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 apparel, 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-19 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 Manager position will provide leadership, technical, and management of all COVID-19 relief Grants Under Contract (GUCs), compliance and reporting activities. The Manager will develop the COVID-19 Relief Grants Manual, modeled on the grants identification and rapid approval process used by the Office for Transition Initiatives (OTI) SWIFT mechanism. Furthermore, the Manager will conduct due diligence and spot-checks sub-awards and final beneficiary firms. This position will report to the Director of Finance and Administration and liaise closely with Technical Procurement and Grants and Better Lending Conditions team members to ensure consistency in grants management.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The COVID-19 Relief Manager primary tasks include the following: