Cooperative Officer Jobs – Trust for Africa’s Orphans Uganda (TAOU)

Job Title:        Cooperative Officer
Organisation: Trust for Africa’s Orphans Uganda (TAOU)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project Manager
About US:
Trust
for Africa’s Orphans Uganda (TAOU) is a local NGO  whose mission is to improve the livelihoods of
the most vulnerable members of the community through agricultural
transformation, learning to improve and expand their focus towards skilled,
transparent and business-minded members of the community in northern Uganda. It
achieves this through; sustainable farming practices, Livestock farming,
Environmental protection and conservation practices, Support provision of
education and skills, Support provision of health and sanitation services to
the target communities, Land rights awareness, Implementation of enterprise
development and income generation activities; and advocacy for promotion
child/widows protection policies among others.
About Project:
TAOU
is undertaking a project named Agri-Enterprise in Sunflower, Soya bean, Simsim
and Sorghum for small scale farmers to be implemented over three years with
relevant district structures in Pader district commencing on 1st April 2016.
This district face the challenges from climate change induced prolonged
droughts and food insecurity as well as refugee influx as a result of conflict
in the neighbouring state of South Sudan.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work in liaison with other Project staff to
    support community mobilization on formation of farmer cooperatives,
    cooperative committees, and providing market information to the farmer
    cooperatives formed.
  • Work with other staff in collection and
    verification of baseline data
  • Identification and registration of
    beneficiaries, organisation of the training clusters, commencement of
    training in Sustainable Agriculture, provision of crop inputs, planting
    and nurturing of the crops, ensure correct harvest and short term storage
    of crop products and bulking them in the Coop store
  • Support the farmers set up Coop committee and
    training the leaders of their duties, record keeping, and village savings
    and loan schemes among others.
  • Introduction of main crop buyers to the Coop
    committee, negotiate purchase contracts for each crop to be produced.
    Introduction of seed suppliers and negotiate seed purchase contracts for
    succeeding seasons.
  • Mentor and train the cooperative committees
    formed to be able to have capacity in negotiating and signing contracts
    with commercial buyers to increase and maximize the value of sales.
  • Carry out training and demonstration for
    profitable and strategic enterprises using a participatory approach (hands
    on) to instill better farming skills and knowledge to the beneficiaries
    and their neighbours.
  • Provide support in the development of the
    capacity of the farmers in the area of agriculture through identification
    of gaps and identifying possible capacity building needs
  • In charge of networking, developing and
    solidifying partnerships; collaborate and work with crop buyers, financial
    institutions, and local government production department to promote agri
    enterprise development in the district
  • Work with farmers, farmer groups,
    governmental departments at the local and national level to promote
    agribusiness development and advocate for policies and legislation to
    promote a viable rural agricultural economy.
  • Work closely with the farmer cooperatives to
    develop marketing and business plans and to assist them in
    agriculture-related endeavors.
  • Responsible for the preparation and
    submission of monthly progress reports to the supervisors.
  • In charge of supporting the farmer
    cooperatives on development of value chain strategy and ensuring that the
    strategy implemented can build capacity of famer cooperatives, committee
    and beneficiaries to find access in different Income generation activities
    and value addition linked to the market
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned
    to you by your supervisor that promote the aims and objectives of the
    organisation.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Cooperative Officer
    vacancy should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Rural Economy, Economics or
    Commerce or Business Administration/ Studies or Finance and Accounting
    from a recognized University/ Institution. Possession of a Post Graduate
    Diploma in Cooperatives or related field will be an added advantage.
  • Previous exposure and experience in marketing
    or sales preferred, and a proven record of success in developing and
    implementing agricultural support projects is required
  • Personal Competencies; team work, supervisory skills,
    ethics and integrity, records and information management, policy
    management and project management
  • Fluency in Luo or Acholi.
How to Apply: 
All
candidates should send their application letters with detailed CVs, photocopies
of testimonials, three professional references including their telephone
contacts via post, email or hand deliver to the address below:
The
Board Secretary,
TAOU
Board of Directors,
Plot
No. 152, Mutesa 11 Road, Ntinda Nakawa
P.O.
Box, 4523, Kampala, Uganda.
Email: info@taouganda.org
Deadline: 18th March 2016 by 5:00 PM
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