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Manager, Global Food Portfolio, Rockefeller Foundation (a Science Philanthropy Alliance member)

See the posting on the Rockefeller Foundation website.

The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking a Manager to join the Foundation’s Food team. The Manager will contribute to the development and execution of a multi-year initiative to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. The Manager will work under the direction of a Managing Director to identify and understand key scientific issues, global trends, challenges and opportunities in the global food system. Compromised of two core programs – the Food System Vision Prize and the Periodic Table of Food – the global portfolio includes initiatives that span the team’s focal geographies of the US, East Africa. The Manager will drive programming, grantmaking, performance, and partnership on the global portfolio. This will require working with the Food team and other Foundation staff – as well as a broader community of grantees, experts, and partners – to implement the newly approved Food Team strategy and ensure our work reflects the latest scientific knowledge. Critical to performance in this role is the construction of partnerships. These partnerships could take a variety of forms, ranging from traditional grant structures to strategic partnerships to innovative financing mechanisms. Conducting targeted analysis on key scientific topics as needed will be another key aspect of the position.

A successful candidate will bring demonstrated science experience, sophisticated understanding of the global food system, a track record of innovation and foundational knowledge of key scientific issues, trends and actors pertinent to the global food system. To be effective in this role, the candidate must be able to advance work independently. The Foundation seeks a Manager who brings a passion and energy for discovering food, nutrition and agriculture solutions that can create lasting impact.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The Manager will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating the management of grantees aligned with developing a Periodic Table of Food (PTFC) – a global initiative to create an open data resource containing the full metabolome, proteome, glycome and genome of the 1000 most important foods for humanity using the latest mass spectrometry technologies and bioinformatics.
  • Supporting the application of various monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) methods to improve the food team’s and partners’ understanding of their impact on food systems transformation at a global level.
  • Helping the Food Team assess science-based opportunities, which includes shaping criteria to inform decision-making and evaluating the incoming pipeline of individual ideas, grant proposals and opportunities. This will require a deep understanding of nutrition science, food systems and agricultural science.
  • Supporting the management of a portfolio of global 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.
  • Collaborating with grantees to maximize impact from their work; ensures methodological rigor.
  • Bringing intellectual leadership and creative thinking to the design and development of new areas within Food; identifying high-impact opportunities and flexibly and effectively responding to those opportunities.
  • Initiating and executing an implementation strategy, working as a member of a team.
  • Cultivating and building relationships with external experts, funders, and partners that expand Rockefeller’s ability to deliver maximum impact.
  • Representing the Foundation in diverse communities, including speaking engagements, attending conferences and participating in other key internal and external meetings.
  • Partnering with other Food team members and colleagues across the Foundation’s initiatives to ensure cross fertilization of ideas.

Education, Experience and Skills

  • MA, MSc, or PhD in any of the following related areas: nutrition, food systems, ecology or environmental science.
  • A minimum of 8-10 years’ related working experience.
  • Experience developing, managing and implementing multi-party projects with defined objectives, deliverables, monitoring and evaluation of results preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and develop innovations.
  • Experience across academic, research, private and public sectors preferred.
  • Experience with evaluative research methods and system thinking needed.
  • Work experience in emerging markets, with nuanced understanding of international development helpful.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Science Expertise: Experience across the disciplines of nutrition and food systems with depth in areas such as metabolomics, genomics, proteomics, etc.
  • Data and Analytics: Experience with latest big data tools and methodologies.
  • Leadership: Vision, innovation, thought leadership, collaboration, integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence.
  • People Management: Skills in team building, coaching, mentoring, delegating, inspiring and motivating.
  • Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning. Experience in system thinking and practice preferred.
  • Execution: Strong project management skills, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.
  • Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.
  • Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening written and verbal skills.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.