USAID RWANU Project Careers – Business Services Specialist at ACDI/VOCA

Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Project: Resiliency
through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja (RWANU)
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station:  Uganda
Reports to: Livelihood
ACDI/VOCA is carrying out the
USAID-funded PL 480 Title II Development Food Assistance Program entitled
“Resiliency through Wealth, Agriculture, and Nutrition in Karamoja
(RWANU)”. The RWANU Program is focusing on reducing food insecurity among
vulnerable rural populations in selected sub-counties of Amudat, Moroto, Napak
and Nakapiripirit. The Program’s strategic objectives are (1) improved
availability and access to food and (2) reduced malnutrition in pregnant and
lactating mothers and children under five. The RWANU Program takes a preventive
approach to reducing malnutrition, focusing on the first 1,000 days of life
when conditional food rations will have the highest impact. RWANU will promote
diversified livelihoods strategies including linkages to market opportunities
to ensure long-term food security and resilience to food insecurity shocks.
Job Summary: The
Business Services Specialist will offer leadership and general technical
direction towards the development of business services in the RWANU program.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide
    leadership and technical direction to the;
    • Savings and Credit/Association Development Officer
    • Honey Support Officer
    • Farming as a Business Officer
    • Savings and Credit Officer
    • Marketing Support Officer
  • Support
    officers under the Business services unit to;
    • Develop appropriate training materials
    • Offer appropriate TOTs to Field Extension Workers (FEWs) in
      coordination with the Field Extension Coordinator
    • Make periodic follow up of the FEWs on delivery of appropriate
      trainings to program beneficiaries and that uptake is strong
  • Support
    the Savings and Credit/Association
    : responsible for the development officer to promote the development
    of viable farmer associations
  • Support
    the Marketing officer in promoting marketing initiatives at individual
    farmer, farmer group and association levels covering crops, honey and
  • Actively
    monitor the establishment and development of relevant private sector
    initiatives targeted at supporting RWANU beneficiaries in the honey sector
    and others
  • Serve
    as RWANU’s liaison officer with other organisations that have
    agri-business related interventions for purposes of sharing best practices
    and approaches
  • Perform
    any other task as required by the immediate supervisor
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should hold a business related degree with a bias in
  • A
    minimum of five or more years’ professional experience supporting
    agribusiness initiatives preferably in hard to reach areas like Karamoja.
  • Computer
    literacy skills with excellent command of word processing and spreadsheets
  • Possess
    the ability to supervise staff
  • Excellent
    communication and reporting skills
  • Proven
    ability to delegate and work with a team
  • Ability
    to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills
Language: Fluent written and spoken English language
skills are a must. NgaKarimojong language skills highly desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who desire to work in the USAID RWANU Project should send
their applications (only by e-mail) addressed to the Human Resources Manager
attaching their application letters and CV to
Women are encouraged to apply as ACDI/ VOCA is an equal opportunity employer. Only
those shortlisted for interviews will be contacted.
Deadline: 23rd January 2015

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