Business Development Specialist Job at PSFU

Reports to: Director Member Services PSFU
Organisation: Private Sector Foundation Uganda
Location:  Gulu, Uganda
Organisational Background:
Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) established in 1995, is Uganda’s apex body for the private sector. It is made up of 168 business associations, corporate bodies and the major sector agencies that support private sector growth to date and offers a range of services to its members including among others:
·         Becoming part of a larger body professionally working together to influence policy making processes that stimulates and spurs growth of private business in Uganda
·         Involvement and participation in various business fora, sector working groups on issues affecting the private sector
·         Increased exposure to business opportunities in East Africa and beyond
·         Getting regular and first-hand information on East African Community and other trading in the world.
PSFU’s Vision: To be the Lead Partner in Private Sector Development PSFU’s
Mission: To strengthen private sector capacity for effective policy advocacy and market competitiveness
PSFU’s Mandate:
·         Carry out policy research and advocacy on behalf of the private sector
·         Provide a forum for the discussion of policy issues, and the impact of those policies on the private sector in Uganda
·         Maintain a positive dialogue with Government on behalf of the private sector
·         Undertake capacity building for the private through training and the provision of business development services
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
The major task under this contract is to build up support to Agricultural Produce traders and Agro-Processors in Acholi, Lango and Teso Region by providing improved hand-holding services and encouraging them to participate in the economic recovery of the region.
·         Identify and interview potential clients for support under project.
·         Interview prospective clients both at the PSFU offices and at their places of Business, explaining how project can benefit them.
·         Provide Private Sector enterprises with basic guidance in defining their business needs.
·         Identify business support services that are most beneficial, practical and cost effective for business growth.
·         Monitor and follow through on clients’ relations, i.e. “handholding” them to the completion of their activity.
·         Review and Evaluate client’s proposal and claims for grants.
·         Undertake any activities as are necessary to implement and meet the objectives of the project.
·         Participate in the preparation of proposals aimed at attracting agro business services, skills development and capital investment related activities for clients.
·         Undertake any such duties as shall be requested by your supervisor(s).
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
·         A first degree in agribusiness, business management, business administration, commerce or a related field
·         Good knowledge of the agribusiness sector in Uganda, in particular agricultural produce trade and processing
·         Good knowledge of the principles of BDS, entrepreneurship, business planning and financial management
·         At least 3 years proven experience in BDS training of SMEs in the agribusiness sector
·         Proven experience in coaching and backstopping of SMEs in the agribusiness sector
·         Excellent communication, interpersonal and training skills
·         Good analytical, writing and report drafting skills
·         Computer literate
How to Apply:
Interested candidates should hand deliver their applications with a cover letter and photocopies of the academic certificates with contacts of at least three referees at the address below;
The Executive Director
Private Sector Foundation Uganda
Plot 43 Nakasero Road
P.O. Box 7683, Kampala, Uganda
Deadline: 16th November, 2012

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