Cluster Coordinator US Non-profit Careers – Heifer International

Job Title:     Cluster
Organization: Heifer
Duty Station: 
About US:
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.
Job Summary:  The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program
(EAYIP) Cluster Coordinator, under the guidance of the EAYIP Social Capital and
Cluster Manager, will provide leadership on hub business and technical guidance
to the business operations of the agricultural value chain enterprises in the
Cluster for the EAYIP. S/he will ensure increased production and productivity
in the agribusinesses which are the key outcome of the project. Leading and
working through a team of Cluster personnel and other consortium Staff. S/ he
will provide technical guidance and support to producer organization boards,
staff and farmers on Agricultural enterprise production and productivity
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Effectiveness (50%)
  • Lead the Cluster team including consortium staff to develop
    practical strategies to increase income production and productivity within
    the respective cluster through use of relevant input on poultry,
    horticulture, staple crops, animal health & husbandry, feed/nutrition,
    water management system etc.
  • Lead the development of a farm business model as a profitable
    sustainable and growth proposition to smallholder farmer, which could be
    used to replicate and advise interested farmers particularly youth to
    adopt dairy, poultry, horticulture, staple crops farming.
  • Lead and support the Cluster team in designing a system and
    implement plans to support Producer organizations to setup robust business
    leadership extension systems and link producer organizations to input and
    service providers.
  • Support the design and implementation of appropriate curricula to
    help the cluster office plan and implement training programs that relate
    to the poultry, horticulture, staple crops farming and dairy enterprise
  • With the guidance of the Social Capital and Cluster Manager, design
    and lead systems to streamline gender and youth activities which promote
    production and productivity within the cluster.
  • Lead the Cluster team in designing a program that can select and
    support the development of model farms and put in place strategies to
    upscale adoption of productivity enhancement technologies.
Management and
Compliance (30%)
  • Working closely with the Regional Monitoring, Learning and
    Evaluation (MLE) Manager: and MLE Officer to create, execute and monitor
    action plans to support Cluster office value chains namely poultry,
    horticulture & livestock data bases at youth farmer business
    associations with a view of the enterprises to use the data for improving
    management and profitability of the enterprises.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and procedures of
Partnership and
Engagement (20%)
  • Coordinate cluster team and external partnerships to bring best farm
    practice to the project.
  • Provide leadership to the Cluster team in strategy development and
    creative initiatives to nurture and build linkages between producer
    organizations, local governments, private sector Business Development
    Services (BDS) providers and other development players.
  • Represent EAYIP in various local stakeholder meetings, workshops,
    conferences and shared learning events.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness,
    Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Animal science or other related
    field, with five (5) years’ managerial experience in Entrepreneurship
    development, Business Development and management, Agricultural production,
    Agricultural value chain management, agriculture development with at least
    three (3) years’ experience of how cooperatives work.
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture Economics, Business Administration,
    Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Development or other related field or a
    related field, plus at least five (5) years’ experience in value chain
    competitiveness, crop and/or Livestock production management with a
    background in Agricultural enterprise development and management.
  • Experience in developing private public partnerships especially at
    country level working in matrix reporting environment.
  • Possess the experience and ability to articulate Agriculture as a
    financial viable business proposition at both the farm and producer
  • Clear understanding of the Agricultural value chain and Heifer’s
    Value based model.
  • Proven team leadership, project management, motivational and
    supervisory skills with ability to train and work cooperatively with a
    diverse staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing
    good/best practices in Agricultural value chain development that reaches
    youth, and underprivileged.
  • Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically,
    willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions and design
    catalytic activities within the production dairy value chain (e.g. the
    concept of business development services provision).
  • Demonstrated experience in setting robust and sustainable extension
    systems for producer organizations. This requirement is in line with the
    need to have built-in exit strategies within the project as a measure of
    ensuring that there are self-sustaining businesses by project’s end.
  • Having a business approach to dairy farmer with a passion for farmer
    development and being completely farmer centric.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in facilitating development of
    farm-level business plans and feasibility studies including the
    computation of the associated key financial ratios and benchmarks.
  • Experience in implementing supply promotion/ stimulation strategies
    in the context of dairy sub-sector and other agricultural sub-sectors
  • Computer literacy, including facility with Word, Excel, and other
    relevant Microsoft Office Suite applications, as well as any other
  • Proficient in communicating in English and local languages in
    Eastern Uganda, oral and written.
How to Apply:
Persons who meet the
specific job requirements for the position above should send their cover letter
with a Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating two professional referees to:
Deadline: 18th February 2019 by 5.00pm
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