Agricultural Economist NGO Jobs – Wageningen UR Uganda

Job Title:    Agricultural Economist
Organisation: Wageningen
UR Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Deputy
Chief of Party
About US:
Wageningen UR Uganda Ltd works
on processes of innovation and change through facilitating innovation,
brokering knowledge and supporting capacity development. Wageningen UR Uganda
is part of Wageningen University and Research, under the unit Centre for
Development Innovation. Wageningen UR Uganda is implementing a 4 year ISSD Plus
project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. The
programme aims to strengthen the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and
market-oriented seed sector that is able to address key challenges that hamper
the seed sector development such as seed quality assurance and availability of
foundation seed. The project is implemented in collaboration with the National
Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) for public varieties and food crops
and private sector for vegetable seed.
Job Summary: The Agricultural
Economist will coordinate the uptake of quality seed component of the ISSD plus
project and give sound economic analysis and advise for the EGS component and
QDS component of the ISSD Plus project.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the uptake of quality seed component
    of the ISSD Plus project, preparing annual, quarterly and monthly
    workplans and progress reports;
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data on
    the economics of early generation
    seed production in public and private institutes, provide sound
    economic analysis on the feasibility of sustainably producing EGS on a
    cost-recovery bases and provide policy recommendations on social and
    economic costs and benefits of the proposed solutions;
  • Collect qualitative and quantitative data on
    economics of certified seed and Quality Declared Seed production and
    marketing, provide sound economic analysis of the feasibility of
    sustainable institutionalising Quality Declared Seed system and provide
    sound policy recommendations based on
    social and economic costs and benefits of the proposed solutions.
  • Develop and pilot a sound strategy for
    commodity value chain integration of the seed value chains and commodity
    value chains for the different crops
    and varieties promoted by Local Seed Businesses, Map crop value
    chain actors and available quality grading for produces and specific
    varieties (literature review, linking with existing projects, and
  • Coordinate the facilitation of pilot innovations on diversification of local seed
    outlets of LSBs, and seasonal small seed markets attached to village
    markets and evaluate the effectiveness of these tools to increase farmer
    uptake of quality seed;
  • Coordinate the promotion of Quality Seed
    through Na
    tional media
    campaigns involving radio and TV, road shows, distribution of small seed
    samples with Do-It-Yourself testing protocols, and a Quality seed
    promotion partnership fund;
  • Contribute to the design of surveys and special
    studies across the zones a
    where necessary supervise field data collection;
  • Collaborate with Coordinators and zonal experts
    in conducting spot checking and routine monitoring of quality seed
    promotion activities, uptake of quality seed activities and value chain
    integration act
  • Engage with all key stakeholders, including
    public and private sector officials, donor and development partners, to
    strengthen and build on the several seed sector interventions in the
    country and maintain seed sector related networks at zonal and nation
    al level;
  • Support and mobilise stakeholders to come up
    with economically sound innovation projects that address bottlenecks in
    the seed sector;
  • Monitor innovation projects and document
    lessons learned from innovation projects, both process wise and res
    ult wise.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • Hold a MA degree in Agricultural Economics with
    experience in the agricultural sector
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience
  • Technical and proven experience in conducting
    agricultural economic a
    for food crops
  • Technical experience in managing quantitative
    and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills
    directly related to the work in the seed sector and/or with maize or
    legumes commodities
  • Excellent writing skills and capacity to produce high quality analytical
    reports and policy briefs
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in
    word processing, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, internet use and statistical
    packages like SPSS and STATA
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team, excellent interpersonal
    skills, analytical and attentive to detail;
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Uganda;
  • Previous experience in the Uganda seed sector
    is an added benefit.
How to Apply:
All suitably and qualified and
interested candidates should send their application letters and updated CVs
(max. 6 pages) to
NOT attach certificates or academic qualification.
Deadline: 4th March 2018
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