IFAD PRELNOR Project Agribusiness and Partnerships Management Specialist Careers – Ministry of Local Government

Organisation: Ministry of
Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project for
Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to
apply some of the proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR
will cover the districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya
and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall
goal of the PRELNOR is: Increased income, food security and reduced
vulnerability of poor rural households in the project area. This will be
through increased sustainable production, productivity and climate resilience
of smallholder farmers with increased and profitable access to domestic and
export markets.
Job Summary:  The Agribusiness and Partnerships Management
Specialist takes the overall responsibility for achieving the project
objectives, outcomes and targets under improved market access sub-component,
and will work closely with other specialists where relevant. The agribusiness
specialist reports to the Project Coordinator.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The
    incumbent will be tasked with becoming thoroughly familiar with the
    proposed PRELNOR community, farmer, SME and MSP engagement and
    implementation processes.
  • Establish
    lines of communications and coordinate with all major stakeholders for
    PRELNOR implementation, i.e.local governments, the district farmers
    associations (DFA’s), the traders’ associations like district chambers of
    commerce and industry (DCCI), the UNFEE, the National CCI, the Uganda
    Cooperative Alliance, service providers for technical agriculture
    (including farmer field schools), climate change and business developments
    services and strategic partners) and international development agencies
    delivering similar technical services in the project area.
  • In
    charge of preparing contracts and bidding documents in accordance with
    IFAD and Government of Uganda (GoU) procurement requirements for the
    competitive procurement of project implementing agencies and service
    providers. Prepare memoranda of understanding for partnerships with other
    agencies designated to implement or benefit from specific activities under
    the project.
  • Technically
    support the development of and assist in finalising the AWPB for outputs
    managed by him/her. Ensure that all plans are properly planned,
    implemented and monitored according to specified deadlines and within the
    allocated budget.
  • Develop
    relevant project management guidelines, procedures and operating practices
    for project execution and proactively manage changes in project scope,
    identify potential constraints and devise contingency plans.
  • Finalize
    Training Guidelines based on the provisions contained in the PIM.
  • Identify
    opportunities for community, SME or multi-stakeholder platforms (MSPs) to
    apply or become agents for innovative applications of technical,
    information and communications technologies to improve adoption and/or
    uptake in rural areas; identify potential partners or agencies interested
    in piloting or scaling up such innovations.
  • Establish
    procedures for screening and selecting applications for grants and
    cost-sharing under the Market Infrastructure sub-component.
  • Take
    responsibility for implementation of income generating activities for
    rural youth under Market Linkages sub-component; and oversee and support
    the work of the Sociologist for implementation of youth income generating
    activities under the Livelihoods component.
  • The
    incumbent will support the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning specialist
    in establishing a monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management system
    for this component of the project and ensure the submission of all
    progress reports on time.
  • Identify
    how best to use the Technical Assistance included in the AWPB and develop
    the terms of reference and most appropriate timelines for use of this
    assistance.
  • Support
    supervision and implementation support missions, mid-term review, and
    project completion report, including analysing project activities and making
    recommendations for improvement and ensuring that agreed recommendations
    are implemented.
  • Perform
    any other relevant task assigned by the Project Coordinator.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    agribusiness and partnerships management specialist should hold a Master’s
    degree in agribusiness, agricultural economics, or business management
    from a recognised University / Institution
  • A
    minimum of six years’ experience, including three years in financial
    institutions and/or government/donor programmes and a track record as a
    successful manager and administrator in the Ugandan context.
  • Prior
    experience in rural and/or SME development and in managing a major
    international programme or institution.
  • Demonstrated
    capacity to take on a leadership position with strong managerial skills
    and capacity to manage people and interact with a wide range of private
    sector partners and public sector representatives, as well as managers and
    implementers of large-scale rural / community / SME development programmes.
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of aspects of technical writing to different
    categories of audiences
  • Prior
    experience of working with different stakeholders.
  • Ability
    to bring together various stakeholders for purposes of policy dialogue.
  • Strong
    organizational skills and knowledge of strategic planning.
  • Excellent
    oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Broad
    knowledge and understanding of climate change, capacity building and
    gender issues.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied
with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts
and testimonials including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor,
P.O. Box 7037 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 16th November, 2015

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