Posted on :
21 Jan, 2019
21 Jan, 2019
At the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, we are dedicated to making globalization work for the many, not the few. We do this by helping countries, their people and their governments, address some of the most difficult challenges in the world today – beginning with those where we think we can break new ground, offering leaders new thinking and new approaches. Our staff – over 200 of them, based all over the world – are working on some of the most intractable problems around issues of co-existence, governance, the peace process in the Middle East and renewing the centre.
Job Title: Governance Advisor – Food and Agriculture
Focus of the Role:
Strategically located with access to West Africa’s 350million population, Ghana is a peaceful country evident by democratic political stability over the last 20 years. Investor confidence has grown in recent years following Standard & Poor’s rating of B with a stable outlook from B- with a negative outlook, first in over a decade achieved through strong monetary and fiscal policies.
Farming provides the lifeline for millions of livelihoods in Ghana by offering jobs, food nutrition and a firm foothold for Ghana’s economy. Growth in contribution of agriculture sector to national gross domestic product (GDP) in recent years however, has consistently declined. Trends in production of major food crops such as maize, rice and sorghum show that on-farm productivity has stagnated and the exploitable difference between the actual and potential output of most of the crops (yield gap) has widened. Low and inadequate levels of usage of productivity enhancing technologies such as quality seeds of improved varieties and fertilizer, thin extension services and weak market linkages constrain the growth in on-farm productivity.
The Government of Ghana (GoG) is fully committed to increasing the productivity and thereby catalysing a structural transformation in the economy through increased farm incomes and job creation. To contribute to this goal, the GoG has initiated a flagship Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Campaign that will motivate the farmers to adopt certified seeds and fertilizers through a private sector led marketing framework, by raising the incentives and complimentary service provisions on the usage of inputs, good agronomic practices, marketing of outputs over an E-Agriculture platform.
In support of this agenda, TBI is seeking an Agriculture Advisor to be based in the Ministry of Food & Agriculture, working closely with the Minister, Deputy Ministers, Directors, and other key Stakeholders to implement the government’s priority Planting for Food & Jobs initiatives. Specific duties include:
The Advisor will be a member of a new and evolving TBI team in Ghana. The team consisting of experienced advisors providing embedded support at the Presidency and to key economic institutions of the government to attract and scale up private investment in priority sectors positioned to generate exports, jobs, and backward linkages. The Advisor will benefit from network effects of the TBI Global team. He/she will also be a member of TBI’s Private Sector Development practice, through which they will gain from and contribute to the expertise of TBI’s teams across Africa and beyond.
What We Look For in Our People:
We are looking for outstanding individuals with a proven track record of leadership and delivery in the public or private sectors. We seek to create international and multi-disciplinary teams and are looking for individuals with a background in: public/civil services worldwide; strategy consulting; relevant industry experience; private equity and finance; and international development.
All candidates will be required to have:
Above all, we are looking for individuals with high levels of enthusiasm, resilience, a can-do attitude and ability to consistently achieve results in a fast-paced environment.
VALUES WE EXPECT OUR ADVISORS TO SHARE WITH US: