Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders Recruitment 2020

Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified candidates for Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders Recruitment 2020.

Job Description

  • Company: Agronomists and Veterinarians Without Borders
  • Location: Ghana
  • State: Accra
  • Job type: Full-Time

Job Title: Project Officer

Job Description

VWB/VSF is presently seeking a Local Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will lead volunteer management, project planning, management, administration and logistics of VWB/VSF/GAPNET portfolio. In this fast-paced work environment, the individual will require exceptional time management and organizational skills, be self-sufficient, and able to think quickly on his/her feet. S/he must be able to consistently project an enthusiastic, positive approach that contributes to a collegial and closely-knit organizational culture. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong program management, written and verbal communication, administrative, financial, monitoring and evaluation and organizational skills.


Program Management

    • Work with GAPNET and VWB-HQ staff in the program planning process.
    • Responsible for liaising with program colleagues in Ottawa on issues of project development and management
    • Work with VWB-HQ staff and volunteers to build relationships with other potential partners and stakeholders as relevant to the project; particularly, women and women-led local organizations.
    • Support and Manage the project local coordinator in Volunteer engagement and coordination

Volunteer Management

    • Liaise with GAPNET and target community/ies to develop and submit placement descriptions for Canadian volunteers to VWB for review and finalization based on local needs
    • Supervise local coordinator in provision of professional support to the volunteer(s), including in-country orientation upon arrival, support workplan development and regular monitoring meetings to ensure volunteer workplan progress is on track and the volunteer is supported and content (monthly check-in)
    • Support GAPNET Coordinator in local coordination logistics of volunteer placements, including arrival support, visa facilitation (including invitation letter), accommodation arrangements, workplan logistics, and transportation support (when required)
    • Be available for on-call (24/7) phone support to the volunteers while in-country and ensure cover arrangements are in place for a suitable alternative if away from the project location or out of range.

Security and Safety

    • Contribute to the health and security of the volunteers by providing information on local clinics/hospitals and safety advice and responding to emergency situations as/if needed
    • Provide incident reports to VWB-HQ staff when incidents occur, even when they are considered minor
    • Follow VWB-HQ led safety and security protocols at all times, and reinforce safety standard operation procedures (SOPS) with volunteers while they are in-country
    • For serious incidents, contact VWB-HQ staff immediately while seeking medical attention for those impacted

Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (M&E)

    • Contribute to the development of the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) in Year 1, and the Annual Work Plans (AWPs) in Years 1-7
    • Coordinate and ensure the completion of Quarterly Placement Reports (QPRs) by volunteers
    • Participate in quarterly status update and planning session with HQ Program Officer
    • Facilitate a participatory Annual Partnership Review (APR) meeting with GAPNET, community(ies) beneficiaries and volunteer(s)
    • Prepare an Annual Country Report which will contribute to VWB/VSF’s Annual Narrative Report (ARN)
    • Conduct data collection/monitoring evaluation activities the end of March to evaluate community impact of program
    • Cross-cutting themes: Analyse local context and advise VWB, volunteers and GAPNETon gender equality, environmental sustainability and governance aspects of all project activities
    • Keep a daily record of all project activities to contribute to program monitoring
    • Take photos and videos of key community activities that involve the volunteers, to use in project communications and to supplement narrative reporting

Financial Management

    • Prepare monthly expense claims to VWB-HQ using templates provided
    • Ensuring the proper storing of all original receipts relating to project expenses (copies are required to be sent to VWB-HQ staff to accompany all expense claims)
    • Coordinate booking and make payments for local travel, accommodation, meeting rooms and other resources as required for program activities
    • Support the volunteer(s) and GAPNET in complying with any financial management duties they are responsible for (will vary by project)


    • Collect impact statements from beneficiaries, local partners, and volunteers regarding notable changes and benefits from program participation; send on a quarterly basis
    • Collect photos and videos to submit to VWB HQ staff of local beneficiaries, livestock, volunteers, and local partner staff and share with VWB-HQ staff monthly
    • Submit one GAC Case Study per quarter to VWB-HQ staff

General / Administrative

    • Prepare, sign and submit monthly timesheets using the template provided by VWB-HQ as per GAC requirements
    • Coordinate time-tracking for the volunteer(s) which is required to be submitted quarterly
    • Conduct general administrative duties to ensure that the project and its activities and processes align with local laws and regulations (e.g. operations permit, visas for volunteers, insurance, etc.)
    • Coordinate, as/if required by the project, the identification of local resource people to participate in the project (i.e. trainers, gender advisors, etc.)
    • Manage inventory: keep a record of all project equipment, ensuring it is used appropriately and labelled as required
    • Carry out other tasks as arising and as agreed as per discussions with the VCP manager, in collaboration with GAPNET


  • Bachelor’s degree in international development, social science or a related field
  • Excellent Program Management skills
  • Fluent in English (written and oral)
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication skills
  • Experience working with international development organizations
  • Experience managing/working with international volunteers
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • 1 to 3 years experience in monitoring and evaluation


  • Knowledge of Ghana poultry and small ruminants sector
  • Experience with participatory approaches
  • Strong financial management knowledge

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit via email resume/CV, evidence of previous work and a motivation letter to [email protected].

Your letter should state why you wish to be considered for the role and how you meet relevant skills. Prospective applicants who best meet our requirements will be contacted for an interview through Skype.

Application Deadline: November 27, 2020.



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