. * Funded the modernization of agriculture in the developing world, known as the Green Revolution. Philanthropic Approach * Improving Opportunities for Poor People. We are committed to working with poor people to achieve lasting improvements in their lives. * Using Knowledge. We generate new, and harness existing knowledge to address the complex changes faced by poor people. * Global. We view poverty globally and are committed to working with poor people on the ground in targeted regions of the world. * Focusing on Lives and Livelihoods. Our work addresses the everyday challenges to poor people's lives and livelihoods.

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