FERARI has been supporting the establishment of an inclusive representative and sustainable multi-stakeholder platform in Ghana’s fertilizer sector. Decision-making is an integral part of activities of such platforms, particularly the attainment of platform objectives and goals. Evidence from recent FERARI fertilizer sector stakeholder survey shows that the (in)ability of representatives in the decision-making process directly affects their commitment (attendance and participation) in multi-stakeholder platforms. This, by extension, affects the success of the implementation, and consequently the relevance and sustainability of the platform. Accordingly, FERARI seeks to monitor and analyses decision making among actors in the Ghana Fertilizer Platform, in order to generate evidences for quality decision-making processes for enhanced platform’s effectiveness and sustainability.

Research questions (or hypothesis):

  • What is the relationship between the decision-making process and its implementation effectiveness?
  • Competing interests among various stakeholders tend to slow down decision and implementation processes in a multi-stakeholder platform.

Objectives:

The main objective of this research is to: monitor and analyses decision making among actors in the Ghana Fertilizer Platform, in order to generate evidences for quality decision-making processes for enhanced platform’s effectiveness and sustainability.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Review and analyze decision-making and implementation challenges / issues in among actors in multi-stakeholder platforms;
  • Analyze interest and power relationship in multi-stakeholder platforms
  • Record / document decision-making and implementation process in the fertilizer platform in Ghana.
  • Determine the relationship among decision-making, participation/commitment, representation and effectiveness and sustainability of multi-stakeholder platforms.

Methodology:

Review/analysis of management and decision-making theories, practical decision making, communication and implementation processes and their effects among multi-stakeholder platforms. This research and analysis of findings will contribute to the effectiveness of fertilizer sector stakeholder decision making, in such aspects as: impact of evidence-based information/knowledge on decision making; changes in actor operational practices; changes in power relations.

Output

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.

Duration

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.

Selection procedure

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:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A cover letter Indicating current Institution.
  3. A supporting letter from Thesis Supervisor.

Qualification

An MPhil/MSc student in Social Sciences – Development Communication, Agricultural Extension, Sociology, Political Science, Public/Social Policy, or related subjects. 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.

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