VACANCY : Head of Project - Cocoa Value Chain Development

Are you aiming to work for an organization where it is worthwhile investing your personality, your skills and your time? Are you looking for a job that is exciting and has clear goals? Welcome to Welthungerhilfe!

We are one of the largest and most respected private organisations for development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Germany. As a politically and confessionally independent organisation, our value-oriented actions are always based on ethical principles. Our vision is clear: “Zero Hunger by 2030” - If you want to become part of our global mission to end hunger around the world, we look forward to receiving your application as:

Head of Project - Cocoa Value Chain Development*

in Kenema

The position is to be filled as soon as possible, with an initial contract duration of two years. There are good prospects for an extension. Employment location will be Kenema, Sierra Leone.

The project in Kenema aims at fostering the cocoa value chain development along the whole value chain - agricultural cocoa production, processing including improved fermentation, drying, packing and transportation as well as the manufacturing of cocoa into premium chocolate and cocoa liquor. As Head of Project you will be responsible for the coordination among the consortium partners and government stakeholders, planning and operative implementation of the project while ensuring financial compliance and high-quality reporting to Welthungerhilfe’s Country Office and donors.

Your responsibilities

  • Carrying out the project according to the rules and standards of the co-financing donors and Welthungerhilfe standards

  • Ensuring that all project relevant support is in place (monitoring, logistics, finance, administration, etc.)

  • Modifying and continuing project planning and the project budget

  • Developing the organic value chain of cocoa from the production of beans to premium chocolate

  • Supporting technical working groups with expertise for the development of national policies and standards for organic cocoa production as well as organic chocolate and cocoa liquor manufacturing

  • Coordinating and harmonizing approaches among implementing partners

  • Coordination with national stakeholders on local and national level (e.g. agriculture, trade, research)

Your profile

  • A university or polytechnic degree in a relevant field
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in project management
  • Professional experience in the field of the cocoa value chain development is mandatory
  • Excellent coordination and organisational skills, including ability to work under pressure
  • Co-operation and team skills
  • Very good oral and written command of English

Our offer

We offer you the opportunity to work in a responsible and interesting field as part of an extremely dedicated team. Welthungerhilfe attaches great importance to the personal and professional development of its employees and the balance of their work and private life. Remuneration is based on our gender-independent salary scale. In addition, Welthungerhilfe offers numerous other benefits, which are listed under “Our benefits”.

Please send your application via our online recruiting system by February 28, 2021. Your contact person is Sarah Liem-Hartmann.

I’m very much interested in agriculture and is personally involve in crop cultivation, but don’t have any official professional experience as in cocoa, though I believe if given the opportunity I can perform.
I need to know if I should go ahead and apply!

Thank you
Yours sincerely

Clara Abel Ardo


Though they’ve mentioned the level of experience required for this job, you can apply if you feel strongly to do so, give it your best shot and keep an open mind.

Good luck!

Thanks for the encouragement!