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Project Lead, mAgriculture, Ghana

This job is not FLA Exempt.

06/04/2014

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JOB SUMMARY & KEY PRIORITIES:Grameen Foundation seeks a Ghana-based Project Lead for a potential new ICT-focused agriculture extension project.  The project seeks to increase farmer productivity of priority food security crops through wide scale adoption of improved agricultural technology and seeds.The Project Lead will have overall responsibility for implementation of the project, which will take place in Ghana, and serves as the principal point of contact for the donor for issues related to planning and implementation.  He or she will work closely with the Director of mAgriculture Tech Transfer and Country Director for Ghana and collaborate with key stakeholders to implement all aspects of the project.  This individual will use knowledge of Agriculture Development and Mobile Ag domains, as well as excellent Project Management, Analytical, Communication, and Relationship Management skills.  This will be done with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. KEY RESULTS:This role is accountable to for leading and implementing projects/ongoing work related to a new ICT4D agriculture extension project to be undertaken in Ghana. Work involves partnering closely with the Ghana Country Director, Global Director of mHealth Tech Transfer, and Regional CEO for Sub-Saharan Africa to generate results and deliver against deadlines and internal/external partner requirements .  Accountable for:Identifying and understanding the target market for these services (e.g. intermediary organizations or direct-to-farmers).Designing services that will be offered and determining how they can be integrated and used for social marketing initiatives that can drive behavioral change.Implementing integrated services with face-to-face agriculture extension services and developing and testing a feedback mechanism from end users.Successfully taking substantive projects or initiatives from start to finish, with clear milestones, deliverables and standards for success.Designing and approving project work plans.Designing and developing of monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plansEnsuring compliance of the project with agreed upon MEL requirements including working with the separate MEL and impact awardees or contractors.Monitoring of project reporting systems.Management and monitoring of the overall program budget in consultation with RCEO, AfricaManagement of a project team of 5 membersGenerating results that demonstrate advanced knowledge of mobile agriculture domain, area-specific ecosystem and issues, and their impact on the broader work area.Serving as  overall risk manager for the Ghana operations, anticipating and  responding to potential threats to execution, financial viability, legal / regulatory complianceManaging relationships with sub-contractors and design a system that will streamline roles and responsibilities of each one.Serving as a Subject Matter Expert for mobile agriculture related questions. Sought out for specific technical expertise or field experiences by team members.Creating a team climate where staff members feel engaged, motivated and productive. Providing clarity, alignment, feedback, strong sense of connection, and development/growth opportunities to their direct reports. Delivering against GF Talent Processes: Recruiting and Onboarding.Commitment/Goal Setting, Career Development Planning, and Annual Performance Reviews.Demonstrating the ability to establish productive partnerships that span regional and cultural boundaries.REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:High level of expertise in the mobile agriculture domain, with deep knowledge on existing market players, initiatives and understanding of lessons learned and emerging trendsDeep understanding of challenges facing poor, smallholder farmers and corresponding product/solution needs; combined with deep commitment to eradicating poverty.Proven  leadership  skills  including  the  ability  to  inspire  others  primarily  via  standards of excellence, hard work and integrityRelevant previous experience managing large, cross-functional operationsUnderstanding of the local context, target audience needs, and regulatory environment in Ghana preferredHigh level of skill required in Project Management - helping build, pilot, and scale initiatives; and effective prioritization and execution of active projects.Communication and Relationship Management skills; with an ability to influence others without authority, work in a networked organization, and deliver results with diverse partners.Ability to analyze data, identify issues and recommendations, and work with stakeholders to get decisions in a timely manner.Fluency and comfort with Human Centered Design principles and Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks.EDUCATION BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE:At least 5 or more years of overall experience managing substantive international development projects and initiatives.At least 3 years of experience managing USAID projects.At least 5 years of experience managing teams, especially remote teams, preferred.Bachelor’s degree in a subject relevant to international agricultural development, communications or behavior change (technical agriculture, business administration, international development, economics, communications, rural sociology, etc.), Masters Degree preferred.Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, International Development, Economics, Finance, Public Health/Policy, Engineering or related field, Masters Degree preferred.Excellent written and verbal English language skills.Experience working in a global/multicultural organizations across multiple time zones a strong plus.PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONSThis position does not require unusual demands for physical effort.  This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds. Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe workplace practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. ADDITIONAL COMMENTThe above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Please submit letter of interest and resume here to apply for this position.

AHME Country Project Manager Ghana

This job is not FLA Exempt.

03/19/2014

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Status:  Full timeLocation: Accra, GhanaFLSA:  ExemptThe African Health Markets for Equity or  AHME initiative is a five-year, multi-country program co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and DFID. Led by Marie Stopes International (MSI), the consortium includes PharmAccess, International/Medical Credit Fund, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Grameen Foundation.The AHME partnership will demonstrate the feasibility and value of integrating supply and demand-side interventions at scale in Ghana.  In Ghana, MSI will increase both the scale of their private provider health care networks and the scope of services provided. Access to accreditation, business development training and credit will be provided through PharmAccess and their Medical Credit Fund (MCF).Supply-side interventions will be complemented by demand-side financing mechanisms such as insurance, medical savings accounts, and vouchers in order to reduce financial barriers for clients to access priority services. Supply and demand-side interventions will be supported by policy and regulatory work led by the IFC and information and communication technologies led by Grameen Foundation.As a Technology Project Manager to this project based in Ghana you will be expected to undertake the following:Role Responsibilities:Acts as the primary relationship manager to all partners and is the liaison for GF AHME ICT efforts in country with a focus on driving increased satisfaction and deepening the partner relationshipsTranslating client and business requirements into highly detailed functional specifications, including the ability to synthesize and collaborate various requirements across partners.Identifying options for potential solutions and assessing them for both technical and business suitability.Manage the development, system testing and pilot to provide feedback to the development team on the solutions that are under development.Build capacity in the country by identifying, empowering, training and coaching identified parties.Manages the in-country AHME project plans, budgets, scope, risk and communications to internal and external constituencies.Ensures that all country-level project objectives are achieved.Communicate with key partners in order to anticipate problems, opportunities, and needs of the program, and work to devise feasible working solutions.Documents all lessons learned during the course of the project and content for externally published communications pieces such as blogs, white papers and case studies. Networking/establishing new partnerships for the purpose of solution deployments where applicable.Qualifications:5-7 years project management experience in successfully delivering ICD projectsTStrong systems analysis skills; must be able to synthesize business requirements for solutions development from a myriad of sourcesRelevant degree in Information Systems, computer sciences, health informatics, social sciences, public health or related discipline. A master’s degree would be an advantage.Experience in developing mobile (cellular) applications for health and or finance industries.Exposure to mobile platforms such as ODK ,Comcare and Open MRS would be a great advantageExperience in providing technology-related support for public health and/or international development, managing applied technology projectsExperience in conducting landscape assessments and market analysisFlexible & adaptable, able to work successfully in a fast paced environment.Experience working in developing countries and/or supporting and managing projects in the developing world programs.Ability and willingness to travel as neededCompetencies:Achievement oriented: establish challenging short-and long-term goals, take initiative, grasp new concepts, persist at tasks and pursue completion of objectivesAnalytical abilities: examine and interpret a wide variety of data/information and make recommendations, anticipate problems, opportunities and needs of the programCommunication skills: write in a concise and organized manner, appear knowledgeable and confident in communicating information, be sensitive to the communication levels required by different audiences, conduct effective meetings with people of all levels of authority in various industries.Creativity: brainstorm to develop suggestions and new ideas, develop several approaches or solutions to a problemDecision-making skills: consider alternatives and assess their impact and potential problems, weigh alternatives and select practical solutions, implement decisions and evaluate resultsDiversity orientation: understand and respond to others’ needs and prioritiesFlexibility: cope successfully with unexpected events, handle several projects simultaneously, adapt own behavioral and communication style to gain cooperation of managers, co-workers, and peers, adapt well to and support changeInitiative: actively seek solutions to problems before being asked or directed, initiate self- development efforts, look for new ways to contribute to the programInterpersonal skills: resolve conflict in positive ways, give and seek feedback that will increase the productivity of relationshipsJob motivation: assume ownership for getting the job done, be enthusiastic about taking on challenging projects, make plans and follow throughJudgment: review decisions to see if they satisfy long-range plansLeadership: motivate others to work together toward common objectives, work effectively in cross- functional groupsPresentation skills: present in a confident and enthusiastic manner when addressing people in a large or small group, deliver information in a clear, concise, and logical manner, effectively use various audio-visual media to enhance presentationWorking virtually: so long as internet access allows, must be email responsive and proactive, comfortable working with Google Docs and Google Groups, and willing to skype with colleagues in other time zones (occasionally outside of normal working hours).Interested candidates please click here.

Software Engineer

This job is not FLA Exempt.

03/18/2014

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Status: Full-time Location:  Accra, GhanaClass: ExemptStarting Date: ImmediateAbout the Grameen Foundation Mobile Health Innovations ProgramThe Grameen Foundation envisions a world where poor individuals in developing countries and the healthcare professionals who serve them can use a mobile phone to access health information that is discoverable, relevant, actionable, and affordable. We are looking for a technology leader who can help us shape this world.The Mobile Health Innovation program develops and deploys services that provide relevant and actionable health information over mobile phones. The target users of these systems are poor individuals and the healthcare professionals who serve them. The open-source systems we build are designed to be scaled across multiple countries and multiple health domains working with multiple organizations. We have developed a software system called “MOTECH Suite” which is currently in use to provide women in Ghana with information about pregnancy, to help HIV/AIDS patients in India manage their disease, and to enable three different organizations (BBC, CARE, and World Health Partners) in India establish an integrated health service for patients and healthcare providers in Bihar, India. Many additional organizations are interested in building health solutions on top of the suite. More information about MOTECH Suite can be found at http://motechsuite.org. We are seeking to grow our team of software engineers in Accra.Job Summary: We are seeking a full-time Software Engineer to join our core team in Accra and lead or support development on the MOTECH platform. The ideal candidate has a passion for rapid prototyping, new technologies, making things work in challenging environments, and seeing the impact of their work first-hand (international travel opportunities may be available). He/she should be a good communicator and problem solver who adapts easily to new environments, likes to tinker with things, and prefers autonomy and improvisation to a more specified & managed role. At Grameen, you will have tremendous freedom to pursue your own interests and grow your skill set as well as make a real impact across the world. The ideal candidate will also have a passion and skill for production ideation and development of implementation strategy.Additional background information on our work can be found by reviewing our code (https://code.google.com/p/motech/), our planning board(https://trello.com/b/LWIeZdsA), and our specs(https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B6eHX015P_zqR3k5TW1UeFZhY2M&usp=sharing).Reporting and relationships: The Software Development Engineer reports to the Mobile Health Innovations Development Manager.Availability: The Software Development Engineer will be expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours. Occasional international and domestic travel will be encouraged.Essential Job FunctionsDesign, develop, test, and document the MOTECH platform and it's APIsDevelop in Java/Scala using object-oriented (OO) design patterns, message queues, distributed databases (Postgres, NoSQL)Maintain knowledge of latest industry trendsMaintain a familiarity with the needs of endusers (and the unique challenges around mHealth and the ICT4D space)Serve as a technical resource in the full development cycle.Recommend changes in features, design, development process and system standards.Brainstorm and investigate innovative featuresContribute to the overall MOTECH vision and roadmapRequired Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesComputer Science fundamentals in data structuresComputer Science fundamentals in algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysisProficiency in, at least, one modern programming language such as C, C++, Java, Scala, Python, Ruby etc.Web services and web application/services development preferred.Experience in one or more J2EE containers (Tomcat, JBoss, etc)Familiarity with Java IDEs like Netbeans or Eclipse a plus.Experience with HTML/CSS & JavaScriptStrong communication skillsExposure to low bandwidth environments and developing countries helpful.Passion for the mission of Grameen Foundation and the MOTECH InitiativeInterest in occasional international and domestic travelFluency in English required.Education and ExperienceBachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science or related field2+ years professional experience writing high-quality software Physical and Environmental Conditions This position does not require unusual demands for physical effort. This position may occasionally require physical effort to lift and transport boxes weighing no more than 50 pounds.Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of places such as offices, meeting or training rooms, residences, or commercial vehicles; e.g., use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations and traffic signals. Additional Comment The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.Interested candidates should send a resume with a brief cover letter explaining why you are interested and what you will bring to the position to aankomah@grameenfoundation.org. Please put “Software Engineer” in the subject line. No calls, please. 

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