2 Business Development Officer NGO Job Vacancies – AVSI Foundation

Organization: AVSI Foundation
Project Name: Skilling Youths for Employment in Agribusiness
(SKY) Project
Duty Station: Mbale and Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Business Development Specialist (Team Leader) or
Agriculture Specialist (Team Leader)
About AVSI:
Foundation is an international not-for-profit, non-governmental organization
(NGO) founded in Italy in 1972. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the
person through development cooperation activities, with special attention to
education, according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI has
been present in Uganda since 1984, first supporting hospitals and agriculture
projects in Gulu and Kitgum districts, and later expanding around 1990 to
establish the present-day headquarters in Kampala, offices in Pader, Gulu and
Kitgum, and project activities in 12 other districts. AVSI staff has remained
through the long periods of instability in northern Uganda caused both by
anti-government rebellions led by Lord’s Resistance Army, and by conflict
across the northern border in Sudan, which caused displacement in both
About SKY Programme:
is implementing a 5 year project titled “Skilling Youths for Employment in
Agribusiness (SKY)”. The goal of the intervention is to enhance sustainable
creation of employment of youths in the agribusiness sector. The programme will
achieve this through the following four main objectives:
  • Strengthening the capacities of the agri-skills
    providers in a sustainable way in order to provide marketable and
    employable skilling
  • Providing pre and post-employment support to
    the skilled youths
  • Creating strategic linkages of agribusiness
    for enhanced capacity building through skilling and brokerage
  • Facilitating Skilling Uganda Authority to be
    supportive to agri-skilling in the targeted areas.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The Business Development Officer will provide
    agribusiness development services to agribusiness in the farming zones
  • Keenly analyze the agribusinesses’ current
    and past budgets, expenses, sales, revenues and product deficiencies in
    order to provide recommendations for business growth and problem resolution.
  • Continuously participate in identifying new
    business opportunities that could impact on youth employment in agribusiness.
  • Work closely with other business development
    service providers and other stakeholders to develop creative strategies to
    promote growth of agribusinesses.
  • Provide training and other technical support
    services based on the needs of the agribusinesses and agriprenuers.
  • The incumbent will organize business
    opportunity meetings with agribusiness actors in the farming zone.
  • Support agribusinesses to be investor- ready
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • Ideally, the applicants for the Business
    Development Officer jobs should hold University Degrees in Agri-Business,
    Entreprenuership, Development Economics, Economics, Marketing, Small
    Business Management or related field and experience working in an
    entrepreneurial environment or as owner/manager of a small business
  • A minimum of three years of professional
    experience in agribusiness, and/or value chain and market access related
    consultancy, and/or analysis/research of agribusiness and/or regional
    socio-economic development projects;
  • Previous exposure and experience in working
    with public sector, private sector and donor organizations on
    institutional development or similar projects will be an asset;
How to Apply:  
suitably qualified candidates should send their application letters,
accompanied with updated Curriculum Vitae indicating three professional
referees and copies of relevant certificates via E-mail with the subject line
indicating ‘the position title’ addressed to:
Human Resource Manager,
Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 11th March 2016 by 5.00 pm

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