Job Vacancy For Livelihoods Specialist, MOCA Youth Ghana At Winrock International


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


Livelihoods Specialist, Project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for the position of Livelihoods Specialist for the upcoming project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities. The proposed objective of the project is to reduce exploitative child labor in the cocoa growing areas of Ghana. The project will assist cocoa growing communities to design and implement Community Action Plans (CAPs) to address exploitative child labor and will provide livelihood services to households.

The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


POSITION TITLE: Livelihoods Specialist, Project to Mobilize Community Action and Youth      Employment (MOCA-Youth Project) in Ghana’s Cocoa Growing Communities


DEPARTMENT: Civil Society & Education

REPORTS TO: Project Director

Position Summary:

The Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for providing leadership in developing the technical aspects of the program related to sustainable livelihood interventions, including household economic strengthening, youth employment, identifying rural and micro-finance or other savings and loans programs as part of an integrated livelihoods program to reduce the incidence of child labor and enhance livelihoods programs in the cocoa-growing sector in Ghana. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


•   Provide strategic leadership of all programmatic activities concerned with livelihoods for adults and youth, income generation, youth employment and rural financing.
•   In coordination with a team, develop and oversee implementation of livelihood work plans/targets, budgets, and reports.
•   Coordinate strategy and activities with any implementing partners, national and local government authorities involved in and responsible for economic development.
•   Manage and mentor staff in rural finance and livelihoods.
•   Coordinate closely on data collection to measure impacts, incomes, household and business investments, and savings.
•   Serve as technical lead in at least four of the following areas and supervise staff and/or consultants in the remaining areas: agricultural value-chain development, public-private partnership, enterprise development and incubation, community mobilization; workforce development for legally aged working children; vocational education/training, microfinance access, nutrition, youth and women’s empowerment, or land tenure/property rights.

Qualification Required & Experience

•   Education: Bachelor’s degree required (MBA or master’s degree preferred) in economics, agriculture/horticulture, environmental sciences or gender in development. Supplemental training in income generation/entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, HIV/AIDS, gender analysis/mainstreaming, microfinance preferred.

Work Experience:  

•   Minimum four years’ experience working in projects promoting livelihoods interventions in areas including skills training, micro-lending, micro-savings, employment generation, alternative/additional income generation for adults and youth, youth employment, community mobilization and social protection for donor-funded development programs required.
•   Experience working successfully with government ministries engaged in promoting improved livelihoods for households and the provision of social protection services, as well as experience working with the private sector, employers’ organizations, trade unions, or comparable entities.
•   Experience managing and monitoring integrated US Government programs and budgets strongly preferred.
•   Demonstrated technical expertise in four of the following areas: agricultural value-chain development, public-private partnerships, enterprise development and incubation, vocational education/training, microfinance access, nutrition, youth and women’s empowerment, land tenure/property rights, and child labor prevention.
•   Experience with public-private partnership building, working with labor unions and farmers groups, specifically in the cocoa-growing sector
•   Knowledge of youth employment issues in Ghana is required.
•   Some private sector experience preferred.


•   Strong skills in financial management, writing, monitoring and evaluation required.
•   Excellent written and oral communication skill in English is required.


The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

Location: Ghana

How To Apply For The Job

Candidates with experience in the area above mentioned should submit a CV and cover letter to:-

[email protected]

Closing Date: 15 July, 2015
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