Innovations for Poverty Action Recruitment (7 Positions)

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23 Mar, 2012

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to creating, evaluating, and replicating innovative solutions to poverty and policy problems worldwide. IPA specializes in using randomized impact evaluation to assess the effectiveness of development programs.

Job Description

IPA seeks a Project Manager who will assist with implementation and evaluation of EUI’s Agricultural Insurance program and Community Knowledge Workers program.

These initiatives are led by Dean Karlan and Christopher Udry of Yale University and are implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ghana Insurers Association. This position will be based in Tamale, with required travel across the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions.

Job Description:
The Project Manager will assist with budget making, project design and planning, field staff management, and partner relationship management, including with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (for the Community Knowledge Worker program), and with the Ghana Insurers Association (for the Agricultural Insurance program). In particular, the EUI Project Manager will:

For the Community Knowledge Worker program,

  • Oversee and monitor implementation in 25 communities in Northern Ghana, including oversight of incoming data collected using mobile phones.
  • Assist in coordinating development of content for the mobile application database, in designing measurement tools for agricultural labor and plot-specific shocks, and in developing data quality and content quality protocols.
  • Coordinate evaluation and training workshops with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

For the Agricultural Insurance and main survey activities,

  • Manage survey field work, including planning, logistics, hiring, training, supervising daily survey activities, and monitoring.
  • Maintain records, including for tracking surveys, surveyor attendance, project activity and project expenses.
  • Conduct focus group discussions and pilot activities to test new project instruments and scripts.
  • Write reports for donors and stakeholders.

The duration of employment will be initially one year, with the possibility of an extension contingent on employee performance and the project being approved for continuation.

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

IPA is seeking candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • BA, BSc or Masters in agricultural economics, development economics, or field related to international economic development is required.
  • At least two years of project management experience is required. Extensive experience supervising, designing and implementing data collection and/or field work activities, and managing teams of field workers, is preferred.
  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work successfully with diverse constituencies are required.
  • Strong budgeting and financial management skills are required.
  • High level of proficiency in English and Dagbani, and strong oral and written communications skills, are required.
  • Experience with data management, econometrics, and knowledge of Stata and/or SPSS is preferred.
  • Experience in agriculture and agricultural insurance in Ghana is preferred.

How To Apply

Please submit your complete CV and cover letter by email to [email protected], using the subject line: IPA Ghana EUI Project Manager: Firstname Lastname, no later than April 15th, 2012.

All documents should be submitted as attachments, and the file names should include the name of the applicant. The documents may be submitted in Word document or PDF format.

Applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted by email or phone.

Job Title 2:  Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officers (RM&EO)

Description of the Project:
The project is a follow-up on the Land Administration Project Phase 1 (LAP-1) carried out between 2003 and 2011.

The Second Phase of the Land Administration Project concentrates on removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various challenges with the view to:

  • Speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds;
  • Enhancing security of tenure; and
  • Strengthening the settlement of land disputes, among others.

The Project supports the completion of the Lands Bill and the passing of appropriate Legislative Instruments and is being implemented under four (4) inter-related components as follows:

Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration;
Component 2: Decentralization and Improving Business and Service Delivery Processes;
Component 3: Improved Maps and Spatial Data for Land Administration; and
Component 4: Human Resource Development and Project Management
Duty Station: Regional Offices of the Lands Commission
Duration: Two (2) years, renewable based on performanceDuties and Responsibilities:
The Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (RMEO) under the technical supervision M&E Officer located at the Head Office of the LC and reporting directly to the Regional Lands Officer will be responsible for coordinating all M&E activities of Land Sector Agencies (LSAs) both at regional and district levels.

The functions of the RMEO will cover but not limited to the following:

  1. Track project implementation performance based on an agreed format in the regions and districts;
  2. Support the LSAs/IAs in planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluation at the regional and district levels;
  3. Maintain and operate a regional database that is periodically updated to reflect performance and field realities;
  4. Collect, compile manage and analyze data and undertake routine data verification, validation and systems clean up for quality assurance purposes;
  5. Provide feedback on a regular basis to participating LSAs/IAs both at regional and district levels to inform project performance, ongoing learning and management decision-making;
  6. Harmonise reports from the districts into monthly project reports for submission through the M&E Officer to the Project M&E Specialist
  7. Communicate with the M&E Specialist regularly to ensure that M&E processes and operations at implementation levels are appropriately aligned to the overall project M&E; and
  8. Perform any other duties that may be assigned by M&E Specialist in Accra

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

  1. At least first degree in any relevant discipline. A second degree and experience in land administration related discipline will be an advantage
  2. Familiarity with the current land situation in Ghana, existing policies, Regional administrative challenges and relevant structures as well as competence in Ghanaian language(s) is desirable
  3. At least 5 years consistent experience in monitoring and evaluation of development projects
  4. Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially controversial and/or very sensitive issues that require clarity, accuracy and speedy responses
  5. Must have excellent computing skills
  6. Excellent data management and reporting skills is a requirement

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should send their application and detailed curriculum vitae to the following address:

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
LANDS COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 5008
CANTONMENTS, ACCRA
TEL:

+233 302 760550
FAX: +233 302 761840
Email: [email protected]

Job Title 3: National Social Development and Gender Officer

Description of the Project:
The project is a follow-up on the Land Administration Project Phase 1 (LAP-1) carried out between 2003 and 2011.

The Second Phase of the Land Administration Project concentrates on removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various challenges with the view to:

  • Speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds;
  • Enhancing security of tenure; and
  • Strengthening the settlement of land disputes, among others.

The Project supports the completion of the Lands Bill and the passing of appropriate Legislative Instruments and is being implemented under four (4) inter-related components as follows:

Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration;
Component 2: Decentralization and Improving Business and Service Delivery Processes;
Component 3: Improved Maps and Spatial Data for Land Administration; and
Component 4: Human Resource Development and Project Management
Duty Station: Lands Commission Head Office, Accra
Duration: Two (2) years, renewable based on performanceDuties and Responsibilities:
The focus will be on social safeguards and effective implementation of the gender equality strategy, and to oversee the activities of the regional officers. Specifically, the Gender and Social Development Officer will.

i. For Social Development:

  • Advise and guide the Lands Commission and other IAs on social and gender issues related to all aspects of the project-related activities especially on boundary demarcation, title and deed registration;
  • Provide operational and technical guidance on social safeguards including the development of resettlement action plans for involuntary resettlement where they may occur;
  • Contribute to capacity building activities to build client and Civil Society Organisation (CSO) capacity to implement social safeguards;
  • Provide support to the alternative dispute resolution mechanisms;
  • Collaborate with the LAP M&E Specialist to monitor and measures social and gender development outcomes to the project; and
  • Collaborate with the Communication and Public Outreach Specialist on community outreaches programmes

ii. For Gender Equity:

  • Facilitate the implementation of the gender strategy;
  • Facilitate the integration of gender equality strategic objectives, results, indicators into project programming and reporting;
  • Develop action plans, to sensitize various stakeholders, obtaining women’s participation in project activities and decision-making, as well as ensuring that women’s rights to land are acknowledged; and
  • Ensure a high degree of participation of key stakeholders including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as CICOL and several others in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

  • A First Degree in Social Science, gender, development studies or relevant field with over five (5) years post qualification experience
  • Must have a good track record of performance and achievements in similar assignments
  • Must have good communication skills and the ability to network with major stakeholders
  • Proven capacity to think strategically, seize opportunities as they arise, work with a variety of stakeholders and promote their participation in the project implementation process
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially very sensitive issues that require clarity, accuracy and speedy responses
  • Familiarity with the current land situation in Ghana, existing policies, regional administrative challenges and relevant structures as well as competence in Ghanaian languages is desirable
  • Must have strong computer skills
  • Experience with alternative dispute resolution mechanisms will be an advantage
  • Membership of a professional body will also be advantage

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should send their application and detailed curriculum vitae to the following address:

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
LANDS COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 5008
CANTONMENTS, ACCRA
TEL:

+233 302 760550
FAX: +233 302 761840
Email: [email protected]

Job Title 4: Regional Social Development and Gender Officers

Description of the Project:
The project is a follow-up on the Land Administration Project Phase 1 (LAP-1) carried out between 2003 and 2011.

The Second Phase of the Land Administration Project concentrates on removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various challenges with the view to:

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  • Speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds;
  • Enhancing security of tenure; and
  • Strengthening the settlement of land disputes, among others.

The Project supports the completion of the Lands Bill and the passing of appropriate Legislative Instruments and is being implemented under four (4) inter-related components as follows:

Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration;
Component 2: Decentralization and Improving Business and Service Delivery Processes;
Component 3: Improved Maps and Spatial Data for Land Administration; and
Component 4: Human Resource Development and Project Management
Duty Station: One Officer for Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western and Northern Region
Duration: Two (2) years, renewable based on performanceDuties and Responsibilities:
The focus will be on safeguards and effective implementation of the gender equality strategy. Specifically, the Gender and Social Development Officers will.

i. For Social Development:

  • Provide the operational and technical guidance on social safeguards including the development of resettlement action plans for involuntary resettlement where they may occur
  • Contribute to capacity building activities to build client and CSO capacity to implement social safeguards
  • Collaborate with the M&E Specialist to monitor and measure social and gender development outcomes of the project; and
  • Collaborate with the Communication and Public Outreach Specialists on community outreaches programmes

ii. For Gender Equality:

  • Facilitate the implementation of the gender strategy;
  • Facilitate the integration of gender equality strategic objectives, results and, indicators into LAP’s programming and reporting formats;
  • Develop action plans, to sensitize various stakeholders, obtaining women’s participation in project activities and decision-making, as well as ensuring that women’s rights to land are acknowledged; and
  • Ensure a high degree of participation of key stakeholders including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as CICOL and several others in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

  • A First Degree in Social Science, gender, development studies or relevant field with over five (5) years post qualification experience
  • Must have a good track record of performance and achievements in similar assignments
  • Must have good communication skills and the ability to network with major stakeholders
  • Proven capacity to think strategically, seize opportunities as they arise, work with a variety of stakeholders and promote their participation in the project implementation process
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially very sensitive issues that require clarity, accuracy and speedy responses
  • Familiarity with the current land situation in Ghana, existing policies, regional administrative challenges and relevant structures as well as competence in Ghanaian languages is desirable
  • Must have strong computer skills
  • Experience with alternative dispute resolution mechanisms will be an advantage
  • Membership of a professional body will also be advantage

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should send their application and detailed curriculum vitae to the following address:

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
LANDS COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 5008
CANTONMENTS, ACCRA
TEL:

+233 302 760550
FAX: +233 302 761840
Email: [email protected]

Job Title 5: National Communications and Public Outreach Officer

Description of the Project:
The project is a follow-up on the Land Administration Project Phase 1 (LAP-1) carried out between 2003 and 2011.

The Second Phase of the Land Administration Project concentrates on removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various challenges with the view to:

  • Speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds;
  • Enhancing security of tenure; and
  • Strengthening the settlement of land disputes, among others.

The Project supports the completion of the Lands Bill and the passing of appropriate Legislative Instruments and is being implemented under four (4) inter-related components as follows:

Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration;
Component 2: Decentralization and Improving Business and Service Delivery Processes;
Component 3: Improved Maps and Spatial Data for Land Administration; and
Component 4: Human Resource Development and Project Management
Duty Station: Head Office in Accra
Duration: Two (2) years, renewable based on performance

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Project Communication Specialist by providing leadership in the implementation of an effective communication strategy designed under LAP;
  • Ensure a high level of transparency and access to information, provide venues for feedback to all stakeholders and mobilize support for the administrative reforms;
  • Ensure that the LAP and the IAs have a unified and accurate public image;
  • Collaborate closely with project personnel and consultants working on various aspects of the Project, to develop effective messages, etc. that would inform various stakeholders to promote a better understanding of the project activities;
  • Design and implement yearly communication action plans to support project design objectives and the achievement of the expected results;
  • Develop a network of communicators/information Officers in all Land Sector Agencies, Customary Institutions and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other specialized entities that have a stake in the LAP;
  • Organize training workshops on development communication for key staff in selected public agencies to:
  1. Promote better understanding of the need for transparency methods available and information disclosure procedures; and
  2. Enhance mechanisms for consultation and feedback with civil society;
  • Provide information on regular basis for the update of the LAP website at the National level;
  • Draft press releases to announce major project activities, nurture relations with members of the press and involve the media in the dissemination of LAP results where appropriate
  • Monitor media coverage of land issues and land related issues (including food security) and systematically brief technical staff; decide when it is strategically appropriate to respond; identify opportunities (news of events) that can shed light on certain aspects of the new land policy and thus facilitating LAP implementation;
  • Prepare and implement awareness and information campaigns for improving the understanding of the importance of land issues for the public, and prepare the communities for their role in the project; and
  • Any other duty that may be assigned by the LAP Project Communication Specialist

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

  • The candidate should have a minimum of a Degree in Mass Communication, with post qualification experience of not less than seven (7) years in Mass Communication, in areas such as Adult Education and Development Communication
  • Five (5) or more years of professional communication experience in managing different aspects of the job, including media relations, public affairs, awareness and outreach, stakeholders’ consultation and training workshops
  • Experience in managing the communication aspects of a complex Project preferable in Land Administration or related fields
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially controversial and/or very sensitive issues that require clarity, accuracy and speedy responses
  • Familiarity with the current land situation in Ghana, gender equality, existing policies, regional administrative challenges and relevant structures as well as competence in Ghanaian language is desirable
  • Must be a good team player
  • Must be computer literate
  • Membership of a professional body will be an advantage

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should send their application and detailed curriculum vitae to the following address:

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
LANDS COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 5008
CANTONMENTS, ACCRA
TEL:

+233 302 760550
FAX: +233 302 761840
Email: [email protected]

Job Title 6:  Communications and Public Outreach Officers

Description of the Project:
The project is a follow-up on the Land Administration Project Phase 1 (LAP-1) carried out between 2003 and 2011.

The Second Phase of the Land Administration Project concentrates on removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various challenges with the view to:

  • Speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds;
  • Enhancing security of tenure; and
  • Strengthening the settlement of land disputes, among others.

The Project supports the completion of the Lands Bill and the passing of appropriate Legislative Instruments and is being implemented under four (4) inter-related components as follows:

Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration;
Component 2: Decentralization and Improving Business and Service Delivery Processes;
Component 3: Improved Maps and Spatial Data for Land Administration; and
Component 4: Human Resource Development and Project Management
Duty Station: One Communications and Public Outreach Officer for each Regional Office
Duration: Two (2) years, renewable based on performance

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work under the guidance of the Communication Officer at the Lands Commission in respect of each region
  • Assist the Regional Lands Officer by providing leadership in the implementation of an effective communication strategy designed under LAP I
  • Ensure a high level of transparency and access to information, providing venues for feedback to all stakeholders and mobilizing support for administrative reforms
  • Ensure that the LAP and the Commission have a unified and accurate public image
  • Collaborate closely with the LAP’s other project personnel and Consultants working on various aspects of the Project, to develop effective messages that would inform various stakeholders to promote a better understanding of all project activities
  • Design and implement yearly communication action plans to support project objectives and the achievement of the expected results
  • Develop a network of communicators/information Officers in all Land Sector specialized entities that have a stake in the LAP
  • Organize training workshops on development communication for key staff in selected public agencies to promote better understanding of the need for transparency methods available and information disclosure procedures
  • Enhance mechanisms for consultation and feedback with civil society
  • Provide information regular basis for the update of the LAP website at the National level
  • Draft press releases to announce major project activities, nurture relations with Members of the Press and involve the Media in the dissemination of LAP results where appropriate
  • Monitor media coverage of land issues and land related issues (including food security) and systematically brief technical staff; decide when it is strategically appropriate to respond; identify opportunities (news of events) that can shed light on certain aspects of the new land policy and thus facilitate LAP implementation
  • Prepare and implement awareness and information campaigns for improving the understanding of the importance of land issues for the public, and prepare the communities for their role in the project
  • The Officer(s) will report directly to the Regional Lands Officer

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

  • The candidate should have a minimum of a Degree in Mass Communication, with post qualification experience of not less than five (5) years in Mass Communication, in areas such as Adult Education and Development Communication
  • Three (3) or more years of professional communication experience in managing different aspects of the job , including media relations, public affairs, awareness and behavioural change campaigns, advocacy, IEC, materials development, community outreach, stakeholders’ consultation and training workshops
  • Experience in managing the communication aspects of complex Project preferably in Land Administration or relate fields
  • Capacity to work under tight deadlines and to handle potentially controversial and/or very sensitive issues that requires clarity, accuracy and speedy responses
  • Familiarity with the current land situation in Ghana, gender equality, existing policies, regional administrative challenges and relevant structures as well as competence in Ghanaian language is desirable
  • Must be a good team player
  • Must be computer literate
  • Membership of a professional body will be an advantage

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should send their application and detailed curriculum vitae to the following address:

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
LANDS COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 5008
CANTONMENTS, ACCRA
TEL:

+233 302 760550
FAX: +233 302 761840
Email: [email protected]

Job Title 7: Procurement Officer

Description of the Project:
The project is a follow-up on the Land Administration Project Phase 1 (LAP-1) carried out between 2003 and 2011.

The Second Phase of the Land Administration Project concentrates on removing business bottlenecks, promoting transparency and addressing various challenges with the view to:

  • Speeding up land registration and delivery of titles and deeds;
  • Enhancing security of tenure; and
  • Strengthening the settlement of land disputes, among others.

The Project supports the completion of the Lands Bill and the passing of appropriate Legislative Instruments and is being implemented under four (4) inter-related components as follows:

Component 1: Strengthening the Policy, Legal and Regulatory Framework for Land Administration;
Component 2: Decentralization and Improving Business and Service Delivery Processes;
Component 3: Improved Maps and Spatial Data for Land Administration; and
Component 4: Human Resource Development and Project Management
Duty Station: Accra, with considerable travel around the country
Duration: Two (2) years, renewable based on performance

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the overall guidance of the Chief Executive Officer, Lands Commission to develop and implement a procurement management system for the Lands Commission and other IAs
  • The Officer working with the Procurement Unit of the Lands Commission, shall, inter alia, undertake the following:
  • Establish a Procurement Management System for the Procurement Unit of the Lands Commission and other IAs, based on the guidelines and procedures for the conduct procurement under World Bank funded Projects, and the Ghana Public Procurement Act;
  • Set up a simple procurement management tracking system that would monitor the implementation of procurement activities;
  • Prepare customized Bidding Documentation and Request for Proposals (RFP) using the World Bank’s Standard Bidding Documents. This should include standardized forms to be used for International and Local Shopping Methods and conform to the Ghana Public Procurement Act;
  • Prepare and update the Project and the Commission’s Annual Procurement Plan detailing contract packages for goods and services, the estimated cost for each package, the procurement or selection methods and processing times till completion of each procurement activity;
  • Monitor procurement implementation and update the procurement plans prepared at the beginning of the project, for the procurement of goods, works and the procurement of consultants services, annually and whenever it becomes necessary to do so;
  • Prepare the Specific Procurement Notices (SPNs), and Expressions of Interests (EOIs) whenever required;
  • Establish a register of qualified suppliers and consultants and periodically update this register;
  • Coordinate the preparation of Terms of Reference (TORs) for the preparation of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on consulting assignments in consultation with the Divisions under the Lands Commission, and prepare Specifications for the preparation of bidding documents for goods and activities, using standard documentation agreed with the funding agencies, and also participate in the evaluation of Expressions of Interest for short lists and pre-qualification of suppliers and contractors where necessary;
  • Ensure quality, coordinate the dispatch of procurement documents to the Procurement Unit of the LAP Secretariat of MLNR for review and submission to the World Bank in cases of procurement actions requiring IDA “no objection’
  • Monitor and ensure timely responses to procurement questions raised by the Procurement Specialist of the LAP Project Secretariat, MLNR, independent external auditors, authorised agents or the World Bank staff during Post-Procurement Reviews (PPRs);
  • Provide training to address:
  1. Staff weaknesses that may be identified as part of the supervision; and
  2. Training needs expressed by the users of the PIM. Basic procurement training will also be provided to Members of the Entity Tender Committee on how to review bids and proposal evaluation reports, in response to the Public Procurement Act of Ghana; and
  • Carry out any other relevant periodic duties that may be assigned by the Chief Executive Officer from time to time

 

Required Skills or Experience

 

  • A First Degree in relevant discipline with a minimum of 8 years Post Graduate experience in Procurement, and Contract Management in the public sector
  • Must have good knowledge of procurement policies and procedures of multilateral financial institutions (e.g. the World Bank) and Development Co-operation Agencies, as well as a good knowledge of the institutional, technical, and commercial aspects of procurement
  • Must have demonstrated procurement experience in previous positions (as procurement staff) in an international environment
  • Must be computer literate
  • Excellent skills in Project Management demonstrated in previous jobs
  • Proven track record in working effectively within multidisciplinary teams

 

How To Apply

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should send their application and detailed curriculum vitae to the following address:

THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
LANDS COMMISSION
P. O. BOX CT 5008
CANTONMENTS, ACCRA
TEL:

+233 302 760550
FAX: +233 302 761840
Email: [email protected]

Offer valid till 11th April 2012

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