Posted on :
8 Jun, 2018
8 Jun, 2018
The mission of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is to catalyze public-private action to accelerate cocoa sustainability. WCF champions multi-stakeholder partnerships, aligned public and private investment, policy dialogue, and joint learning and knowledge sharing to achieve transformative change in the cocoa supply chain. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org.
Job Title: Digital Finance Project Coordinator
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) seeks a project coordinator to design and implement a mobile money learning platform and e-payment system targeting cocoa farmers. This project is funded by the African Cocoa Initiative Phase II (ACI II), which is a five-year USAID funded Global Development Alliance (GDA) Program implemented by the WCF through CocoaAction with chocolate companies. The goal of ACI II is to sustainably increase cocoa productivity among smallholder cocoa farmers in West Africa.
ACI II is also intended to increase provision of financial services in support of the cocoa value chain. Access to financial services remains a constraint for the estimated two million smallholder cocoa farmers in West Africa. It is a barrier to adoption of new productive technologies and good agricultural practices, especially when it comes to farm renovation but also in terms of farmspecific plans to increase productivity and off-farm income generating livelihoods activities. The need for capital and access to financial services in cocoa growing communities however is not limited to the cocoa value chain but extends to the individual income diversification strategies of cocoa growing households. These often include food crop production and the number of small businesses that support the sector, such as spray service providers and transporters.
Financial access initiatives in the cocoa sector are dominated by outmoded, often paper-based payment systems generally limited to trade financing and working capital provided by supply chain actors rather than longer term farm or livelihood improvements and service delivery provided by third parties. Similarly, many financial institutions do not offer products specifically structured for rural areas and the cocoa growing season. Women are doubly burdened by the lack of access to finance due to their unequal position within the cocoa value chain.
Digital Financial Services (DFS):
Digital and mobile technology have been proven to deliver significant economic and social benefits in a variety of development settings. They have improved businesses’ access to markets and consumers, increased financial inclusion for the poor, and assisted governments’ ability to deliver services. One significant promise of digital and mobile technology lies in DFS, which facilitates more efficient and secure financial transactions through electronic means. The cocoa and chocolate industry, which has so far engaged in DFS within their own supply chains in an ad hoc manner, has expressed the desire for a concentrated effort to address the full ecosystem of DFS needs in cocoa communities. The long-term vision is to expand the digital money platform to include other nonfinancial services such as information on farm planning, weather, inputs,
production and e-protection, post-harvest activities and market prices for cocoa and non-cocoa products.
This position is based at WCF’s Accra office and will report to the Director of Agricultural Productivity and Chief of Party of ACI Phase II. Applicants must be authorized to work in Ghana. The duration of the position will be one year, renewable annually until June 2021. The projected start date is July 1st, 2018.
The successful candidate will work in collaboration with the Director of Agricultural Productivity and Chief of Party of ACI Phase II, the DFS Technical Expert jointly supported by WCF and Better Than Cash Alliance, and other WCF Ghana staff to:
How to Apply
Candidates are requested to upload their cover letter describing their interest in this role and WCF, with their CV/résumé to: https://worldcocoa.egnyte.com/ul/iiar97mMO3. Please address the letter to “Human Resources” and name your files using the following convention: ‘J.Doe Cover Letter, ‘J.Doe Resume and ‘J. Doe References’.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling bases until position is filled. No phone calls please.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.