USAID Project Careers – Private Sector Partnerships Specialist at TechnoServe

Organisation: TechnoServe
Project Name: USAID Uganda
Youth Leadership for Agriculture Program
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
About US:
works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive
farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops
business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and
markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking
men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth
for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven
results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
About USAID Project:
Uganda is funding a new five-year Youth Leadership for Agriculture program to
increase economic opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Ugandan female and
male youth aged 10 to 35, in agriculture- related fields, in order to increase
their incomes and build entrepreneurial, leadership, and workforce readiness
skills. Pending confirmation of funding, TechnoServe will lead this program in
select districts in Uganda, including Northern Uganda, through market systems
and facilitative approaches. This program will focus on achieving two specific
objectives by partnering with both public and private entities: (1) increased
incomes of youth working in agricultural value chains (specifically maize,
beans and coffee); and (2) improved skills development (entrepreneurship,
employability, leadership, and life skills) obtained through formal and
non-formal education and training organizations.
Job Summary: The USAID
Project Private Sector Partnerships Specialist is responsible for technical
leadership and oversight for activities under “Objective One”.
Objective One will improve relationships and networks among value chain actors
(focusing on the maize, bean and coffee value chains) and youth (ages 15-35)
and use strategic investments and incentives to encourage private sector actors
to provide technical assistance, training, mentoring, as well as increased
market (both input and output) opportunities for large numbers of youth. This
will involve developing relationships between private sector actors, such as
input suppliers or exporters of maize, coffee and/or beans and youth and
negotiating to improve their access to markets and enable youth to join and
extract benefits from the value chain. With an awareness and keen understanding
of appropriate existing agricultural technologies for youth, s/he will lead the
investigation of the needs and skill requirements of employers and help link to
youth to opportunities.
Qualifications, Skills
and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Project
    career placement should hold a Master’s degree in economics, agricultural
    economics, business, international development, public policy, law, or
    other relevant field. A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 10
    years of experience may be substituted for a Master’s degree.
  • At least six years of international experience
    in business or agriculture development.
  • Possess excellent track record of achieving
    results in private sector-led development activities, preferably in
    agriculture. In particular, must have proven ability to establish strong
    and effective working relationships with private sector actors and solving
    challenges together.
  • Must have demonstrated high level technical,
    analytical, and interpersonal skills.
  • Prior experience working in emerging markets.
  • Possess excellent management and communication
  • Demonstrated understanding of and passion for
    youth economic empowerment and improvement of livelihoods.
  • Demonstrated experience of Uganda’s private
    sector, particularly private sector companies in the agricultural sector;
    ability to understand, negotiate and strike win- win deals with private
    sector partners
  • Strong focus on results.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of time.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English; fluency
    in one ‘or more local languages is an added advantage.
  • Past experience working in Uganda is desired
  • Preference for work experience in Sub-Saharan
    Africa, especially East Africa and Uganda
  • Prior experience applying market systems and
    facilitative approaches is an added advantage
  • Prior experience working with USAID desired too
How to Apply: 
qualified and interested applicants should send a single Word-formatted
document consisting of cover letter, resume and salary history to
Please identify the position for which you are applying in the subject line.
Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be considered or contacted.
Deadline: 4th
February 2015.
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