Enterprises Development Advisor UK Charity Careers – Self Help Africa

Organization: Self
Help Africa
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Programme
Manager (PM)
About US:
Self Help Africa
(SHA) is an International Non–Governmental Organisation implementing rural
development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in nine
countries in Africa. SHA’s vision is an economically thriving and resilient
rural Africa with a mission to support sustainable livelihoods for Uganda’s
smallholder farmers.
Job Summary:  The Enterprises Development Advisor (EDA) will
facilitate the establishment, nurturing and development of sustainable and
profitable agri-enterprise that are aligned to Self Help Africa enterprise
development programmes.  The EDA will
apply market system approaches to improve the competitiveness of agricultural
producers to respond to new and expanding market opportunities.  The EDA will enhance SHA Uganda’s ability to
deliver high impact market and enterprise development programming including:
assisting farmer’s organisations, such as farmer groups and cooperatives in
on-farm and off-farm business development; value chain development; developing
innovative financial inclusion models and approaches; brokerage of deals
between public and private sectors actors (PPPs) promoting inclusive
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support the
development of dynamic and inclusive SMEs that are aligned to Uganda Country
enterprise development programmes
  • Leading value chain and/or market analysis studies intended to
    support project design and/or implementation of ongoing projects.
  • Exploring and developing partnerships with public private sector
    actors to provide production and market services to smallholder 
  • Supporting Project Managers to facilitate farmer and producer
    organizations to evaluate market requirements and develop production plans
    responsive to market demands.
  • Facilitating market driven linkages between farmers, input/output
    dealers, and other value chain actors by establishing business
    relationships and facilitating deals (both formal and informal) which open
    new market channels for producers. 
  • Providing technical backstopping for the SMEs through provision of
    business development services (BDS) and linking SMEs to BDS services
  • Provide technical oversight on Farmers Organization business plan
    development  and
institutional and enterprise development for smallholders famers, including
off-farm and on-farm businesses
  • Map and lead surveys of farmer’s organizations to determine their
    strengths and weaknesses.
  • Contribute to the development and strengthening of farmers’
    organizations  and improve their
  • Conduct refresher and specialized trainings as needed with staff and
    partners and design necessary didactic materials (manuals, handouts etc.).
  • Conduct continuous market intelligence and assessments to inform
    programming including identification of sectors and value chains that have
    high potential to benefit the smallholder farmers
Facilitate access
to financial services for smallholder farmers
  • Facilitate the adaptation and operationalisation of rural financial
    inclusive model e.g. Rural SACCO (RuSACCO), Saving with a Productive
    Purpose (SWAPP) and Savings and Loan Associations (SLA) financial services
    model being advanced by SHA Uganda.
  • Identification and training of institutional and/or individual VSLA
    services facilitators and/or providers;
  • Monitoring and ensuring quality of VSLA services delivery to ensure
    it is accordance with adapted model;
  • Lead the documentation and sharing of lessons learnt on financial
    inclusive models
  • Explore and develop relationships with financial services providers
    to improve access to mainstream services by smallholders
  • Lead research initiatives on pro-poor financial services products
    and facilitate access to an adaptation of new financial services products
    to the target communities.
  • Undertake exploratory studies/analysis on a broad range of financial
    services products and their potential suitability for poor targeted by
    SHA’s work in the region;
  • Consider and facilitate transfer of standardised financial products
    (franchise-style) and/or adaptation and adoption of existing financial
    services products to poorer people targeted by Self Help Africa’s programs
    in the region;
  • Promoting new financial services products to enhance adoption; and,
  • Monitor product adoption rates for new or modified financial
    services products in the region.          
Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • With support from M&E Coordinator, ensure enterprises indicators
    related to SHA RBF  are integrated
    in projects, tracked and annually reported on.
  • Document and disseminate case studies, best practices on market
    development activities and lessons on working with private sector for
    innovative services
  • Conduct pilot studies and research relevant to the program and aimed
    at informing implementation and learning.
  • Support project managers with enterprise related data collection,
    analysis and reporting.
  • Keeping up-date with new knowledge and developments in inclusive
    businesses through on-line research and networking, and ensuring these
    development are understood and included in SHA Uganda’s work.         
Country office
strategy processes:
  • Actively participate in the strategic development of SHA Uganda’s
    CSP  as a senior member of the
    Programme Team
  • Contribute to the design of programmes and strategies in line with
    SHA’s mission, priorities and guidelines.
  • Support the Country Programme Team in fundraising, identifying new
    funding opportunities for project development
  • Support CD in development and operationalisation of Country Strategy
    Plans (CSP)
  • Assist and work with the Head of Programme and CD in new programme
    development; drawing up plans, concept papers, proposals, and budgets for
    new projects
  • Manage implementation of special 
    projects from time to time as assigned by the Head of Programmes,
  • Providing capacity development support relating to market
    development for SHA Uganda staff.      
Network and
Relationship building
  • Initiate and manage cooperative and productive linkages with
    external partners and the donor(s) by ensuring a high level of SHA
    visibility and branding according to donor guidelines
  • Support SHA partners to understand and practice ethical codes of
    conduct, that are in line with SHA’s own core values
  • Initiate and oversee strategies for engagement of civil society in
    policy formulation at local, regional and national levels, and support the
    implementation of agreed policy engagement initiatives
  • Participate in national or regional initiatives related to the
    project sector/theme and this could include planning and other action
    beyond the project level, and initiate collaboration in these areas with
    partners and other stakeholders, when appropriate.        

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective employee for the Self Help Africa (SHA) Enterprises
    Development Advisor (EDA) must hold a Bachelor’s degree (preferably Master
    degree) in Business Administration, Agribusiness, Economics, Agricultural
    Economics, Enterprise Development or related field,
  • Five years of working experience NGO, private sector or government,
    at technical level across development programmes focusing on any of the
    following fields: enterprise development, value chain development, value
    addition, pro-poor financial services, business management  or agri-business with strong private
    sector linkages,
  • Experience and knowledge in the design and implementation of both
    on-farm and off-farm enterprise development projects for individuals and
  • Experience with a wide range of stakeholder and partner management
    with national/regional companies; international agencies; community-based
    organizations; agribusinesses, etc. needed.
  • Working experience in agriculture, livestock, or the natural
    resources sectors, marketing with excellent analytical/problem-solving
    and  research skills,
  • High level skills and experience in writing donor proposals and
  • Skills in training/facilitation of development processes including
    organisation and mobilization of communities, enterprise development and
    networking among different development partners,
  • Strong skills in speaking and writing English with solid computer skills
    in Microsoft Word, Excel, power point and email.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of team across different cultures.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative
  • Ability to solve problems and take corrective action.
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards
    and practices,
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a filled application
form, download
, with a cover letter indicating 3 referees, two of whom should
have been direct supervisors to Please type
“Enterprises Development Advisor” – [your name]” in the subject line of the
Deadline: 27th July 2018
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