Recruitment: Job description for Programmes Officer

The Organisation

The Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) is a Non-Governmental Organization that has contributed extensively to Peace Building and Conflict Resolution within Ghana and beyond. In recent time FOSDA has initiated projects to improve governance and democracy in West Africa as part of its security mandate.  FOSDA is currently implementing several projects to this effect. This include the Women Economic and Political Empowerment Project, Youth in Governance, the Ghana Youth Development Enhancement Project (GYDEP), the Youth Entrepreneur for Sustainable Livelihood Project among others.

FOSDA works to help bridge the socio- economic gap and to help improve the livelihood of women especially in the three Northern Regions of Ghana (now five Regions) and develop their competence for local and national leadership and decision making.

Our focus on the development of the youth is tailored to address adverse effect of youth bulge in Ghana and West Africa leading to harnessing the potential of young people for development rather than destruction. We are keen on raising the next set of Ghanaian and West African Leaders from the youth we engage across the country and the sub- region.

The Position

We are looking for a Programme officer responsible for Budget Monitoring and advocacy who can contribute to our quest to use research and advocacy to impact development positively through professional budget monitoring, knowledge generation, sharing and advocacy. The position of the Programme Officer responsible for Budget Monitoring and Advocacy is an integral part of FOSDA’s work as a research and policy advocacy organisation on Security and Governance. Budget monitoring in specific thematic areas of interest such as education, youth development, gender equality, security among others is crucial for the organisation’s mandate. The Programme officer responsible for Budget Monitoring and Advocacy will generally lead FOSDA’s research effort into public and private sector budget and expenditure of the thematic areas mentioned above and more as required for specific projects.  

The Programmes officer is a senior officer specifically responsible for:

  1. Conducting monitoring of public and/or private budgets and expenditures of specific thematic areas assigned
  2. Leading planning, data collection and analysis of budget monitoring activities in FOSDA
  3. Lead production of advocacy documents such as articles, policy briefs, features press statements among others on generated information from budget monitoring activities conducted.
  4. Lead planning and implementation of organisation’s advocacy initiatives especially those related to information resulting from budget monitoring processes. 
  5. Play a leading role in FOSDA advocacy efforts in all projects
  6. Support the organisation’s fund raising efforts
  7.  Support the organisations project development and implementation efforts
  8. Perform related roles and assignments as assigned.

General Requirements and Knowledge/ experience

As a small team, we are proud of our team spirit, our flexible and collegial work culture, and of course our joint mission working for Human Security. The successful candidate will be a team player with strong interpersonal skills, an ability to multitask and perform under tight deadlines, capacity to work with less supervision, attention to details and good writing skills is core to this position.  Other requirements are as follows:

  • Masters level in a relevent field of study
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrable experiece in partnership management,
  • learning and knowledge management,
  • Prior experience in NGO work.
  • High level of accuracy, efficiency and professionalism required.
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Attention to detail and able to work autonomously with less supervision

Our principal working language is English. Other local and international language especially French will be useful. Candidate must also be ewlling to travel nationally and internationally when required.

 We welcome applications from all who meet the following criteria and particularly encourage females to apply.

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