USAID NGO Careers – Project Site Coordinator at AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center

Organisation: AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center
Project Name: 
USAID Deploying Vegetable Seed Kits to Tackle Malnutrition in Kenya,
Tanzania and Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About AVRDC:
AVRDC – The World Vegetable
Center is a non-profit, autonomous international agricultural research and
development center with headquarters in Taiwan and regional offices around the
globe. AVRDC conducts research and development that contribute to improved
income and balanced diets m the developing world vegetables.
About USAID Project:
AVRDC seeks to implement the
“Deploying Vegetable Seed Kits to Tackle Malnutrition in Kenya, Tanzania and
Uganda” Project funded by USAID. The target is to scale up and enhance
widespread and adoption of AVRDC’s validated home garden concept and associated
production and processing technologies by target households in Uganda. Through
deployment of vegetable seed Kits with complementary training and technical
backstopping across the entire value chain, over 8,000 target beneficiaries in
Uganda are expected to improve their household nutrition, diversify their
incomes and improve their social capital.
Job Summary: The Project Site Coordinator will be
responsible for the overall coordination of activities in three focus regions
of Uganda, liaising with the Project Manager, country Site Coordinators for
Kenya and Uganda, AVRDC scientists as well as national implementing partners in
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Day-to-day
    coordination and oversight of demonstration trials, farmer training, seed
    distribution, surveys, administrative and logistical activities and to
    build strong relationships with local implementing partners; jointly
    responsible for implementing field activities and meeting program targets
    in Uganda.
  • Plan
    and facilitate workshops, maintain project schedules, deliverables and
    evaluation activities, and prepare and submit in-country technical project
    reports, success stories for submission to the Project Manager.
  • Support
    in providing information for development of monitoring and evaluation
    analytical tools, serve as lead field monitor when necessary and
    facilitate subsequent data collection aimed at documenting outcomes and
    impact of the program. Ensure good coordination of research delivery,
    transfer of technology and promote gender equity within the project as
    well as in its outcomes and impacts.
  • Identify
    options for improving vegetable seed access to smallholders by building
    and strengthening partnerships with the public and private seed sector for
    impact at the household level.
  • Support
    in organizing and conducting demand creation, outreach and promotional
    activities, such as seed fairs and community field days to promote the
    development and adoption of improved vegetable-based practices.
  • Work
    closely with country Site Coordinators for Kenya and Tanzania and the
    Project Manager to harmonize project activities, share lessons learnt and
    represent the Project Manager on in- country project-related issues.
  • Perform
    other duties as may be assigned by the Project Manager or his/her appointed
Qualifications, Skills and
  • All
    applicants for the USAID AVRDC Project Coordinator vacancy must have a
    minimum of M.Sc. in social or agricultural science disciplines
  • Two
    or more years of extensive project coordination experience in food
    (nutrition) and agriculture.
  • Good
    agro-economic background with focus on horticultural value-chains is a
  • Strong
    written and spoken English language skills.
  • Extensive
    knowledge of and work experience in Uganda.
  • Possess
    the ability to oversee development/implementation of work plans, reports
    and presentations; ability to write clear and concise technical documents;
    strong organizational and networking skills.
  • Past
    exposure and experience with national partners is a plus.
  • Capacity
    for strong teamwork, partnership building and project management skills as
    well as supervisory and mentoring skills
  • Proven
    skills to work independent for most periods of time.
  • Proven
    interpersonal skills and ability to interact with public, private and
    civil society leaders and groups on data collection and surveying for
    project monitoring is an advantage.
  • Excellent
    computer skills in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel,
  • Flexibility
    to travel extensively within the three focus project regions of Uganda.
How to Apply:
All candidates should send;
  • A
    letter of application indicating qualifications, suitability to the
    outlined deliverables, expected salary, earliest joining date and.
  • A
    curriculum vitae with three names of professional referees including
    contact address, phone number and e-mail.
The complete applications
should be sent by e-mail only to with the title of the
position in the heading. Only applications sent by e-mail will be considered.
Deadline: 22nd April, 2015

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