GCAP Vacancy Announcements

REPUBLIC OF GHANA

MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

GHANA COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE PROJECT (GCAP) – GHANA

(P114264)

Job Vacancies

Background: The GCAP, financed by the World Bank and USAID, is Ghana’s flagship agricultural project.

The project is currently being restructured including the following revised Project Development Objective: To improve agricultural productivity of both smallholder and nucleus farms in selected project intervention areas through increased access to reliable water, land, finance, agricultural inputs, and-output markets.

The restructured GCAP will consist of the following seven components: (i) Strengthening investment promotion infrastructure and facilitating secure access to land; (ii) Securing PPPs and smallholder linkages in the Accra Plains; (iii) Securing PPPs and small-holder linkages in the SADA Zone; (iv) Project Management including M&E and impact analysis; (v)  Investments in physical rehabilitation and modernization of existing public irrigation and drainage infrastructure; (vi) Support to the restructuring of irrigation and drainage institutions of the Government of Ghana; and (vii) Support for the development of Water Users’ Associations and new scheme management institutions.

GCAP is looking for suitable candidates for a number of key positions as specified in detail below.  Each position will be for three years. Selected candidates will be on probation for the first year; if confirmed based on satisfactory performance, the term will be extended by two years. For national positions, an extremely attractive remuneration package will be offered in accordance with the provisions for nationally recruited staff in World Bank funded projects in Ghana. For international positions, an internationally competitive package will be offered.

  • Job TitleProject Coordinator (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Chief Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) & the project’s Steering Committee.

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic Project Coordinator (to be located in Accra) who will be able to move the restructured project forward and ensure the timely attainment of the outputs and outcomes as agreed between the Government and project financiers.

Key Responsibilities:

The Project Coordinator (PC) will have overall responsibility for the performance of GCAP’s Project Implementation Unit (PIU). The PC will coordinate with and report to the Chief Director in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and coordinate with relevant MoFA Departments and institutions, including but not limited to the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), Lands Commission, and Ghana Investment Promotion Authority (GIPC). The PC will provide the PIU with overall guidance in in operations and project implementation, and bear full responsibility for the project’s administration. He/she will be expected to:

  • Work closely with relevant stakeholders on project development and implementation.
  • Oversee the day to day operations of the PIU.
  • Provide oversight on the preparation of the budgetary requirements and reporting responsibilities of the PIU.
  • Liaise with donors, MoFA and other relevant line ministries.

Specific duties:

  • Directly supervise project activities of selected PIU staff including the Operations Manager and staff working in procurement, contract monitoring, financial management, administration, monitoring & evaluation, and oversight of irrigation institutions.
  • Provide assistance to the technical subject matter consultant experts in capacity building activities for national staff.
  • Serve as the focal point, and facilitate resolution of issues and/or approval of all matters pertaining to the project.
  • Other functions and activities as required by MOFA and/or GCAP’s financiers.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Essential:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, economics, project management or other relevant field from recognized institution.
  • Demonstrated drive for achieving results, and ability to drive others towards success.
  • Ability to formulate and execute strategies and policies, and create new approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and eventually leading a multi-disciplinary team of experts.
  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience with increasing responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in project management and implementation.
  • Experience with foreign donors and familiarity with World Bank procurement, financial and reporting procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and oral English.
  • Outstanding presentation skills.
  • Good computer skills, including advanced knowledge about Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent people manager with concomitant interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitive.

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience in World Bank and other donor financed projects.

 

  • Job Title: Operations Manager (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Project Coordinator of GCAP.

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic Operations Manager (to be located in Accra) whose principal task will be to assist the Project Coordinator in ensuring the timely attainment of the outputs and outcomes as agreed between the Government and project financiers.

Key Responsibilities:

The Operations Manager (OM) will oversee the entire operations portfolio of GCAP and assist the technical members of the PIU in both Accra and Tamale with project implementation. He/she will be expected to:

  • Work closely with the Project Coordinator to facilitate proper project implementation.
  • Supervise all technical members of the PIU.
  • Provide direction to technical members of the PIU.
  • Ensure proper coordination between technical PIU members.
  • Resolve operational bottlenecks.

Specific duties:

  • Directly supervise project activities of technical members of the PIU including staff working in irrigation, safeguards, agri-business, monitoring & evaluation and impact analysis.
  • Serve as the focal point for technical staff, and develop sound solutions to issues and/or bottlenecks of an operational nature as key input into decisions by the Project Coordinator.
  • Provide the Project Coordinator with daily advice regarding project operations.
  • Assist the Project Coordinator in liaising with MoFA and project financiers.
  • Other functions and activities as required by the Project Coordinator.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Essential:

  • Master’s degree in project management, agriculture, economics or other relevant field from recognized institution.
  • Demonstrated drive for achieving results on the ground, and ability to drive others towards success.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound technical and managerial decisions that foster successful project implementation.
  • At least 15 years of relevant work experience, including proven success in implementation of large-size complex projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading a multi-disciplinary team of experts.
  • Excellent people manager with concomitant interpersonal skills, and cultural sensitive.
  • Experience with foreign donors and familiarity with World Bank procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and oral English.
  • Good computer skills, including advanced knowledge about Microsoft Office.

Desirable:

  • Previous work experience in World Bank financed projects.
  • Job Title: Oversight Officer/HR Specialist (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Project Coordinator/Operations Manager of GCAP.

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic Human Resources Specialist (to be located in Accra) to oversee the work of the relevant consultants and GIDA management on behalf of the Project Director to ensure timely achievement of the GIDA/ICOUR restructuring targets related to component (vi) of the restructured project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Overall:

Oversee the actions taken by GIDA/ICOUR management in restructuring their organizations in line with the approved revised organograms for the two organizations and the relevant Cabinet Decisions and World Bank requirements.

Specific:

  • Ensure the downsizing of GIDA/ICOUR follows the timelines agreed to by the Government and the Bank.
  • Advise the Project Director and Operations Manager of any bottlenecks and remedial actions to be taken if required.
  • Review the work of the HR consultants employed under a separate contract for developing the job descriptions, wage and benefit structure, progress towards technical and managerial upgrading of skills and progress towards procurement of goods and services including office space for the restructured institutions.
  • Review the work of the Counselling consultants (financial and psychological) assigned to manage the retrenchment process in a professional and socially responsible manner.
  • Liaise with GIDA/ICOUR on a day-to-day basis until their restructuring is completed.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Essential:

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources Management or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in institutional restructuring including Business Process Re-engineering (BPR).
  • Sound knowledge of public sector reform administration procedures of Ghana.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Desirable:

  • Demonstrated experience in implementation of BPR in subvented implementing agencies of the Government of Ghana.
  • Job Title:  International Irrigation and Drainage Engineer (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Project Coordinator/Operations Manager of GCAP.

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic International Irrigation and Drainage Engineer (to be located in Accra)to assist the PIU in achieving the project outputs related to components (v) and (vii) of the restructured project.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Overall:

  • Provides substantial technical and managerial inputs to the GCAP Project Coordinator and Operations Manager in managing all aspects of project components related to irrigation and drainage development in designated project locations financed and approved by the World Bank/USAID.

Specific:

  • Act as the lead counterpart in association with GIDA staff to guide, supervise and review the work of the selected international consultant in the field investigations, surveys, designs, and construction supervision related to the rehabilitation/modernization of irrigation and drainage infrastructure in Kpong, Tono and Vea irrigation schemes.
  • Act as the lead counterpart in association with GIDA staff to guide, supervise and review the work of the selected international consultant in the field investigations, surveys, designs, and construction supervision related to the completion and modernization of irrigation and drainage infrastructure in Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Scheme.
  • Participate and lead in the contractor selection process in association with the design consultant and GIDA staff for the construction of the rehabilitation/modernization works in the Kpong Irrigation Scheme.
  • Participate and lead in the contractor selection process in association with the design consultant and GIDA staff for the construction of the rehabilitation/modernization works in Tono and Vea Irrigation Schemes.
  • Participate and lead in the contractor selection process in association with the design consultant and GIDA staff for the construction of the completion/modernization works in the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Scheme.
  • Act as the lead counterpart for the international consultants and other experts in GCAP and GIDA in the formation of Water User Associations and selection of Scheme Management Entities for Kpong, Tono, Vea and Kpong Left Bank irrigation schemes.
  • Act as the lead counterpart for the international consultant in formulating operations and maintenance manuals for Kpong, Tono, Vea and Kpong Left Bank Schemes.
  • Liaise with GIDA Deputy Chief Executive (Engineering) in all aspects of the above duties.
  • Assist GCAP in GIDA restructuring operations including capacity building activities.
  • Carry out technical assessment and appraisal of irrigation systems and equipment options proposed by Grant Awardees/Nucleus farmers to ensure that they are appropriate and provide value for money taking into account all relevant site specific technical considerations including the type of crops proposed to be cultivated by the farmers.
  • Perform other tasks related to the Candidate’s qualifications and experience that may be assigned by the GCAP Project Coordinator.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Essential:

  • The candidate should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in either Irrigation Engineering or Hydraulic Engineering or Water Resources Engineering or equivalent field.
  •  He/She should have at least 20 years’ experience in the design of irrigation and drainage infrastructure.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English language with a capacity to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences, including conducting periodic presentations.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of modern instrumentation in small irrigation canals.
  • Ability to bring in technology related to Real Time Data acquisition systems for canals and drains.
  • Experience in construction supervision of irrigation and drainage infrastructure.
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage infrastructure assets.
  • Experience in construction of civil works in clay soils.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with government/public sector decision-makers and donor organizations.
  • Experience with working in developing countries and multi-disciplinary teams with varying cultural background.

 

  • Job TitleNational Irrigation and Drainage Engineer (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Operation Manager/International Irrigation Engineer of GCAP

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic National Irrigation and Drainage Engineer (to be located in Tamale) to assist the International Irrigation Engineer and the PIU in achieving the project outputs related to components (v) and (vii) of the restructured project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Overall:

  • Provides substantial technical inputs to the GCAP as guided by the International Irrigation Engineer (IIE) with regard to project components related to irrigation and drainage development in designated project locations financed and approved by the World Bank/USAID.

Specific:

  • Assist the IIE in reviewing the work of the international consultants in the field investigations, surveys and designs required for the rehabilitation/modernization of irrigation and drainage infrastructure in Kpong Irrigation Scheme, Tono and Vea irrigation schemes.
  • Assist the IIE I reviewing the work of the international consultant in the field investigations, surveys and designs required for the completion and modernization of irrigation and drainage infrastructure in Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Scheme.
  • Assist the IIE in providing oversight to the international consultant in supervising the construction activities related to the rehabilitation/modernization of Kpong Irrigation Scheme, Tono, Vea and Kpong Left Bank irrigation schemes.
  • Assist in the formation of Water User Associations and selection of Scheme Management Entities for Kpong, Tono, Vea and Kpong Left Bank Schemes.
  • Assist in formulating operations manuals for Kpong, Tono, Vea and Kpong Left Bank Schemes.
  • Assist in formulating the maintenance manuals for Kpong, Tono, Vea and Kpong Left Bank Schemes.
  • Assist in the technical assessment and appraisal of irrigation systems and equipment options proposed by Grant Awardees/Nucleus farmers to ensure that they are appropriate and provide value for money taking into account all relevant site specific technical considerations including the type of crops proposed to be cultivated by the farmers.
  • Perform other tasks related to the Candidate’s qualifications and experience that may be assigned by the International Irrigation Engineer.

Education, Experience and Skills Required:

Essential:

  • The candidate should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in either Irrigation Engineering or Hydraulic Engineering or Water Resources Engineering or equivalent field.
  •  He/She should have at least 10 years’ experience in the design and construction supervision of irrigation and drainage infrastructure.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English language with a capacity to communicate effectively to a wide variety of audiences, including conducting periodic presentations.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of modern technologies regarding design and construction of irrigation and drainage infrastructure.
  • Ability to bring in technology related to Real Time Data acquisition systems for canals and drains.
  • Experience in operation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage infrastructure assets.
  • Experience in construction of civil works in clay soils.
  • Job TitleEnvironmental Safeguards Specialists (ESS) (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Operations Manager, GCAP.

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic Environmental Safeguards Specialists (located in Tamale) with knowledge and hands-on experience in the use of environmental assessment, environmental impact analysis, and application of environmental safeguards for ensuring the adequate incorporation of environmental considerations in all GCAP activities.

Duties:

General

The Environmental Safeguards Specialists (ESSS) will be responsible to ensure that environmental safeguards screening is taking place as per agreed environmental and social management framework (ESMF) and in full compliance with World Bank environmental safeguards policies and the Government of Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency regulations and procedures. The ESS will provide recommendations, advice and guidance on measures to enhance the effectiveness of project implementation and achievement of the project development objectives through appropriately addressing the social and environmental issues of the project. The ESS will report to the Project Coordinator.

Specific:

Specific responsibilities would include but not limited to:

  • Preparing internal environmental and social guidelines for the preparation, implementation, monitoring and reporting of environmental and social documents required by various safeguards instruments.
  • Reviewing of ESIAs/ESMPs and other environmental and social safeguards documents prepared by consultants in collaboration with the EPA and GCAP team  to ensure compliance with relevant safeguards policies of the Government of Ghana and the World Bank.
  • Ensure that all safeguards reports like ESIAs, EMPs are reviewed and provide quality oversight to ensure speedy clearance by designated institutions like the World Bank and the EPA.
  • Facilitate consultations and in-country disclosure of ESIAs/ESMPs and RAPs/ARAPs.
  • Work with GCAP team to ensure that environmental screening is carried out in a timely manner and ensure that follow up action is undertaken.
  • Ensure that environmental safeguards issues are incorporated into bid and specification documents for all sub project documents.
  • Coordinate with other members of the PIU in monitoring of contractors and works to ensure environmental safeguards compliance.
  • Provide review of documentation pertaining to environmental and social compliance (including bidding documents, reviews on-site, reports from contractors etc.) during project implementation.
  • Conducting audits in matters pertaining to timely payments, provision of temporary measures etc. to affected persons.
  • Contribute to project progress reports pertaining to overall implementation of environmental and social requirements of the project.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the work of consultants engaged to carry out environmental and social impact assessments and monitoring of environmental safeguards instruments implementation.
  • Organize technical aspects of workshops and meetings as required, as outlined in the section on training and capacity building in the ESMF/RPF.
  • Prepare training materials, and conduct technical training workshops to the PIU, Government staff and project implementation agencies on environmental safeguards requirements.
  • Undertake field visits to ascertain if the grievance redress mechanism established for the project is functioning appropriately and the individual projects are implemented in an environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Collate appropriate performance and monitoring indicators as input into the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework of the project.
  • Prepare quarterly/annual Environment Monitoring and Evaluation reports.
  • Act as the main contact person with overall responsibility for action and reporting on environmental safeguards for the project.
  • Establish close relationships and liaise on a regular basis with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and WB safeguards team.
  • Perform regular sub-project inspections and monitoring, and provide technical advice to other members of the PIU.
  • Perform any other environmental safeguards duties assigned by the Operations Manager or Project Coordinator.

Qualifications:

Essential:

  • At least a Master’s degree in Environmental Management, Social Science, Economics, Environmental/Civil Engineering, or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience of which at least 5 years in projects funded by international financing institutions.
  • Proven experience in formulating, assessing, and reviewing environmental and social safeguards compliance documents.
  • Knowledge of institutional, environmental and social issues in Ghana.
  • Knowledge of Ghanaian national and regional legislations related to environmental issues, particularly those affecting the agriculture and water sectors.
  • Familiarity with Ghana EPA’s regulations and procedures and World Bank Safeguards Policies.
  • Proven track record in working effectively within multidisciplinary teams.
  • Evidence of being able to work effectively in high-pressure environment and to tight delivery deadlines.
  • Computer literate.
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills.

Desirable:

  • Experience in carrying out stakeholder consultations and organizing environmental safeguards training workshops/seminars.
  • Established working relationship with the Ghana EPA.
  • Experience and ability to work with Geographical Information System (GIS).

 

7. Job Title:  Senior Procurement Specialist (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Project Coordinator/Head of Administration of GCAP.

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic Senior Procurement Specialist (to be located in Accra) to assist the PIU in performing all project-related procurement activities in accordance with World Bank procurement guidelines.

Duties:

The Senior Procurement Specialist (SPS) is responsible to ensure that all GCAP procurement activities will proceed as per the Procurement Plan (PP) for goods, works and services. Moreover, the SPS will ensure that high quality standards are followed at all stages of procurement in accordance with the World Bank procurement guidelines. The IPS will ensure that PIU/GIDA national procurement staff receive on-the-job training and gain enough confidence to start working independently by Restructured Project Year 3.  Specific duties of the SPS include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare procurement plan and process/ensure compliance in accordance with World Bank’s procurement guidelines at all stages (preparation of REoIs, RFPs, ITB, IFB, receipt of proposals, receipt of bids, evaluation and award of contracts).
  • Report on procurement-related project matters to the WB, MoFA and GIDA as necessary.
  • Provide day-to-day active support and advice to the PIU as related to procurement.
  • Use World Bank procurement guidelines to monitor and verify all type of project related procurement of irrigation and drainage infrastructure construction works, goods and supplies
  • Use World Bank procurement guidelines to monitor and verify all type of project related procurement of consultancies
  • Prepare Request for Expression of Interest for consultancies as well as Request for Proposals,  procurement documents, i.e. Tender Documents as required by the PIU/GIDA.
  • Participate in the shortlisting of consultants, evaluation of proposals and preparation of TERs and the award of consultancy contracts from a procurement angle in line with World Bank guidelines.
  • Participate in the preparation of ITB for civil works contracts and IFBs for goods and services, evaluation of bids from a commercial aspect, preparation of BERs and award of contracts from a procurement angle in line with World Bank guidelines.
  • Prepare Procurement Plans and Monitoring Plans for the project as a whole and for each component and submit for approval to the World Bank.
  • Provide assistance to the PIU/GIDA in the procurement and acquisition of the vehicles and office equipment according to the provisions in the Financing Agreement of the Project.
  • Further improve the section on procurement in the Project Implementation Manual.
  • Prepare technical reports as may be required or requested and prepare an end-of-assignment report
  • Undertake any procurement related assignments as directed by the Project Coordinator.

Qualifications and Experience:

Essential: A Master’s degree in science, engineering, management or related field.

Minimum 20 years of experience in implementing procurement and contract management for technical cooperation projects in different countries.

Extensive knowledge of the World Bank’s procurement procedures and guidelines including procurement of civil works, consultancies and supply services.

Should have experience in handling procurements in civil works.

Desirable: Experience in handling procurement of works, goods and services in African countries

 

8. Job TitleContract Management Specialist (CMS) (1)

Organizational Reporting: Reports to the Project Coordinator/Senior Procurements Specialist, GCAP

GCAP is looking for a dynamic and energetic Contract management Specialist (to be located in Accra) with knowledge and experience in the use of modern contract management tools to assist the Project Coordinator and the team in achieving the project outputs in a timely and orderly manner.

Duties:

The Contract Management Specialist (CMS) is responsible to ensure that all GCAP contract management activities proceed as per the Procurement Plan (PP) for goods, works and services. The CMS will report to the Project Coordinator and ensure that high quality standards are followed at all stages of contract performance. Specific responsibilities would include but not be limited to:

  • Maintain all documentation, work schedules and correspondence between PIU and Contractors.
  • In the case of consultant services, monitor actual delivery against the milestones specified in the contract agreement.
  • Advise the PIU Project Coordinator regarding any non-compliance of the above and advise the type of action to be taken.
  • Ensure timely issuance of notice to Contractors.
  • Ensure that Variation Order (VO) and/or Change Orders are issued in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that construction schedules are regularly monitored.
  • Issue periodic notice to the contractor in cases where the performance progress is not in line with the schedule agreed to in the contract and advice the Project Coordinator and other core staff in the PIU regarding poor performance and follow up with monitoring of remedial actions taken.
  • Ensure the contractor has deployed the requisite machinery and manpower as required in the bid documents and the contracts in the case of civil works and advise the Project Coordinator and relevant staff of PIU regarding any non-compliance and follow up with monitoring of remedial actions taken.
  • Ensure that time extensions if any are issued before the contractual completion dates.
  • Advice the Project Coordinator and relevant staff overseeing a particular contract when to apply Liquidated Damages (LD).
  • Issue timely notice for LD where they arise.
  • Keep a separate file for each contract from issuance of RFP/ ITB to final payment.
  • Maintain a database of geo-referenced photographs of work progress from start to completion.
  • Maintain all quality control reports for each contract including OK cards.
  • Maintain physical and financial progress of each contract.
  • Prepare an inventory of Contractors.
  • Hold workshops with Contractors on performance improvement, etc.

Qualifications:

Essential: At least B.Sc. Engineering academic qualification, with 15 years of experience in implementing contract management of which at least 5 years should have been for projects funded by international financing institutions. Knowledge of World Bank guidelines and procedures in contract management and fluency in English essential.

Desirable: Knowledge and ability to use web-based real-time contract management systems.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Qualified and interested applicants should send application letters with copies of curriculum vitae, certificates and other relevant documentation to:

The Chief Director

Ministry of Food and Agriculture

PO Box M 37, Accra, Ghana

Closing Date: 3.00p.m. on Monday 13th July 2015

  • For further information please contact:

THE PROJECT COORDINATOR

GHANA COMMERCIAL AGRICULTURE PROJECT (GCAP)

MINISTRY OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (MOFA)

PO BOX MB.37, ACCRA

jobs@gcap.org.gh

Tel: + Tel: + 233-0302686948

  • Applicants are to include direct contacts (reliable telephone, fax numbers and email address) in their applications in order to facilitate early and easy contact. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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