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  • Posted: Nov 5, 2020
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    Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial ben...
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    Ghana Director of Finance and Administration

    The role of the position is to provide overall management of operations, administration, logistics, procurement, human resources, information technology, property and security in the project office in Accra, as well as support for budgeting and financing, with the goal of ensuring that the project is implemented in accordance with USAID and Palladium rules, regulations and procedures. Supervision will range in scope from daily oversight of project facilities (office space, equipment and vehicles) to liaising between staff and administration, to ensuring that the project has sufficient systems in place to facilitate timely reporting and representing the project to Palladium and USAID personnel. As the team will be small, the role might incorporate a variety of tasks and any candidate that can demonstrate a wide range of proficiencies will have an advantage. 

    General Duties:

    • Manage administrative staff in the Accra office: the Office Manager, the Accountant, and the Driver, along with any interns engaged for administrative purposes.
    • Serve as the project’s local human resources (HR) representative, liaising closely with Palladium home office team members on all HR issues
    • Manage all service providers for the project (e.g. Internet, cleaning services, etc.)
    • Oversee all non-technical project procurement, in line with procurement rules.
    • Oversee office facilities including rents, lease agreements, security, office utilities and management of relationships with landlord
    • Manage drivers and vehicles and oversee driver allocation for technical and administrative staff and activities. Ensure appropriate vehicle use as per project rules and regulations
    • Oversee regional travel and transportation requirements and arrangements
    • Support timely procurement and implementation of all training workshops and activities
    • All other duties deemed necessary by the Chief of Party and his/her designate

    Personnel Management:

    • Coordinate employment contracts and modifications for short term consultants with home office
    • Prepare salary verification as required (obtaining needed verification documents)
    • Coordinate annual staff performance reviews and ensure completion of these on a timely basis
    • Assist in identification and procurement of local consultants
    • Liaise with insurance providers in coordination with home office as needed
    • Liaise with home office in international staff, interns and consultant mobilization process
    • Maintain individual records with contracts, detailed scopes of work, salary histories, etc. for local consultants
    • Liaise with internal security team to ensure staff safety
    • Ensure impeccable procurement files and that the project’s procurement rules are followed by all staff on the project
    • Support financial audit teams as needed.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Proven experience in office management and project administration
    • Microsoft office suite proficiency and the ability to operate spreadsheet and word-processing programs at a highly proficient level
    • Proactive problem-solving, decision-making and good judgment skills
    • Demonstrated ability and commitment to manage confidential information
    • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, colleagues, service providers and clients
    • Professional and mature demeanor and conduct
    • Ghanaian nationals preferred.
    • A degree in Management and Administration, Finance, Human Resources or 5 years of equivalent experience

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    Deputy Team Lead for Demand Generation

    The position will be on an upcoming USAID/Ghana project that addresses a key constraint restricting the development of commercial agriculture and obtaining full food security in Ghana – access to finance necessary to enable investment in agricultural value chains.

     Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    • The Deputy Team Lead for Demand Generation will assist the Team Lead for Demand Generation with the demand-side work, specifically work to identify investment opportunities in the agriculture value chains and link them with the necessary services to see deal completion. This position will assist in all activities of the Demand Generation side of the project in order to meet all of the project’s targets related to this component. These responsibilities include: conducting required assessments of the agribusiness sector; designing, conducting and overseeing technical assistance and training for agribusinesses; supporting the design and implementation of business advisory service (BAS) provider incentives; assisting with technical planning for annual work plans; completing budget projections; contributing to financial management of the component; monitoring implementation of the work plan including development of quarterly and annual reports; and ensuring that appropriate monitoring, evaluation and communication activities are being conducted on all aspects of the work plan.  

    The Deputy Team Lead for Demand Generation will be responsible for the following:

    • In cooperation with the project’s Procurement/Grants Director, designing, implementing, and evaluating the impact of BAS provider subcontractors to assist agribusinesses with accessing finance
    • Identify pipeline of investment opportunities within the target value chains in Northern Ghana
    • Facilitating and/or designing training and technical assistance activities for BAS providers and agribusinesses to improve their ability to facilitate and access financing, including overseeing the work of investment sourcing subcontractors
    • Facilitate access to support services to address cross-cutting issues that are common across investees, such as business performance improvement, investment climate and new market development
    • Supporting, together with other technical team members, the following:   
      • Agribusiness deal origination 
      • Deal structuring 
      • Deal closure 
      • Agribusiness loan repayment; 
    • Facilitating communications activities that highlight the successes of expanded agribusiness financing in coordination with the Project’s communications team; 
    • Along with the Team Lead for Demand Generation, managing the relationships with agribusinesses and BAS providers in Ghana; 
    • Supporting design and implementation of Project events
    • Supporting the evaluation of project activities as required 
    • Participating in annual work planning and design
    • Contributing to budget management of demand-side activities
    • Traveling around to various regions of Ghana (and potentially outside) as needed
    • Other project-related tasks as required by the Chief of Party or the Team Lead for Demand Generation

    Required Qualifications:

    • Proven experience working in the agriculture or agribusiness sector in Ghana
    • Microsoft office suite proficiency and the ability to operate spreadsheet and word-processing programs at a highly proficient level
    • Proactive problem-solving, decision-making and good judgment skills
    • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, colleagues, and clients
    • Professional and mature demeanor and conduct
    • Ghanaian nationals preferred.
    • Master’s degree in business administration, international finance, international development, agricultural economics, or related field of study
    • Five years or more of progressively responsible work experience in agriculture/agribusiness in Ghana (or a Bachelor’s degree and nine years of similar experience)

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    Research and M&E Director

    The position will be on an upcoming USAID/Ghana project that addresses a key constraint restricting the development of commercial agriculture and obtaining full food security in Ghana – access to finance necessary to enable investment in agricultural value chains.

     Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    • The role of the position is to track, aggregate and develop reports on the achievements of the technical leads towards meeting the project indicators and targets, support the team in evaluating their progress, and assist with developing the project M&E plan (which includes the PMP and knowledge management and learning plan). In addition, s/he will assist the project in any research tasks required to expand upon the technical work, as required.

    The Research/M&E Director’s primary tasks include the following:  

    • Support technical teams in collecting, aggregating, and analyzing baseline data in the first several months of the project 
    • Maintain impeccable M&E files and substantiating information on data reported to USAID on the project’s shared drive that can be easily accessible by project team members and available for project auditors (i.e. accurate, updated, etc.) 
    • Coordinate collection and compilation of information on quarterly, annual and life of project indicators and outputs from team leaders, and progress toward planned activities 
    • Coordinate with USAID/Ghana and other implementing partners on M&E reporting requirements
    • Finalize and continuously update progress against the project’s Performance Management Plan (PMP), and maintain all files related to substantiating progress against indicators 
    • Assist with production of quarterly, annual, and final reports for USAID 
    • Respond to requests for information on the project and on project performance as needed 
    • Enter required training-related data into the US Government’s TraiNet software 
    • Work with the Communications Manager to manage a contact database of all partner grantees/subcontractors/etc.
    • Work closely with technical unit heads to track investment portfolio information and progress
    • Manage the M&E Assistant and any interns that are assisting with M&E activities of the project.  
    • Any other tasks as required by the Chief of Party or the Deputy Chief of Party

    Required Qualifications:

    • Previous experience in M&E as well as experience working in the M&E of USAID projects required
    • Strong familiarity with designing and managing M&E systems and reporting
    • Microsoft office suite proficiency and the ability to operate spreadsheet and word-processing programs at a highly proficient level
    • Proactive problem-solving, decision-making and good judgment skills
    • Demonstrated ability and commitment to manage confidential information
    • Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English. 
    • Ability to communicate effectively with managers, colleagues, service providers and clients
    • Professional and mature demeanor and conduct
    • Ghanaian nationals preferred.
    • A degree in a related field (M&E, impact evaluation, agribusiness, agriculture, finance, economics, etc.) or 5 years of equivalent experience
    • At least five years of experience in an M&E role, preferably with USAID

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