World Bank Project Careers – Manager, Matching Grant Facility at Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)

Organization: Private
Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU)
Project Name:
Competitive and Enterprise Development Project (CEDP)
Funding Source: World
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator and Executive Director
About CEDP:
The Government of Uganda has
received credit from the World Bank towards implementation of the Competitive and
Enterprise Development Project (CEDP). The project development objective (PDO)
is to improve the competitiveness of enterprises in Uganda through supporting
reforms in priority productive and service sectors geared towards a better
investment climate with particular focus on MSMEs.
The 5 year project comprises of
four major components and will be implemented by seven agencies. However, the
overall coordination of the Project will lie with the Private Sector Foundation
Uganda (PSFU) through a Project Coordination Unit (PCU).
About MGF:
Government of Uganda recognizes
the vital role that the private sector plays in the social economic development
of the country. In a bid to address some of the constraints facing the private
enterprises, Government has included a Matching Grant Facility (MGF) component
under CEDP that will be implemented by the PSFU. The MGF component of CEDP aims
  • Improving
    enterprise capacity by facilitating beneficiaries access to grants of up
    to 50% towards use of sector specific business development services (BDS)
    , building skills and improving quality standards at firm level.
  • Increasing
    the growth and competitiveness of the private sector in Uganda in order to
    maximize returns on products/services through value chain analysis.
The MGF will support
interventions in high-potential and sector specific sub-sectors including;
tourism, coffee, horticulture, grains and pulses, fisheries, edible oils, and
information communication technology (business process outsourcing).
Job Summary: The Grants
Manager will ensure the timely implementation of the matching grant component
of CEDP in accordance to the laid down guidelines and ensure the highest level
of honesty, integrity and transparency in administering grant awards that are
geared towards enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the
enterprises. The selected candidate is expected to play a key coordination role
between all stakeholders in the granting process. Within the framework of the
matching grant facility, PSFU will fulfill its mandate and stimulate private
sector growth in both the rural and urban areas. The major task under this
contract is to intensify support to the MSMEs, by providing far improved
hand-holding to private sector and business associations and encouraging them
to participate in value adding activities as envisaged and effective management
of the facility.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible
    for the overall day -to-day activities of the matching grant facility by
    coordinating the granting process in order to achieve the agreed
  • Ensure
    the proper preparation and execution of grant documents and grant
    disbursement that should comply with best practice;
  • Oversee
    the implementation of the entire grants component under component 4 of CEDP
    by providing guidance and support to the team.
  • Work
    closely with other development programs to ensure synergy, effective use
    of resources and desist from duplication of funding;
  • Review
    the project appraisal document and other documentation on the priority
    sectors; consult with the project team, sector associations and key
    stakeholders to understand the specific objectives of activities under the
    matching grant and how they might best be implemented to deliver the
    required results;
  • Review
    the draft grants manual of procedures, including eligibility criteria to
    be used and ensure it’s validated through a workshop with key
  • Review
    the results framework and appreciate the specific monitorable indicators
    and design mechanism for undertaking the Monitoring and Evaluation (M/E);
  • Responsible
    for the proactive promotion of the program to the private sector focusing
    on the key priority sectors;
  • Ensure
    preparation and timely submission of the required reports to Project
    Management and IDA;
  • Responsible
    for approving grant applications up to the approved limit specification in
    the MGF operations manual;
  • Compile
    and prepare the Component work plan and procurement plan and monitor its
  • Maintain
    contact with the clients and arrange meetings and visitations to
    activities through organizing a well-published calendar of networking
  • Draw
    up a program of activities that will raise awareness about the relevancy
    of BDS services to the small enterprises and lead to the development of
    business co-operation arrangements between individual firms;
  • Proven
    ability to undertake sector analysis;
  • Actively
    investigate and follow up on behalf of PSFU sector specific issues that
    will be used in advocacy agenda;
  • Perform
    other related duties as required by the PSFU management.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Timely
    implementation of project activities;
  • Annual
    Work plan, Procurement plan and budgets prepared;
  • The
    End of period/ phase Reports; and
  • Timely
    Progress, monitoring and budget performance reports submitted including
    quarterly reports, and annual reports.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Grants Manager will have a minimum of Honors Bachelors degree in Business
    Administration, Economics, Agribusiness, Marketing and Commerce and a
    Masters degree in Business or related relevant discipline from a
    recognized Institution. A post graduate qualification in project
    management will be an added advantage.
  • Must
    be knowledgeable on value chain management.
  • Demonstrated
    successful track record in grant management experience of at least six
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding and appreciation of private sector development
    issues and objective of enhancing private sector development in Uganda.
  • Strong
    management skills, including ability to provide strategic guidance,
    technical oversight, mentor staff and build strong teams.
  • Excellent
    writing and communication skills.
  • Excellent
    computer skills.
  • Demonstrated
    leadership, proven integrity, versatility and clean record.
  • Proven
    integrity and confidentiality in handling public resources and in
    executing duties as demonstrated by the letters from the referees
  • Proven
    managerial experience.
How to Apply: 
All candidates are encouraged
to deliver their application letters, updated curriculum vita and photocopies
of academic and professional certificates to the address below.
Please indicate the position
being applied for on top of the envelope.
The Project Coordinator,
Competitiveness and Enterprise
Development Project (CEDP)
Private Sector Foundation
Uganda (PSFU)
Plot 43, Nakasero Road,
P. O. Box 7683, Kampala-
Deadline: 1st September, 2014
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