Business Development Officer International NGO Jobs – Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Job Title:      Business
Development Officer
Organisation: Action
Against Hunger (ACF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
About US:
Action Against
Hunger (ACF) is an International Humanitarian NGO which has been in existence
for over thirty years. ACF has been implementing Food Security and Livelihoods,
Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in the Lango, Acholi, West
Nile and Karamoja regions of Northern Uganda.
Job Summary:  The Business Development Officer will steer
the development of commercial opportunities for farmers in the Cassava, Chia,
vegetables, soap and mushroom value chains and train farmers and farmer
organizations in agribusiness development and marketing. The job holder will
have a strong micro finance back ground to develop and grow savings groups to
commercial business. The post requires an individual with solid expert
knowledge of marketing, micro finance and out- grower supply chains in a
commercial setting.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Technical Support
  • Establish the needs of the Cassava,
    chia, selected vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs in the project locations
    and identify key market players who can be linked to the project.
  • Work closely with the program manager to
    identify key business targets, develop and deliver a plan to create
    opportunities and to achieve those targets including income, production
    and productivity targets.
  • Provide capacity development training
    and support to the project in Kiryandongo and Adjumani Districts to
    effectively mobilize and deliver agri-business development services to
    beneficiaries (social mobilizing, identification of interest groups,
    business planning, and strengthening market linkages).
  • Support the PM and DPM to identify key
    stakeholders involved in the value chain (agro dealers, agro processors,
    transporter, middle men, finance services provider, governmental technical
    services, professional organization. Conduct discussions with all
    stakeholders and identify area of supports to develop linkages and
    collaborative way of working.
  • Coordinate relevant stakeholders and
    service providers to deliver trainings to project beneficiaries such as
    financial literacy trainings, agriculture loans, inputs, quality control
    and management, etc.
  • Review existing information in the
    projects and provide training on identified markets and viable
    opportunities in the Cassava, chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs
    value chains.
  • Ensure there is up-to-date information
    about market in the Cassava, chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs
    value chains and conduct analysis of trends in these value chains:
    identify critical co-nstraints and promising opportunities in order to
    improve the functioning of the five value chains, thereby improving access
    to markets.
  • Participate in developing business plans
    and training programme, and conduct training to the farmer groups and
    individual farmers on-farm support and IGA
  • Conduct market studies and advise on
    best implementation strategies that would ensure that targeted farmers and
    farmer groups have profitable agribusiness ventures.
  • Develop a sustainable marketing
    structure, including an umbrella commodity marketing associations to
    enhance market access
Capacity Building:
  • Develop training manuals per thematic
    area, and Participate in the training of beneficiaries per the project
    requirements.
  • Work with the FSL team and Program
    Manager to train the groups on business planning and develop bankable
    business plans for all farmer groups and individual replicators.
  • In liaison with the Programme Manager
    (PM) organize and supervise all project capacity development activities.
  • Develop strategic linkages with other
    value chain actors with a view of creating synergistic
    partnerships/collaborations that would be beneficial to the farmers’agri-business
    enterprises
  • Recommend relevant improvements in the
    agri-business enterprises that would enable the groups realize better
    returns on their investments.
Assessment and
reporting:
  • Participate in beneficiary profiling,
    beneficiary registration, and base line-end line assessments in FSL
    activities.
  • Participate in all project review
    assessments, surveys and studies and ensure these are conducted per
    protocol.
  • Conduct monthly periodic reviews and
    report to ensure that all business plans are adhered to and the
    entrepreneurial capacity of the beneficiaries is enhanced
  • Document and compile reports on project
    activities including Monthly & Quarterly donor reports, Action Against
    Hunger internal reports (Project Activity Reports (APRs), SITREP) and activity
    reports (meetings, and any other activity).
  • Support the establishment of a database
    for all project activities to regularly monitor and evaluate their
    activities.
  • Oversee reporting on project progress,
    success stories and lessons learned during project implementation.
  • Conduct trend of food security and
    nutrition analyses of the refugee influx and host community and give
    recommendations on how Action Against Hunger can better position itself.
Staff Management
& Supervision:
  • Ensure that staff/persons (Community
    Based Facilitators, Field Supervisors, demo site leaders) are effectively
    engaged in their tasks and perform their duties according to Action
    Against Hunger expectation.
  • Ensure that staffs under your
    supervision develop quarterly activity work plans and adhere to them.
  • Identify training needs of Field
    Supervisors and Community Facilitators and suggest an appropriate training
    plan.
  • Conduct detailed induction and
    orientation of new staff under your supervision ensuring that all relevant
    documents and tools of work are shared with new staff
  • Set probationary objectives with new
    staff and follow reviews are done in time for timely support
Coordination &
Representation:
  • Participate in appropriate
    multi-district activities related to FSL for example; field days,
    workshops, seminars, agricultural shows, and field monitoring visits.
  • Mobilize communities and community
    leaders to participate in Action Against Hunger project in community
    activities and organize regular community meetings to address areas for program
    improvement.
  • Work closely with relevant district
    departments (Production & Natural resources) and NARO to share
    relevant information.
  • Participate in internal and external
    meetings per the PM guidance.
  • As delegated by the PM, respond to
    complaints and questions on related to Agribusiness, marketing, micro
    finance and value chain analysis.
  • Actively participate in events organized
    in the refugee and host community setting.
  • Coordinate with other sections of Action
    Against Hunger and all other stakeholders in the response.
  • As delegated by the PM, attend
    interagency & sectoral coordination meetings at the settlements and
    District level.
  • Attend donor meetings and field visits
    as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the PM from
    time to time.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Action
    Against Hunger (ACF) Business Development Officer job opportunity should
    hold a Bachelor’s degree (honors) in Agribusiness Management/Agricultural 
    Economics/Commerce/Business
    Administration/ Micro finance management from a recognized university or
    any other relevant field.
  • Three years of work experience in
    agribusiness development or agribusiness marketing
  • Knowledge and practical experience in
    value chain development.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in
    public private partnerships.
  • Previous work experience with farmer
    organizations.
  • Experience in smallholder farmer
    agribusiness capacity development
  • Knowledge of the agribusiness sector in
    Uganda
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their handwritten applications
which should include ONLY a cover letter, CV (not more than 4 pages) with at
least three referees and a daytime telephone contract. For email applications
please note that attached documents should not be larger than 2MBs. All
documents should be zipped in one folder. Any email larger than 2MBs will not
be considered. Please send your email application to:
recruitment@ug-actionagainsthunger.org mentioning “BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
– SIDA” in the subject line.
Deadline:  18th May 2018
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