Project Manager – Umbrellas & Government Career Placement – Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)

Organisation: Agricultural
Business Initiative (aBi)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Head of
Portfolio Development
Job Ref No: PM003
About US:
The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi), a group of registered companies
namely aBi Trust and aBi Finance Ltd, is a multi-stakeholder entity co-founded
in July 2010 by the Governments of Uganda and Denmark through DANIDA and the
Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development respectively, with the
objective to promote “Private sector agribusiness development to enhance wealth
creation.” The development objective of the aBi Trust is building a
self-sustaining export-led economy in which the benefits are shared by all
Ugandans, and its immediate objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of
Uganda’s agricultural and agro-processing sector. It does this through Value
Chain Development (VCD) of six value chains (Coffee, Cereals, Pulses,
Horticulture, Dairy and Oil Seeds) and Financial Services Development (FSD).
Job Summary: The Project
Manager Umbrella Organizations and Government Institutions is responsible for
relationship management and for ensuring that projects deliver against the
goals and targets laid out in the results management framework.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
As requested by the Head of Portfolio Development to work
participatively with implementing partners in order to develop a comprehensive
portfolio of influential projects
·        
The incumbent will take the initiative to build
strong relationships with implementing partners; acting as the point person for
aBi’s activities with Agribusiness partners
·        
Support partners in the development of ideas for
projects and completing the relevant paperwork
·        
Work in accordance with aBi’s Funding Manual,
manage the entirety of the funding process for each project; includes convening
the due diligence team with relevant technical experts and Evaluations,
Performance & Results team members included
·        
Work closely with BDS Providers to ensure that
applicants and grantees are fully empowered to implement their projects
·        
Plan the detail of aBi’s capacity building
interventions
·        
Budget expenditure and ensure cost effective
utilisation of resources
Develop and implement strategies and plans that will build the capacity
of Umbrella organizations and of Government sectors to have a sustainable
impact on the profitability of the Agribusiness sector
·        
Take an overview of the results of gap analyses
across all Umbrella organizations and of Government sectors; developing a deep
understanding of the issues affecting them
·        
Proactively propose strategies and plans that
will enable aBi to have a positive impact on Umbrella organizations and
Government sectors; implement plans once they are approved by the Head of
Portfolio Development.
Manage the implementation of projects, ensuring that the desired
results, and final impact, are achieved on time and to standard.
·        
Proactively build relationships with each
implementing partner, ensuring their satisfaction with each stage of the
project.
·        
Work closely with M&E to ensure a
comprehensive results management framework is in place and implemented for each
project.
·        
Work with implementing partners to assist them
in implementing their projects according to the project plan; drawing in
relevant aBi staff and consultants to provide assistance if required.
·        
Ensuring that grants are provided in a timely
fashion and that the implementing partner is meeting accountability
requirements.
·        
Ensuring that the technical capacity building
components of the project are being delivered on time and to standard.
Participate in rolling out the partner-facing aspects of the
communications plan.
·        
Act as a spokesperson for aBi in the convening
role by participating or initiating forums.
·        
Take personal responsibility for influencing,
advocacy and communication according to personal interest and priorities; so
that aBi is recognised as a respected partner.
·        
Ensure that the Project teams deliver any
components of the communications strategy and plan that are allocated to them.
·        
Actively participate in the development of
communications materials as requested by the Communications Manager.
Take lead of the matrix managed Project teams, in a manner that
empowers them to deliver aBi’s goals and objectives:
·        
Work closely together with the Head of Portfolio
Development to constitute a team of competent staff and consultants to deliver
against the workplan and goals for each project.
·        
Ensure that each team member is provided with
clarity concerning the goals of each project and expectations for their
personal role in achieving results, standards and behaviour.
·        
Plan and organise the work of the team so as to
accomplish project goals and targets in the most cost effective manner
possible.
·        
Support and build the capacity of team members
to enable them to give of their best e.g. by encouraging and praising good
performance, coaching, training, assisting staff to prevent or resolve
problems, providing resources, tools and equipment.
·        
Regularly monitor and review performance and, in
particular, hold team members accountable for achieving results and meeting
standards; taking decisive action in the case of poor performance
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s
degree in Agriculture Economics, or 
Development Economics or Social Science
·        
Bachelors 
Agriculture Economics or 
Development Economics or  Social
Science
·        
Post Graduate Diploma – Public Administration
·        
A minimum of seven years of post-graduation
experience working within Networks & Partnerships, and work with government
institutions
·        
Knowledge of working operations of advocacy
frameworks and lobbying structures
·        
Strong Communication Skills (Oral and Written)
·        
Proven experience in proposal writing
·        
Demonstrable abilities and skills in providing
advisor services (with a government structure)
·        
Demonstrable skills and abilities in grant
systems development and implementation
·        
Proven experience in developing sustainable
strategic relationships including networking
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Ability to work to deadlines.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply online by
clicking on link below and following the instructions.
Deadline: 11th November 2016
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