Agricultural Specialist SOW
Overview of Project:
The Improving Food Safety Systems Project in Ghana is a USAID program that aims to improve access to markets for Ghana’s farmers. The objective is to strengthen the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) compliance system for Ghanaian fruits and vegetables to enable public and private sector collaboration for active growth in exports and sector productivity and profitability. IESC supports cooperation between Ghana’s public and private sectors to help establish a strong traceability system to identify when and where food safety and quality problems are introduced – at growing, harvesting, processing, or packaging. Drawing on IESC’s robust registry of about 7,000 highly skilled volunteer experts, IESC works with the Government of Ghana to strengthen the food safety compliance system for Ghanaian fruits and vegetables, starting with mangoes and chilies, and trains private exporters and farmers on good agricultural practices.
- Support implementation of activities related to improving SPS compliance along horticultural value chains.
- Manage day to day program implementation of volunteer-related activities along the value chains with a particular focus on coordination with field-based partners and coordinate training and volunteer engagement.
- Reports to Project Country Director of IFSSP in Accra office.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support delivery of SPS improvement program’s development and implementation to ensure that SPS improvements are made throughout the mango and chili value chains.
- Track opportunities and propose specific scopes of work for volunteer support to advance the results under the SPS compliance strategy.
- Plan and coordinate training and strategic interventions along the value chain for volunteers to deliver.
- Collaborate with host organizations (field-based partners) to design interventions including identification of sights and beneficiaries and training objectives, agendas and budgets.
- Travel to intervention sights to be meet with stakeholders, host organizations, and beneficiaries as needed and with volunteers.
- Review and provide feedback on training, final reports, and recommendations drafted by volunteers.
- Collect relevant data and narrative stories from corresponding training and interventions.
- Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, ag-business, international development, economics, public policy, or other relevant fields with relevant experience; Graduate degree preferred.
- 5+ years of experience working in the agricultural sector.
- Experience working with the Government of Ghana, particularly the Minister of Food and Agriculture, preferred.
- Knowledge of mango or chili production preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.
- Must be fluent in English.