Vacancy: Technical Director of Value Chain Development

Vacancy: Technical Director of Value Chain Development

For over 50 years and in 145 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transition nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a non-profit international development organisation that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 44 projects in 31 countries and revenues of $151 million.

Technical Director, Value Chain Development, Ghana

Project Background

The Ghana Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) II project is a $37.5 million USAID-funded project that supports agricultural investments to improve the competitiveness of the maize, rice, and soybean value chains in Ghana. The project adopts a facilitative value chain approach, where smallholder farmers are linked to markets, finance, inputs, equipment, and information through larger commercial farmers and traders who have the capacity and incentive to invest in smallholder production. These linkages build the capacity of smallholder farmers to increase the efficiency of their farm businesses with improved production and post-harvest handling practices. Uniquely, the ADVANCE II model supports emerging commercial agriculture and smallholders simultaneously. The project is targeting 100,000 direct beneficiaries through direct implementation and a network of local and international partner organisations.

Job Summary:

We are currently seeking a Technical Director of Value Chain Competitiveness and Inclusiveness for the agricultural value chain program in Ghana. This position will use a market facilitation and value chain approach to increase agricultural productivity and market access and trade for rural smallholders and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) while strengthening the local capacity for advocacy and implementation.


~ Lead the implementation of ongoing value chain upgrading strategies, addressing production, post-harvest, processing, and marketing priorities through market-driven sustainable approaches.

~ Work with value chain networks to identify upgrading opportunities, public-private partnerships and other opportunities that support an industrywide vision.

~ Follow up on the implementation of Annual Workplan, observing an adequate use of annual budget for each major activity.

~ Provide quality control and ensure timeliness of value chain and other technical program deliverables

~ Ensure effective coordination among component technical leaders and program specialists across all value chain activities

~ Ensure effective coordination among component technical leaders and program specialists across all value chain activities.

~ Ensure all project staff implement market facilitation and value chain development concepts and approaches in a sustainable manner and are committed to identified value chain upgrading strategies.

~ Provide input into the performance monitoring plan to measure success and validate causal assumptions, provide oversight of the field-level data collection in close collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Expert.

~ Develop an oversee the performance monitoring plan to measure success and validate causal assumptions.

~ Support in the writing of Quarterly Reports to USAID


~ A Master’s degree in a related field and minimum 7 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree in a related

~ Demonstrated success in implementing programs aimed at increasing the competitiveness and inclusiveness of value chains using facilitation approaches

~ Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in value chain development that reaches women, and the poor, and other vulnerable populations

~ Demonstrated creativity, willingness to innovate, think systematically and design catalytic activities

~ Demonstrate experience in collaborating across projects

~ Previous experience in Ghana or the region is preferred

~ Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential


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Only finalists will be contacted.

Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

Closing Date: December 29, 2017


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