The Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) is a Government of Ghana (GoG) programme designed to provide a framework for a long-term financing arrangement for private sector-led, pro-poor agricultural value chain development in Ghana. Financiers are International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Ghana (GoG). The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) is the implementing ministry
The Programme has three components.
• Component 1
(Value Chain Development) is central to ensuring strong business linkages among actors in the entire value chains of commodities, to ensure they meet market or consumer and industry demands. It has three sub-components: (i) Agribusiness linkage development; (ii) Rural financial services and (iii) Climate Change Resilience—which is mainstreamed into value chain interventions to reduce risks, enhance profitability and sustainable production systems.
• Component 2
(Rural Value Chain Infrastructure) is aimed at providing the enabling infrastructure to catalyse value chain development. It has two sub-components: (i) Productive Infrastructure and Facilities—aimed at encouraging investments in commercial infrastructure and facilities for the selected value chains; and (ii) Enabling Public Infrastructure— aimed to finance enabling public infrastructure for the growth and viability of selected value chains.
• Component 3
(Knowledge Management, Policy Support and Coordination) aimed at harnessing successful lessons for replication and providing an enabling environment for optimization of programme opportunities and benefits.
Reports to the Programme Value Chain Manager
Duties and Responsibilities include:
• Works closely with the Value Chain Manager in identifying candidate value chains, refining value chain development concepts, developing support programmes to strengthen chosen value chains, and oversees the execution of support to value chains from technical service providers;
• Conducts analyses and surveys that may include experiences and success stories, projects and documents on VC promotion as well as the identification and listing of local key actors with the objective of systematizing local experience and support the establishment of a knowledge information network;
• Jointly analyse, discuss, validate and locally adapt the ValueLink 2.0 (a manual developed for sustainable value chain development) approach for promoting Value Chains, so that a shared approach is adopted for all promising VCs;
• Supervises the training events related to the promotion of value chain to be implemented by the Value Chain Facilitators;
• Facilitate the work of Value Chain Committees (VCCs) and Value Chain Facilitators (VCFs) in clarifying program strategies on potential impact for agricultural value chains to be supported by the programme and provide relevant information and advice;
• Facilitates viable linkages among smallholder farmers, larger businesses, service providers, private financiers and implementing partners aiming at achieving a networking attitude towards the harmonisation of approaches, tools and methodology of VC development;
Proactively contribute to the identification of candidate value chains and the preparation and launching of calls for Expression of Interest, which represent the core of GASIP business at the zonal level;
• Supports the development of Terms of Reference and Tender Specifications for technical consultants for studies on VC impact potentials;
• Coordinates and oversees the implementation of ordered studies, ensuring that sound financial analyses are developed and other GASIP tools and strategies are effectively applied into proposed activities (eg FBO development, contracts, financial plans, matching grants, high potential technologies, appropriate infrastructures etc) and are compliant with GASIP’s broader principles (gender, climate change, youth development, etc.);
• Contributes to the preparation of programme reports, Annual Work Plan and Budgets (AWPBs) as planned by the PCU; and
• Undertakes any other responsibility that will ensure smooth and effective implementation of the programme.
Qualification Required & Experience
• At least a Masters’ degree in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Business Administration or other academic field relevant to the tasks to be carried out;
• At least 7 years practical experience in developing and analysing value chain related business plans, and work experience in value chain management, preferably within the agricultural sector in Ghana;
• Familiarity with funding related issues facing the development of the agricultural sector in Ghana;
• Strong value chain analysis and risk management skills;
• Experience in working for donor-funded programmes or similar market-oriented rural development interventions; and
• The position will be on a contract basis for two (2) years with the possibility of extension depending on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
How to Apply For the Job
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21 November 2018