Lead Business Advisor, STRYDE Program Jobs – TechnoServe (TNS)

Job Title:          Lead Business Advisor, STRYDE
Organization: TechnoServe (TNS)
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Reports to: Team Leader
About US:
TechnoServe (TNS) is an international non-profit development
organization founded in 1968. Its mission is to help entrepreneurial men and
women break the cycle of poverty by building businesses that create jobs,
income, and economic opportunities for their families, their communities, and
their countries.
About STRYDE Program:
TechnoServe is implementing the second phase (August 2014 – July 2019)
of Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise Program (STRYDE), a
regional youth enterprise development program designed to enable 48,000 rural
youth aged 18 to 30 in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, have a more
successful transition into economically independent adulthood, increasing their
opportunity, ability and motivation to engage in income-generating activities.
The overall goal of the program is to sustainably improve the livelihoods of
rural youth and their households, ultimately helping them to become active
contributors and financially independent members of society. A key strategy of
the program is to deliver indirect training to the youth through partner
Vocational Training Institutions.
Job Summary: The Lead
Business Advisor, STRYDE will be responsible for timely and effective
implementation of project activities and achievement of a portion of the
project’s goal to train 13,000 rural youth to increase their productive
economic engagement in Uganda i.e. Arua and Amuru districts. The Business Advisor
will also be responsible for project planning and oversight, quality
implementation, supervision of youth trainers, and monitoring and evaluation of
project effectiveness.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Management:
  • Responsible for a portion of
    deliverables under STRYDE in Uganda, including specific outputs and
    outcomes as determined by coun
    try management;
  • Maintain
    project work plan and activity budget;
  • Ensure
    timeliness and quality of activity implementation;
  • Actively
    participate in regular team meetings to track implementation progress and
    share relevant program and administrative dat
  • Support
    the production of narrative reports;
  • Ensure
    the delivery of technical training packages is of high quality, is
    appropriate to the local context, and is effectively reaching
  • Train
    youth trainers and facilitate training session
    s, as needed;
  • Collect
    relevant data for monitoring and evaluation purposes;
  • Facilitate
    the mentoring of rural youth entrepreneurs to execute their business plans
    i.e. starting up and expanding their businesses.
Country Coordination and Personnel Management:
  • Supervise
    a team of youth trainers;
  • Provide
    support to youth trainers;
  • Establish
    and maintain strong working relationships with country management team;
  • Establish
    and maintain strong working relationships with trainers, sub-contractors,
    nment officials, other local stakeholders, and participants;
  • Interface
    with other country, regional, and HQ staff, as appropriate;
  • Ensure
    information is shared to the country project team;
  • Share
    best practices and lessons learned with team members;
  • Work
    with program staff to identify technical assistance needs at country
  • Understand,
    respect and promote TechnoServe’s values, vision, and strategy in the
    implementation of assigned duties.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in a business
    related study area from recognized college or university. Post graduate
    Diploma or part qualification of a professional course is an added
  • At least three years’ experience in a field directly related to agribusiness
    ment, youth development, or entrepreneurship in Uganda is
  • Previous
    experience working with International Non-governmental organization (INGO)
    or development agencies is an added advantage.
  • Experience
    working remotely.
Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies include:
  • Integrity
    and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual;
    presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps
    confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for
    personal gain
  • Team
    Work/ Relationships: Works co-operatively and flexibly with other members
    of the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team
    member and/or leader, to achieve a common goal. Ability to build and
    maintain effective relationship
    s and networks.
  • Learning
    attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn. Actively
    identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and
    skill appropriately.
  • Diversity/Inclusiveness:
    Demonstrates an understanding and
    appreciation for diversity and
    supports diversity efforts. Interacts effectively with and inclusively
    with people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions,
    ages, and genders.
  • Communication:
    Expresses ideas effectively in individual an
    d group situations.
    Listens effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts
    terminology, language and communication modes to the needs of the
    audience; ensures accurate understanding; acts in a way that facilitates
    open exchange of ideas and information; uses appropriate non-verbal
  • Decision
    making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyze situations, diagnose problems,
    identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of
    action and produce a logical, practical and
    acceptable solution. Is
    able to make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis, taking ownership
    of decisions, demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where
  • Results
    Oriented/ High Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts n
    to achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental
    goals. Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works
    persistently to overcome obstacles to goal achievement. Accomplishes tasks
    by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern
    for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks.
  • Planning
    & Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or
    others to accomplish a specific goal. Effectively plans, schedules, pr
    and controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources
    (people, material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals. Prioritizes
    work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job
    responsibilities; manages own time effectively.
  • Business
    Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and take
    decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.
  • Job Specific/Technical Competencies
  • Partnership/Donor
    ent: program staff should understand and apply techniques to
    develop, maintain and manage business relationships with clients, donors
    and internal or external partners in order to implement and manage
    projects and/or identify new business.
  • Financial
    & Re
    source Management: an important competency program staff
    must possess to enable them budget properly based on facts and change
    course when necessary, knowledge of finance to develop and manage budgets.
  • Innovative
    Mindset: program staff should know how to
    ask questions and seeks
    out information from multiple sources, learn from mistakes, and see change
    as an opportunity.
  • Analysis,
    Research, Report Writing: Experience in business planning and analysis,
    modeling for feasibility and execution. Able to analy
    ze and express
    oneself clearly in business writing.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover
letter and resume (CV) via Email only to the Human Resources Manager:
ug-jobs@tns.org. Please clearly indicate the position you are applying for in
the subject line of your email and on the application letter.
Deadline: 5th March 2018
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