Investment Officer – Agriculture Job Placement – Stromme Foundation Eastern Africa (SFEA)

Organisation: Stromme
Foundation Eastern Africa (SFEA)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Operations
Manager
About US:
Stromme Foundation Eastern Africa (SFEA) is an international NGO
registered in Uganda since 1994 and has its Head Offices in Kristiansand,
Norway. SFEA has a mission to eradicate poverty through interventions in
Microfinance and Education. SFEA intervenes through local partners in the
countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan. SF’s identity is based on
Christian values and strives to approach all people with dignity and openness.
With deep respect for human dignity and a conviction of the value of equitable
partnership, SF works to empower the poor to take charge of their own lives and
communities.
Job Summary: The Investment
Officer – Agriculture will be responsible for the performance of the
Institutional Agriculture loan portfolio and assisting in the management and
provision of technical advice and capacity building to micro-finance and
non-microfinance partners in the areas where SMF EA Ltd operates.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
·        
The incumbent will market and promote
agricultural related activities of SMF EA Ltd in the region.
·        
In charge of the identification and appraisal of
potential and existing Microfinance Institutions involved in agribusiness value
chain financing as per SMF EA Ltd.’s eligibility criteria.
·        
Identification and appraisal of potential
non-Microfinance Institutions involved in agribusiness value chain financing as
per SMF EA Ltd.’s eligibility criteria.
·        
Grow the agriculture value chain portfolio as
per set targets and conduct comprehensive reviews for its growth in the region.
·        
Carry out periodic review of the Company’s
Agricultural lending portfolio to ensure its continued relevance to smallholder
farmers, prepare recommendations and action plan
·        
Identify and recommend other technical extended
service providers along the value chains for Strategic partnerships.
·        
Identify capacity building needs and recommend
possible assistance for Microfinance and non-Microfinance partners within the
available resources.
·        
In charge of monitoring onsite and offsite the
performance of the Microfinance partners involved in Agricultural value chain
lending to ensure that they operate according to microfinance sound practices.
·        
Prepare and submit technical reports on the
performance of the partners Appraised/monitored to guide management decision
making.
·        
Actively contribute to ensuring that SMF EA Ltd
has a high portfolio quality at all times.
·        
Assist in providing technical support to Microfinance
and non-microfinance partners in areas where they performance gaps have been
identified.
·        
Prepare agriculture related reports as per
different stakeholder requests and agreements
·        
Offer technical support in the implementation
and revision of SMF EA Ltd’s policies and procedures together with tools to
appraise and monitor the performance and impact of the partners.
·        
Actively contribute to the Promotion of Social
Performance Management amongst all partners in the region.
·        
Perform any other business that may be assigned
to him from time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The Investment Officer must hold a good
University degree in Agribusiness Management/ BSc. Agriculture from a
recognized University.
·        
Possession of postgraduate qualifications in the
above fields is an added advantage.
·        
At least three years’ experience in operations
management function (specifically in Agriculture related) in a financial
institution.
·        
Extensive knowledge, skills and experience in
managing Agriculture lending operations and capacity building programmes at a
senior level in a credible financial institution.
·        
Good proactive team player
·        
Strong strategic thinker
·        
Training of trainers’ skills, consultancy
skills, strong and high level technical skills in operations management
supported by excellent understanding of Agriculture lending best practices at
both the local and international level is added advantage.
·        
The Investment Officer- Agriculture should be
conversant and ready to use various analytical tools to measure, evaluate and
interpret institutional performance at all levels.
·        
The Investment Officer-agriculture should have
capacity to work independently in developing and implementing action plans
guided by the company’s key strategic objectives with minimal supervision.
·        
Willingness to travel extensively within the
region
·        
Excellent communication, writing and
interpersonal skills.
·        
Age: Below 35 years.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications with copies of academic credentials, testimonials and a detailed
curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating contact details of 3(three) referees via email
to smfeaceo@stromme.org
Deadline: 15th
December 2016
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