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  • Posted: Mar 1, 2023
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    IFDC has focused on increasing and sustaining food security and agricultural productivity in over 100 developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.


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    Gender and Youth Inclusion Specialist

    Position Description
    The EnGRAIS project is seeking a Gender and Youth Specialist to provide periodic and ongoing support on gender and youth mainstreaming and monitoring interventions over the course of the project’s implementation. 
    Reporting to the Chief of Party, the Specialist will support the Project’s programmatic efforts by implementing, refining, monitoring, and generating lessons learned from an existing gender and youth integration methodology and action plan that aims to effectively engage women, youth, and other vulnerable groups. 

    • The purpose of this call for experts is to develop a roster of qualified gender and youth specialists to support the Project as and when needed. 

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Under the leadership of the COP, designing, and supporting the implementation of an “Integration Plan for Gender and Youth.”
    • Developing programmatic materials and conducting training as outlined in the Plan.
    • Assess youth and women, constraints and needs, and identify the project's tools and products adapted to their needs.
    • Identify relevant women/youth groups/associations that could benefit from EnGRAIS products and interventions
    • Conduct joint training and capacity-building activities, and knowledge sharing with the 4 workstreams and key private and institutional partners.
    • Develop with partners customized information packages using appropriate channels (e.g., radio, Facebook, or WhatsApp) to reach women and youth.
    • Develop recommendations on how constraints affecting gender, youth, and other vulnerable groups can be addressed within the Project’s four workstreams.
    • Support monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities as related to the Integration Plan for Gender and Youth.
    • Perform other duties related to this assignment as requested by the COP or his designate as needed.

    Duty station:

    • This position may be posted to any of the current IFDC office locations in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, or Togo). He/she should be available to travel frequently within and outside the region when called upon to. 

    Period:

    • The position is open for the duration of the project (March 2023 – Feb 2026), subject to availability of funding.

    Equal opportunity:

    • IFDC is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will be considered for employment with no discrimination on the basis of their protected characteristics (race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, age, marital status, disability).

    Interested candidates must send their resumes in English accompanied with a motivation letter in either English or French. 

    Required Skills:

    • University graduate with a degree in gender studies, agribusiness, economics, sociology, or a related field (Master preferred)
    • 5+ years of relevant agribusiness and gender experience in West Africa
    • Experience conducting research for USAID- and/or other donor-funded programs is strongly preferred.
    • Experience working collaboratively with institutional and private‐sector partners and stakeholders in West Africa
    • Ability to work well in diverse teams but also productive working individually with minimum supervision.
    • Well organized, strong analytical skills, creative thinker, innovative, demonstrated personal initiative, stress tolerance, integrity, and ethics.
    • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to produce various informational products under tight deadlines.
    • Fluency in speaking and writing in English or French and working knowledge in the other. 

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    Knowledge Management and Communications (KMC) Specialist

    Position Description
    The Knowledge Management and Communications (KMC) Specialist will report directly to the CoP and is responsible for the implementation of the program communications strategy, internally and externally, and compliance with USAID communications requirements. 

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Design, implement, and manage the communications strategy for the Project under the leadership of the COP, advancing the project’s vision, mission, and mandate utilizing various media formats targeting a variety of audiences.
    • Establish and socialize KMC systems, platforms, processes, and tools to support efficient and effective knowledge management, learning, and communications to ensure project’s institutional memory.
    • Responsible for the preparation, editing, and submission of contract deliverables to USAID and assist with finalizing programmatic work plans, as needed, ensuring all program deliverables, trainings, and technical reports comply with USAID branding guidelines and the programs approved Branding and Implementation Plan and Marking Plan.
    • Synthesize technical information to produce and disseminate accurate and useful knowledge products such as press releases, feature articles, success stories, lessons learned, presentation materials, marketing materials, quarterly and annual reports, videos, multimedia, and extension materials in consultation with technical staff.
    • Work closely with Team Leaders to monitor project activities to identify success stories, and lessons learned and ensure they are captured, developed, edited, and shared.
    • Respond to project staff requests for communications assistance and provide creative ideas for using communications and KM tools to improve the implementation and effectiveness of project activities.
    • Provide strategic and programmatic advice on communications and knowledge exchange and support project leadership to strengthen program design and implementation.
    • Achieve and maintain effective communications with USAID, partner organizations, and stakeholders.
    • Apply modern techniques and strategies to reach with customized information large target groups, including agro-dealers’ networks and farmers across the region.
    • Perform other appropriate tasks that support the overall project, as assigned by the COP or his/her designee.

    Duty station:

    • This position may be posted to any of the current IFDC office locations in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, or Togo). He/she should be available to travel frequently within and outside the region when called upon to. 

    Period:

    • The position is open for the duration of the project (March 2023 – Feb 2026), subject to availability of funding.

    Equal opportunity:

    • IFDC is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will be considered for employment with no discrimination on the basis of their protected characteristics (race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, age, marital status, disability).

    Interested candidates must send their resumes in English accompanied with a motivation letter in either English or French. 

    Required Experience:
    Degree (BA/Master’s) in relevant technical area, preferably communications or journalism.

    • At least 7 years of experience with bachelor’s and 5 years with Master’s in knowledge management and communications.
    • Demonstrated experience with communications strategy development and implementation.
    • USAID funded project experience strongly preferred.
    • Thorough knowledge of USAID’s reporting, branding, and marking requirements.
    • Experience producing high-quality communication products for a variety of channels (e.g., print, digital, video).
    • Proven organizational and management skills, ability to work independently and in teams in a multi-cultural context.
    • Proven ability to meet tight deadlines and juggle numerous projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
    • Demonstrate leadership, good judgment, possesses sensitivity and understanding of how messaging impacts diverse audiences.
    • Excellent computer skills in a full range of software, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop and/or other graphics programs.
    • Fluency in speaking and writing in English or French and working knowledge in the other

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    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Collaboration Learning, and Adapting Specialist

    Position Description
    The MEL/CLA Specialist is responsible for efficient implementation of Feed the Future EnGRAIS monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities which include assisting in development of MEL plan, strategic result framework, data collection tools (online and offline), collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) system and supporting adapting project management and reporting.

    • S/He will ensure smooth implementation of MEL/ CLA operations at field level and its follow-up. 
    • S/He will carry internal data quality assessment (DQA) and report the findings immediately. 
    • S/He will monitor the quality of partners/ sub-grantees MEL/CLA related data, documents and other deliverables. 
    • S/he will introduce ICT based MEL system for Result Based Monitoring System (RBMS). 
    • S/He will work closely with the workstreams leaders on MEL/ CLA matters aiming to improve the activity interventions and will report immediately if notice any notable deviation or manipulation.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Under the leadership of the COP, assist in designing, developing, and unpacking a comprehensive monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) plan, CLA and coherent consistence information flow and learning.
    • Play proactive roles in developing indicators linked to activity results framework, an inclusive market systems approach-based agricultural and fertilizer productivity and value chains related and measure periodic progress against the indicators.
    • Monitor progress using USAID’s standard and customized indicators
    • Monitor and measure the progress of new indicators
    • Complete internal documentation on data collection processes and data quality (DQA)
    • Review and keep updating the performance indicator reference sheets (PIRS)
    • Assist to develop appropriate tools (quantitative and qualitative, paper based and e-survey, customized tools) to monitor, measure and evaluate the indicators and activity performance, effectiveness, and impact.
    • Support knowledge management system for ensuring collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) system in place for internal users (activity management and staff) and external users (market actors, donor and practitioners).
    • Coordinate data collection from partners toward achievement of outcomes.
    • Assist the technical leaders through online data collection, filtering, analysis and presentation in brief and non-technical manner.
    • Ensure support to donor and other relevant parties through provision of required data and adhere with IFDC and USAID’s relevant policy and guidance.
    • Perform any other duties assigned by the EnGRAIS CoP.

    Duty station:

    • This position may be posted to any of the current IFDC office locations in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, or Togo). He/she should be available to travel frequently within and outside the region when called upon to. 

    Period:

    • The position is open for the duration of the project (March 2023 – Feb 2026), subject to availability of funding.

    Equal opportunity:

    • IFDC is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will be considered for employment with no discrimination on the basis of their protected characteristics (race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, age, marital status, disability).

    Interested candidates must send their resumes in English accompanied with a motivation letter in either English or French. 

    Required Skills:

    • Master’s degree preferred in Development Studies, Economics, Development Management, and relevant social science discipline.
    • Minimum five years of professional experience.
    • Sound technical knowledge of MEL, and CLA, training, and dissemination.
    • Experience in report writing, planning and implementation of activities.
    • Thorough understanding and applicable skills in MEL, CLA and, large and complex data quality examination, analysis and, quality data management.
    • Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and complete it under pressure or when faced with competing demands.
    • Ability to use MS Office- Word, Excel and Power Point and common statistical.
    • Work experience in USAID / FTF funded agriculture and value chain project is preferred.
    • Fluency in speaking and writing in English or French and working knowledge in the other.

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    Database and IT support assistant FERARI

    About The Job
    The FERARI Program
    Balanced fertilizers are essential for sustainable agricultural intensification. Widespread adoption of appropriate fertilizers requires a transformation of the fertilizer and food systems that must be driven by evidence-based agro-technical perspectives embedded in multi-stakeholder processes to create enabling conditions for adoption. This public-private program in Ghana “Fertilizer Research and Responsible Implementation (FERARI)” will integrate an on-the-ground implementation program to develop the fertilizer value chain and transdisciplinary research by
    PhD’s and Postdoc’s. The program will, among others, interact with the Ghanaian Agricultural Program “Planting for Food and Jobs” to enhance its impact. The graduates will be supervised by internationally renowned universities and strengthen the research capacity at Ghanaian institutions, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco and IFDC. IFDC leads the program, carrying out the implementation component and co-supervising the researchers in the program. 

    • FERARI needs an assistant in supporting the harmonization of data from agronomic trials and economic surveys, population of IFDC-FERARI Files Catalog System and development of
    • FERARI’s database systems. The candidate will have an education in database development and basic experience in work with database systems. 

    DUTIES:

    • Execute work activities under supervision of the FERARI’s Agronomic modeling and Mapping Specialist and Country Coordinator.
    • Support harmonization and standardization of agronomic data files from agronomic trials and economic surveys.
    • Support collecting and populating data and reports into FERARI’s Files Catalog System
    • Support development of FERARI’s database system.
    • Participate in meetings support other related activities under the assigned directorate.
    • Assist in the collection and processing of data using drone technology.
    • Organize all survey instruments for field data collection (KoboCollect - ODK Collect app)

    Required Experience;
    Requirements:

    • Diploma in Information Technology
    • Extensive knowledge in the use of Microsoft suite
    • Experienced in the use of data collection tools such as Kobocollect
    • Minimum of 2 years of experience in the use of IT in agricultural sciences and practice
    • Experienced in working with international agricultural research organization in a multicultural environment
    • Good communication skills and ability to teach

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    Deputy Chief of Party for Operations

    Position description
    IFDC is seeking to recruit a Deputy Chief of Party for Operations, responsible for the operations and administration. He/she will work in close collaboration with USAID/WA. He/she will provide the required support to the technical teams.

    • The Deputy Chief of Party for Operations will assist the technical team in the development of key deliverables; communicate regularly and monitor activities and donor deliverables related to grants, contracts and partnerships.
    • He/she may also be called to perform other duties assigned by the EnGRAIS CoP to support the achievement of the program’s overall objectives.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • The Deputy Chief of Party for Operations will directly report to the EnGRAIS Chief of Party (CoP) till the project’s end. He/she will perform a broad range of operations, administrative, financial, grants, and other duties including the following:
    • Administration:
    • Work closely with the administration team to ensure smooth and effective running of the activities by overseeing the implementation of work plans and supervising all related operational aspects such as travel organization, minutes and actions preparation, follow-up and facilities/services booking.
    • Finance:
    • Work with the Accounting team to manage and monitor the activity’s budget, respond to fund and financial requests of EnGRAIS, track and analyze all costs incurred, ensure timely financial reporting and alignment with budget lines.
    • Grant management:
    • Work with the Grants/Contracts specialist to ensure proper management of grants. Oversee the planning and development of grants and contracts agreements, and assist in the reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

    Duty station:

    • He/she will be based in Accra (Ghana) and should be available to travel frequently within and outside the region when called upon to. The DCoP should be available to travel frequently within and outside the region when called upon to. 

    Period:

    • The position is open for the duration of the project (March 2023 – Feb 2026), subject to availability of funding.

    Equal opportunity:

    • IFDC is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will be considered for employment with no discrimination on the basis of their protected characteristics (race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, age, marital status, disability).

    Interested candidates must send their resumes in English accompanied with a motivation letter in either English or French. 

    Required Skills

    • Master’s degree with at least 6-10 years of administrative support experience
    • Demonstrated commitment to providing quality administrative finance and grant support to both management and staff.
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize tasks.
    • Ability to learn and improve quickly.
    • Solutions-oriented and pro-active team player.
    • Excellent command of writing/editing skills
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Strong proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
    • Experience in multicultural, and multilingual environments.
    • Excellent command in oral and written communication skills in English or French, and working knowledge in the other.

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