USAID Feed the Future Project Jobs – Trade and Policy Officer at Chemonics International

Organization: Chemonics International
Project Name: USAID Feed the Future Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Country Director
About US:
Chemonics International is
currently implementing the Feed the Future Uganda Enabling Environment for
Agriculture Activity, financed by USAID. The five year Activity (April 2013 –
April 2018) provides technical assistance at primarily the policy and central
government level to increase the value of agricultural production and trade –
in coffee, maize, beans, and agricultural inputs – and improve resilience to
climate change by increasing the capacity of counterparts in Uganda to identify
and address high-return policy and regulatory priorities.
Job Summary: The Trade and Policy Officer will be
responsible for supporting EEA’s efforts to (a) facilitate and increase
agricultural trade, especially regional trade of the priority commodities, with
a special emphasis on maize and beans, and (b) to create an enabling business
environment for increased production and trade of maize and beans through the
removal of policy and regulatory constraints.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Supporting
    to conceptualize activities to be included in annual work plans;
  • Assisting
    to implement specific activities related to maize and beans and trade;
  • Technically
    supporting the Maize and Beans Platform established by the GOU;
  • Helping
    to implement EAC initiatives in Uganda, especially those related to maize
    and beans;
  • Rendering
    support to identify targeted research needs for policy development,
    implementation;
  • Helping
    to build the capacity of public and private sector institutions.
  • Helping
    to document existing GOU rules and procedures related to maize and beans
    and trade;
  • Supporting
    to link GOU to private sector and civil society counterparts;
  • Helping
    to coordinate the private sector players
  • Render
    support in diagnosing institutional performance gaps and developing
    strategies to address them.
  • Actively
    facilitating, organizing, and planning meetings, workshops, conferences,
    and training etc.
  • Regularly
    interacting with high-level public sector officials and private sector
    representatives.
  • Actively
    motivating and influencing behavior change among high-level public and
    private sector individuals.
  • Analyzing
    and mainstreaming gender and youth considerations into institutional
    development plans.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to
    trade and policy. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Five
    or more years’ experience working in agricultural trade, policy or
    (2-years’ exp. with a Master’s Degree).
  • Demonstrated
    high level of technical, analytical writing, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to cultivate collaborative relationships with public and private
    stakeholders.
  • Proven
    ability to proactively identify and solve problems.
  • Excellent
    verbal and written communication skills; good public speaking skills.
  • Possess
    the ability to work collaboratively and in a team, but also independently
    with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent
    organizational, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Demonstrated
    leadership, versatility and integrity.
  • Ugandan
    citizenship required.
  • Fluent
    written and spoken English required.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who wish to join the Chemonics International USAID Feed
the Future Project should send their electronic submissions to:
recruit@ugandaeea.com. Please submit your CV and cover letter with “Trade and
Policy Officer” in the subject line.
Deadline: 10 April 2015
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