iDE is an international not-for-profit NGO with a unique business approach to poverty eradication. For 36 years around the world— and 10 years in Ghana —iDE has pioneered innovative market-based approaches to improve access to safe water and sanitation and increase agricultural incomes. iDE’s mission in Ghana was to enable farmers’ access to improved irrigation techniques that allow for farming in the dry season; leading to increased incomes and food security. Today, iDE is also increasing access to sanitation and handwashing. iDE’s unique and collective passion to create new market opportunities is unlocking the potential of local entrepreneurs throughout Ghana. By innovating affordable products and services for their customers they have made profound social impact on the communities they live in, love and serve. iDE Ghana currently employ or contract more than 200 people across 41 districts in Ghana, and are looking for an experienced and passionate leader to join their team.
As the new Director of People and Culture, you will lead a team of two based in Accra. Reporting directly to the Country Director of iDE Ghana, you will work in collaboration with iDE HQ’s Global Operations team, on people engagement, compensation, and development strategies. You will be required to input on governance issues relating to employment practices, support positive culture and provide expertise and support in the areas of: Performance Management, Employee Relations, Employee Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, Policy and Procedure Development and HR Compliance. This role will involve significant travel across Ghana, with training and staff engagement sessions being hosted across 8 out of Ghana's 16 regions twice a month. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, you will work alongside the Director of Finance & Administration, Director of Evidence & Analytics, and Sama Sama Managing Director.
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iDE is an international not-for-profit NGO with a unique business approach to poverty eradication. When Paul Polak founded International Development Enterprises (iDE) in 1982, his idea that business was the solution to poverty was new and untested. Thirty-four years later, Paul’s concept has been proven not only by iDE but also by the increasing number of established and new organisations that have embraced this approach.
Today iDE is a global effort that spans offices in 14 countries, encompassing 4 social enterprises, iDE employ over 1,000 people directly, and indirectly, enabling many more through their market-based approaches in agriculture; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and finance. In operation for 36 years around the world—and 10 years in Ghana —iDE’s mission is to create income and livelihood opportunities for poor rural households. Along the way, iDE has learned that the key to market-based solutions to poverty isn’t specific to any particular form of technology. The key lies in how that technology—right-sized, resource-smart, and affordable—is implemented in the particular region, market, and client base that determines its success and sustainability. iDE have developed an entire service suite for ensuring market viability, including partnerships with local providers, knowledge and training in the use and maintenance of technology, and ensuring the availability of necessary inputs.
In order to continue to be a positive force for progress, iDE constantly challenge themselves to learn from the past and to seek out new technologies and interventions within their operations across all locations.