Job Vacancy For Program Manager (Agriculture) – Current Jobs in Ghana
Number: PC 21-001
Position: Program Manager (Agriculture),
Office: U. S. Peace Corps, GHANA
Open to: All Interested Candidates
Work hours: 40+ a week
Closing Date: May 28, 2021
Salary: ¢131,716.00-197,724.00 PA plus benefits
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, and Agriculture.
• The agency in Ghana is seeking to hire a highly skilled professional to provide leadership in developing and maintaining a program that contributes to the Post’s goal of nurturing and supporting resilient, culturally sensitive, responsible and able Volunteers.
• The Program Manager, Agriculture reports to the Director of Programming and Training and is responsible for all Peace Corps agriculture volunteers. This position requires extensive and frequent travel throughout Ghana.
STATEMENT OF WORK:
• The Program Manager(PM) for Agriculture is responsible for 1) programming, 2) volunteer support and safety, 3) training, and 4) management and administration of one of the three programs offered by Peace Corps/Ghana.
• The Program Manager for Agriculture reports directly to the Director of Programming and Training and serves as a member of the senior staff of Peace Corps, Ghana.
• He or she has supervisory responsibilities (with appropriate IGF approval) of the Programming and Training Specialist, Agriculture.
• The position supports the activities of approximately 50-60 Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), all U.S. citizens, in their successful integration and Agriculture outreach throughout Ghana.
• The Program Manger/Agriculture develops, maintains, monitors and evaluates the Agriculture programs to ensure that they are responsive to host country development needs and policies and consistent with Peace Corps programming principles and Volunteer resources. Develops and updates Logical Project Framework for Agriculture and ensures alignment in the areas of programming, training, and evaluation. Develops and maintains strong and productive working relationships with the government, NGOs, and other local organizations to further programming activities. Identifies and develops in country a network of resource persons to respond to ongoing program support needs. Ensures that the program is appropriately coordinated and develops work plans that are realistic and responsive to Peace Corps/Ghana strategic planning goals. Demonstrates an understanding of Peace Corps recruitment, training, and programming systems that results in successful selection of PC Trainees and Volunteers. Makes timely, thoughtful submissions of programming documents and required updates in VIDA, Peace Corps’ internal database.
2. Volunteer support and safety
• The PM/Agriculture provides timely, locally appropriate technical, personal, and administrative support to PCVs through site identification prior to the arrival ofVolunteers and through site visits, office time, correspondences and other communications during the Volunteers’ 24 months of service. Demonstrates sound decision-making capability and utilizes good judgment while under stress or in emergency situations. Provides accurate, thorough and prompt technical information to PCVs. Responsible for providing feedback to all volunteers’ quarterly reports. Takes appropriate measures in Volunteers’ programming, placement, and support to ensure high levels of Volunteer health, safety, and security. Works to develop systems of Volunteer support within host agencies and local organizations independent of Peace Corps. Reports incidents to the Safety and Security Manager.
• The PM/Agriculture plans and coordinates a comprehensive Agricultural training program, including both, Pre Service Training (PST) (10 weeks) and In-Service Trainings (IST) (1 week), which provides Volunteers with knowledge and skills to successfully fulfill their assignments. The PM/Agriculture takes an active role in the training design workshop and training of trainers to determine the appropriate technical content for the PST and designs the training syllabus around needs and expectations. Fully utilizes local material and human resources to maximize appropriateness of training and reduce dependence on external resources. Establishes training goals and objectives that align with programming goals as established in the Logical Project Framework and assists training staff in the overall training planning and execution, providing input in the general areas of cross culture, cross-sectoral integration, and health and safety. Spends adequate time with trainees and training staff during PST in formal and informal sessions to accurately assess trainees’ abilities for successful site placement. Participates in the Project Design and Management training to ensure that the training supports Agricultural project goals and PCV needs. Works closely with and supervises the PTS/Agriculture who is responsible for delivering most of the training sessions. Collaborates training schedules and topics with Training Manger, Programming and Training Specialist and others to ensure a coherent training program throughout the Volunteer cycle.
4. Management and Administration
• The PM Agriculture supports the larger country program as a team member through active participation in staff meetings and other in-house forums as well as during community, regional, and national activities. Demonstrates critical thinking and problem solving ability in resolving programming and Volunteer issues. Advises the Country Director in a timely manner of significant problems and recommends viable solutions that can be readily adopted. Provides clear guidance to Volunteers regarding Peace Corps policies and enforces policies in a fair and consistent manner in collaboration with the Country Director. Maintains project records including technical and administrative reports. Writes and distributes regular project reports including annual Project Status Report (PSR) to Peace Corps Washington. Explains and promotes the goals of the program through regular communications, presentations, and official functions. Develops work plans and performs annual job appraisal of Programming and Training Specialist and other direct reports and provides guidance and support as needed.
This position has limited supervisory responsibilities. Personal Services Contractors (PSCs) may only supervise other PSCs.
• This position may act as an Occasional Money Handler, as assigned, or be designated at a sub-cashier with appropriate training, to perform work within the scope of duties. The PSC may be required to courier cash and/or purchase orders to various vendors who furnish supplies and/or services to PST/IST training sites, or other locations as directed by the Contracting Officer. The PSC may also be required to courier cash to PC trainees or volunteers. The PSC will not be functioning as a procurement or disbursing official but will only be acting as an intermediary between the Contracting or Disbursing Officer and the recipient. In the case of dealing with vendors, the PSC will not exercise any procurement discretion concerning the supplies or services to be purchased or the cost limits of these purchases; these will be determined by the Contracting Officer; of the Peace Corps Act.
Safety and Security Duties for all Peace Corps positions:
• Addresses safety and security proactively by ensuring appropriate assignments for Volunteers and adhering to Peace Corps site development policies and procedures. Identifies and immediately communicates Volunteer safety and security concerns or issues to the Safety and Security Manager (SSM) and the CD. Ensures prospective sites meet established programmatic and safety/security criteria (e.g., safe housing, a clearly defined assignment with an organization that shows real interest in working with a Volunteer, etc.). Reviews and references site history files when evaluating potential sites. Incorporates appropriate site-specific safety and security-related information into site history files. Ensures designated host country counterparts participate in counterpart orientation/training and are prepared to work with and support Volunteers, including their role in Volunteer safety and security. Maintains communication with each Volunteer and solicits periodic feedback, including information about Volunteer safety and security. Maintains a calendar of Volunteer site visits, and completes appropriate number of site visits to assess Volunteer progress, safety and security, and to provide technical guidance and moral support. Monitors Volunteer compliance with Peace Corps policies, especially related to safety and security, and initiates corrective action as necessary. Participates in the design and implementation of the Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Acts as duty officer, as needed. Knowledgeable and supportive of Peace Corps safety and security policies and procedures, including the timely reporting of suspicious incidents, persons or articles.
• To the extent Contractor operates a US government owned, leased, or rented vehicle (GOV) to perform his or her job duties, Contractor must operate that vehicle safely at all times and only operate it for official business purposes as defined in 31 USC 1334 and Peace Corps MS 522.
• Contractor must refrain from texting or from engaging in any behavior that distracts attention from driving safely at any time. Except in an emergency situation, Contractor must not text message (i) when driving a GOV; (ii) when driving a privately-owned vehicle (POV) while on official government business; or (iii) while using electronic equipment supplied by the government while driving any vehicle (even during off-duty hours).
• Authorization must be given by the Country Director for any staff to drive a Peace Corps Vehicle.
• PSC is expected to adhere to Peace Corps code of conducts as mentioned in the PSC contract with reference to PC Manual Sections and the Ghana Staff Handbook.
Temporary Duties (TDY):
• The contractor is subject to worldwide availability and may be requested by the Peace Corps to be reassigned or transferred permanently to another Peace Corps Post/Headquarters or perform temporary duties (TDY) as required and to travel to other assignments within Peace Corps’ as assigned.
Qualification Required & Experience
Academic Requirements and Training Experience:
• Education: Master’s degree in Agriculture or related field.
• Experience: A minimum of five years in the field of agriculture with direct experience teaching/training adults in community development.
• Experience: A minimum of two years of working in a multi-cultural environment.
• Experience: Three years of experience in program administration and evaluation.
• Knowledge: Knowledge of adult education techniques, gender analysis, community analysis and project management.
• Abilities: Ability to work on a team and maintain good working relationships with Peace Corps Staff and Volunteers/Trainees. Ability to develop and maintain mid-level contacts within the host government, international aid agencies and the private sector.
• Ability to employ sound judgment while following organizational guidelines and policies.
• Abilities: Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, email, PowerPoint and entering information into databases.
• Demonstrates increasing levels of responsibility in previous employment
• Previous experience as a trainer with Peace Corps training programs or similar international training program
• Experience supervising others
• Experience working with volunteers
• Experience with grants management, budget management and/or adhering to external funding guidelines
How To Apply For The Job
Interested applicants for this position must submit the following or the application will not be considered:
1) A detailed résumé or C.V. that includes:
• Professional positions held identifying duties, responsibilities, dates of employment and reasons for leaving
• Education and training, schools attended, dates of attendance, qualifications obtained
• An accounting for periods of unemployment longer than three months
• 3 Professional references.
2) A cover letter that includes current salary
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Closing Date: 02 July, 2021