Chief of Staff Career Opportunity – aBi Trust

Job Title:   Chief of Staff
Organisation: Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Group Chief Executive Officer
About US:
The Agricultural Business
Initiative (aBi) Trust is a multi- donor entity jointly founded by the
Governments of Denmark and Uganda to support private sector led agricultural
development to achieve the objective of the Government of Uganda’s
Competitiveness and investment Climate Strategy (CICS). 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. aBi Trust strengthens competitiveness
of the Agricultural and Agro-processing sectors through two (2) interrelated
components: Value Chain Development (VCD) including trade-related Sanitary and
Phyto-Sanitary and Quality Management Systems (SPS/QMS) and Financial Services
Development (FSD).
Job Summary:  The Chief
of Staff will have the primary responsibility of ensuring that key workflows
and deliverables, particularly those that are integrated or supersede the
various aBi departments, are followed and brought to conclusion against set
targets and deadlines. The Chief directly supports senior management and
especially the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) and Chief Operations
Officers (COOs) of aBi Trust and aBi Finance Ltd, in troubleshooting and paying
attention to the daily needs of the organization.
Key Duties and
1. Project Coordination:
  • Develop
    and maintain an inventory of critical path projects in which the GCEO and
    the COOs are especially interested and/ or for which his/her awareness and
    involvement is essential;
  • Work
    in consultation with the senior management team to align their actions and
    communications in support of agreed upon goals. COS’S role will be to
    co-ordinate with all staff to ensure that the GCEO’s and COO’s needs are
    conveyed, that progress is being made in a timely way, and that any
    demands on GCEO’s and COO’s schedules are understood and agreed upon. The
    COS will also work to ensure the management team’s needs are conveyed to
    the GCEO and COOs for consideration;
  • The
    incumbent should keep the senior management and the BOT and Board of Directors
    of aBi finance appraised of the status of key activities and variations
    from schedule or scope;
2. Leadership of Special Projects:
  • Scope,
    plan and execute multiple, often quick-turnaround strategic initiatives
    with minimal outside assistance;
  • Present
    ideas for special projects that might facilitate the GCEO’s leadership’s
  • Work
    in liaison with the appropriate stakeholders, including outside parties,
    to undertake analysis;
  • Present
    findings to GCEO, Senior Management or Board, as appropriate;
  • If
    necessary, oversee transfer of the project to other stakeholders within
    the organization;
  • Engage
    in root cause analysis—often without prompting from the senior
    management—on issues and opportunities that could impact the aBi’s overall
  • Confirm
    hypotheses through tactful and discrete engagement with the relevant
  • Develop
    alternative approaches to addressing the problem or opportunity;
  • Succinctly
    update the GCEO and COOs on the issues, supported with facts and
  • Actively
    engage in coalition building with strategic partners and large businesses
    in the Value Chains in support of aBi’s objectives as laid out in aBi’s
    strategy and business plan.
3. Other Responsibilities:
  • Organize
    Stakeholders Meetings and ensure they are adequately facilitated;
  • Work
    closely with Senior Management and GCEO’s Personal Assistant to remain
    apprised of/schedule of upcoming commitments;
  • Develop
    results based approaches and strategies to important meetings and assist
    in making these meetings highly effective and professional;
  • Render
    support to ensure participants are aware of and prepared for the meeting
  • Attend
    meetings, capture major action points, and work with management team to
    ensure follow up;
  • Actively
    monitor progress/achievement of next steps;
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Chief of Staff vacancy should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree required, MBA, MPA or related qualification in Management.
  • At
    least ten years’ work experience with proven track record of managing
    multiple priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • The
    role requires a highly resourceful individual with strong emotional
    intelligence, solid judgement self-motivation, and strong analytical
  • Applicable/transferable
    skills: private sector roles in agriculture or business strategy; public
    sector policy roles;
  • Good
    sense of self and strong personal presence Market research experience a
  • Willingness
    to work hard and take direction—but also creatively solve problems for
    which the answers aren’t always obvious
  • Working
    knowledge of aBi and key stakeholders desirable
  • The
    applicant should be willing to commit to a two year contract at least that
    would prepare the incumbent for a more general management role at aBi;
Personal Competencies:
  • Highly-developed
    communications skills (written/verbal) and interpersonal savvy
  • Results/action-orientation;
  • Project
    management skills
  • Organizational
    and political agility;
  • Highly
    developed negotiation skills
  • Unquestionable
    personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust
  • Able
    to successfully navigate within varying degrees of ambiguity in a
    fast-paced environment Strong strategic/financial analysis skills
  • Possess
    the ability to exercise a wide degree of creativity and latitude
  • Strong
    results based orientation
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested
candidates should send their updated resumes with two career references
including their contact numbers and copies of academic and professional
certificates/ testimonials by email only to:
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted for interviews.
Deadline: 10th July
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