Website Earthworm Foundation
Earthworm Foundation is a non-profit organisation built on values and driven by the desire to positively impact the relationship between people and nature.
Earthworm Foundation is seeking a motivated Rurality Regional Lead for Africa, based in Ivory Coast (Abidjan) or Ghana (Takoradi), with experience in working remote areas in agri-businesses, excellent communication and writing skills, passionate about working with farmers to generate value and interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market.
The Rurality Regional Lead for Africa is keen to drive innovation by working collaboratively with farmers and mill managers to understand their business, to improve their collaboration and to create value and promote resilience to fluctuations in climate and markets.
The Rurality Regional Lead for Africa will continuously seek new opportunities and present ideas to increase the resilience of farmers in existing supply chains to climatic or economic fluctuations. He/she should be a self-starter and innovator who believes that farmers are entrepreneurs with vision and leadership.
He/she will work with farmers and mills Ghana and Ivory Coast to identify market opportunities to increase farmers’ access and participation in markets, promoting an entrepreneurial spirit. The Rurality Regional Lead for Africa will lead the development of a market study, which will seek to identify efficiencies and opportunities for local actors.
The Rurality Regional Lead for Africa will work in a team, in close collaboration with the Line Manager and also participate in the implementation of the current Rurality action plans in both countries to generate measurable impacts in short, middle and long terms.
Rurality is a program led by Earthworm Foundation (http://rurality.org/) which seeks to catalyze innovation between businesses and smallholder farmers in the supply chain. Close to 2 billion people around the world live and work on small farms, often family-run.
These farmers are not only the lifeblood of supply chains; they are innovators with the potential to profoundly and positively impact the human and natural ecosystems surrounding them. Rurality, an initiative of Earthworm Foundation, believes they are entrepreneurs who should be empowered to realize their vision. Rurality places the farmer at the heart of the society.
The initiative uses a business-minded approach to work with farmers participating in already existing supply chains. Significantly, the initiative believes that there are not one size fits all solutions.
Staff are field-based and work side-by-side with farmers and the mill/company. Ultimately the initiative seeks to identify empirical and practical solutions to empower family farmers and build their resilience.
About Earthworm Foundation
Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in 19 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas.
We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.
What Makes Us Unique
Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.
What We Offer
- A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
- An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.
- The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks.
- Implement the Rurality program in close collaboration with the private sector companies and farmers, including new and existing members of the supply chain;
- Engage and build trust with key stakeholders, specially farmers and mill staff;
- Develop a study of market opportunities in the region;
- Assist with the implementation of a household/key stakeholder/mill survey, and its analysis and report development;
- For new rurality projects, catalyse an entrepreneurial spirit among the farmers by developing new markets, increasing capacity for business management, testing new ideas, and/or by optimizing the existing initiatives (processing, additional incomes, or other);
- For existing projects, continue the implementation of the current action plans;
- Co-design with stakeholders plans for how to increase farmer resilience via capacity building, coaching, or other methods;
- Provide regular written reports and updates on work plan to the Global Rurality Team and the line Manager;
- Lead the implementation of project activities working in close collaboration with local company, farmers, mill, and other key local stakeholders;
- Share lessons learned from Rurality Ghana and Ivory Coast with other Rurality teams around the World, creating opportunities for exchange and professional growth.
REQUIREMENTS – CANDIDATE PROFILE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree and 5-years of experience in business, marketing, or with supply chain management;
- Experience negotiating and working with the private sector including small and large businesses, civil society, and government actors;
- Experience working with farmers and/or communities;
- Minimum of 3 years relevant business or non-profit experience, with increasing responsibilities in program management;
- Strong organizational and negotiation skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple interrelated tasks;
- Demonstrated experience using diplomacy and tact to navigate tough negotiations, and build strong relationships.
- English and French proficiency;
- African languages proficiency desirable.
- Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, resilience, and supply chains.
- Hands-on, practical, innovative.
- Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude.
- Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
- Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
- Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
- Entrepreneurial spirit;
- Open collaboration and communication;
- Respect for each other.
Working conditions / Physical effort:
- Based in Ivory Coast (Abidjan) or Ghana (Takoradi)
- Regular trips between Ghana and Ivory Coast and also for Rurality Gathering elsewhere;
- Work with smallholders and mill in remote and rural regions, which may include stays in rustic conditions.
- 1-year contract;
- Immediate start;
- Valid work authorization required ;
- Priority given to candidates from the African content;
- Position reporting to: Earthworm Senior Manager Africa.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put your “Family name” and “”Rurality Regional Lead for Africa” in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. The position will be open till mid-July 2019. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.