Vacancy – Landscape restoration Programme Director Ghana

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Form Ghana is hiring: Technical Manager
30 October 2018
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Vacancy - Landscape Restoration Programme Director Ghana

Form International is a forest management and services company that manages forest assets in Africa and delivers a range of technical and financial services to clients worldwide.

The firm is active both as an advisor in the forest sector and as manager of forest assets. Assets under management for our clients encompass 27,000 hectares of sustainable forest plantations, forest restoration, nature conservation and agroforestry in Ghana and Tanzania. The focus is on the restoration of degraded forest lands into productive, ecologically and socially functioning landscapes.

Form International was established in 1992 and is based in Hattem, The Netherlands. The team is characterized by an ambitious, down-to-earth mentality and a practical approach. All consultants and managers have international working experience, mainly in tropical countries. The organisational structure is open and informal with direct communication between management and staff. At Form International there is room for creativity, personal input and knowledge sharing.

Form Ghana is an FSC certified, internationally leading forest plantation company started in 2007 and managing 20,000 hectares of land with 10,000 hectares reforested with teak, indigenous tree plantations and nature conservation areas. The company employs 1,000 people and interacts actively with local communities and authorities to develop in harmony with neighbours and stakeholders.

Form International and Form Ghana are implementing a multi-donor funded programme (funding until 2021) that aims to restore the degraded forest and agricultural landscape in the fringes of Form Ghana’s reforestation project in the Tain II Forest Reserve. With a long term aim to improve the management, productivity and biodiversity values at landscape scale in this region, the programme implements pilot interventions that assist local communities and smallholders to effectively establish tree plantations, climate smart agriculture and enhance natural resource management, which should lead to higher productivity, more income generation and sustainable land management by the local communities. At the landscape level the project seeks to strengthen landscape governance with key stakeholders such as Forestry Commission, Traditional Authorities and Assemblies to address fire risk reduction, nature conservation and improved land management. This programme builds on the Public Private Partnership that Form Ghana has in place since 2013 with Forestry Commission and Traditional Authorities.

Job description

For the landscape programme Form International now seeks an experienced Programme Director to lead the implementation of the programme in close collaboration with Form International and Form Ghana senior management.

The position as Programme Director provides a unique opportunity to engage hands-on with Forest Landscape Restoration, have meaningful impact on the lives of local people and improve landscape management, while building on Form Ghana’s experience, established structures and Form’s local and international support team.

The role of the Programme Director is to deliver this programme according to defined objectives and requirements, project planning, manage project budgets, manage the project team extension team, manage subcontracts and consultants, ensure smooth communication with the (internal) project team and external partners, and facilitate the landscape stakeholder processes. Further roles are to work on programme continuation and upscaling (strategy and funding) as well as development of new programmes in Ghana and other countries, all in close collaboration with the Form International and Form Ghana teams. The successful candidate will be employed by Form International (in The Netherlands) with significant time in Ghana at the programme's site (first period majority of time in Ghana).

Key responsibilities are:

· Manage project cycles (planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting)
· Programme financial management and reporting
· Manage, train and motivate the local project team
· Recruitment of project staff
· Provide technical guidance to the project and staff
· Hire and manage subcontracts and consultants
· Advise and proactively engage with senior management as needed to ensure sound progress
· Strategy and fundraising for upscaling and new landscape restoration programmes
· Ensure smooth communication with the (internal) project team and external partners
· Facilitate landscape stakeholder processes


· MSc degree level qualification or higher in Tropical Agriculture/(Agro)forestry/Agri-business or similar
· Experience in sub-Saharan Africa is required, experience in Ghana is an advantage
· At least 7 years of working experience in Tropical Agriculture or (Agro)forestry, with at least 3 years in (project) management positions
· Experience with project management, planning, budget control, monitoring and reporting
· Strong verbal and written English language skills
· Excellent (intercultural) communication skills
· Experience in building (project) teams
· Ability to take initiative and innovate
· Experience with maize and/or cashew is considered an advantage
· (Sustainable) agri value chain management experience is considered an advantage
· Experience with smallholder farming, organisation and finance is considered an advantage
· Experience with stakeholder processes is considered an advantage

Form International offers

· A full-time position as Programme Director in the Form International team for an intended period of 3 years, with good opportunities to grow to a permanent position in the company
· A market conform salary and secondary terms of employment, fitting your knowledge and experience
· A high degree of independence and responsibility
· A tightly-knit team of professional colleagues, that cooperate in an informal way
· An excellent work climate with perspectives for further development


We invite you to send your application and CV to:
For the attention of Mr Rik Sools (Managing Director)

Form International | Eijerdijk 87 | 8051 MS Hattem | The Netherlands
t +31 (0) 38 4448990 |

(Closing date: 3 February 2019)