Operation Support Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization

Accra, Ghana

The Sustainable Cocoa Initiative (SCI) aims to strengthen the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of the cocoa and chocolate sector, by fostering enabling policies and promoting public and private investments in the cocoa value chain. To support the SCI, CFI is collaborating with Governments, European Union (EU) Delegations and FAO Representations in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, the EU in Brussels, the Secretariat of the Cote d'Ivoire – Ghana Cocoa Initiative, FAO technical divisions and diverse cocoa sector actors to design and implement an integrated set of actions and provide a diverse range of services.

While the SCI will focus initially on the three major African cocoa producing countries of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, its objective is to reach out to other cocoa producer countries in Africa and elsewhere, to engage in similar structural reforms in support of sector sustainability. As a lead implementation partner, FAO will design and implement this support in a flexible and demand-driven manner by which National Governments European Union Delegations, cocoa sector stakeholders and relevant development partners including financial institutions will articulate and agree to priority interventions, which are coherent with national goals and Initiative objectives.

The initiative will thus support different stakeholders to build on the consensus that is emerging among producing countries, industry representatives, cocoa smallholders, and European consumers to link increases in cocoa farmers' revenues to a clear commitment to halt deforestation and eliminate child labour, while promoting social inclusion and gender equality.
Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Provide technical support in developing strategies and action plans related to the achievement of Economic Pact for Sustainable Cocoa.
  • Facilitate and lead technical studies, workshop and activities linked with the achievement of Economic Pact for Sustainable Cocoa. 
  • Serve as monitoring and evaluating resource person for drafting progress reports of the projects linked to the Economic Pact and implemented by the CIGCI, suggesting improvements and innovative solutions where necessary.
  • Provide support for partnership and resource mobilization related activities of the CIGCI with local and international partners.
  • Contribute to the design, planning and implementation of economic evidence-based knowledge production activities for the achievement of Economic Pact for Sustainable Cocoa.
  • Contribute to the prioritization, planning and delivery of diverse communication products in support of the CIGCI. 
  • Support the preparation and finalization of written outputs/deliverables (e.g., draft background papers, analytical notes, sections of reports, inputs to publications, country documents and overall CIGCI documentation)
  • Any other activities related to the achievement of Economic Pact for Sustainable Cocoa. 
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Candidates Will Be Assessed Against The Following:
Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Economics, International Development, or a related field.
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in management and provision of technical support to cocoa production and value chains, with a focus on economic topics.
  • Working knowledge (level C) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (level B) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian (for consultants). Working knowledge (level C) of English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian (for PSAs).
Technical/Functional Skills:
  • Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable.  
  • Extent and relevance of experience in participating in multidisciplinary teams for the preparation of strategies and sector studies as well as formulation, implementation support or evaluation of food security, agriculture, rural development, natural resource management and value chain development.  
  • Extent and relevance of experience of cocoa value chains and cross-cutting policy issues is highly desirable.  
  • Extent and relevance of experience in investment design, implementation support and evaluation procedures of FAO’s main development partners, in particular the European Union. 
  • Demonstrated strong network and working relationship with government and relevant stakeholders in the cocoa sector is an asset. 
  • Experience working in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire is considered an advantage. 
  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with government officials, development partners and other country level stakeholders.
  • Excellent drafting skills and capacity to synthesize;
  • Relevance of experience in different geographical areas.
  • Demonstrated capacity to write technical reports in English and French.