Chief Executive Officer

London, United Kingdom

About The Power of Nutrition

The Power of Nutrition is a UK-based charitable foundation formed by like-minded investors and implementers committed to ending the cycle of undernutrition and helping children grow to their full potential through new financing and focused action. Their vision is to be a leader in the global effort to eradicate stunting.
Undernutrition is the underlying cause of 45% of all child mortality. In Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, nearly 4 in 10 children are growing up with stunted bodies and brains. Putting a stop to undernutrition is one of the best means we have to transform children’s health, education and livelihoods.
The Power of Nutrition is working to unlock $1 billion in new financing to transform children’s futures on a scale that few can achieve alone, including substantial co-financing at country level. The Power of Nutrition has a unique matching model in which it matches any dollar raised to make investments in support of national government nutrition programmes, further leveraging funding from implementing partners. The fund launched in April 2015 with support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation and the UK’s Department for International Development and with first implementing agency partners that include the World Bank Group and UNICEF. In 2018, The Power of Nutrition developed partnerships with international NGOs to complement its portfolio with the World Bank and UNICEF.

You can find further details on their website https://www.powerofnutrition.org/

Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible and fully accountable to the Board Chair and Board of Trustees for the effective leadership and management of The Power of Nutrition.  You will be a dynamic and inspirational leader with the ambition and vision to embrace the challenges of the coming decade and to raise the Organisation to even higher levels of excellence and delivery of impact at scale.  You will be responsible for creating and delivering on the Board approved strategic plan and for ensuring that the Organisation succeeds in its mission in an uncertain global environment. 
The candidate will be politically astute, with excellent diplomatic and networking skills and experience in high-level representation with a demonstrated ability to mobilise political and financial support for The Power of Nutrition.
You will foster an environment that encourages a diversity of thought and cross-cultural collaboration. As CEO you must drive forward and create a culture to support the ethos of the organisation and provide value based, clear and mission-driven strategic and adaptive leadership.
You will be committed to providing empathic leadership to inspire, encourage and build confidence in The Power of Nutrition, its staff, systems, investors and partners and drive progress with passion, determination and vigour.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership & Governance
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership to the operation and development of The Power of Nutrition within the direction set by the Board of Trustees.
  • Ensure that The Power of Nutrition’s charitable purposes are carried out and deliver on the vision of the organisation.
  • Maintain a proactive relationship with the Chair and Board of Trustees, supporting them to fulfil their duties, ensuring adherence to best governance practices.
  • Take overall responsibility for The Power of Nutrition’s management and administration within the governance and accountability frameworks.
  • Ensure that the Organisation fulfils its legal, statutory and regulatory responsibilities including the preparation of an annual report and financial accounts, making returns to Charity Commission and Companies House.
Resource Mobilisation
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with internal and external stakeholders, with funding and implementing partners and with potential investors.
  • Engage with public and private sector stakeholders to build-on and diversify the current funding streams and safeguard long-term impact and sustainability.
External Representation and Communication
  • Act as an ambassador and advocate for The Power of Nutrition brand and accomplishments, networking widely to expand new and existing strategic relationships.
  • Encourage trust and transparency among partners with a common purpose leading to strong coalitions.
  • Oversee robust and compelling outreach and communications programs to disseminate the impactful results of the investments managed by The Power of Nutrition.
  • Establish and strengthen relationships/alliances with implementing partners in developing countries.
  • Foster partnerships, alliances and networks that compliment or augment goals and objectives of The Power of Nutrition.
Organisation and Human Resources Management
  • Manage the organisation as a whole, including all income and expenditure and financial related matters, risk, governance and performance ensuring the organisation meets all its legal and regulatory requirements
  • Lead, motivate, inspire and delegate to an existing team of professionals as they all work towards reaching the target of a billion dollars of new financing for nutrition by the end of 2022 while being agile and flexible to deal with uncertainties of a post-COVID world, Brexit and DFID-FCO merger.
  • Ensure that there are clear lines of accountability and responsibility across the team which foster and maintain effective working relationships for the organisation.
  • Foster a cohesive and collaborative culture in the organisation that encourages the personal fulfilment and professional growth of staff at all levels.

Qualifications, Required Experience & Personal Attributes



  • Degree level qualification or equivalent experience gained in a professional environment.

Required Experience

  • Experience of working at strategic and operational levels and driving success across organisations and partnerships.
  • Excellent leadership skills, line management experience and the ability to enthuse, motivate and develop teams to deliver results.
  • Experience in dealing with multiple tasks, sensitivities and challenges at the same time.
  • Seasoned experience in developing strategic relationships; coalition builder.
  • A track record of driving quality and innovation and encouraging enterprise in others.
  • Excellent all-round communication skills and relationship management abilities.
  • Knowledge and ability to run an organisation that is compliant with all regulatory and statutory obligations, and which is financially stable.
  • Experience of working and leading in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Proven track record of securing new business/investments/fundraising in a tough and competitive financial climate.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally as required.

Skills and Qualities

  • Lead courageously by example with empathy, vision and innovation.
  • Curiosity and creativity, while driving purpose through passion.
  • Authentic leadership skills, with the ability to be flexible and adaptive to meet the organisation’s needs.
  • Highly enthused and motivated with a can-do attitude.
  • Proactive lateral thinker and thoughtful disrupter.
  • Balanced and fair judgement.
  • High emotional intelligence and integrity.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Commercially astute with an understanding of finance and/or fundraising issues.
  • Relentless and resilient.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time, permanent position with the successful candidate to be based in London but is expected to travel both nationally and internationally. There is a discretionary bonus, life insurance, private health care and pension (5% contributory).
Location: London, United Kingdom
The CEO will be based in the Headquarters of the Power of Nutrition in Southampton Row, London, UK.

To Apply:

SRI Executive Search has been exclusively retained by The Power of Nutrition to assist Board with the search for an exceptional candidate for the CEO position. To express your interest or submit your enquiries please contact Ms. Apoorva Tyagi at [email protected] on or before 17.00 BST, 7th August, 2020.


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