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Scientific & External Affairs Manager Job Vacancy

Our client is a global multinational Food & Beverage company, worldwide leader in most of its category portfolio. With global or local specific brands and products, the core focus is to meet the diverse needs and preferences of consumers all over the world.
Operating in Africa for more than 80 years, the Company has 5 markets within, the Equatorial African Region being amongst them. The regional operations are co-ordinated from Nairobi, Kenya to offer shared service across countries in Central, East, part of Southern Africa including the Island markets and Horn of Africa.
With this regional expertise, the Company aims at enhancing the business potential of this region, which is seen as an important source of future growth, and bring it up to the level of performance that the Company experiences in other regions of Africa and the world.
By reinforcing business and product categories focus, making operations more efficient, developing cross fertilization or enhancing peoples’ knowledge transfer and empowerment, this shared service expertise is expected to accelerate growth and meet the company’s high ambition for the Region.
Our client continues to be viewed as one of the leading global companies in Corporate Social Responsibility, particularly in the developing world. Being a committed leader in environmental performance, they ensure that natural resources are preserved and that waste management enjoys much attention in all operations worldwide. The company is an equal-opportunity employer with robust talent management policies, and systems.
They value and reward individual and team contributions to business results.
Job Purpose
  • Issues management: Assist in development of logical & strategic approach to key issues.
  • Execute communications and lobbying initiatives.
  • Develop, plan and execute public relations programs that enhance the external perceptions of the Company. Interact and works closely with Corporate & Public Affairs
  • Corporate objective is to be acknowledged as the leader in Nutrition by Healthcare Professionals, Governments, NGO’s, customers, consumers and competitors. The Manager will build the most respected, knowledgeable and trustworthy franchise and be the scientific partner for the Medical and Scientific community.
  • Ensure communication materials are scientifically correct and deliver on the Company’s objectives
  • Ensure Company website delivers on key objectives of usage by health professionals and adding value to their activities
Issues Management
  • Develop background information on arising issues of concern; analyze their potential impact and present recommendations. Remain current with Nutrition issues.
Partnership Building
  • Serve as a contact for and develop partnerships with Public Policy leaders, Civic Leaders, Government and NGOs. The Manager will be responsible for ‘Relation Creating initiatives/ activities’ amongst key stakeholders in order to communicate issues of importance for the Nutrition Business.
Activity Organizing & Planning
  • Actively lobby in all Regional countries in order to get balanced local codes in line with the WHO guidelines (where code is not legislated yet). Encourage governments to set up relevant monitoring bodies as regards their local codes or WHO codes
  • Become the key liaison person and maintain positive relations with Key Opinion Leaders, WHO Regional and local offices and be seen as the knowledge partner. Handle PA/PR requirements together with local teams. Arrange lobbying meetings between members and politicians.
  • Represent Company’s position to Government, Local Authority, Interest groups, Associations and organizations. Provide leadership in the organization on all WHO related issues.
Image Building
  • Ensure Company maintains a consistent image and profile as a responsible corporate citizen.
Media Activities
  • Monitor media coverage of issues of significance to the Company and work with Corporate Affairs in proactive media relations and in handling all media enquiries for the Company
Resource centre
  • Establish a functional Nutrition Resource centre. Attend Scientific meetings, conduct and analyze relevant presentations; and provide feedback.
  • Tertiary education in Nutrition
  • Experience and knowledge of local culture within Regional countries
  • Superior communication, interpersonal and networking skills
  • Experience in generating Scientific Reports
  • Experience in updating Website content and administration.
  • Ability to prioritize and understand value and context of relationships
  • Experience and confidence in working with people at different levels
  • Ability to recognize key issues, threats and opportunities for policy and lobbying objectives
  • Generate and build relationships with Partner Organizations within Regional countries
How to apply:
Send your application including a cover letter indicating your desire to work with our client; a detailed CV highlighting relevant experience, details of current and expected salary, a daytime phone contact, email address, and the names of three professional referees by close of business Monday 6th September 2010.
Adept Systems
Management Consultants
P O Box 6416, Nairobi, GPO 00100
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Please note that we do not charge fees for receiving or processing job applications.

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