Business Advisor US Non-profit Careers – Heifer International

Job Title:     Business Advisor
Organization: Heifer
International
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Country
Director 
About US:
Heifer
International, an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1944 in
the United States of America, works with resource constrained families in 125
countries worldwide to develop innovative solutions to the underlying causes of
hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.
About Learn4agribusiness:
Learn4agribusiness
is a three years initiative which will focus on setting up agribusiness hubs to
create employment opportunities for youths. The project will focus on combining
Educes’ expertise in market-oriented skills education methods with Heifer’s
experience in Values Based Holistic Community-based Development in agricultural
production systems and inclusive markets. With this approach, we will directly
enable 3,200 youth in Dakolo district, Northern Uganda to make a decent and
sustainable living in agricultural value chains.
Job Summary: The
Business Advisor (BA) will work closely with the Project Manager (PM) and project
staff /officers, to provide leadership to business development activities to
increase the overall level of competitiveness of the selected value chains
within the project area. S/he will be responsible for the oversight of
field-based business development activities. S/he will collaborate with farmer
Producer Organizations (POs), off takers, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Private
Sector and regulatory bodies/ boards to enhance value-chain actors’ benefits
and leverage service delivery at each level of contact with both farmers and
customers. S/he will also work closely with private sector players (processors,
input suppliers, financial service providers), government agencies and
development partners to design and implement appropriate business development
interventions that improve the business performance of the POs, SHGs and
individual farmers within the project area.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Ensure setup of
Agribusiness Hubs and Sustainability (40%)
·        
Ensure
that Producer Organization (POs) in the project area operate as profitable
entities through increased crop production, and provision of business
development services to increase the value proposition of the POs to farmers
and improve farmer loyalty.
Capacity Building
of POs and DIGs on Leadership and governance. (30%)
·        
Ensure
POs in the project area have viable business focus, with strong leadership,
management, and succession systems, in an environment of transparency and
ownership
Employ Social
Capital Development (SCD) as a foundation for strong and sustainable hubs (20%)
·        
Increased
membership and commodity supply at the hub level by mobilizing farmers into
SHGs using the SCD approach.
·        
Support
input suppliers, community facilitators and Community Agro Entrepreneurs (CAES)
to provide inputs and services to farmers and enhance adoption of productivity
enhancing technologies.
·        
Improved
leadership and governance at SHGs and POs to ensure of trainings and practices
of the12 Cornerstones, Participatory Self Review and Planning (PSRP), Trainer
of Trainers (TOT), Gender and saving and credit.
·        
Ensure
increased women participation as shareholders, leaders and suppliers at SHGs
and PO level (by at least 30%)
Planning, reporting
and documentation (10%)
·        
Business
performance and progress reports developed and shared each month to the Project
Manager for d submission to the Country office and review with the PO boards.
·        
Participate
in project team and national business meetings, to help plan, and deliver on
the project objectives as appropriate.
·        
Participate
in learning forums at District and regional level, and best practices
documented and shared.
Key Result Areas: 
·        
Ensure
that the Producer Organization ( POs) within the project area have an efficient
and functional commodity supply chain by establishing collection
centers/points.
·        
Support
POs to identify potential priority areas of investment and develop business
strategies/plans that will address the commodity value chain for the PO
·        
Partnerships
developed with key stakeholders in the selected commodity value chains
including contracts with off takers, input suppliers, financial service
providers, government agencies and development partners among others to ensure
farmers have access to the necessary inputs and services to increase production
and productivity
·        
Ensure
that Self Help Groups(SHGs) and POs have access to inputs, services and markets
that are important to increase production, productivity and incomes.
·        
Ensure
POs have functional systems and structures including the requisite policies and
standard operating procedures
·        
Support
the establishment and/or strengthening of at least one apex body to provide
services to the member POs.
·        
Ensure
POs have developed strategic and operational plans and, understand holistically
the specific commodity value chain landscape and the key drivers of growth. The
focus to be on taking a quantum leap in commodity marketing, and production
enhancing services so that the POs are a catalyst in the commodity development
of the cluster.
·        
Improved
governance, financial and management skills of PO board and management through
the design and delivery of business related training programs.
·        
POs roll
out Business and Saving & Credit training modules for SHGs and farmers.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·        
The
applicant for the Heifer International Business Advisor job placement must hold
a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture Economics,
Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other
related field,
·        
At least
two (2) years field and technical experience with commercial sector,
agribusiness development in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain
competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development.
·        
Experience
working with farmer group programs.
·        
Significant
experience in building public/private partnerships, preferably in the
agricultural sector.
·        
Strong
consumer marketing, financial analysis and management skills.
·        
Strong
hands on experience in managing or providing technical support to producer
organisations.
·        
Knowledge
of M4P approach
·        
Experience
in supporting and monitoring field-based programs.
·        
Excellent
command of Report writing, analysis and presentation skills using Word, Excel
and PowerPoint.
·        
Track
record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships.
·        
Ability
to generate innovative solutions in work situations.
·        
Clear
understanding of the cereal value chain.
·        
Knowledge
of enterprise development, market systems approach and linkages to poverty
alleviation.
·        
Strong
interpersonal management skills.
·        
Excellent
oral and written communication skills
·        
Excellent
organizational skills.
·        
Proficient
knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail
(Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet.
·        
Demonstrated
proficiency in English and other local languages, both oral and written.
·        
Innovative,
analytical, and solutions oriented.
·        
Preparing
and presenting documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior
attention to detail.
·        
Ability
to understand, appreciate and implement Heifer’s Value Based Holistic Community
Development.
·        
Demonstrated
creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to
incorporate innovative solutions.
·        
Quantitative
and qualitative approaches to evaluation and ability to communicate MLE
concepts clearly with leadership, partners, and staff at all levels.
·        
Willingness
and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use
participatory management skills with junior and senior staff.
·        
Willingness
and ability to travel extensively throughout project area.
·        
May
require constant sitting; working at a computer and focusing for extended
periods of time and performing office environment activities while on the road
and/or in remote conditions.
·        
Working
with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
·        
Ability
to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting
sometimes inflexible deadlines.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below
Deadline: 25th May 2018
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