Closing Date : 2019-05-31
Duty Station : Accra, Ghana
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Organization: Development Gateway
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 31 May 2019

Senior Associate Agriculture Ghana (Consultant)

The Organization You Want to Work For

Development Gateway (DG) is an international nonprofit organization that creates innovative

information management and data visualization technology, implements data-focused

programs, and conducts research and evaluation to further sustainable development:

Agriculture is a growing strategic focus for DG. We support public and private sector actors in

collecting, analyzing and using data in the agriculture sector. Our partners in this work include

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Governments of Malawi and Senegal, USAID, and

the Hewlett Foundation.

We are a creative and dynamic group of people based around the globe. We value hard work,

innovative thinking, a commitment to teamwork, and a good sense of humor.

For this position, the Senior Associate will be based in Accra, Ghana. Applicants must have

authorization to live and work in Ghana.

The Elevator Pitch

DG is pleased to announce a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the

implementation of a four-year program to improve, manage, and visualize fertilizer data in

Africa. Visualizing Insights on Fertilizer for African Agriculture (VIFAA) will aim to fill key

fertilizer information gaps, increase data-driven policy and investment decisions in the fertilizer

sector, and ultimately result in comprehensive, user-centered fertilizer data dashboards that

meet the analytical needs of diverse stakeholders and will become integrated into existing

decision-making processes.

The Senior Associate is responsible for coordinating the VIFAA project in Ghana, including

managing stakeholder relationships and leading progress on project/technical

implementations. The role may also include supporting DG s other work focused on assessing

the needs of actors in the agriculture data chain and providing user-focused tools for

management of agriculture data. Our projects include (i) implementations of data

management, visualization and dissemination tools, (ii) related data management and analysis

services, (iii) technical training, and (iv) applied research on how data and technology influence


In this role, you will manage partners and projects, support product innovation, and lead

assessments of systems and user needs. A wide degree of creativity, latitude and responsibility

is expected, along with domestic and potentially international travel.

The Work You Get to Do

Project Management and Implementation

Works closely with clients, partners and technical staff to ensure that project benchmarks

are met on time, within budget, and done to client satisfaction.

Responsible for conceptual design and integration of relevant technologies, research,

planning, and testing of applications.

Leads and defines business processes/rules, user stories, test cases, and user interface


Design and conduct qualitative research, assessments, and data analysis of public and

private agriculture data in government ministries and across the fertilizer data value chain

Documentation and Training

Collects, documents and maintains new requirements for IT systems that manage data for

government and international organization decision-makers.

Leads training sessions with clients and partners.

Provides support and documentation for improving and creating clear data management

processes. Conducts system testing and follow-up with IT team.

The Education and Experience You Have and We Need

Fluency in English required. Additional languages (particularly French) a plus.

Must have experience engaging with ministries of agriculture (preferred) and/or the

private sector to work with agriculture data

Familiarity with key agriculture data sources (e.g. FAO Country Stat, Ministries of

Agriculture, CGIAR, etc.) and data standards.

Experience working in the fertilizer sector preferred.

Overseas experience required.

Master s degree preferred.

5+ years of direct technical and management experience.

Gourmet chefs welcome, but more importantly:

You have effective project management and presentation skills. You enjoy getting things

done and building relationships.

You have strong problem-solving skills and are known for your commitment to continuous

product and process improvement.

You have a solid ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams in a fast-paced,

creative environment. Entrepreneurial attitude and skills important.

You bring an understanding of Internet-based applications development lifecycle and


You're comfortable working with data using spreadsheets, simple databases, and/or

statistical software packages.

You can communicate easily with both technical and non-technical staff and maintain

good communication with our geographically dispersed team.

You use strong organizational skills to handle a broad and unpredictable workload, meet

deadlines and work under own initiative.

You can work effectively both autonomously and as a great teammate, influencing others'

attitudes and behaviors through example.

We're also looking for: Excellent written and verbal communication and customer interaction

skills. Understanding of business relationships and concepts. Ability and willingness to travel

up to 30% of the time.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not

discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation,

age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to Please

include Agriculture Senior Associate Ghana in the subject line. Only applicants

authorized to work in Ghana should apply.

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