FERARI is supporting the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform, whose membership will consist of the various actors along the fertilizer value chain. Stakeholders are of the view that the fertilizer platform will be an effective mechanism for addressing the sector challenges / issues, allow optimization and development of the fertilizer value chain and consequently facilitate food and nutrition security. Fertilizer sector stakeholder and possibly the constituents of this platform are variously resourced owing to their location/activities in the fertilizer value chain. Power plays a major role in decision making and implementation, and so it is imperative to establish how the (changing) power relations play out in the distribution of the benefits (social, environmental, economic, political, personal, etc) and/or potential negative effects for actors along the value chain. FERARI seeks to generate evidence-base for anticipating the impact of (changing) power relations among fertilizer value chain at scale, and the sustainability of the platform.
Research questions (or hypothesis)
The main objective of this research is to assess the impact of (changing) power relations on the fertilizer value chain development in Ghana.
Specifically, the intern will:
The student will use of political science theories, and prevailing practice to critically analyze, the power relationship among actors and determine who really benefits and/or what potentially negative effects at scale (social, environmental, economic, political, personal, etc.) may result. The student shall also propose sound analytical methods for each objective.
At the end of the research, the student shall produce a thesis, policy brief and a report to FERARI on this research. Furthermore, the intern would be required to produce a research article that can be published in a scientific journal for our wider international audience.
The duration for this assignment shall be seven (7) months (first month for inception proposal, second and third month for the design of research instruments and field data collection and the remaining four months for data analysis, report writing and research article drafting.
Applicants should send their motivation letter and CV. Selection will be based on thorough review of these documents and an interview with a selection committee.
Application should include the following:
An MPhil/MSc student in Development Studies, Sociology, Political Science, or Public/Social Policy. Student must have completed the course work of his/her master’s degree and at the research stage. Demonstrated high analytical and data processing skills. Female students are recommended to apply. Selected student should be ready and willing to start in January 2021 (preferably at workshop as observer).