Global Portfolio Manager – Nairobi, Kenya

Full Time
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Nutrition International

Global Portfolio Manager – Nairobi, Kenya

Employment Type: Project Full Time

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Application Deadline: 6th November 2023

About Us

At Nutrition International, we make a difference because nutrition is the difference. Our global team of over 600 people, working in 13 offices across 11 countries, is passionately dedicated to transforming the lives of those who need it most through improved nutrition.

If you share our conviction that a better world is achievable through enhanced nutrition, want to make a positive impact, and seek to join a global team with a clear vision, we want to hear from you. Consider applying for the position below.

About the Role

Job Level: Senior

As the Global Portfolio Manager, you will play a pivotal role in supporting our Global Portfolio Directors in managing designated projects within our Maternal Newborn Health and Nutrition (MNHN) and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (AHN) portfolios. You will closely collaborate with our country teams and technical experts within the Global Technical Services (GTS) unit to ensure seamless coordination. Your responsibilities include overseeing project management, fostering strategic relationships, grant management, budget management, and contributing to resource mobilization efforts. The Global Portfolio Manager will work alongside a cross-functional team to ensure the successful delivery of projects while adhering to contractual obligations and organizational policies.

Key Roles & Responsibilities

1. Portfolio Strategy: Contribute to portfolio strategy development, leveraging expertise and adapting to funding landscape.

2. Project Execution: Implement effective mechanisms for high-quality project execution in portfolios.

3. Data Management: Ensure timely availability of program data, maintain quality, and support informational materials creation.

4. Relationship Building: Foster strategic relationships at the project level to facilitate partnerships and engagements.

5. Communication: Establish regular communication channels between teams and NI portfolio leadership.

6. Planning & Budgeting: Collaborate with regional and country colleagues to create clear annual plans, budgets, and activity plans.

7. Reporting: Ensure timely completion of donor, technical, and financial reports to meet NI’s standards.

8. Progress Monitoring: Monitor project progress both programmatically and financially and take corrective action when necessary.

9. Budget Management: Manage the programmatic budget, including monitoring budget variance and reallocating funds for maximum impact.

10. Gender Inclusion: Integrate gender considerations throughout the project cycle, aligned with SGBA action plans.

11. Tools & Models: Develop and utilize standard models and tools for efficient grant management and knowledge sharing.

12. Representation: Represent projects within your portfolio at partner/consortium meetings and advocate for NI’s interests at coordination mechanisms/fora.

About You


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in public health/nutrition in Asia and Africa.
  • Proficiency in proposal writing, external representation, and donor stewardship.
  • Excellent English skills; advanced Excel proficiency.
  • Comfortable in matrixed teams and global settings.
  • French fluency is an added advantage.

Specific Skills Requirements:

  • Understanding of results-based management, performance measurement, and program monitoring.
  • Strong report writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Previous experience managing Global Affairs Canada contribution agreements.
  • Demonstrated project startup experience.

What We Offer

We offer a competitive market salary, health and dental benefits, a pension plan, flexible work hours, work from home options, four weeks of vacation (plus public holidays), and support for learning and development opportunities. We provide a collaborative and engaging work environment.

Nutrition International is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive, equitable, and accessible work environment. Accommodations due to a disability are available throughout the selection process upon request.

For more details about the position, please click on the Job Description.

To apply, please click on the “Apply” button.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant

  1. Tailor Your Application: Customize your application to showcase how your skills and experience align with the specific requirements of this role. Highlight relevant achievements in public health and nutrition.
  2. Highlight Language Proficiency: Emphasize your English and French language skills, as they are essential for effective communication in this role.
  3. Results-Oriented Approach: When discussing your experience, focus on results-based management and how your contributions led to successful project outcomes.
  4. Strong Writing Skills: Showcase your exceptional report writing abilities, as this role involves extensive documentation and reporting.
  5. Budget Management: Provide examples of your expertise in budget management and how you maximized impact by reallocating funds when necessary.
  6. Partnership Building: Share experiences where you fostered strategic relationships and facilitated partnerships for project success.
  7. Global Experience: Highlight your experience in working in a global context, as this role involves collaboration across diverse teams.
  8. Gender Inclusion: Explain how you have integrated gender considerations into project planning and execution, following SGBA action plans.
  9. Grant Management: Demonstrate your proficiency in grant management and how you have efficiently used standard models and tools.
  10. Advocacy Skills: Describe situations where you represented projects in partner/consortium meetings and advocated for organizational interests effectively.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the application deadline for this position?

  • The application deadline is 6th November 2023.

2. Where can I find the detailed job description?

  • You can access the job description here.

3. Can I apply if I’m not fluent in French?

  • While French fluency is an advantage, it is not mandatory. Proficiency in English is essential for this role.

4. Is this a remote position?

  • Yes, the position offers the flexibility to work from home.

5. How do I request accommodations for a disability during the selection process?

  • Accommodations are available upon request to ensure an inclusive selection process. Please contact [insert-contact-info] for assistance.

6. What are the working hours for this role?

  • We offer flexible work hours to accommodate your schedule.

7. What benefits are provided with this position?

  • We offer competitive market pay, health and dental benefits, a pension plan, and support for learning and development opportunities.

8. How can I contact the recruitment team for further inquiries?

  • For any additional questions or information, please reach out to [insert-contact-info].

9. Are there opportunities for career advancement within Nutrition International?

  • Nutrition International is committed to providing opportunities for career growth and development within the organization.

10. What is the expected start date for this role? – The expected start date will be communicated to the successful applicant during the recruitment process.

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