19 Jan 2016

ACDI/VOCA Job Vacancy : Financial Specialist

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Since 1963, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in 145 developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy, Based in Washington, D.C, ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society.

 

Job Description

The multi-year Ghana Poultry Program (GPP) has been awarded to ACDI/VOCA by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with a goal to increase the competitiveness of domestic production and processing of poultry meat and eggs. This increase is expected to expand end-market “pull” opportunities for maize and soya production, supporting USAID
Feed the Future objectives to raise income and employment for smallholder producers. GPP’s strategy is focused on catalyzing efficiencies at key stages of the poultry value chain in order to reduce Ghana’s dependence on imported poultry meat (currently estimated at over 90 percent of poultry meat consumption, improve profitability of egg production, expand national and regional trade and sustainably and equitably increase incomes of male and female producers in poultry, grains, and related value chains.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensures that GPP client-enterprises have access to, and benefit from coherent and comprehensive financial management improvement services.
  • Encourages inter-firm relationships and the development of service markets that enhance value chain performance between and among poultry businesses, and their trading partners
  • Facilitates improved relationships between GPP clients and commercial financial institutions, including mutual understanding of the poultry industry, its risks and opportunities, cash flow risk assessment, and mitigation of credit risks.
  • Assists in identifying and helping mobilize Short Term Technical Assistance to address financial management needs, both sector-wide and for individual enterprises.
  • Ensures the GPP gender mainstreaming plan and environmental management plan (including clean production/processing practices) are incorporated into daily operations.
  • Assists the Enterprise Development and Investment Advisor to develop a list of credible, innovative enterprises in the poultry value chain.
  • Monitors and tracks the financial performance of participating GPP client-enterprises and documents all changes in line with the GPP M&E framework and guidelines

Required Skills or Experience

  • Bachelor degree in business, agriculture or a related field from a recognized university; a Master’s degree (MBA) in financial management, finance, agribusiness development, desirable.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working and providing business development, banking/financial services to the private sector.
  • Demonstrated ability working with clients in developing business competitiveness strategies, training, and advising agribusiness how to make strategic investment decisions, prepare appropriate loan applications, and implement their financial management plans.
  • Ability to communicate, negotiate, advise, persuade, or resolve issues that are highly complex and sensitive in nature with persons on all levels both inside, and outside, the project’s clients, while protecting confidential information.
  • Strong written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to write required documents in a clear, concise, well-organized manner.


How to Apply

  • Interested candidates, please submit a resume/CV to: [email protected]
  • Please include the title of the job for which your are applying in the subject line
  • No phone calls please.
  • Only those eligible for an interview will be contacted
  • Women and minorities encouraged to apply
  • All applications must be received by 27th January 2016





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