Capacity building for farmers will ensure that vegetable producers overcome challenges and exporters can also source quality produce. IFSSP  is seeking volunteer experts to provide training to identified export-oriented vegetable producers, especially in the chili value chain.

The Improving Food Safety Systems Project (IFSSP) is funded by USAID through Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and implemented by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC). IFSSP will provide market-based solutions to generate buy-in for adherence to SPS standards and participation in a traceability system. The project will also strengthen the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) compliance system for Ghanaian fruits and vegetables, and facilitate collaboration between the public and private sector for active growth in productivity and export trade.

Objectives of the Assignment:

  • To enhance skills and build capacity of vegetable producers, especially chili, in recommended agricultural best practices to improve produce quality
  • To promote farmer adoption and application of good agricultural practices

Expertise of Volunteer Expert Requested:

  • Higher university degree in agronomy, agricultural science, or a related field
  • 10 years’ experience in agricultural development
  • Experience with training on agricultural principles and best practices
  • Experience with training and mentoring subsistence farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred
  • Good writing and analytical skills, interpersonal communication and presentation skills (adult education skills), ability and desire to teach in both classroom and field settings
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new working environments and use interpreters. Ability to sense and identify if the interpretation is correct and farmers are understanding training content
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work with large groups of varying ages, experiences, and literacy levels

End of Assignment Report and Other Deliverables Required:

  • Volunteer Trip Report
  • Final copies of all training manual/protocols/materials used for training