4 USAID FtF Project Job Vacancies – Business Development Services Coordinator at TechnoServe (TNS)

Organization: TechnoServe
(TNS)
Project Name: USAID Feed the
Future (FtF) Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Mbale, Bushenyi and Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Agribusiness
Specialist
About US:
TechnoServe
(TNS) is an international non-profit international development organization
founded in 1968. Its mission is to help entrepreneurial men and women break the
cycle of poverty by building businesses that create jobs, income, and economic
opportunities for their families, their communities, and their countries.
About USAID Project:
TechnoServe
(TNS) will work in partnership with the Uganda Cooperative Alliance after being
recently awarded a grant to implement the Feed the Future – Producer
Organizations Activity. The USAID funded Feed the Future Uganda Producer
Organizations Activity seeks to strengthen the Governance, management and
service delivery capacity of Producer Organizations (POs) with the goal of
helping to establish durable and enduring institutions that are able to plan,  mobilize resources, and deliver services that
meet the evolving needs of their members in a rapidly changing competitive
environment. To achieve this vision, the activity will harness the potential of
Uganda’s secondary POs in 12 of the Feed the Future focus districts in Uganda
to serve as critical agents of change in equipping member POs with the skills,
knowledge, and linkages needed to develop into sustainable businesses that meet
the demands of their farmers.
Job Summary: The Business
Development Services Coordinator (BDSC) ensures that beneficiary Producer
Organizations (POs) in the coffee, maize and beans value chains are operated
and managed profitably. The position will work closely with other team members
of Feed the Future Producer Organizations Activity to enhance farmers’ benefit
and leverage service delivery at each level of contact with both farmers and
customers. The incumbent will build and maintain linkages between producer
organizations and business development service providers.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
The incumbent will ensure sound operational and
business strategy, business advisory services to the leadership and management
of POs.
·        
Carry out structured business diagnosis,
identification problems/constraints and prioritization of strategies to achieve
growth;
·        
Ensure the timely execution of business plans and
guide the leadership and management to conduct reviews to inform progress
against strategic business targets;, volumes, market demands, profitability,
membership and share capital;
·        
Provide support to Producer Organizations (POs) to
come up with strategies that aim to increase their membership, equity, and
establish a written value proposition to their membership;
·        
Build working and mutually beneficial relationships
between BDSC providers and POs
·        
Support initiatives that aim to ensure effective
collaboration with other Feed the Future and non-Feed the Future implementing
partners in the designated region that synergize interventions along the three
commodity value chains. Take part in regional commodity platforms and forums to
contribute to sector enhancements;
·        
Oversee the work of advocacy advisers to set and
achieve activity targets among the beneficiary POs;
·        
Build business and managerial capacity of board of
directors/ executive committees and management of POs to grow their
profitability, outreach to farmers and competitiveness etc.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should hold relevant degree
qualifications in any of the following areas: Business Administration,
Commerce, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business Management, Development
Studies or any related studies;
·        
At least five years of business consulting, financing
and /or business advisory in agriculture, agribusiness and demonstrated
technical experience in any agricultural value chain;
·        
Excellent track record of building strong client and
stakeholder relationships with strong team working skills;
·        
Positive, holistic attitude towards work, ability to
solve problems and generate innovative solutions in work situations;
·        
Excellent oral and report written skills;
·        
High levels of integrity.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications via Email
only to the Human Resources Manager: UG-jobs@tns.org.
Please include an updated resume, cover letter and three professional
references with the job title in the subject line of your email and on the
application letter.
Deadline: 
Friday, 6th November, 2015
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