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  • Posted: Jul 21, 2020
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    CARE International is one of the Worlds leading humanitarian and development organizations. Founded in 1945, CARE has been fighting global poverty and defending the dignity of people around the world, working in over 90 countries around the globe.

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    Project Manager

    • Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. doing business as CARE International in Ghana (“CARE”) is seeking qualified candidates for a role as Project Manager. The full-time position will be based in CARE Kumasi Sub-Office with regular visit to the Wassa East district of the Western region.

    Candidate Profile

    • The Project Manager has responsibility for the overall successful implementation of the project. S/He will provide technical and managerial support to the project team (Project Officer, Facilitators and Community Extension agents) and partners in ensuring smooth implementation of the project to achieve project objectives. S/He has responsibility for maintaining effective working relationships with the Programme Coordinating Unit of Mondelez International and other stakeholders, with the support of the Sub Office Team Leader, CIUK Private Sector Team and ACD- Programmes. S/He will represent CARE at project meetings. S/He will facilitate learning among project team and stakeholders. S/He has overall responsibility for ensuring the implementation of the M&E system of the program.

    The PM will report directly to the ACD-Programme and will be based in the Takoradi or Wassa District.

    Key areas of responsibility of the Project Manager will include:

    • Take lead responsibility for providing strategic direction for project– Design, develop and implement project strategies and work plans, ensuring they are in line with the Mondelez International Cocoa Life programme objectives, strategies and principles, and CARE’s mission and vision. Design and implement project approaches and methodologies aiming towards community empowerment, Farmer cooperative capacity building, policy influence as well as learning.
    • Lead and support Project team to develop, manage and monitor effective partner relationship with communities, district, regional and national stakeholders – Ensure CARE has established, formalized and effectively managed partnerships with the beneficiary communities and local partners, Conduct capacity assessments and facilitate institutional capacity building for partners, District and regional level stakeholders. Develop and maintain positive linkages with relevant district, regional and national government institution staff in District Assemblies especially MOFA as well as COCOBOD subsidiaries.
    • Ensure project management in accordance with CARE Ghana Policies – Manage project budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources using established budget management tools and systems. With the support of Finance Team/Grants Manager, prepare and regularly track annual budgets, in line with project annual plans as well as any other periodic budgets that may be required.
    • With the support of the project team, ensure the development of a learning agenda – Design and implement an effective participatory monitoring and evaluation system. Organize annual, semiannual and quarterly planning and review sessions for sharing with stakeholders. Documentation of project experiences in user friendly forms for different categories of stakeholders. Organize and participate in learning and sharing events at the district, regional and national levels.

    Required Skills or Experience

    • A minimum qualification of university degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Economics, Development Planning, Social Science  or related field
    • Masters degree in any of the above will be an added advantage
    • At least five years experience in working with smallholder farmers, communities, Community Based Organisations  (CBOs) and traditional institutions, NGOs and public sector agencies
    • Five years experience in project management position preferably in NGO setting; facilitating agricultural value chain interventions
    •  Proven strong facilitation and capacity development skills and experience in participatory approaches. Ability to negotiate and work with partners and organisations at all levels from community to national level policy makers
    • Good understanding of socio-economic issues, Strategic and conceptual thinking ability
    • Good knowledge of agricultural value chain program design and implementation
    • Excellent communication skills and a team player
    • Good spoken English and excellent writing skills,
    • Sound managerial skills and Multitasking
    • Ability to work under pressure and deliver
    • Excellent Writing, presentation and reporting skills
    • Computer skills including MS Word, MS excel and Power Point.
    • Ability to manage partnerships
    • Strong skills in the design and implementation of M & E systems
    • People Management
    • Good leadership, coaching and negotiation skills.

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    Community Extension Agent

    • Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. doing business as CARE International in Ghana (“CARE”) is seeking qualified candidates for a role as Community Extension Agent. The full-time position will be based in a project community and will be required to travel to other project communities in the Daboase district of the Western region to provide extension service.

    Candidate Profile

    • The Community Extension Agent (CEA) will be responsible for providing extension services to a minimum of 11 communities in the Wassa East district, writing weekly and monthly reports on his/ her activities and submitting them to the Project Manager, as well as undertaking any project activities that may come up. Specifically, the CEA will be responsible for leading, with support from the Project Manager, in the implementation of farmer-based interventions in the project communities.

    The CEA will report directly to the Project Manager.

    Key areas of responsibility of the Community Extension Agent will include:

    • Lead In The Implementation Of Farmer-Based Interventions – Asses the needs of farmers in assigned communities to inform segmentation, providing service support or targeted training to specific needs of farmer categories in assigned communities, support individual farmers or groups of farmers to develop their Farm management plans, facilitate the transfer of responsibility for maintenance of community-owned demonstration farms to Cocoa Cooperative societies and Community Development Committees. Use the Farmer Field Business School approach to train farmers in sustainable production of variety of food crops i.e. cassava, plantain, maize etc. in assigned communities.
    • Ensure The Development Of A Learning Portfolio – Develop, manage and supervise relationships and activities of assigned beneficiary communities and collaborating partners, Support assigned communities in the development and review of Community Action Plans (CAPs). Lead community sensitization and interventions in assigned communities in collaboration with partners and in line with project objectives, support the PM and Project Officer in the dissemination of information and knowledge generated through the project widely and effectively to stakeholders including Mondelez International Programme Coordinating Unit (PCU).
    • Work With Project Manager In Preparation Of Work Plans, Capacity Building Modules, Planning And Delivery Of Project Activities And Other Partners At The District Level – Support the PM to design, develop and implement project strategies and plans, ensuring they are in line with the project objectives, strategies and principles, and CARE’s mission and vision, support the PM to design and implement project approaches and methodologies aiming towards community empowerment, partner capacity building, partnerships and policy influence as well as lesson learning. Work with Sub Office M&E Officers to design project monitoring and evaluation plan and support all M&E processes of the project.

    Required Skills or Experience

    • A diploma or degree in Agriculture, or related field
    • At least Two years’ post qualification of practical experience in cocoa extension service delivery in a cocoa communities, working with community groups,, Community, Farmer-based Organizations (FBOs) and other NGOs
    • Relevant experience in capacity building activities and working with cocoa farming communities, CBOs NGOs and public sector agencies
    • Excellent communication skills and good team player
    • Experience in facilitating linkages, relationship building and networking
    • Experienced in smallholder agri-business and capacity building
    • Good speaking and writing skills in English and ability to communicate in Twi (Akan
    • Well developed written and oral communication skills in English. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders (strong demonstrable report writing skills).
    • Strong facilitation, People Skills, Integrity and Resilience / Adaptation and flexibility
    • Ability to multitask and work within deadlines;
    • Proficient in use of Microsoft applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Outlook
    • Experience in community mobilization and training is an added advantage

    Method of Application

    Submit applications via email to  [email protected]  with the “Job Title” in the subject line.

    • Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted on a rolling basis and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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