JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
PEACE CORPS - ACCRA
November 08 2010 Number:
PC 10 006 Feed the Future/Food Security Coordinator US Peace Corps All Interested Candidates Full-time with benefits: 40 hours/week November 19, 2010 – 12:30pm
Position: Office: Open to: Work hours: Closing Date:
PERSONAL SERVICES CONTRACTOR (PSC) The Peace Corps is a United States federal agency that promotes international peace, friendship and sustainable development by providing trained men and women to serve in local communities. In Ghana, these trained men and women (Peace Corps Volunteers) work in the areas of health, education, small enterprise development and environment. The agency in Ghana is seeking to hire an individual to assist with its operations in the Accra Office. The Ghana program is recruiting a highly skilled professional to provide leadership and support in areas relating to its Feed the Future/Food Security Initiative for Peace Corps volunteers, trainees, and staff. This position reports the Programming and Training Officer and requires extensive and frequent travel throughout Ghana. The successful candidate must be able to present him/herself in a professional manner, displaying confidence and depth of technical and socio political knowledge of areas of responsibility. Must be able to prepare precise, accurate, factual and analytical reports and able to render advice with detachment and objectivity. Job Description and Major Responsibilities: • A full Job Description is outlined at the end of this vacancy announcement.
Education, Qualification & Desired Requirement • Bachelors / Masters degree in a related field • Three years of program management experience. • Three years of experience in a cross-cultural setting or environment • Knowledge of food security principles and up to date methods of food security delivery • Experience managing national-level programs. • Established working relationships with local, national, and international collaborating agencies and stakeholders. • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, training skills, presentation skills, report writing skills • Must be a strong team player but must also be able to work independently with limited supervision when needed. • Multi-lingual (English, Ghana Local Language(s)) skills, both oral and written. • Knowledge and understanding of US values, history, and culture. • Willingness to travel frequently and work in various regions, including rural areas, of Ghana • Knowledge of Peace Corps history, philosophy, goals, and procedures (recruitment, training, financing, budgeting, assignment, separation) and USG laws, regulations, and policies relevant to those procedures. • Experience working with the U.S. Peace Corps is an added advantage.
Skills and Abilities: • Ability to communicate effectively in oral /written English and two other local languages • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, training skills and good report writing skills • A general level of managerial and intellectual experience. • Ability to lead and train. • Ability to analyze, conceptualize, negotiate, exercise sound judgment, originate ideas and unearth creative solutions, handle requests for tasks with patience, diplomacy and good sense of humor. • Must possess excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail, • Must be hardworking, reliable and diligent with good inter-personal skills, • Ability to work effectively as part of an intercultural team • Must be proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel. Compensation: • Competitive salary, plus benefits package. Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered: 1) A detailed resume or C.V. that includes:
• • • • Professional positions held, identifying duties, responsibilities, dates of employment and reason for leaving Education and training, identifying universities attended, dates of attendance, degrees and diplomas. An accounting for periods of unemployment longer than three months Professional references.
2) A cover letter 3) Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above: Write the name of the position on the back of the envelope and deliver to: Post Delivery: The Administrative Officer US Peace Corps P.O. Box 5796, Accra –North Hand Delivery: The Administrative Officer Peace Corps Ghana Office Near 37 Military Hospital Behind Army Officer’s Mess 26 W. Switchback Lane Cantonments, Accra Or Email to: email@example.com
Peace Corps – Ghana (PC-Ghana) Statement of Work (SOW) Position: Supervisor: Duty station: POSITION DESCRIPTION The U.S. Peace Corps is an agency that promotes international peace, friendship, and sustainable development by sending trained men and women, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), to serve in countries that have requested assistance. The Food Security Coordinator leads the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative program with Peace Corps Ghana in collaboration with an interdisciplinary program and training team to ensure program results meet U.S. Peace Corps objectives. The Food Security Coordinator works directly with Peace Corps staff, partners, and PCVs and supports the U.S. Peace Corps mission in Ghana in the following main areas: 1. 2. 3. 4. Program Management 60% Training 20% Safety and Security 10% General Support 10% Food Security (Feed the Future) Coordinator Programming and Training Officer (PTO) Accra, Ghana
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Program Management – 60% • Provide vision and creative direction to the ongoing development of Food Security/Feed the Future program in a manner that addresses ongoing and emerging food security concerns in Ghana; • Collect data and track the Food Security program to ensure activities are in alignment with the goals and objectives of PC Ghana, USAID, the Feed the Future Initiative, while addressing the local needs and national priorities of Ghana; • Build and maintain healthy relationships with PCVs, Peace Corps staff, the Government of Ghana, Non-Governmental Organizations, Community-Based Organizations, the Ghana private sector, media representatives, and other international stakeholder groups; • Provide technical support to Peace Corps Volunteers through site visits, phone calls, or during appointments in the office; • Develop and update a Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP); • Follow all program reporting requirements as outlined in the Participating Agency Program Agreement between the USAID and Peace Corps Ghana; • Compile and submit quarterly progress reports to Peace Corps and USAID; • Prepare for and compile a final progress report to USAID, when appropriate, that will provide chronological summary of the program from beginning to completion; • Coordinate with the Associate Peace Corps Directors for Agriculture, Environment, Small Enterprise Promotion, Education, and Training in designing program and training activities; • Develop and finalize annual work plans with guidance from USAID; • Plan and coordinate program and training events designed to enhance the capacity of PCVs, counterparts, and relevant stakeholders to implement food security practices; • Manage the Food Security budget in a manner that accurately accounts for all expenditures according to Peace Corps and USAID requirements; • Ensure that all food security program activities comply with USAID environmental regulations; • Support information and communication linkages between PCVs and partners at the national level; • Consult the PTO and the Country Director (CD) on all Food Security program decisions; • Respond timely to additional assignments from the Country Director.
2. Training – 20% • Keep up-to-date on new study in the field of food security and revised program policies and provide timely updates to PC Staff and PCVs; • Oversee the development of food security curricula that is integrated into PC Ghana’s annual training program; • Organize and lead Food Security training events for PCVs, Ghanaian counterparts, partners, and PC Staff; • Publicize and distribute materials on the progress of Food Security programs to PCVs during training events (PST, IST, etc); • Lead the Food Security component during Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop; and • Lead technical food security training sessions for PCVs, counterparts, PC staff, and partners during regularly scheduled training events. 3. Safety and Security– 10% • Work closely with the Safety and Security Coordinator to coordinate appropriate site development, selection and placement for PCVs; • Participate in the Emergency Action Plan (EAP) simulations and implementation of EAP events during actual emergency situations; and • Employ appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of all PCVs. 4. General Support to the Peace Corps Mission– 10% • Plan and budget for training events in cooperation with the Administrative Officer (AO) and the APCD for Training; • Account for all Food Security Program related expenses and file appropriate vouchers; • Co-coordinate the recruitment, selection and hiring process for in-country program contractors (LHPSCs) relevant to the Food Security Program; • Review, in conjunction with the AO, SOWs and terms and conditions of contracts with LHPSCs and USPSCs; • Review expected standards of performance, reporting requirements, lines of authority, lines of communication and contractor evaluation process with LHPSCs and USPSCs; and • Represent PC - Ghana to GOG and community and international partners.