SNV Ghana Recruiting Interns


Job Description

Present in Ghana since 1992, SNV is committed to the reduction of poverty, and works to achieve this in line with national poverty reduction strategies.

Access to adequate, affordable and sustainable energy products and services is a precondition for development. Typically, less than 10 % of the population in a sub Saharan African country is connected to the electricity grid and over 80 % of the same population lacks access to modern, safe, clean and efficient energy sources for heating, cooking and lighting.

This segment of the population uses traditional biomass such as charcoal, wood, straw, agricultural residues and dung, the use and collection of which brings with it various negative consequences, such as increased pressure on the environment, a high workload and indoor air pollution, especially affecting women and children.

The overall goal of SNV Ghana is to contribute to improve the livelihoods of the rural and peri-urban poor in Ghana by accelerating the dissemination of renewable energy products and services for the poor.

Job Description


In 2003 African governments began to include locally-sourced school feeding programs in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) with the aim to link school feeding to agricultural development through the purchase and use of locally and domestically produced food, resulting in the launching of the first “Home Grown School Feeding Programs’’ (HGSFP). While the concept contemplated benefits to farmers and producers by generating a structured and predictable demand for their products, and building the market and the enabling systems around it, in practice smallholder farmers have not been able to access HGSFP to the extent expected.

Thus the Ghana  School Feeding Programme commenced in late 2005 as a piloted initiative of the CAADP Pillar Three of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), with the overall aim of contributing to the eradication of extreme poverty and food security which is   in line with the MDGs 1  and also MDG2.
As a pilot, the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) began with 10 schools, drawn from each of the ten regions of the country. The basic concept of the programme is to provide children in public primary schools and kindergartens in the poorest areas with one hot, nutritious meal prepared from locally grown foodstuffs, on every school going day. To operationalize this concept, the programme established three-tied objective: Reduce hunger and malnutrition (through feeding children and improving household food production and incomes), Increase school enrolment, attendance, and retention and Boost domestic food production
It is worth noting that objective three of the Ghana School Feeding Programme stated above i.e. to use School Feeding to boost domestic food production has not been as successful as objective one and two above, and is it also a widely accepted fact that while the concept of Home Grown School Feeding programs contemplated to benefit farmers and producers by generating a structured and predictable demand for their products, in practice smallholder farmers’ access to GSFP as ready market is still weak.   Causes for this disconnect are attributable to both the procurement governance and the inefficiencies of the supply chains that link to school feeding.
SNV Ghana having worked with GSFP National Secretariat for over six years was awarded a grant in September 2011 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implement the Procurement Governance for Home School Feeding Project in selected districts of Ghana over a 4 year period.

  • The purpose of the project is to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Ghana, particularly women, by increasing their access to structured demand market opportunities and promoting favourable procurement practices along the supply chain that ensure smallholder farmer participation in the Ghana school feeding programme.

Overall, it is expected that through this project as many as 10,000 smallholder farmers in Ghana, at least 30% women, derive increased and stable income through effective participation in Home Grown School Feeding programs that use open, transparent, and accountable procurement practices in their implementation, affecting all stakeholders along the supply chain.

Goal/Objectives of the assignment:
The overall goal of this assignment is to successfully implement the Procurement Governance for Home Grown School Feeding Project.

The specific objectives of the assignment are;

  • To support in baseline studies i.e. (the collection and analysis of field data)

    • To support in the organisation of  PGHGSFP meetings, trainings, workshops and events.
    • Support in the monitoring of LCB work in the field.
    • To support in the documentation of the of the project activities
    • Responsible of entry workshop and meeting participant information in excel tool
    • To support in the organisation and monitoring community and district Social Audits

Expected outputs:
Working under the supervision of the SNV Advisors and the control of the Project Country Coordinator.  The interns will provide these outputs over the assignment period:

  • Participate and report on all meetings as a way of documenting the process.
  • Training/ Workshop or event reports
  • Completed participant list of trainings, workshops, events etc.
  • Inputs into the preparation of the baseline reports.
  • Work closely with the LCBs  in the field in monitoring their activities and for Social Accountability Objective and Social Audits
  • Collate and analyse field data into an M & E system
  • Assist in preparing a mid-year and End of year report on the PGHGSFP reports
  • Any other assistance needed for the smooth implementation of the project.

The interns will be expected to work closely with SNV Advisor for PGHGSFP in charge of the region  and the Country  Coordinator

Reporting and Deliverables:
The interns will provide SNV Ghana with the following reports and the reporting will be done directly to the Project Advisor of SNV.

  • Process/meeting reports
  • Training, workshop and event reports
  • Completed data entry tools and analysis
  • PGHGSFP process document regional reports

This assignment is expected to be conducted from January 2013 – December, 2013

Required Skills or Experience

Capacity required
The interns will be expected to:

  • Have a university degree  or Higher National Diploma (HND) with some knowledge  School Feeding or the Local Government Structure
  • Have considerable knowledge in research and M&E.
  • Have good analytical, communicating and writing Skills.
  • Have the ability to deliver on time without excuses.

Fees: Four hundred (GHC 400) Ghana cedis

Please indicate in the subject column your preferred location

How To Apply

Please send your most recent CV to;

The Human Resource Advisor
SNV Ghana
P O BOX KIA 30284
Airport Residential Area, Accra

Or drop it at our office at 6 Mankata close, airport residential area (behind National Service Secretariat)

Closing date:  February 8, 2013.
NOTE: only shortlisted applicant will be contacted

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