Agriculture Advisor NGO Career Opportunity – AVSI Foundation

Job Title:       Agriculture Advisor
Organization: AVSI Foundation
Project Name: Skilling Youths for Employment in Agribusiness
(SKY) Project
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Business Development Specialist (Team Leader)
About AVSI:
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
countries.
About SKY Programme:
AVSI
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 Agriculture Advisor will work closely
    with the agribusinesses and job brokers to design and test work/
    entrepreneurship related activities and learning objectives that help
    young people to secure jobs or start agribusinesses;
  • The incumbent will facilitate job shadowing
    activities, agri-prenuership training workshops, publications and/or
    special career events as needed and assigned in order to increase youth
    awareness of job opportunities and to build youth ‘soft skills’ for job readiness
    and retention.
  • Provide labor market and vocational
    information to participants and match participants’ skills, aptitude and
    abilities to prospective employment openings and make referrals to secure
    job placement.
  • The incumbent will provide outreach services
    to market the program and recruit participants.
  • Offer technical support to agribusinesses in
    the implementation of activities that support youth work and
    entrepreneurship;
  • Ensure strong alignment between market
    assessment results, learning pathways and youth employment throughout the
    project;
  • Work in liaison with the agro-institutions
    and agribusinesses to facilitate internships and practical training
    approaches to enhance youth work readiness and entrepreneurship skilling.
  • Provide support to agribusinesses to carry
    out youth on the job skilling activities both in relation to the learning
    component and, more specifically, in relation to the
    employment/entrepreneurship component.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a University
    Degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness, Small Business Management or related
    field and experience working in an entrepreneurial environment or as
    owner/manager of a training or learning firm
  • A minimum of five years of professional
    experience in youth in agribusiness capacity building;
  • Significant experience in working with public
    sector, private sector and agro-training institutes on institutional
    development or similar projects will be an asset;
How to Apply:  
All
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:
The
Human Resource Manager,
AVSI
Foundation,
P.O.
Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: hr.kampala@avsi.org
Deadline: 11th March 2016 by 5.00 pm
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