Country Director, Accra

1. General Description:

Established in 2000, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is the world’s leading organization for
cocoa sustainability. The long-term goals of WCF are set out in our new strategy:
• Prosperous cocoa farmers become truly sustainable and profitable, with transformation
of traditional smallholder farming into modern business that deliver sustainable
livelihoods for farmers and their families;
• Empowered cocoa-growing communities lead their own development, human rights are
protected, and safety and wellbeing of children and families are strengthened; and
• A healthy planet is conserved and enhanced, with resilient and biodiverse landscapes in
cocoa geographies, and the carbon footprint of the sector is reduced.

WCF works in six areas:
1. Convene cocoa and chocolate industry in collective action;
2. Facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships;
3. Facilitate industry engagement in policy dialogue with government;
4. Promote industry learning, knowledge sharing, and monitoring and evaluation;
5. Help mobilize resources from development partners and financial and capital market
institutions to successfully implement collective action initiatives; and
6. Communicate industry investment and impact and manage reputational risks.
WCF is a membership organization open to private sector companies engaged in all aspects of
the cocoa supply chain. WCF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Ghana and
Cote d’Ivoire. WCF has an annual budget of about $8 million and a staff of about 35 people.

2. Position Summary:
The Country Director serves as the main leader for strategic leadership, stakeholder
engagement, and WCF activities in Ghana. The position is based in Accra, Ghana and works
under the direct supervision of the Senior Vice President for Programs.

3. Specific Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership
• Design and implement strategy for the country, including accountability for making
strategic choices, managing quality and risks, coordinating with Government and
participating companies, and delivering high quality and timely results, in collaboration with
the Senior Leadership Team;
• Provide strategic guidance and leadership on Ghana across WCF to identify and
promote opportunities for engagement, and ensure alignment with the three strategic pillars
of the WCF strategy for Pathway for Sustainable Cocoa and specific programs like ACI II,
Cocoa and Forest Initiative, and a new child labor partnership.

Serve as knowledgeable resource on the country within WCF, providing general
information on the sector, key issues, research priorities, national institutions, government
policies and contacts, donor priorities, and member company interests, and local political,
social, economic, and security developments;

Stakeholder Engagement
• Manage the relationship and dialogue with the Government on a broad range of
policy and implementation issues related to WCF work, and represent and/or coordinate
WCF representation with various national financial and economic bodies, institutions and
other stakeholders;
• Facilitate the development of collaborative external partnerships related to
country priorities (including with industry, government, technical, donor, and civil
society, and media stakeholders) to deepen results and impact for WCF initiatives and
programs, including chairing local meetings of WCF Members and participating in local
donor coordination groups;
• Foster external learning, knowledge sharing, and communications in country
related to CLP and WCF work, to ensure that country clients and stakeholders receive the
highest quality support and knowledge they need, through multiple venues and channels,
including academic writing, media, professional conferences, public speaking engagements;

Country Office Leadership
• Serve as principal public spokesperson in country for local media outlets
regarding WCF activities, in collaboration with the Member and External Relations Team;
• Serve as “head of office” as needed and appropriate, including chairing staff
meetings and coordinating country security and safety issues, in coordination with the
Finance and Operations Team;
• Ensure cost-effective use of resources within the agreed work program, and in full
compliance with WCF policies and procedures, and sound internal controls;
• Lead on fundraising and resource mobilization at the country level, and
contribute to development of WCF-wide fundraising proposals; and
• Contribute to WCF Leadership Team, including effective collaboration with other
Thematic Directors and Country Directors.


4. Desired Skills & Qualifications:
• Graduate degree in agriculture, public policy, economics, rural development,
international development, or other related field, with five or more years’
experience managing and implementing development strategy, projects or programs;
• Technical knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: public
policy, rural and agricultural development, social or community development, child
protection, education, or women’s empowerment and gender;
• Substantive experience working in developing countries, with work experience in
Ghana and West Africa preferred;
• Significant experience developing effective collaboration and partnerships with
private sector, government, civil society organizations, research and/or extension agencies,
and donor stakeholders;

– Experience managing and mentoring staff and contributing to a leadership team in a
matrixed organization, with a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with
internal colleagues and external partners;
• Strong teamwork and collaboration skills, with demonstrated ability to work
effectively in teams; with a high degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with
stakeholders; and with the ability to influence and develop consensus on difficult and
controversial issues and balance multiple stakeholder expectations and objectives;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced office environment,
including adaptability to rapidly changing priorities, and ability to manage multiple
deadlines and deliver high quality work products; and
• Strong writing, speaking and presentation skills in English.

5. How to Apply:
Candidates are requested to upload their cover letter describing their interest in this role and
WCF and resume to:
Please address the letter to “Human Resources” and name your files using the following
convention: “Your Name – Letter” and “Your Name – Resume”
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled. No phone calls please.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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