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Programs Lead At DAI

DAI is an employee-owned global development company. For 40 years, we have worked on the frontlines of international development, tackling fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governments, and instability.

Currently, DAI is delivering results that matter in some 60 countries. Our integrated development solutions turn ideas into impact by bringing together fresh combinations of expertise and innovation across multiple disciplines—crisis mitigation and stability operations, democratic governance and public sector management, agriculture and agribusiness, private sector development and financial services, economics and trade, HIV/AIDS and disease control, water and natural resources management, and energy and climate change.

Our clients include international development agencies, international lending institutions, private corporations and philanthropies, and national governments.

Job Description

  • Contract Name: USAID/Feed the Future Policy LINK
  • Status: Long Term Project Staff (1-year Fixed Term Contract subject to renewal for duration of Ghana program activity, which is anticipated 5 years starting on/around October 15, 2021)
  • Start Date: April 1, 2022
  • Supervisor: Ghana Country Lead

Project Background

The Feed the Future 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 system policy outcomes.

Specifically, the program aims to strengthen food system 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.


Policy LINK in Ghana

USAID/Policy LINK Ghana is a five-year activity with the overall objective of fostering behavior change that strengthens the capacity and ability of Ghanaian stakeholders to participate in a more transparent, inclusive, and evidence-based agriculture and food system policy process that leads to improved food and nutrition outcomes and broad-based economic growth. Specifically, the activity will facilitate the transition towards a policy development paradigm driven by multiple stakeholders.

This approach to policymaking will strengthen the capacities of Ghana’s main agricultural policy system actors and institutions, and support them to engage stakeholders traditionally excluded from decision-making, including academia, financial institutions, the judiciary, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private sector representatives from the national, regional, and local levels.

This approach is underpinned by Policy LINK’s overarching theory of change focused on increasing human and social capital, engaging policy system actors in collaborative processes, and developing mechanisms for collaborative governance and dynamic learning systems and platforms to sustain collective action.


Position Objectives

The Ghana Programs Lead will be responsible for overseeing delivery of field activities implemented under Feed the Future Ghana Policy LINK Agricultural Policy Activity.

This position is expected to support the design, implementation, and monitoring of key technical activities and supervise team of regional program managers and coordinators, within the framework of Policy LINK’s established activity team structures, processes, and systems.

In addition to leading and participating as a member of activity teams, the Field Program Director provides cross-program coordination and support for Agricultural Policy Activity planning and implementation.

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She/he will work closely with other senior leadership staff such as the Country Lead, Ag & Food Security Lead, Climate Change Lead, MEL & KM Lead, Communications Specialist and Finance & Operations Manager to ensure that quality assurance and compliance systems are put in place/adhered to during the program design and execution so that activities are delivered according DAI and USAID requirements.

S/he will continually reinforce Policy LINK’s agreed-upon core purpose and principles, and ensure all decision-making is rooted in those purposes and principles. S/he will contribute to foster a learning environment in which personal and team growth is supported, with a shared understanding that the “team” always comes before the “individual.”

The Ghana Programs Lead will be responsible for the following:

Activity Design:

  • Play a leading role in conceptualizing and designing new field activities across the key technical components of the Activity, ensuring activities are demand-driven, well designed, represent an efficient use of team resources, and are sustainable and appropriately leverage technical specialization/inputs from target stakeholder groups.
  • Oversee the development of clear, realistic, well-organized, and well-written activity descriptions, ensuring that activity planning is integrated into annual work plan submissions and ongoing activity planning tools and processes.
  • Oversee development and implementation of disciplined tracking systems to manage ongoing activity tasks, M&E, and learning, working with the Knowledge & Learning Manager to ensure after-action reviews and other activity lessons learned are applied to the design of new activities.

Staff and Program Management (Activity Implementation):

  • Oversee technical activity implementation, periodically reviewing the activity lifecycle from a quality assurance perspective.
  • Ensure that sub-activity teams are well-established with adequate representation from technical and non-technical (MEL, operations) staff, and that systems for monitoring, evaluation, and learning are in place.
  • Ensure activity teams use DAI’s tools and systems for activity management, such as Office 365 (Outlook, SharePoint, Teams…) and TAMIS Pro.
  • Ensure that program staff contribute regularly to Policy LINK’s Activity Calendar.
  • Ensure that program staff work efficiently with operations colleagues to procure and pay for activity expenses in compliance with DAI and USAID policies and procedures, including timely submission of purchase requisitions/requests.
  • Co-design and/or flag the need for new systems or tools to enable monitoring of activities to keep implementation on track at high quality and adopt corrective measures in a timely manner.
  • In coordination with operations staff, monitor projected and actual spending on technical activity implementation across the Activity, helping revise activity budget inputs for the Policy LINK-wide budget pipeline upon request.
  • Remotely supervise, mentor and evaluate a team of approximately eight (8) Regional Program Managers and Regional Program Coordinators, communicating clear performance goals and standards, offering regular performance feedback, and promptly resolving management issues.
  • Represent the Agricultural Policy Activity team in meetings with external stakeholders, including USAID, to report out on activity progress and coordinate activity implementation with other implementing partners as appropriate.
  • When required, recruit, supervise, and assess the technical performance of consultants and other short-term staff.
  • Implement other relevant activities as may be assigned by the program leadership.

S/he will also contribute actively to recruitment efforts throughout the contracted period of performance by serving on agreed-upon interview panels, according to Policy LINK’s recruitment policy and process.

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Responsibilities of interview panel members may include, but not be limited to:

  • Contributing to position shortlists
  • Developing or editing interview questions
  • Serving as a “panel lead” for certain recruitment efforts
  • Conducting oral reference checks

S/he will coordinate closely with the Policy LINK Ghana senior management team (Country Lead, Ag & Food Systems Lead, Climate Change Lead, MEL & KM Lead, Communications Specialist and Finance & Operations Manager), Nairobi-based project-wide Technical Programs and Policy Director, and other Policy LINK colleagues in Kenya, South Sudan, and elsewhere to ensure that program activities are designed and delivered at a high quality in compliance with Policy LINK, DAI, and USAID standards.



The Programs Lead will directly report to the Ghana Country Lead.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Programs Lead will directly supervise the Program Coordinator and the Regional Senior Manager located outside Accra.


Required Skills or Experience

Local Ghanaian candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Additional qualifications:

Master’s degree or higher in social sciences or other relevant subject areas.


Work Experience

  • 7 – 10 years of experience providing technical program management (design and implementation) support to a donor-funded project, with a preference for experience supporting USAID projects focused on agriculture and agricultural policy.
  • At least 3 years of experience supervising staff, overseeing delivery of tasks/assignments as well as actively contributing to performance monitoring & evaluation and professional growth.
  • Preference for experience serving in an externally-facing role representing project team(s) to clients and implementing partners, including facilitating coordination between multiple stakeholder groups/across multiple implementing partners.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Good understanding of USAID programmatic priorities in agricultural policy in Ghana.
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Office / Office 365 program suite, including SharePoint, Teams, Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Ability to communicate/collaborate effectively across cultures, including with team members based in other countries.
  • Critical thinker, self-starter, and able to work with minimal supervision and within established deadlines.
  • Flexible, willing to perform assigned and additional duties and work under unpredictable conditions.
  • Professional fluency in English and Akan.



Please submit applications electronically via this website by MARCH 12 to

  • 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. 
  • Only candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted. No email enquiries please. 

CLOSING DATE: March 12, 2022


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