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Technical Advisor for Cocoa Agribusiness

Reference: AUG20220791
Location: Gola,Sierra Leone, West Africa 
Salary: £33,600 - £37,275 Per Annum
Benefits: Pension, Life Assurance, 26 days Annual Leave, Accomodation, Flights & Travel Insurance
Duration: Fixed Term for 1 year
Hours: Full Time

The Global Land Department is seeking a new Technical Adviser for Cocoa Agribusiness based in the Gola Rainforest Headquarters, Kenema, Sierra Leone. 

Overarching Goals:

  • In cooperation with the Head of GRC, Sierra Leone Country Manager and Head of SF&CE, to support the GRC Cocoa Business Team and Farmers Associations/Cooperatives to provide overall management and oversight of the farmer-led cocoa agribusiness in the Gola landscape in Sierra Leone
  • Deliver on the milestones and targets of the Partnerships for Forests Project on Upscaling Gola Forest-friendly Cocoa Business, oversee the implementation of project activities
  • Compile information and data on the Gola forest-friendly cocoa agribusiness for project reporting
  • Together with SF&CE Unit, provide leadership for the cocoa programme with GRC and the Farmers Associations/ Cooperatives to result in a successful farmer-led forest-friendly cocoa business in Gola Sierra Leone
  • To support information exchange to facilitate a Gola landscape approach through linking the work in Sierra Leone to the work in Liberia, and find opportunity to promote the development of the Gola forest-friendly cocoa brand
  • To create opportunities to scope and trial the development of new value chains for cocoa, small enterprises and services related to cocoa, led & delivered by members of Gola chiefdoms, for local, regional, and international markets
  • To help develop a Gola brand as a hub for forest-friendly cocoa and other commodities 

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Educated to at least degree level in relevant discipline (Enterprise or Rural Development, Agriculture, Business), or equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years working in small-holder farmer commodity supply chains, especially in terms of exporting to international markets, preferably in cocoa
  • Understanding of & experience in the steps needed to set up a farmer-led business
  • Proven ability to manage donor grants including budgets, workplans and reporting
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal), ability to form good relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to work in small team, live in Kenema in Sierra Leone, with basic facilities
  • Adaptable & flexible in approach to work
  • Self-motivated, willing to work at times with limited supervision

Closing Date: 23:59, Sun, 25th Sep 2022

We're looking to conduct interviews for this position from 26th September 2022.


Closing Date: 25/09/2022  Location: Gola, Sierra Leone, West Africa

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