Agribusiness Development Coordinator – LWF Uganda

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Job Title: Agribusiness Development Coordinator (ADC)

No. of Positions: One (1)

Duty Station: Adjumani Office

Reports Directly To: DINU Consortium Coordinator.

Indirectly To: Team Leader

Deadline: Sept 22, 2021

JOB SUMMARY:

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With expertise in agribusiness development, the principal function of the Agribusiness Development Coordinator (ADC) is to provide technical support to the project team in the areas of; increasing productivity, strengthening producer organizations to effectively participate in value chain activities and governance.

The ADC will work closely with project teams to strengthen local and regional marketing through developing the capacity of the producers to produce for the market right from planning the seasons to post-harvest handling, value addition to market enhancement. The ADC will also spearhead the process of establishing producer associations in all ten Districts which will give producers the capacity to play their role effectively and to develop and nurture strong connections and partnerships with other value chain actors. The ADC will play a pivotal role in the initiation, strengthening and enhancement of linkages across the input/producer and output/consumer ends of the various value chains.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Support and provide leadership to Project management and implementation teams in the Identification of capacity gaps of producer organizations and in design most feasible business capacity building interventions.

Work with the Project team to support producer organizations with institutional strengthening to leverage their capacities in the areas of Agribusiness, leadership, governance and financial management to ensure their effective participation as business entities in specific value chain processes.

Provide technical guidance to project staff and consortium partners, ensuring that the projects technical approach, methodologies and activities are feasible and contribute to enhanced market efficiency.

Guide in the establishment and or strengthening of value chain actor connections and or partnerships within specific value chains.

Technically guide in building strong relations with supporters of value chains including but not limited to: Business development service providers, Financial Service Providers, Transporters, Warehouse service providers, Agricultural Product Standardization/certification service providers, Research Institutions, as well as regulators and policy makers.

Work closely with the project teams to build sustainable business partnerships from input suppliers to consumers. Identifying investment opportunities among value chain actors especially off takers/processors, Business development services providers and producer organizations to develop strategies that directly address market needs in the areas of product standardization, food safety, aggregation and logistics.

Work with the project teams to support producer organizations to develop operational plans, business and marketing plans for the selected enterprises in order to achieve sustainable revenue goals.

Work with the project team to support the roll out digital financing through SACCOs and strengthen existing linkages with commercial banks/ formal financial institutions.

Support the team in establishing strong sustainable linkages with actors in access to market information.

Actively participate in the periodic, project planning review and reflection meetings and sessions.

Build project team capacity in the areas of agribusiness, business mentor-ship and coaching

Participate in preparation of periodic progress reports, documentation of success and impact stories.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications:

Required:

A minimum of A master’s degree in Agricultural Economics and/or Agribusiness Management.

A minimum of five years’ experience managing/ implementing Agricultural livelihoods and/or Rural Development interventions, building public/private partnerships in a Development setting preferably, using the Value Chain Development and Actor empowerment approach(es).

Desired Competences:

A high level of expertise in understanding of the Value Chain development and Actor Empowerment Approach; Knowledge of enterprise and market systems development approach

Strong financial and management skills; Strong hands-on experience in providing technical support to producer organizations from Sub County to District/ Inter-District or Sub-Regional Levels; Familiar with developing capacity for Community Based M&E systems; Working knowledge of the agricultural policy environment in Uganda and the region and, Excellent stakeholder management skills.

Other Critical Proficiencies:

Strong understanding of project cycle management; Excellent communication and presentation skills

Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Suite; Demonstrated proficiency in English both oral and written. ; Willingness and ability to travel extensively throughout the project area spanning across ten Districts; and manage/execute multiple tasks with limited supervision while meeting deadlines.

LWF/DWS is an equal opportunity employer, irrespective of gender, race or religious affiliation. Female candidates possessing the above requirements are encouraged to apply. LWF/DWS is a signatory to the Code of Conduct for humanitarian agencies. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect the organization’s commitment to the prevention of abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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