Aspire Food Group Ghana Recruitment 2017 - Jobs in Ghana

Aspire Food Group Ghana Recruitment 2017

Posted on :

31 Mar, 2017

Category :

Research Jobs in Ghana

Aspire Food Group is an international social enterprise dedicated to the sustainable practice of farming edible insects. With offices in the US and Ghana, Aspire seeks to farm locally desired insects as a way to address food insecurity. In Ghana, Aspire farms the palm weevil larva, a local delicacy that has been traditionally harvested. In addition, Aspire Ghana has also taught several hundred farmers in Southern and Central Ghana to be able to farm their own larva as a source of household animal protein and as an opportunity for increased income. Aspire Ghana seeks to rapidly scale its production, co-develop packaged products, take advantage of export opportunities to other West African countries, support its network of farmers to scale their production and to advance research on the palm weevil larvae.

Job Description

Job Title: Research Technician

Role description: Aspire Food Group Ghana is looking for a driven, detail oriented, analytical research technician. The research technician would be
part of a team that focuses on designing, executing and analyzing
experiments aimed at increasing the efficiency of current palm weevil larvae rearing techniques. The majority of the role would take place in Aspire’s test farm and in an office setting. The research technician must be comfortable working in farm-like conditions. While the research technician will be supported by a strong team, he/she must be comfortable taking initiative and supporting his/her own projects. The technician must be able to transport themselves to the on-site location of Aspire Ghana’s farm on Mango Road, KNUST Campus on a daily basis.

Tasks/duties:

• Analyze agricultural waste substrates under a microscope for insect
infestation and egg laying
• Set-up farming experiments
• Take regular measurements on farming experiments and on farming
environment
• Analyze data related to farm experiments
• Present experimental findings to the rest of the team

Requisite Skills:

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• Scientific and working proficiency in spoken and written English
• Bachelor’s level degree in Entomology or related field
• Proficient in Word, Excel and Powerpoint
• Experienced with conducting statistical analyses on Excel
• Diligent, punctual, hardworking

• Excellent communication skills; familiar with quick & responsive email
communication
• Basic lab skills such as microscope use
• Work under little supervision
• Ability to design, observe and make appropriate conclusions for
research experiments with adult, larvae and egg stages of insects
• Excellent record keeping and documentation skills
• Must be able to trouble-shoot to achieve organizational goals

Start Date: as soon as possible
Compensation: commensurate with experience
Benefits: mobile allowance, health insurance after a 3-month probation
period

How to Apply

Application: Please submit a cover letter/letter of intention addressed to

Shobhita Soor (President, Aspire Food Group Ghana)

along with your CV. Both documents should be sent to Ms. Abigail Mensah at [email protected] Any questions related to the job posting should also be directed to Ms. Mensah; she is also reachable at +233 50 136 9441.

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