Agribusiness Market Linkages Officer NGO Job Careers – World Vision International

Organisation: World
Vision International
Reports to: 
Project Manager
Duty Station: 
Uganda
About US:
World Vision Uganda
is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World
Vision is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people
whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is
conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks,
including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child,
Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every Heart, the will to make it so.”
   
Job Summary:   The Agribusiness Market Linkages Officer will
be tasked with supervision and capacity building of Market Facilitators,
senior-level engagement with private sector businesses including in Kampala and
elsewhere in Uganda as needed. The Agribusiness Market Linkages Officer will
coordinate and support linkage between farmers and the market. The coordinator
will identify right market for the products of the farmers and help them set up
their businesses and through mentoring focus on developing commercial
capacities of the farmers towards becoming professional business entrepreneurs.
He/she will discover opportunities for contract farming or linkage of farmers
with BDS providers, processors and exporting companies. The coordinator will
work directly and closely with the Senior Project Officer, Technical
coordinator Livelihood, Project Manager and project officers, District Local
Government, (District Commercial Officer and Community Development Officers),
local NGOs and other stakeholders.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
General;
  • Work with buyers to clarify their specific needs and help farmers to
    communicate with these buyers to plan concrete and successful completion
    of transaction
  • Work with quality input suppliers to clarify their specific
    procedures of procurements and help farmers to communicate with these
    input suppliers to plan and concrete successful completion of transaction
  • Work with banks and MFIs to clarify specific requirement for
    loan/financial services and help farmers to communicate with these buyers
    to plan and concrete successful completion of transactions
Producer’s Associations:
  • Find markets and buyers for commodity produced by POs
  • Facilitate transactions and signing of contracts between PAs and
    private sector
  • Support the flow of commodities to aggregation centers and develop
    PAs bulking systems
  • Support farmers to buy and bulk inputs from licensed input suppliers
  • Help PAs develop a sound business system including setting up of
    financial records, bulking and sales records, warehouse records and sound
    governance (meeting, election etc) and financial viability (revenue
    generating systems)
  • Ensure PAs have a viable business plan
  • Conduct value-chain studies for PA’s commodities and work to remove
    constraints to link PAs to market
  • Work towards ensuring PAs have access to formal loan
  • Develop sustainability plan for PAs
  • Compile reports on bulking and collective sales
  • Increase PAs to meet high quality and quantity products including
    linkage to contract farming
  • Support PAs to be connected to regional or national networks
  • Develop and maintain a database of key market actors that can be used
    to further transactions
Competitive
Support:
  • Find market for products by the farmers including contract farming
  • Increase the capacity of the farmers to adopt high value, export
    standard and space saving enterprises
  • Provide consistent and regular business support, mentoring and
    follow up to enterprises including production support to ensure a
    successful enterprise
  • Support successful business set up including setting up financial
    records, business plan, dividend policy and profit and loss statement
  • Conduct regular scoping of business, identify gaps and take measures
    to fill the gaps to reduce business mortality
  • Support enterprises to have access to loan to ensure expansion or
    diversification
  • Support enterprises to have access to input
  • Identify opportunities for farm based value addition of products and
    provide instant training to farmers
Work-planning and
reporting:
  • Actively facilitate the translation of intervention strategies into
    action plans with concrete activities targets and timeframes
  • Work closely with the Livelihood Coordinator; support the project
    teams to prepare realistic annual and quarterly work plan output
  • Work in liaison with Livelihood Coordinator, compile and submit
    timely quarterly and annual reports on Local Seed Business development
Child Protection
and Wellbeing
  • Monitor the wellbeing and child abuse cases and report any incidents
    in line with child protection policy and guidelines
  • Work with local leaders to protect children from child violations
    and abuses
  • Sensitize children including most vulnerable, guardians/parents and
    other stakeholders about children’s rights and responsibilities.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the World Vision Agribusiness Market Linkages
    Officer job placement should preferably hold a degree in Agribusiness,
    Business/Agricultural Marketing, Market Research or relevant field.
  • At least three years of professional work experience in livelihood
    humanitarian/ development work including in displacement setting.
  • Previous experience in project managing and coordinating people from
    a variety of backgrounds.
  • Have excellent research, data collecting, and analytical skills.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
    and Madi local language spoken in the area.
  • Must have proficiency in computers, email, Microsoft Word, Excel,
    and PowerPoint.
  • Have excellent time management and organizational skills; ability to
    prioritize and execute.
  • Possess skills or openness to working with others from different
    cultures.
  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to work and communicate
    well in a team
  • Have knowledge of or desire to learn about permaculture and agro
    ecology
  • Competence in agro business planning, development and profitability
    analysis
  • Ability to work in a harsh working environment
  • Sensitivity towards emerging conflict in refugee settings
  • Good communication, writing, negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Good computer skills: Ms Excel, Ms Word
  • Self-motivator, having the ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to work in an innovative environment where plans are
    developed fast and open for change
  • Ability and skills to support activities where both refugee and host
    communities are involved
  • Able to ride a motorcycle with a valid driving/riding license
  • Preferably knowledge of Madi, Arabic or other relevant local
    language
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Practicing accountability and integrity.
  • Communicating information effectively
  • Thinking clearly, deeply and broadly.
  • Understanding the Humanitarian Industry.
  • Practicing innovation and change
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting World Vision
International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.
Please follow
instructions on How to Create Account and Profile at World Vision’s
e-recruitment portal.  Qualified female candidates are particularly
encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 27th August 2019
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