Specialist in Climate-Smart Agricultural Production and Transformation

Job Summary

He/She oversees the coordination of the activities specific to GE and so, coordinate the work of the GE team (facilitators), and provides strategic support to ensure the gender equality approach in all the components of the project He/She oversees the M&E of the GE activities in order to support results-based management and organizational learnings He/She provides strategic advice and support to the Project Coordinator to ensure that the project decisions and actions are consistent with SOCODEV Gender Equality Institutional Policy coordinating capacity building and technical assistance to producers/processors as well as cooperative enterprises in the rice sector in the Upper East region

  • Minimum Qualification: Diploma
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

At SOCODEVI and YHFG, we believe in the importance of a diverse workplace and commit to the principles of inclusive and equal employment. We specifically encourage women and minorities to apply to this posting.The Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana is a youth focused Non-Governmental Organization Foundation was founded in 2002 with head office based in Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana.

Helping the deprived youth of the north of Ghana education, entrepreneurial training and improved living conditions. SOCODEVI is a network of cooperative enterprises and mutual sustainable development of the countries where it operates with the aim of ensuring that populations take charge of themselves.

The PROCED-SOCODEVI, a five-year project funded by the Government of Canada, aims to support the development of women in parboiled rice production in the Upper East region through the reinforcement capacity of producers, co-operative enterprises and public and private partners. The Gender Equality Specialist is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Gender Equality (GE) Strategy of the project and responsible of the capacity building process related to GE within the project (with the team, the beneficiaries and as well as with the stakeholders).

Job Title: Specialist in Climate-Smart Agricultural Production and Transformation

Job Location: Bolgatanga, Upper East Region 

Job Description

  • Develop agri-environmental and climate change content of Socodevi field schools or other training activities, and materials to support the adoption of good practices and innovations by producers and processors
  • Train facilitators in Socodevi field schools or other training activities, and oversee appropriate implementation through participatory approaches incorporating gender, environmental and climate change considerations 
  • Coach, advise and support the facilitators in production and intelligent transformation facing the climate
  • Facilitate training related to agricultural production and processing that integrates environmental and climate change considerations according to established planning
  • Support cooperative enterprises in the optimization of products and services offered from an environmental perspective and taking into account climatic challenges, in order to feed their strategic planning and improve their environmental management
  • Conduct working sessions with private and public stakeholders to strengthen inclusive economic development of cooperative enterprises and adaptation to climate change
  • Conduct customized technical assistance visits to producers, processors and processors who are members of co-operative partner companies, particularly for the rice parboiling process
  • Establish investment budgets for processing activities and collection and storage centers for cooperative enterprises and monitor them

Qualification and Requirements

  • Minimum of a Technical or university diploma in agronomy or any other relevant field
  • Proven experience in adult education (andragogy) and participatory methodologies 
  • Proven experience in team coordination 
  • Proven experience in managing agricultural production and processing systems, integrating environmental and climate change considerations 
  • Experience in the rice sector, particularly for the rice parboiling process
  • Proven experience in providing technical assistance to producers, processors and processors 
  • Work experience with cooperative enterprises 
  • Work experience sensitive to gender, an asset

Desired Skills and Personal Qualities 

  • Good command of English 
  • Proficiency in local languages and French, an asset 
  • Adherence to the values of equality and gender equity 
  • Ability to lead a group 
  • Ability to communicate 
  • Ability to design and adapt training tools and capacity building programs 
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team 
  • Ability to use participatory approaches

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