Project Director Ghana
at Opportunity International
Location: Accra, Ghana
The Project Director will oversee the implementation and administration of an anticipated Mastercard Foundation project in Ghana under the Young Africa Works Strategy.
The Project Director will provide overall leadership, management, and strategic direction for the project, and is ultimately accountable for the delivery of results. The 5-year project aims to boost the prosperity of young women and men by creating and sustaining employment in rural Ghana within the agriculture sector. The project functions within the agriculture, financial services, and youth workforce development sectors. This position will be based in Accra, Ghana, will report to the Head of AgFinance, and is contingent upon award funding with an anticipated start date of July 2023.
Lead overall technical and operational leadership and expertise for the project, including management of work plans, high-quality outputs, and dissemination of reports and learnings.
Provide the strategic direction for the project by serving as the primary liaison with the Mastercard Foundation and Opportunity leadership. Interact with various government and senior-level national and country-level government officials.
Serve as the consortium leader and oversee all sub-awardees, ensuring effective communication between key stakeholders and strong coordination toward the delivery of the project’s objectives.
Manage a diverse team to deliver the expected impact within budget and agreed timelines. Mentor and coach staff to support their professional development and application of skills and knowledge.
Support the development of a strong monitoring & evaluation system, project monitoring tools, and an impact measurement strategy to track and document project successes and learnings.
Bachelor's degree in business, international development, economics, agriculture, finance, or other relevant field; advanced graduate degree preferred.
At least 8 years of relevant experience implementing projects in youth workforce development, agriculture, financial and digital inclusion, or women’s empowerment, and/or experience working in or with financial institutions.
At least 3 years of experience in a senior-level management position such as Team Leader, Chief of Party, or other Program Director level role.
Previous experience working in Ghana required. Experience working with Ghanaian financial institutions and/ or high-level government officials preferred.
Excellent communication, technical, and analytical skills, including public speaking, stakeholder management, and donor management.
Demonstrable ability to build and motivate diverse teams around a common vision with proven leadership, coaching, and interpersonal skills
Passionate about Opportunity’s mission. Able to promote and communicate the organization’s goals and objectives to external and internal stakeholders.
Written and verbal fluency in English, additional local languages preferred.
Willing to travel internationally 15-25% of the time.
ABOUT OPPORTUNITY INTERNATIONAL
Opportunity International was founded in 1971 and exists to bring about a measure of justice, dignity and purpose for families living in poverty. They do this by supporting local finance institutions that provide innovative financial solutions to empower people, create small businesses and build vibrant communities. We serve12 million hardworking entrepreneurs in 28 countries worldwide and have big plans for the world: a world without poverty where people can live with dignity and purpose.
Learn more about our company by visiting our website: https://opportunity.org/
Opportunity’s AgFinance model is structured to bring scalable and high-impact loans and training to rural families living in poverty to build thriving rural communities. AgFinance accomplishes this by building relationships with financial institutions to support the provision of tailored agricultural credit products and services to smallholders and agribusinesses while providing technology-enabled training and services directly to farmers.
ABOUT MASTERCARD FOUNDATION PROJECT - YOUTH AFRICA WORKS STRATEGY
The Young Africa Works strategy sets out an ambitious goal for the next decade: by 2030, our work will enable 30 million young people in Africa, especially young women, to secure employment they see as dignified and fulfilling. Using youth employment as a key measure of socio-economic progress, we aim to help millions of people to find a pathway out of poverty.
Learn more about the project here at mastercardfdn.org/our-strategy/young-africa-works/
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter highlighting your fit for the position and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “Opportunity International Ghana Project Director”.