Market Engagement Manager (Commercialising Chilli Production) UK NGO Jobs – Farm Africa

Organization: Farm
Africa
Funding Source: aBi Trust
Duty Station: Lira,
Uganda
Reports to: Project
Coordinator – CCP
About US:
Farm Africa is an
international non-governmental organization working to end hunger and bring
prosperity to rural Africa. We work to increase the incomes and improve food
security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest
dwellers in East Africa. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our
interventions are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic
integration of market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our
ability to scale our interventions cost-effectively. Farm Africa has the
ambition to be the leading European NGO specialising in Agriculture, Natural
Resource Management and Market Engagement.
About aBi Trust Project:
aBi Trust recently
awarded Farm Africa and the North East Chilli Producers Association (NECPA)
funding for a three-year project focused on creating a more competitive and
profitable chilli value chain within Lira, northern Uganda to capitalise on
growing international demand for varieties of Ugandan African Birds Eye (ABE)
dried chillies. The project will strengthen the technical capacity of NECPA and
their extension team to support market- orientated chilli production across
their entire area of operation. Key project activities will include; delivering
an enhanced extension package to 3,000 (120 groups of 25) chilli farmers in
Aromo, Barr and Amach sub-counties; reforming input supply within Aromo, Barr
and Amach sub-counties to ensure there is an adequate flow of high-quality
inputs to service growing demand from farmers; supporting NECPA to obtain the
proper certification and licencing required in order to begin accessing and
selling their farmers’ chillies directly into high-value export markets. At the
same time, the project will promote greater inclusivity within the value chain,
encouraging female and youth led production by educating on gender
mainstreaming and creating new enterprise opportunities.
Job Summary:  The Market Engagement Manager (MEM) will play
a key role in Commercialising Chilli Production (CCP) team, and will be
critical to the success of the project. The MEM will be responsible for
providing technical assistance to our implementing partner, NECPA, and
supporting them to organise 3,000 farmers to meet the demands of the export
market for ABE chillies. In addition, the MEM will support NECPA to achieve the
necessary certifications to enter premium organic and export markets. The MEM
will work with stakeholders in the wider ABE chilli value chain to ensure the
availability of affordable, high-quality inputs for ABE chilli farmers in Lira
district. The role is based in Farm Africa’s Lira office, and reports to the
Project Coordinator. They MEM will also receive technical support from Farm
Africa’s Technical Manager for Markets & Value Chains, based in London.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
To provide ongoing
technical assistance (TA) and guidance to NECPA including:
·        
Supporting
NECPA to formalise & strengthen their extension services and better
orientated them to market demands. In particular:
·        
With
support from Farm Africa’s Technical Manager for Markets & Value Chains
(TMM&V), carry out market and demand mapping for ABE chillies.
·        
Development
of an extension service strategy and plan.
·        
Strengthening
NECPA’s training on market-orientated planning and production for producer
groups by:
·        
Supporting
NECPA to develop annual and long-term production plans, and break them down
into individual farmer group targets
·        
Working
with the NECPA team to develop group level production planning tools M
Supporting NECPA and their extension team to disseminate production planning
tools and engage their member farmers in market-orientated production.
·        
Providing
the NECPA team with practical support and guidance with registering as an
export company
·        
Working
with the NECPA team to support NECPA and their member to farmers gain the
certifications required for premium markets M Supporting the NECPA to grow
their existing seed selection and multiplication activities in line with market
demand, and in particular:
o   To develop a demand forecasting model for key
seed varieties
o   To develop a seed production plan and
strategy
o   To carry out a formal review and assessment
of the existing NECPA seed distribution model, and identify new agribusinesses
to stock optimal seed varieties
o   For sale to farmers outside of the NECPA
network
·        
Working
with the NECPA team to ensure that young people engaged in producing inputs
such as drying racks and organic pesticides and fertilisers are benefitting
from the local growing demand for their products
To play a key role
in activity planning and sequencing of activities to ensure maximum impact as
well as compliance with donor deadlines, which will include:
·        
Working
in close consultation with the PC to prepare weekly and monthly detailed
activity plans to guide project implementation by both FA & NECPA.
·        
Ensuring
colleagues and partner staff are clear on project plans and required resources
during planning
·        
Providing
technical advice to the PC and NECPA management team, to assist them with the
development of weekly, monthly and annual implementation plans and budgets
·        
Working
closely with the NECPA team to ensure that delivery progress is in line with
plans, highlighting areas of concern in a timely manner and proactively addressing
them in good time.
To deliver project
activities to a high standard, and in line with Farm Africa and donor
guidelines and requirements by:
·        
Ensuring
the methodologies for each activity are clearly understood by the Farm Africa
and NECPA project teams and delivered according to Farm Africa Approaches.
·        
Ensuring
that project activities are implemented and outputs achieved as planned and
within budget and timelines that have been contractually agreed with the donor
·        
Ensuring
that accurate and detailed records are kept of activities delivered by both
Farm Africa and NECPA teams and extension staff, and logged using GPS devices
as stipulated by the donor
·        
Participating
in quarterly programme progress review sessions as requested
·        
Proactively
identify and monitor any risks to non-delivery and, where required, developing
and implementing action plans to address issues identified;
·        
Providing
high-quality inputs for internal and external reports to show delivery progress
in assigned areas
To deliver assigned
activities in accordance with financial guidelines and within available budgets
by:
·        
Closely
monitoring expenditure on all relevant activity lines, ensuring that
availability of funds is confirmed and approved before delivery of an activity
begins
·        
Supporting
the Project Accountant & Administrator (PA&A) and PC with budgeting and
reforecasting budgets as required
·        
Ensuring
that all expenditure incurred is in compliance with and exceeds the basic
standards contained in the Farm Africa finance procedures manual and is in line
with the requirements outlined in the aBi Financial Management Guidelines
·        
Reviewing
budget monitoring reports, and provide timely explanations and corrective
actions for any significant variances relating to the market engagement
components of the project
·        
Ensuring
that procurement of goods and services is carried out in line with Farm Africa
procedures and also follows the terms and conditions stipulated in the donor’s
Financial Management Guidelines
To contribute to
the monitoring and evaluation of the project’s outputs, outcomes and impact:
·        
As
requested and required, ensure that KPI data is accurately gathered on a
monthly basis using correct tools approved by aBi.
·        
Ensure
that any activities delivered by the Farm Africa and NECPA teams are logged
using GPS devices provided by the donor, and in line with the donor
requirements
To establish and
maintain mutually beneficial partnerships and working relationships with
stakeholders, including:
·        
Establishing
and maintaining and excellent working relationship with the NECPA management team
based on mutual respect and joint goals.
·        
Establishing
and maintaining an excellent working relationship with the NECPA extension team
·        
Identifying
key stakeholders across the chilli value chain and proactively building
relationships with them, in particular agro-input dealers in Lira district and
others directly engaged in the project
·        
Identifying
potential markets and buyers and brokering relationships between them and NECPA
·        
Working
closely with the NECPA team to support them with building relationships with
financial service suppliers, participating in workshops and conferences, and
meeting donors and other officials when required
To play an active
role as a member of the both the wider project and country teams
·        
Working
in a cohesive way with the wider CCP team to ensure that project objectives and
outcomes are delivered
·        
As
requested, providing technical input to support with developing new projects or
securing additional funding for work in the chilli value chain
·        
Ensuring
that any lessons learned during implementation are documented and built into
future project design, and shared with other Farm Africa project teams
·        
These
essential functions are not to be interpreted as a complete statement of all
duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related
duties as required. All work responsibilities are subject to having performance
goals and/or targets established.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·        
The ideal
candidate for the Farm Africa Market Engagement Manager (Commercialising Chilli
Production) job must hold Degree or equivalent in in a relevant field, such as
agricultural economics, rural development, business or economics
·        
Demonstrable
understanding of private sector agriculture value chains and rural development
in Uganda
·        
Excellent
understanding of market-based approaches to development and particularly
approaches which encourage greater participation of women and youth
·        
Experience
·        
At least
three years’ experience of working with a commercial organisation or INGO
working with smallholder farmers
·        
Direct
experience of formalising smallholder supply chains, or supporting
agribusinesses to do the same
·        
Experience
of supporting private sector organisations to identify and enter new markets
·        
Experience
of designing production planning tools for smallholder farmers, and overseeing
their deployment in the field.
·        
Experience
of carrying out market analysis and demand planning
·        
Experience
of supporting SMEs to develop business plans and access finance, or directly
doing so in a commercial company
·        
Experience
of using a range of tools to monitor delivery of activities and project
outcomes and impact
Desirable
·        
Further
relevant academic qualification in the area of agricultural economics, rural
development, business or economics
·        
Experience
of working in Lango sub-region and northern Uganda
·        
Knowledge
and understanding of the chilli value chain in Uganda and key dynamics and
stakeholders within it
·        
Experience
of working on aBi-funded projects
·        
Experience
of working within the chilli (ideally) or other horticultural value chains
·        
Experience
of supporting Ugandan businesses to enter the international export market, and
gain the necessary licences
·        
Experience
of providing hands-on business development support to small and/or micro
enterprises


Skills & abilities
·        
Excellent
written and oral communication and presentation skills with the ability to work
with both Government, CSOs and Private Sector stakeholders.
·        
Ability
to broker relationships between different stakeholders in the value chain
·        
Excellent
training/facilitation skills and experience
·        
Fluent
written and spoken English
·        
Adept in
Microsoft Windows including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
·        
Excellent
network and excellent relationship with government partners
·        
Ability
and willingness to travel both regionally and nationally
·        
Good
knowledge of Windows including Outlook, Excel, and Power Point
Desirable
·        
Negotiating
& managing partner relationships
·        
Experience
in leading teams in problem solving
·        
Fluency
in Langi/Luo


How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their updated CVs, salary histories and a two-page supporting
statement demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements
outlined in the person specification to ugandarecruitment@farmafrica.org
Deadline: Friday 1st February 2019 – 5.00pm EAT

NB: Please DO NOT
send additional documents such as certificates and references with your
application. Shortlisted candidates ONLY will be required to provide these
documents during the interview process. 
Interviews are expected to take place w/c 11th February 2019 at Farm
Africa’s country office in Kampala. Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.
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