Posted on :
15 Aug, 2017
15 Aug, 2017
Aspire Food Group is a social enterprise dedicated to the sustainable practice of farming edible insects. In Ghana, Aspire seeks to farm locally desired insects as a way to address food insecurity. Aspire farms the palm weevil larvae, 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 larva.
Position: Field Operations Associate
Aspire Food Group Ghana is looking for a driven, innovative, adaptable individual to drive the growth of our palm weevil larvae rearing community empowerment program in Kumasi,
Ghana (and potentially outside of Kumasi as we expand).
The Field Operations Associate’s role is to support the improvement and growth of the current program to better the livelihoods of farmers
through increases in income and access to animal protein.
The Operations Associate will:
coordinate the program, analyze data, research and write grant proposals and monitor the program to ensure progress is being made. The Associate will become an expert trainer in palm weevil larva farming and will be creative in suggesting new innovations to the program based on sound logic.
The Field Operations Associate must be comfortable working in farm-like conditions. The Associate would be present in our field communities 5-20% of the time.
The remaining the time would be spent at Aspire headquarters on KNUST Campus in Kumasi working on other initiatives. The Associate will also have to be flexible and must be comfortable with logistical and administrative tasks that serve the organization’s goals overall. We are looking to fill this position ASAP.
Please note that no financial support will be provided for lodging or moving.
Coordinate palm weevil larvae rearing community empowerment program and special projects.
Analyze data on participant and field activity.
Execute monitoring and evaluation activities.
Compute key performance indicators.
Research and write high-quality grant funding proposals.
Write high-quality, detailed reports on progress in the field.
Become an expert in palm weevil rearing techniques.
Develop and update training materials (training of participants and training of trainers).
Train farmers when required.
Find innovative ways to improve the organization’s approach to field work
Support management with strategic planning.
Put together presentations on the progress and strategy of the program.
Professionally communicate with stakeholders and partner organizations.
Others tasks upon request.
Minimum two years of relevant, professional work experience (a mix of field experience and administrative experience is highly desired).
Bachelor’s level degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Sustainable Development, International Development, Economics, Nutrition, Biology or related field.
Excellent command of spoken and written English.
Strong proficiency in spoken Twi.
Strong project coordination/management skills.
Proven success in grant writing.
Excellent research and proposal/report writing skills.
Proficient in Word, Excel and Powerpoint in particular, experienced with conducting statistical analyses on Excel.
Familiar with quick & responsive email communication.
Excellent record keeping and documentation skills.
Ability to take complex ideas and communicate them in a way that’s easy to understand.
Strong attention to detail.
Superb organizational skills.
Must be comfortable with performance being measured.
Passion for sustainable development and social enterprise.
Highly adaptable and flexible; understands the evolution of a growing and dynamic organization.
Diligent, punctual, hardworking and very honest.
Must be able to trouble-shoot & get creative to achieve organizational goals.
Must be comfortable working under pressure in a growth-driven organization.
Comfortable working under little supervision yet with rigorous reporting mechanisms.
Agricultural extension experience is an asset.
Adult education experience is an asset.
Grant writing experience is an asset.
Previous successful grant applications a strong asset.
International development experience is an asset
Reports to: Director of Operations & Social Impact
Length of Contract: 1 year, with a three month probation period.
How to Apply
Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Ms. Abigail Mensah at [email protected] by Friday, August
18, 2017 at 11:59pm GMT. Only candidates that qualify for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.