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Director of project (cocoa and coffee sector) , Liberia

Director of project to strengthen the cocoa and coffee sector in Liberia

SOCODEVI is a Canadian network of cooperative and mutual enterprises that share their technical expertise and knowledge with partners in developing countries.

PLACE OF WORK: Monrovia, Liberia with frequent travel to rural areas.

DURATION: February 2017 to March 2018

MANDATE:
The director provides guidance and management of the project to strengthen the cocoa and coffee sector in Liberia in close coordination with authorities from the Ministry of Agriculture and the program management unit. The project consists of improving access to financing, inputs, technology and marketing for 3,750 cocoa and/or coffee farmers in organizations and cooperatives in the counties of Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and River Gee.
Revitalization of the cocoa and coffee value chains is part of the strategy for generating additional wealth for the various links in these sectors. The project provides assistance to strengthening the competencies of farmers and cooperative leaders and promotes sustainable business links between producer organizations/cooperatives and certain private actors in civil society.

FUNCTIONS
 Responsible for management and administration of the project.
 Management of his or her work plan and of the human, material and financial resources placed at his or her disposal to achieve results in an efficient manner.
 Establish and maintain partnerships with government institutions in the cocoa chain and private organizations.
 Coordinate annual work plans, activity reports and financial reports.
 Draw up terms of reference to conduct various studies and technical support missions.
 Coordinate preparation of pertinent training programs for agroforestry and organizational aspects.
 Strengthen the capacity for management within cooperative organizations for farmers.
 Oversee introduction of systems to monitor and control achievement of results.
 Provide advice upon request from the Ministry of Agriculture and/or other key Ministry officials.
 Support SOCODEVI business development in Liberia and West Africa.

REQUIREMENTS
 Work experience in Africa, ideally with project(s) financed by the World Bank.
 8 years of professional experience relevant to the functions including at least 5 years in the cocoa chain.
 Experience in organizational development, creation of associative enterprises or cooperatives in the cocoa sector.
 Bachelor degree in agro-economics, management, administration or the equivalent.
 Demonstrated skills in project management and guidance.
 Experience in personnel management.
 Experience in georeferenced databases.
 Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

We offer competitive remuneration with a full range of benefits. Please forward your curriculum vitae no later than January 8, 2017. We are an equal opportunity employer. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Note: This is a job advertisement, applications will be forwarded to the employer for selection. The employer will do the recruitment process himself. JobnetAfrica believes all applicants should get feedback, good or bad, but we don’t have any influence on this concerning this job.

Expiring: Jan 24, 2017
Materials Laboratory Manager , Liberia

PLANET S.A., for the purposes of a recently awarded EU funded Framework Contract in Liberia with the title “MPW Materials Laboratory Manager“ is looking for a qualified Materials Laboratory Manager (260 working days, all on-site, from October 2016 till October 2018) with the following qualifications:

• Bachelor degree Academic Level in Civil engineering or, in the absence of that, general professional experience of at least 8 years after secondary education and specific professional experience as Civil Engineer or Laboratory expert or manager.
• More than 20 years of professional experience with proven, extensive experience in the specific field of road engineering and materials laboratory testing.
• Familiarity with EU procedures.
• Excellent communication skills and be able to create a relation of trust with the staff of the Ministry of Public Works of Liberia, and the European Commission Delegation in Monrovia.
• Previous experience in this technical field in countries with similar climatic conditions as Liberia, i.e. with extremely high rainfall.
• Fluency in English is mandatory (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
• The candidate needs to be able and willing to do all of the computer work related to the services personally.

The purpose of the project is to develop the Central Materials Laboratory (CML) into a sustainable modern, business-like, commercial entity that will support the new road sector institutions (and its service providers) planned for Liberia, namely the Road Fund and Road Agency.


All interested, available and qualified professionals (fully covering the above requested qualifications) are kindly asked to forward their updated CV (tailored as much as possible to the requirements aforementioned).

Expiring: Nov 28, 2016
Logistics / Fleet Manager , Liberia

Our client is a joint venture in agriculture, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Accra, Ghana. The company in Liberia, which is a subsidiary company, focuses on sales of agro inputs and cocoa purchases and -exports in Liberia. Since 2011 the company exports their cocoa to a dedicated sales office in Europe.

They are looking for a Logistics / Fleet manager to be based in Ganta.

Job description:
* Sets up a new workshop from scratch
* Purchases and develops a growing fleet of vehicles (2 tractors, 10 motorbikes, 1 mini-truck, 1 DAF truck, and 6-7 pickups).
* Maintains the fleet
* Fleet planning and logistics
* Spare parts planning and importing
* Manual GPS checks and analyses
* Builds the team of mechanics and others, hires, trains
* Reports to and Works closely together with the General Manager who will partially also reside in Ganta
* Set up and maintain a physical fleet and workshop in a rural area where very little infrastructure is available
* Great potential, great team, fantastic experience and career move, a lot of independency required

Abilities:
Technical, creative, practical, flexible, adventurous, must be able to work with little or no supervision and training skills

Requirements:
* Experienced mechanic with management skills
* Should have good leadership skills and good communicator
* Excellent planning and organizing skills
* Fluent in English (Dutch is an advantage)
* Previous experience in a developing country/ rural area is an advantage
* Willing to work long hours
* Drivers license (Truck license is an advantage)

What they offer:
* Great team and career opportunity
* Apartment at field office in Ganta
* Company Vehicle, return ticket, health insurance
* Competitive salary

Expiring: Mar 31, 2016
Financial Controller / CFO , Liberia

Our client is a joint venture in agriculture, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Accra, Ghana. The company in Liberia, which is a subsidiary company, focuses on sales of agro inputs and cocoa purchases and -exports in Liberia. Since 2011 the company exports their cocoa to a dedicated sales office in Europe.

They are looking for a strong financial candidate for a company with great potential based in Monrovia.

Job description:
Ø Sets up and maintains a financial structure for 2 different entities
Ø Controls all financial planning and reporting
Ø Takes care of up-to-date financial information
Ø Reports to MD based in Accra, Ghana as well as IFC/World bank
Ø Coordinating and following up on government and other local parties matters
Ø Arranges paperwork from incoming (agro inputs) and outgoing (cocoa) shipments
Ø Manages a small but growing team of 3-4 at the office (accountant, secretary, office clerk) in absence of General Manager
Ø Works closely together with General Manager and other functional managers to develop and implement strategic financial plans.
Ø Handles miscellaneous matters as required
Ø Work with colleagues who are in the field most of the time, distant communication
Ø Great potential, great team, fantastic experience and career move, a lot of independency required

The candidate must be:
Creative, practical, flexible, adventurous, able to work with little or no supervision, a self-starter, entrepreneurial

Requirements:
Ø Bachelor with a professional financial qualification (i.e ACCA, etc.) or master in finance or economic field is a must
Ø At least 5 years’ experience in finance
Ø Excellent financial reporting skills
Ø Good organizer and communicator
Ø Fluent in English (Dutch is an advantage)
Ø Previous experience in a developing country is an advantage
Ø Willing to work long hours
Ø Drivers license

What they offer:
Ø Great team and career opportunity
Ø Apartment on secured compound in Monrovia
Ø Company Vehicle, return ticket, health insurance
Ø Competitive salary

Expiring: Jan 24, 2016

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