New Vacancy for the post of Executive Director, CFNS !

April 17, 2018 / Comments (0)

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The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (

Job title Position:  Executive Director
Reports to Chairperson/ Vice Chair of the Governing Board. Direct reports 05 (Five)
Work station New Delhi, India Travel required Up to ten working days in a month.

The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security ( with a vision to achieve Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security for all, is a group of policy and program leaders committed to fostering collaboration and evidence based advocacy for improved programs. The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS) is working with the Government of India, State Governments and civil society organizations to set evidence-based, pro-poor policy and regulatory environments for improved food security and nutrition in compliance with the most up-to-date international standards.

Job Description:
The position of Executive Director (ED) is a strategic leadership position to help build CFNS strategy, membership engagement agenda and evidence based advocacy for a sustainable food and nutrition security. The ED will head the organization and will be responsible for overall management and execution of activities. The ED shall be a permanent invitee at all General Body and Governing Board meetings of the CFNS. S/he shall participate in the discussions; assist the members in coming to conclusions and perform such other functions as may be entrusted by the Governing Board/General Body.

The CFNS requires an exceptional leader with a broad understanding of its areas of work, who can think critically and innovate to develop solutions to drive evidence based advocacy through multi-sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The ED will develop the vision and strategy for CFNS and secure future funding to deliver new work as well as manage the successful implementation of the current portfolio. The position is expected to provide effective and satisfactory support to the assigned area along with ensuring due compliance to the Coalition policies, systems and procedures. The ED is expected to be both responsive and proactive to the operational and program requirements with an ability to deliver the result with quality and in a timely manner. S/he provides support to the Governing Board/General Body in maintaining good relationship with its members and external stake holders.


1. General Body, Governing Board and Membership Engagements

 The Executive Director is responsible to coordinate all the day-to-day activities of the organisation and ensure smooth running of CFNS in India. S/he would closely work with the members of General Body, Governing Board, Working Groups and other governance structures on effective membership engagements and smooth governance functions in order to complete the responsibilities in time. The following is an illustrative but not exhaustive list of tasks under this head:

  • Frame agenda; convene the meetings of General Body, Governing Board and other governance committees/structures in accordance with the CFNS rules and regulations. Ensure implementation of the strategy and decisions of the Governing Board/General Body.
  • Represent the CFNS, ensure statutory compliances and present a quarterly report of compliance to the Governing Board.
  • Be proactively involved in building and maintaining a strong Board and its governance structures and mechanism to ensure that individual and institutional members understand and fulfil their commitments.
  • Support the Governing Board and the senior leadership team and work as an advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of programs, risk management, development, finance, policy, and governance.
  • Closely work with individual, institutional, honorary and founder members on their active patronage to the Coalition.
  • Set up Working Groups, National and Global Advisory groups in consultation with the Governing Board.
  • Enter into contracts and agreement and become signatory for all official and legal documents in accordance with CFNS policies and procedures.
  • Build linkages with the broader food security and nutrition landscape and stronger member outreach to make the Coalition an inclusive platform and a powerful voice.

2. Knowledge Management(KM), Evidence Based Advocacy and Communication

  • Make fully functional working groups as ‘theatres of action’ to develop culture and country specific evidence based knowledge management products and models, policy briefs and to generate a public discourse on key themes, functions and sectors.
  • Strengthen overall KM landscape and establish knowledge management portal which could function as a repository of latest evidence and improve access of information.  Contribute to the development of a knowledge base on CFNS’s portfolio on national and regional/global trends in nutrition and food security and related issues.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategy and steer stakeholder and message alignment agenda.
  • Build awareness and convene the stakeholders on the WHA and SDG Targets, Zero Hunger Challenge, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and other in-country, regional and global movements/campaigns in line with CFNS agenda.
  • Engage with key policy makers and political leaders to influence public policy and legislations in close cooperation with CFNS member.
  • Develop Branding and Communication strategy and position Coalition as a partner of choice. Develop and manage the implementation of a communication and visibility plan to share CFNS’s experience, progress, successes and lessons learned.
  • Engage with media and communication agencies to disseminate messages on nutrition and food security across the clientele. Mobilise media attention to the nutrition and food security issues which can influence the public policy.
  • Manage and leverage latest IT and web enabled technologies that contribute to food and nutrition security.
  • Responsible for the delivery of high-quality and effective evidence based advocacy programs that drive results at scale, specifically by managing the implementation of the portfolio of programs in line with donor commitments, critically analysing program progress and performance and resolving issues as they arise. Ensure all reports for CFNS management, donors and others are of high quality with learnings shared internally and externally.
  • Make sure that all program related challenges are documented and assumptions revisited on a regular basis to ensure risks and mitigating factors reflect the current context.

3. Resource Mobilization and Multi-sector Partnerships

  • Responsible for fundraising in India, with both local and global organizations for the continuation and expansion of projects. Develop an annual business development strategy and action plan (resource mobilization, a very robust pipeline development etc.).
  • Strategically build relationships, build new funding partnerships, especially with Indian institutions and corporate donors. Cultivate relationships with key bi-lateral/multi-lateral donors and socially responsible business sector stakeholders and proactively pursues relevant opportunities.
  • Develop investment plan and funding pipeline to sustain the Secretariat and State Chapter/Coalitions.

4. Office/Operations Management

  • Provide strategic leadership to the CFNS India operations and manage all resources in line with CFNS’s global policies. Lead and develop the CFNS country team drawing on technical resources from pools of expertise available locally or globally.
  • Establish fully functional country office and State Chapters/Coalitions in selected states with well-defined governance mechanisms. Recruit staffs, consultants and other advisors.
  • Contributes expertise as required to the teams to ensure proper work culture and climate and develop new thinking on issues of concern at national, regional or global level.
  • Under the direction and authorities of the Governing Board, frame financial, administrative and human resource policies and due diligence systems and processes.
  • Oversight of the financial management, including project, country and donor spending against budgets. Ensure projects are cost-effectivDefine an annual business plan with budget, and manpower plan for country program, and ensure it is reflected in Program of Work and Budget (PWB). Control and manage the resources defined in the Program of Work and Budget (PWB).
  • Manage systems and business processes for finance, HR, contracts, facilities and IT that are integrated and aligned with CFNS systems and processes. Ensure CFNS is operating in full compliance of all local laws and regulationss.
  • Ensure the safety and security of CFNS office staff and assets.
Key Organizational Relationships:

  •  Reports to the Vice Chair/Chair, CFNS
  • Works closely with the office bearers of CFNS i.e. Secretary and Treasurer
  • Members of Governing Board/General Body
  • Working Groups
  • Donors and development partners
  • Central and State Government Officials and other stakeholders
  • Coalition leadership team
  • Legal retainers and key vendors
Job requirements:
Skills: Professional

  • Strategic thinking and leadership abilities
  • Excellent management, negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Experience in managing/leading Coalitions, multi stakeholder platforms, campaigns and movements.
  • Able to build shared purpose, energy and enthusiasm into CFNS team
  • Ability to operate within the corporate and public sectors to effectively liaise with development agencies, social activists, and governments in different cultures
  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment, expert problem solving, and creativity
  • Strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and provide guidance to supervised staff
  • Sets and maintains high standards of performance for self and effectively encourages other staffs to do so.
  • Knowledge and skill on introducing and implementing GED (Gender Equity and Diversity) principles.

  • 15-20 years of experience in food and nutrition space
  • Experience of key management positions in development organizations, alliances, industry, etc.
  • Technical experience in issues related to food and nutrition security
  • Project and team management experience
  • Proven track record in developing and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders (especially government)
  • Experience in mobilising and managing multi-donor funding.
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial, matrixes, global organisations
  • Experience in working with a multi-cultural environment

  • Minimum: Graduate in Social Sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, Management, Medicine, Nursing or other relevant disciplines
  • Desirable: Advanced Degree (Masters/PhD) in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Management, Agriculture, Health or Nutrition

Other requirements:

  • Fluency in English
  • Proficiency in Local language
  • Willingness and ability to travel within India and globally.
Competencies: Personal Attributes

  • High level integrity
  • Independence and initiative
  • Sound judgment
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Ability to cooperate with others and work in a participatory manner
  • Self confidence
  • Proactive with a commitment to quality and accuracy with close attention to detail.
  • High flexibility and occasional availability to work outside regular working hours.
  • Excellent communication skill in an environment requiring diplomacy and good judgment.


Compensation package will be amongst the best in the industry

If interested, please mail your cover letter and resume to   by 5 pm on May 01, 2018 with “Application for ED CFNS” in the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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