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Community Extension Project Officer at CARE Ghana


Community Extension Project Officer at CARE Ghana

Job Description

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), Inc. doing business as CARE International in Ghana is seeking a talented, motivated and resourceful Community Extension Project Officer, WeGrow Project.

The successful candidate will be responsible for training Project participants in digital literacy, accessing digital material through Bluetown’s Local Cloud and supporting Project participants to access digital services and content.

We are committed to advancing gender equality and diversity in the workplace and to growing our pool of young talent.

JOB PROFILE

The Community Extension Project Officer (CEPO) for the WeGrow Project will facilitate the implementation of project activities in the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta Region. His/Her primary responsibility will be to facilitate the testing of information on BLUETOWN’s LOCAL CLOUD and document feedback on uptake of the content by community members. The post holder will support the farmers and other productive groups in accessing and applying the content they will receive from the LOCAL CLOUD into their economic activities to increase productivity and incomes.

Additionally, the post holder will be the key representative for the project in the communities and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with local stakeholders. The position is based in Hohoe in the Hohoe Municipality (Volta Region), but will be required to travel occasionally to Suprisu and Addonkwanta in the Eastern Region for work.

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Some Key Responsibilities for this role:

Mobilization and organization of community members

  • Firstly, Mobilize community leaders and existing institutions such as Traditional Authorities (TA) to provide the requisite information on the project activities.
  • Secondly, Conduct periodic surveys, in collaboration with the MEAL Officer, on the needs of farmers and project participants on the type of content that will be relevant for their needs
  • Thirdly, Identify and mobilize farmer groups and project participants for training in accessing agriculture and non-agricultural content through the LOCAL CLOUD

Supporting youth to develop innovative digital solutions:

  • To begin with, Support with the planning of local hackathon/townhall meetings
  • Then, Collaborate with the MEAL Officer to present the challenges faced by farmers to youth entrepreneurs
  • Lastly, Support farmers and other productive groups (as may be necessary) to test the digital solutions developed by the young entrepreneurs and conduct surveys to gather feedback for the entrepreneurs for improvement

Support in the development of digital application model:

  • Firstly, Recommend to BLUETOWN promising youth in the communities who can be recruited as BLUETOWN Micro-Operators to work as digital agents
  • Secondly, Organize trainings for Micro-Operators to support farmers to use digital agriculture content
  • Then, Provide ongoing support to Micro-Operators in providing services to the farmers and other productive groups in project implementation area
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Documentation of Project processes and lessons:

  • Ensure production of relevant, quality, captivating and user-friendly information from the project that can be converted into communication material

Required Skills or Experience

Knowledge

Good knowledge in community engagement best practices and relationship management

Experience

  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience, including a minimum of three years’ field practical experience in working with rural communities, including women groups.
  • Strong experience in community mobilization, engagement and the training of farmers
  • Proven experience and understanding of digital innovation for agricultural rural development
  • Experience of working closely with partners and stakeholders is key to this position
  • Experience with dominant cultures of Hohoe

Competencies

  • Good spoken and written English, fluency in Ewe and Twi is required
  • Ability to adjust to frequently changing Project approaches
  • Excellent planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to multitask and work within deadlines
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft applications, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint & Outlook (or similar software)
  • Excellent analytical skills, good written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to ride a motorbike in rural terrains (licensed rider) is required
    Strong team player
  • Proven and demonstrable facilitation skills, negotiation skills and networking skills including facilitating change, innovation and initiating action
  • Ability to multitask and work within deadlines
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Qualifications

A minimum qualification of Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline such as Agriculture, business, digital innovation, development studies or agriculture extension.

How To Apply for Community Extension Project Officer at CARE Ghana

Submit your application (CV and cover letter) via email to hr.ghana@care.org with “Community Extension Project Officer Application” in the subject line.

Submission deadline is Thursday, 22 September 2022.

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