Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) invites applications for a Field Project Manager position for a large scale, long term agriculture development project in Ghana. MEDA is an association of compassionate women and men who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a sustainable livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities. MEDA provides management, technical and consulting expertise to MEDA projects and to a wide range of clients, helping as many of the poor as possible by creating business solutions to poverty. To find out more about MEDA, please visit our website at www.meda.org.
Leading a team of field staff, the Field Project Manager (FPM) ensures effective implementation of project strategies, adjusting course as needed based on interim performance, to achieve life-of-project performance targets. This position involves frequent travel to project locations within Ghana. The FPM will report to and work closely with MEDA’s North America-based Sr. Project Manager tasked to supervise this Project. This is a full-time indefinite term contract for the duration of the project, subject to continued donor funding. Start date is ASAP.
Project Financial Management
Management of Field Staff
New Business Development
*Application deadline is August 17, 2018 at 4:30pm EST.
MEDA is an equal opportunity employer and accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process. We ask that any applicants requiring accommodation make their needs known in advance.
Ghana’s tree crops subsector accounts for a substantial 16% of GDP (US$4 billion) and sustains over 1.6 million families. Cocoa alone contributes 11.5% to GDP and nearly one-third of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. (All 2013 data - latest available)
In recent years, tree crops production has declined, significantly due to decreasing yields of farmers’ aging trees. Inadequate supply of good quality planting materials is a major impediment. Access to quality seedlings – in terms of improved survival and growth rates and productivity – can double farmers’ current yields and result in substantial income gains for Ghana’s tree crop farmers and economy.
To help address this issue, MEDA is implementing the Farmers' Economic Advancement Through Seedlings (FEATS) Project ($22 million over 6 years), which aims to contribute to improving the yields, incomes and well-being of Ghanaian tree crop farmers by:
To achieve this, MEDA has partnered with Tree Global, an international tree nursery company, to establish modern, large-scale production nurseries in Ghana to supply quality seedlings. The project appreciates the support of the Ghana Cocoa Board and is working in cooperation with them to help augment the supply of quality cocoa seedlings to farmers.
Project Quick Facts
Goal: Improved incomes and well-being of Ghanaian tree crop farmers by developing sustainable supply chains and markets for quality planting materials
Reach: 100,000 smallholder farmers including women and youth, supplied with 20 million quality seedlings, through 50 local small entrepreneurs
Value: $22.26 million
Funding: Global Affairs Canada (GAC - $10.75M), Tree Global, MEDA