Are you a business-minded and solutions-oriented manager, with experience in leading large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa? Do you have an in-depth knowledge of grains production, supply chains and processing? We are looking for a Senior Program Manager who can lead and our new program and team in Ghana.
IDH is starting a three- and halfyear market-led grains value chain development program in Ghana, to contribute to the development of the grains sector, support the inclusion of SHF into formal and premium markets at the same time creating jobs with a central focus on women and youth empowerment. The program will be implemented until March 2025.
Through a market-driven approach, IDH will work closely with 12 SMEs (processors, aggregators) in Northern Ghana to improve business operations, build and strengthen business, technical and management capacity, structure sourcing of high-quality grains from up to 20000 SHF producing maize, rice, and millet. We will support these SMEs and SHF in meeting the buying requirements of multinational and other off-takers for local and regional markets. IDH will provide technical assistance, business development and strategic support to these SMEs through project contracts, to support them in realizing business opportunities in grains supply chains, leading to impact through job creation (focus on women and youth job creation). Establishing a digital platform approach to provide advisory support to SHF and facilitate market linkages will be a central component of the program.
For the this program we are expecting to have a team of nine people in Ghana and the Senior Program Manager will be the team Lead, with the overall responsibility of leading and managing the project implementation team, providing technical support, coordinating the effective implementation of all project activities to achieve the program targets, managing relationships with key program stakeholders (SMEs, SHF, off-takers, extension servers etc) and together with the donor, coordinating key monitoring, learning and the evaluation processes ensuring the project delivers the target accordingly.
Who you are
You are a business-minded and solutions oriented senior program manager, with at least ten years of experience in leading large-scale agricultural development programs in Africa that have a track record of achieving commercial viability. You have an in-depth knowledge of grains production, supply chains and processing, and a systems approach to understanding the key challenges and opportunities to developing commercially viable grains supply chains as required by the premium markets. You have a track record of developing and implementing innovative approaches to creating thematic impact, particularly relating to SHF inclusion in into formal supply chains, gender and youth empowerment. You are an experienced team leader, with the ability to motivate and coach team members to achieve envisioned success. You have the capacity to build and manage relationships with key stakeholders, and to synthesize stakeholder feedback into the strategic and impactful design of program interventions. You have long experience of agricultural value chain and business development with focus on commercialization
With your people skills, you are approachable and easy to talk to. This makes it easy for you to work with flexibility, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort. You have good networking skills and can share your ideas and expertise in a compelling manner. You have strong verbal and written communication skills in English and are both analytical and practical. You are honest, transparent, energetic and a professional that demonstrates highest level of integrity.
Masters degree in business administration or advanced degree in Agriculture, Agri-business development, or logistics management, combined with commerce and business management qualifications.
At least 15 years of experience working in commercial agricultural supply chains or in large-scale agricultural development projects in Africa. With at least five years experience of extensive field work and in leading large-scale agricultural development projects in Africa
Experienced in contaminant mitigation at farm and post-harvest level to deliver grains that are compliant with international specification
Develop marketing and market outreach strategy to support and increase market linkages between SHF and buyers domestically and in the region in West Africa
Provide the vision and thought leadership on a range of key issues that drive increased investments in the Ghanaian agriculture and promotes responsible, sustainable, and inclusive business models ensuring these models are sustainable beyond the project duration
Experience in working with government institutions especially in agriculture development
A systems approach to understanding the challenges and opportunities in agricultural supply chains, and the ability to work on a detailed-oriented basis.
Experienced in and ability to support smallholder farmers to adopt climate smart and sustainable farming practices
Inspired and motivated to work with private sector partners to create positive impact in agricultural supply chains in Africa, particularly relating to supporting the inclusion of smallholder famers, and empowering women and youth.
Experience in developing and implementing IT solutions to supply chain challenges (for example, traceability, service provision, facilitating market linkages).
Demonstrated networks among relevant supply chain service providers, technology solutions, and knowledge institutions in Ghana.
Excellent communicator with strong team building skills, proven experience in managing people and performance, decision-making and conflict resolution
At least five years experience of working in an international organizations and supply chains
Have excellent communication, reporting and presentation skills in English and preference for speaking fluent local languages in the program implementation area
You are based in Ghana and lead implementation of the project in the north of the country
What we offer?
IDH offers a dynamic international environment and an enthusiastic and passionate team. As an IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. The position is fulltime based on 40 hours per week. We offer a contract including a competitive monthly salary and solid fringe benefits.
How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to send their CV and a cover letter (in English) at no later than September 12th 2021 using this link
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