Become the Market Linkages Officer for Ghana and help smallholder farmers feed the world.

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Market Linkages Officer – Ghana

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

Place of Work: 

Sunyani, Ghana

About the Role:

The Market Linkages Officer will be responsible for establishing and maintaining strong linkages between smallholder farmers and relevant local market actors in Ghana. This new role is specifically designed to address the challenges faced by farmers in accessing markets and maximizing the value of their produce. Through effective coordination, networking, and knowledge transfer, you will contribute to improving farmers’ incomes, market access, and overall agricultural productivity.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Market Mapping and Analysis:

  • Map the vegetable value chain; identify all key stakeholders; define roles, opportunities, challenges, and barriers.
  • Build a market linkages strategy for each geographical area that encompasses all main stakeholders and includes an exit strategy.

Linkage Development:

  • Build strong relationships with market actors, including traders, processors, retailers, and other key stakeholders, to establish a reliable market network.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders, such as agricultural cooperatives, NGOs, and government agencies, to strengthen market linkages and foster cooperation.
  • Maintain a strong relationship with East-West Seed and continuously assess farmers’ and agricultural input dealers’ access to quality seeds.

Training and Capacity Building:

  • Provide training and technical support to smallholder farmers on post-harvest handling, quality assurance, and market requirements.
  • Provide training and capacity building to traders, processors, and other buyers on post-harvest handling, storage, and quality control practices to ensure the preservation and marketability of farmers’ produce.
  • Promote the adoption of improved seed varieties and modern farming techniques to enhance product quality.
  • Link stakeholders to EWS-KT’s GrowHow online training platform to enhance their capacity and skills.

Market Access Support:

  • Facilitate linkages between farmers and buyers, ensuring fair and transparent pricing.
  • Assist farmers in accessing credit, logistics, and transportation services to enable timely delivery of produce to markets.

Market Information Dissemination:

  • Regularly collect, analyze, and share market intelligence with farmers, enabling them to make informed decisions about crop selection, timing, and pricing.
  • Develop and implement market-oriented communication strategies, including the use of digital tools and platforms, to disseminate information to farmers effectively.
  • Ensure sustainability of communication channels after exit from the area.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Establish monitoring and evaluation systems to track the effectiveness of market linkage initiatives and identify areas for improvement.
  • Generate timely reports on key performance indicators, market trends, and project outcomes.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, or a related field.
  • Proven experience (minimum 3 years) in market linkage development, preferably in the agricultural sector with a focus on smallholder farmers.
  • Sound knowledge of the Ghanaian agricultural market landscape, value chains, and market dynamics.
  • Strong networking, negotiation, and relationship-building skills to engage with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent communication and training abilities, both written and verbal, with proficiency in English.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency in using digital tools, including MS Office Suite and data analysis software.
  • Passion for agricultural development, a genuine commitment to improving smallholder farmers’ livelihoods, and a drive for results.
  • Willingness to be assigned in EWS-KT working areas across Ghana.
  • Ability to ride a motorbike.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

EWS-KT is an equal-opportunity employer. We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in our workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, color, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or belief.

To apply, please email your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in the position to [email protected]

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only applicants who are shortlisted for further discussions will be contacted.