Job Opportunity at Solidaridad: Senior Programme Officer – Oil Palm

Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the sustainable development of production systems in West Africa. We play a catalytic role by partnering with private sector companies and other stakeholders to foster the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound and profitable supply chains. Our activities in West Africa are focused on cocoa, gold, oil palm, cotton, soy and other commodities.

As one of the Regional Expertise Centres (REC) within Solidaridad’s international network, we are part of a growing global organization advocating and supporting sustainable and responsible production and trade. SWA focuses on stimulating sustainable supply chains through introduction of innovations in good practices, robust infrastructure, sustainable landscapes management and enabling policy.

The Solidaridad regional office is based in Accra, Ghana and currently has programmes and operations in Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria.

Job Description
The Solidaridad Country Program in Ghana seeks to recruit a highly qualified and motivated Senior Programme Officer for Oil Palm. The position would be based initially in Accra.

POSITION SUMMARY
Under the direction of the Programme Manager, Oil Palm, s/he will support the Oil Palm Programme team to ensure high quality programming, strong proposal designs that are in line with Solidaridad’s objectives and donor priorities.

S/He will directly support the programme’s initiative to promote climatesmart oil palm systems, best management practices, engage with relevant policy makers and ministries, agencies and departments, improved technology use of extraction efficiency, service delivery systems, market linkages and policy enabling environment.

The Oil Palm Senior Programme Officer will liaise internally with Solidaridad’s partners and with external stakeholders, and ensure all Solidadridad’s Oil Palm programmes in the country maintain high standards, in line with international standards

Key Responsibilities
¬ Assist the Programme Manager, Oil Palm in the development and the implementation of project/program plans and activities in close coordination with partners (public and private)

¬ Support in developing strategies, guidelines, manuals, and procedures for programme implementation

¬ Co-operate with and ensure regular contacts, dialogues with the local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental bodies and persons within the programme/project’s environment as well as with other projects in order to enhance and maintain good working relationships

 ¬ Communicate and channel local interest and aspirations and exchanges ideas and information for the benefit of the programme.

¬ Support the overall programme management of the Oil Palm programme and ensures timeous, continuous delivery of activities

¬ Lead partnership development and resource mobilization

¬ Prepares appropriate input to the various project/program reports/publications including annual reports; contributes to other reports required by the Programme Manager

¬ Monitor programme progress, review reports and documents concerning the progress of collaborative programs, determine bottlenecks and make recommendations for management action to the Programme Manager.

¬ Support the preparation of budget for key events and related financial documentation

Required Skills and Experience
¬ Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Business, Agric. Economics, Climate change, Policy studies, Natural resource management or related field.

¬ 5 years’ minimum experience in similar role

¬ Experience with program management, proposals and report writing.

¬ Experience with bilateral and multilateral donors.

¬ Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and detail orientation

¬ Project Management skills

¬ Knowledge of and adherence to NGO Management and code of conduct

¬ Demonstrated knowledgeable and experience in the Oil Palm sector, climate change and policy related issues in Ghana

¬ Knowledge of planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) methodologies

How to Apply
If you believe, you have the skills and experience to fulfil this challenging and rewarding role, then kindly send your application with updated resume to:  vacancies.GH@solidaridadnetwork.org
by the closing date February 15, 2019. Please indicate the position in the subject.

High priority would be given to qualified female applicants.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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