Position: Livelihood, Food Security and Empowerment (LIFE) Coordinator
Location: WA with frequent travel to the field (Lambussie and Sissala West Districts)
Reporting to: Country Program Director
Supervisory: Supervise Field Officers
Relationships: Program Coordinators and Finance and Administrative Officer
1.1 About Vibrant Village Foundation
The Vibrant Village Foundation (VVF) is a private Foundation headquartered in Portland, Oregon State in the United States of America (U.S.A). Established in 2010, the Foundation provides direct assistance and grants to support Agriculture, Livelihood, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in marginalized and hard to reach communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Foundation has supported programs in over 22 countries since its inception. In Ghana, the Foundation operates in the Sissala West and Lambussie districts of the Upper West region supporting over 21,000 people to access safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), education, health and vocational skills training since 2011. Inspired by the impact of our interventions in the lives of vulnerable communities, we developed a 10-year development strategy under the theme ‘Integrated Program for Economic and Social Transformation’ (IMPREST). The goal of the program is to contribute to poverty reduction, improved wellbeing and resilience of vulnerable populations through the implementation of multi-sectorial intervention including Education and Child Protection, WASH, Livelihoods, Food Security and Empowerment of Women programs.
2.1 Livelihood, Food Security and Empowerment (LIFE) Coordinator
We are searching for an experienced and innovative professional to lead our Livelihood, Food Security and Empowerment (LIFE) team in the Upper West region.The post-holder shall oversee the overall management and supervision of the Livelihood, Food Security and Women empowerment program in the operational districts. He or She shall ensure the execution of program activities and functions within agreed strategies and resources. The specific roles and responsibilities of the post-holder are:
2.1.1 Quality assurance and technical support functions
• Provide technical support and capacity building for staff and farmers on Conservation Agriculture,Agroecology and Good Agronomic practices.
• Liaise with Field Officers and Coordinators to agree on program quality control standards or criteria
• Work closely with the M&E coordinator to refine the M&E framework and data collection tools
• Provide technical support in the establishment and strengthening of farmer- groups and associations
• Facilitate the development of by-laws to guide the operations of farmer- groups and associations
• Develop and oversee the implementation of quarterly and annual work plans and budgets
• Develop strategies to enhance effective adoption of sustainable agricultural practices by farmer groups or farmer-based organizations (FBOs)
• Identify and develop viable off-farm and agro-businesses targeting small scale farmers especially women
• Undertake regular monitoring and compilation of data on lessons learned from project implementation
• Develop and manage a system of responding to feedback and complaints from beneficiaries
• Provide targeted technical assistance to program staff through field visits and mentoring to enhance quality standards and judicious use of resources
• Prepare progress reports based on agreed quality standards
• Develop case studies and share with relevant partners
2.1.2 Program management functions
• Line manage field officers and volunteers
• Conduct regular appraisal of staff and develop capacity development plans to improve efficiency
• Ensure the efficient and judicious use of resources
• Ensure strict adherence to financial management policies and guidelines of the organization
• Ensure that resources and processes are sufficient to achieve program objectives and activities in line with work plans
• Supervise and monitor compliance of staff and partners to VVF child protection, gender, and sexual harassment and anti-fraud policies.
2.1.3 Leadership and coordination:
• Provide transparent and accountable leadership to staff and stakeholders
• Inspire staff and clearly establish line of communication
• Represent VVF at partner coordination meetings
• Liaise with Program Director and Finance Officer to ensure timely release of funds for project activities
• Maintain good working relations with relevant government line ministries, departments, agencies and the private sector to enhance the adoption of new technologies or strategies in sustainable agriculture
• Participate in senior management meetings (SMT)
Qualification Required & Experience
3.1 Profile and experience of the post-holder
• A degree in Agriculture extension, Agric-economics, Agronomy or relevant work experience.
• Advanced/Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
• At least 4 years’ experience in Sustainable Agricultural practices (SAPs).
• Ability to work with multi-ethnic and culturally diverse stakeholders.
• Analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment.
• Experience in project cycle management.
• Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities.
• Good verbal and written communication skills in English required.
• Experience using MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) is required
• Strong commitment to improving the well-being of families in rural communities.
• Ability to speak Sissali and/or Dagaare language will be an added advantage
Location: Wa, Upper West region
How To Apply For The Job
Please submit a cover letter and CV in a single document to the VVF recruiting team via email:
• State your salary expectation in the cover letter
• Our postal address is Box 541, Wa, Upper West region.
• Closing date,31 August 2020.
• Only short listed candidates will be contacted and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Closing Date: 31 August, 2020
Female candidates are kindly encouraged to apply