Project Overview and Role:
The Feed the Future Ghana Mobilizing Finance in Agriculture (MFA) Activity is a $19 million, USAID-supported project that aims to improve access to finance for agribusinesses in Ghana. To accomplish this, MFA will engage business advisory service providers to improve their capacity to support agribusinesses, as well as deploy incentives to financial institutions that expand their lending to agriculture. The finance facilitated will enable farmers to purchase agricultural inputs, boost production, invest in processing, or undertake other activities to expand their businesses. From 2020 to 2024, MFA will unlock $261 million in finance, driving sustainable agricultural lending and promoting inclusive growth.
COVID-19 has brought significant hardship to agricultural stakeholders and those in Ghana’s export industries of cacao, cashew, mango, and shea including, but not limited to, purchase contracts being canceled overnight; closure of processing facilities, lack of cash to pay for new costs of safety equipment, challenges accessing working capital or training, and volatile commodity prices and limited supply of commodities to process. The MFA activity aims to mitigate COVID-19 impacts by providing financial institutions with grants to support their ability to assist SMEs and other firms. The COVID relief grants will strive to save jobs, and keep SMEs, processors aggregators in business to maintain the supply change for farmers.
The COVID-19 Relief Grants Assistant position is to supports the COVID-Relief team in all duties related to managing COVID-Relief resources, compliance and reporting activities. The assistant focuses principally on administrative tasks related to GUCs, such as maintaining files on each grant and its status, funding level, expenditure, and reporting, conducting due diligence and spot-checks of sub-awardees and final beneficiary firms and reviewing and recommending approval of invoices. The Assistant reports to the COVID-19 Relief Manager.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The COVID-19 Relief Grants Assistant’s primary tasks include the following: