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DAI Invites Job Applications from qualified persons to occupy the position of Policy LINK -Agricultural Lending Expert

Details

The Policy LINK project will strengthen the capacity of local actors and institutions to lead and manage the agricultural transformation process and contribute effectively and collectively to improved, broad-based food security policy outcomes.

Specifically, the program aims to strengthen food security policy systems by investing in and reinforcing productive human and social capital and developing strategic partnerships that help bring these innovations and capacity investments to scale to achieve a critical mass of local actors with the ability and opportunity to effect positive policy change through collective action.

Policy LINK’s general approach is grounded in facilitative leadership and collaborative governance, which emphasize engaging stakeholders from civil society and public and private sectors in consensus-oriented decision making, collaborative problem solving, and adaptive learning.

Agricultural Lending Expert Policy LINK in Ghana

USAID/Ghana has expressed an interest in engaging Policy LINK in the Policy System Support Activity that has a goal of supporting and strengthening policy development, adoption, and implementation.

This Activity seeks to achieve a more transparent, inclusive, predictable, and evidence-based agriculture and food security policymaking, leading to improved food and nutrition outcomes and broad-based, inclusive economic growth.

Critical to the success of the Activity is enabling a broader set of Ghanaian stakeholders to constructively participate directly in the policy process to contribute to the structural transformation of their agriculture and food security system.

This broader set of agricultural stakeholders is necessary to improve policy analysis, formulation, advocacy for, and implementation of agricultural policies that will drive this transformation.

This inclusive approach will also support and accelerate the evolution of Ghana’s agriculture by contributing to good governance (transparency and mutual accountability), greater private sector engagement, increased trade and competitiveness, and stronger market system linkages.

A fundamental input to a stronger, more inclusive policy process is an increased availability, access, and reliance on developing and using evidence in the entire policy process across all stakeholders.

While there is a significant volume of research done in Ghana, this research needs to be strengthened and made more rigorous through a peer review process that documents and shares best practices and outputs.

Also critical is the participation of a broader set of stakeholders in the planning, development, and validation of policy research to ensure that all stakeholders have a common understanding of the policy environment and process.

Finally, the availability, access, and use of evidence by all stakeholders in a coordinated policy process is important to assure transparency and mutual accountability.

The quality of policies and the processes by which they are formulated and implemented are equally important, as this foundation will engender ownership and agency by the broader set of stakeholders and will result ensure improved policy development and implementation in the future.

Activity Background

The Policy LINK/Ghana seeks a consultant to assist in the Assessment of Policy Interventions on Agricultural Lending in Ghana.

This assessment will examine the practice and performance of agricultural lending and examine long-term interventions to improve agricultural lending terms.

Special attention will be given to macroeconomic and structural factors that affect the policy rate, with recommendations on how to lower the policy rate (or to provide sustainable incentives) to spur greater agricultural lending while limiting inflation.

METHODOLOGY: This assessment will identify challenges and solutions that affect policy interventions on agricultural lending rates in Ghana through a comprehensive literature review of reports from USAID/Ghana implementing partners, GOG documents and any other relevant sources on agricultural lending, and from key informant interviews. Consultants will initially carry-out desk study research to produce an inception report.

The inception report will include an agenda for on-site meetings with local stakeholders (banks, other financial institutions, investors, agri-businesses, and other operators in the agri-business space). This initial phase will be followed by an on-site visit of two-weeks to meet with the stakeholders identified in the inception report. Outputs from the visit will be used to prepare a draft report to be submitted to USAID/Ghana staff for approval.

Position Objectives

The objectives of this assessment are:

1. Conduct a review of agricultural lending products and terms, including interest rates, maturity, and agricultural lending rates. Also review opportunities provided by venture capital, equity, and investment from high net-worth individuals.

2. Explore the agricultural lending ecosystem; i.e., the macroeconomic and microeconomic policies, laws, regulations, and rules that increase the costs of agricultural lending and draw out linkages/effects between current policies and lending rates.

3. Identify macroeconomic or microeconomic policy constraints limiting competitive lending rates in agricultural credit markets.

4. Identify behavioral approaches that can facilitate improved lending rates through policy, and present best practices that can inform approaches for mission support.

5. Examine the legal framework governing the financial sector in Ghana and identify portions of it that affect agricultural lending rates negatively and positively.

6. Make recommendations for short, medium, and long-term actions to address identified challenges limiting the reduction of leading rates through policy interventions. Short-term recommendations could be implemented within one year, while long-term recommendations would be implemented within five years.

Position Tasks and Responsibilities

The local consultant will assist the international consultants in the following tasks:

  • Identifying key documents to be consulted during the inception phase;
  • Identifying local stakeholders (i.e., banks, other financial institutions, investors, agri-businesses, and other operators in the agri-business space) to meet during the on-site visit.
  • Supporting the team in the preparation of the agenda for the on-site work (including arranging meetings);
  • Supporting the team during the on-site mission (participate in meetings as per needed) and for follow up remote meetings (as needed);
  • Following up with stakeholders after the on-site visit (as needed).
  • Provide targeted (written) inputs/ideas for the assessment

Anticipated Timeline

  • This consulting assignment will take a total of 30 working days spread over a period of performance from June 13 to September 5. Below is a proposed schedule for this assignment: Deliverables
  • The local consultant will be directly responsible for the following deliverables:
  • List of stakeholder and contacts for the on-site visit and remote meetings to be included in inception report
  • Proposed agenda and contacts ahead of the on-site visit and for remote meetings, when necessary
  • Logistical support during on-site visit
  • Schedule meetings with relevant stakeholders

NOTE: Consultants must seek and receive prior approval from the Policy LINK team (supervisor) before sharing any written information with USAID and other partners.

Reporting (Position Supervisor)

The consultant will work under direct supervision of the Ghana Country Lead, who will provide the overall supervision of this assignment.

In ensuring the quality of the work is undertaken, the consultant will continuously consult with the Policy LINK team to agree on expectations, scope of the work, and an updated work plan based on the activity goals and approach. A debrief meeting will be held after the activity to discuss any further issues which require further follow-up and reporting.

Skills Required

  • Ghanaian national
  • Master’s degree in an international development related discipline (including economics and finance)
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant working in program management, banking/finance/investment with a focus in the agriculture sector, the agricultural policy process, engagement with agricultural stakeholders, and capacity strengthening of individuals and institutions
  • Demonstrated network of contacts in both the banking/financial industry as well as in medium/large companies (namely, agribusinesses)
  • Minimum of ten years of prior relevant work experience
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Reliability and ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.

How To Apply

Please submit applications electronically via this website CLICK HERE TO APPLY by June 10, 2022:

Applications will be considered in the order received.

Candidates will be required to answer certain qualifying questions before uploading their CVs and cover letters to the application form for consideration.


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