Business Development Specialist NGO Jobs – AVSI Foundation

Job Title:       Business Development Specialist
Organization: AVSI Foundation
Project Name: Skilling Youths for Employment in Agribusiness
(SKY) Project
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party (CoP) and Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP)
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.
Job Summary: The Business Development Specialist will support
the AVSI Foundation project implementation activities in Western Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The incumbent will provide training and
    coaching to youths on agro-enterprise development and building
    employability skills;
  • Provide training and support to youths in
    planning and developing micro¬enterprises and employability skills
  • In charge of mentoring and coaching of
    youths, agro-institutions, learning firms and other agribusinesses;
  • Actively engage in collecting and promoting
    information resources on employability and entrepreneurship of youths;
  • Provide support in fundraising efforts of
    AVSI foundation;
  • Training, mentoring youth in accessing
    skilled trade and employment
  • Support/strengthen learning firms,
    agribusinesses and agro institution for better management as required by
    the project objectives;
  • The incumbent will also develop of youth
    agribusiness models (including financial model and market channels) for
    facilitation of youth agribusiness and agro-institution growth;
  • In charge of the development and ensuring
    smooth delivery of youth agribusiness development support services package
    to youths
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Business
    Development Specialist vacancy should hold a University Degree in Agri-Business,
    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 eight 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;
  • Significant experience in monitoring and
    evaluation of performance of business units and/or regional/local or
    community socio-economic development projects is desirable.
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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