ZOA NGO Jobs – Coordinator Agribusiness

Organisation: ZOA
Reports to:  Programme Manager AgriSkills 4 You
Duty Station: Uganda
About ZOA:
ZOA is a Dutch based
international organization which connects her Christian identity with practical
acting through the core values. These are faithfulness, human dignity,
stewardship and justice. ZOA’s mission is to assist in rebuilding the
livelihoods of communities that are affected by armed conflict or natural
disasters. Our support is based on need and opportunities for positive change
and is motivated by God’s love for all people and especially for those who
experience injustice, despair and suffering. We apply a programmatic integrated
approach combining aspects of food security, land tenure, agribusiness,
livelihood, WASH with education, child protection and youth development.
Implementation is done in close collaboration with local government,
traditional and regional leaders and local partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Train
    and coach ZOA and CEFORD staff in transferring business development and
    marketing skills to project beneficiaries.
  • Establish
    contacts with private sector actors, assess potential for synergies and
    facilitate establishment of commercial partnerships between producer groups
    and input dealers, traders and processors.
  • Actively
    facilitate participatory market research to inform farmer groups and BTVET
    institutions on most competitive enterprises demanded by the regional
  • Manage
    the establishment and ensure quality and business operations of Village
    Based Information System.
  • Spearhead
    business plan competitions through call for proposal process, develop
    clear evaluation guidelines and set up a coaching system to guide the
    business development process.
  • Assess
    feasibility and relevance to set up or revive business linkage platforms
    in West Nile and if positive, lead its establishment.
  • Assess
    feasibility and relevance of agribusiness concepts such as quality
    assurance system for agro-inputs, value chain financing for producer
    groups, tractor leasing by private investors, commercial business
    development and coaching services, credit provision for business expansion
    and set up these initiatives if assessed positively.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should hold a Degree in Agribusiness, Economics, Business
    Management or related field
  • Four
    or more years of progressively responsible experience in an agribusiness
    development position
  • Excellent
    communication, writing and facilitation skills
  • Highly
    inventive, creative and enthusiastic person with a critical sense of  realism
  • Computer
    literacy i.e proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Self
    motivator, having the ability to work with limited supervision and take initiatives
  • Possess
    the ability to work in a dynamic and rural environment
  • Able
    to ride a motorcycle with a valid driving/riding license.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an application letter together with
curriculum vitae (max three  pages),
names and contacts of three referees of which one could be your pastor or
priest, to: hr@zoa.ug in subject header: title of the Position you are applying
Deadline: 3rd January 2015.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by phone on Monday 5th January
2015 and invited for a test and interview to be held on Thursday 8th or Friday
9th January 2015 at ZOA Kampala Office.

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