aBi Trust Job Vacancies – Dairy Officer

Job Title:   Dairy Officer
Organisation:
Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About aBi:
The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust is supporting
agribusiness development in the private sector to achieve the objective of the
Government of Uganda’s Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS).
The Trust is a multi-donor entity jointly founded by the Governments of Denmark
and Uganda. The mandate of aBi Trust is to support the private sector actors to
increase their contribution to the agricultural sector by increasing land and
labour productivity, and market competitiveness thereby contributing to poverty
reduction through economic growth, wealth, and employment creation. The aBi
Trust strengthens competitiveness of the Agricultural and Agro-processing
sectors through three (3) interrelated components: Value Chain Development
(VCD) including trade-related Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary and Quality Management
Systems (SPS/QMS), Financial Services Development (FSD) and a cross cutting
Gender for Growth (G4G) Fund.
Job Summary:  The Dairy Officer will work closely with
Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union (UCCCU) and other implementing
partners (IPs) in South Western Uganda to execute pre-agreed strategies and
activities built around the aBi Trust/IP dairy value chain development project.
The incumbent will also work with UCCCU and other IPs to develop systemized
approaches and arrangements for enhancing the beneficiary cooperatives’
management capacities.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Actively facilitate the
    setting up of in-house management training for MCC managers and
    development of models for training cooperative Boards and managers on all
    aspects of running a dairy milk collection centre with emphasis of running
    activities at the collection centres as businesses.
  • Work in liaison with
    UCCCU and other IPs in developing models that will increase profitability
    at MCCs and other business entities and increase in member participation
    in the collective marketing of milk for the case of MCCs.
  • In charge of ensuring
    that all MCC managers are equipped with basic dairy business knowledge and
    skills, and in particular in the areas of dairy record keeping and
    accounting, hygienic milk handling, quality control, asset and equipment
    management and maintenance
  • Work with UCCCU in
    setting up prudent business management practices at the cooperatives with
    emphasis on financial budgeting and expenditure controls.
  • Technically support
    UCCCU in opening business development dialogues with strategic
    partners/service providers etc… “Particular interest should be to build
    strong reliable business partnerships to support all activities along the
    value chain from farm to the market.
  • Guide aBi on any extra
    activities / developments that need to be undertaken to enhance the dairy
    value chain development in the area.
  • Actively monitor and
    fast truck the implementation of the agreed on activities and give the
    necessary backup / corrective advice where gaps are observed. Where there
    is need for change in strategies / activities advise aBi accordingly.
  • Identify and recommend
    potential implementing partners in the area.
  • Provide an input to
    strategic and operation plans in accordance with the goals and practices
    set by aBi Trust
  • Compile and send monthly
    reports on the activities of the IPs highlighting successes, challenges
    and suggest ways forward.
  • Carry out other
    functions and duties that may be delegated to the position from time to
    time.
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should
    preferably hold a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, food technology,
    animal husbandry or similar related field.
  • A minimum of five years
    field experience working with dairy value chain development in Uganda.
  • Working experience with
    cooperatives
  • He / She must have good
    advisory and management skills.
  • Past experience in milk
    bulking will be an added advantage.
  • High level of integrity
  • Keen on detail
  • Possess excellent report
    writing skills
  • Excellent communications
    and presentation skills
  • Ability to meet set
    timelines
How to
Apply: 
All qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications enclosing detailed curriculum vitae giving three professional
referees and copies of academic and professional certificates /testimonials via
E-mail to: vacancy@abi.co.ug
NB:
Documents should not be more than 2MB. Only Shortlisted candidates who meet the
criteria will be contacted.
Deadline: 13th
March 2015.
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