Development & Data Fellow - Cocoa360


Who We Are

At Cocoa360, we are pioneering a new model of development that leverages existing community resources to improve access to education and healthcare for Ghana’s over 1.6 million cocoa farmers, without a long-term reliance on foreign aid. Cocoa is a key driver of Ghana’s growing economy, with cocoa revenues totaling nearly $2 billion annually, yet the vast majority of cocoa farmers remain trapped in a cycle of generational poverty.

Our “Farm-for-Impact” model is breaking that cycle by putting Ghana’s cocoa farmers in the driver’s seat of development. Our model is simple, yet impactful; we partner with rural communities to invest community-generated revenue in key educational and healthcare improvements.

The Opportunity

The Development & Data Fellowship position is ideal for a high-achieving recent college graduate with an interest in writing, copy editing, Monitoring & Evaluation, data interpretation for public relations, and international development. The ideal candidate for this position is both a words person and a numbers person, is organized, and is excited about being part of the core team at a growing nonprofit. This position is located on our campus in Tarkwa Breman, Ghana, which is home to our girls’ school, community farm, and community clinic.

The Development & Data Fellow plays a key role in quantifying our impact and communicating it in meaningful ways. S/he will be responsible for gathering quantitative data from the school, farm, clinic, and partner communities to inform our internal team and external stakeholders. The Fellow should be able to communicate development efforts with the M&E team and anticipate required data from relevant departments. S/he will then be tasked with translating that data for external audiences, in a way that engages existing and potential donors.

In addition to data collection and management, the Development and Data Fellow serves as a critical member of the development team in supporting organization-wide development efforts, including grant prospecting, copy editing and proofreading. S/he will assist the Development Team in donor stewardship, year-round appeals, content support, and data procurement and tracking.

Role and Responsibilities

Development Related Responsibilities

-Liaise between Development Team and M&E team to collect and communicate outcomes to external audiences;

-Conduct grant prospecting research, foundation research, and donor research / tracking;

-Perform copy editing and proofreading for grant applications and reports;

-Support the In-Country Development Manager in tracking in-kind contributions and coordinating donor visits;

-Assist in donor stewardship efforts by creating engaging, visual content;

-Support post-award management, working alongside the Leadership Team and Development Team to ensure that all grant-funded project deliverables are met, and the project remains on budget;

-Contribute to overall Development Strategy and facilitate clear communication between the Development Team and HODs to ensure fundraising initiatives are aligned with programmatic needs;

-Represent Cocoa360 to all external stakeholders, especially in In-Country Meetings. 

Data Related Responsibilities

-Conduct data collection that quantifies Cocoa360’s impact on our campus and in partner communities;

-Provide support for routine data reporting, data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), documentation, and data visualization work;

-Provide support for the development and implementation of M&E tools and plans;

-Conduct desk research and literature reviews for proposals and reports;

-Provide technical support to the design, implementation, data analysis for research and evaluation activities.


The ideal candidate can respond to and incorporate feedback, balance multiple projects at the same time, and be able to report to multiple teams for projects and work. S/he should also be flexible in their work style, and able to adapt to working in a rural location with a close-knit team.  As a leading team member in data collection, the Development & Data Fellow should be proactive and drive Cocoa360’s development goals through impact measurement.

Required Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies, Development Economics, African Studies or a related field is required. Experience working with and analyzing data and knowledge of excel is required. SPSS experience is preferred but not required. Prior experience working in international development, with nonprofits, or living in rural environments is preferred.


-Accommodation for one year includes housing, electricity, and water

-Professional development and mentorship from Cocoa360 Staff

-Structured learning and development opportunities

-Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Cocoa360 staff member

-Highly collaborative and innovative teams

-Network with professional advocates in the non-profit sphere

-On-the-job training for a variety of skills 

How to Apply: Please send your resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to [email protected] with subject line: “Development & Data Fellow”

Dates: May/June 2019; as soon as possible preferred

Hours: Full-time

Details: Unpaid

Location: Tarkwa Breman, Ghana

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