Service Delivery Unit Farmer Connector (Tumu - Upper West Region)

Job Summary

Great candidates want to make an impact, and they don’t shy away from challenges! Our Service Delivery Unit (SDU) Program – the heart of the Warc business model – needs you to be part of our operations in the Upper West Region; build the program structure and farmer network and play a key role in shaping the future of the program in this high potential growth around the region. This role is specifically for an SDU Network Coordinator to be based in our project location in Tumu, Upper West Region. You will work directly with our SDU Manager and have support from the technical farm management team. You would lead a team of private extension officers that in turn work with thousands of farmers. You’ll get to spend your days between the office, fields and its neighbouring communities.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 1 year

Job Description/Requirements

About Warc

We work to get farmers out of poverty. That’s our dream. We want to see Africa feeding the world in our lifetimes and its farmers to become the guardians of one of humanity’s most precious resource: the soils. We design and sell regenerative farming inputs as a service. With this, farmers are able to grow exponentially their incomes, improve their quality of life and develop a stronger tie to their lands. We worked with a thousand farmers and generated a very solid proof of concept. Now we aim high- we want one million farmers adopting our services within a decade.

Warc has humble beginnings. We did not learn how to run a business from a book; we have real, tangible experience. Warc’s revenue has grown 50x over the last 4 years and our goal is to triple it within the next 18 months. We began with a $30,000 investment from our founders and rapidly scaled up to raising over $5,000,000 in equity, debt and grants from angel, government and institutional investors.

Warc’s headquarters are in Sierra Leone, but we’ve rapidly established ourselves in Ghana. We are a dynamic team of 150 employees from 16 different countries, all dreamers, all doers. We’re now more than 50 in Ghana managing farms and working with 1,500 farmers in Bono East Region and the Upper West Region. We operate across West Africa, with established agricultural production and consulting operations in Sierra

Leone and Ghana. In the next decade, we ambition to be present across West Africa. Help us do it!

About the Job

Great candidates want to make an impact, and they don’t shy away from challenges! Our Service Delivery Unit (SDU) Program – the heart of the Warc business model – needs you to join the team on the ground; represent us in the communities, and most importantly, but the first contact point for our farmers. You will foster trust between Warc and the farmers, and between the farmers themselves.

This role is specifically for an SDU Farmer Connector to be based in our locations in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The work area expands three potential districts of Sissala East, Sissala West, and Wa East. You will work directly with our SDU Network Coordinator, and be responsible for helping grow our farmer network and managing up to 300 farmers. You’ll spend your days mainly on the field, with the farmers on their fields and in their communities, but with regular check-ins with our farm management.

The main responsibilities of the SDU Farmer Connector include:

  • Manage all relationships with farmers – be the first point of contact for farmers
  • Develop and maintain trust amongst farmers and farmer groups and with Warc
  • Follow Warc’s extension methodology and adapt it to farmers with different years of experience
  • Facilitate weekly farmer training seasons with farmer groups
  • Visit farmer plots
  • Report technical problems to Warc Agronomists and the SDU Network Coordinator
  • Record daily activities and write weekly reports
  • Work with the SDU Network Coordinator on community entry and new farmer acquisition
  • Support data collection for monitoring and impact measurement activities;

About you

Warc is excited to have a driven, talented, and hardworking person join our team. We can teach many of the technical skills, but it is very important for the person to have a strong interest in technology, agriculture, and rural development in order to succeed in this role. A suitable candidate will have the following characteristics:

  • Willingness to work in a start-up environment – The ability to see what problem needs to be solved, and being the one to make it happen
  • A relevant degree in social work, rural development, psychology, business administration or agribusiness
  • Have 1-2 years of experience working in the Upper West or other northern regions of Ghana
  • Belief in business approaches to development and supporting the growth of farmers (essential!)
  • Good interpersonal communication skills and social skills – can deliver specific communication about the company and SDU, establish trust and feedback loops
  • Confident in front of groups and in new environments – can facilitate group meetings and develop relationship
  • Team player
  • Speaks fluent English and Twi (other languages from Northern Ghana is a bonus)
  • Flexibility and ability to work without constant supervision - The drive, confidence, and creativity to get the job done
  • Experience or interest in working in a highly cross-cultural environment
  • Ability to live in remote areas
  • Have a license to operate a motorcycle in Ghana

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