Project Officer (Crops) Job Placements – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

Job Title:   Project Officer (Crops) 
Organization: Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries
Duty Station: Entebbe ,Uganda
Reports to: National Project Coordinator
Salary: Attractive
About US:
The Government of Uganda under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal
Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is implementing the third phase of the China
Uganda South to South Cooperation Project (SSCP3); with support from the
People’s Republic of China (PRC). Through technology, skills and knowledge
Transfer from China to Uganda, the overall goal of the project is to upscale
and commercialize specific value chains for increased exports.
Job Summary: The Project Officer (Crops) (PO-C) will be overseeing
the successful planning and implementation of the crop related component
activities under the project.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Guide and lead the implementation of all
    crop related activities under the project
  • Ensure implementation, management and
    timely production of the crop related component reports in compliance with
    the project documents and standard procedures
  • Initiate, promote and broker linkages
    between the key actors in the project target value chains, such as
    processors and traders, input suppliers and farmer organizations and other
    producer organizations and services such as research, extension and
    quality control
  • Liaise closely with the other project
    components to ensure coordinated implementation of the annual work-plans
    and budgets
  • Oversee the performance of relevant
    service providers for extension, research, value chain development, and
    others
  • Provide technical guidance and
    backstopping on the identified project value chain development activities
  • Participate in collection, analysis,
    storage and dissemination of targeted value chain data, as foreseen in the
    results framework such as for input supply, production, processing,
    trading, and export
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation
    of the project
  • Evaluate training needs for project
    beneficiaries in all areas of targeted crop value chains development such
    as agribusiness development, agronomy, quality and post-harvest management
    through regular consultations with other professionals, relevant
    institutions and stakeholders
  • Liaise with policy makers in MAAIF and
    other relevant ministries on lessons learnt from project execution
  • In close collaboration with all project
    implementing entities, compile project progress reports, work plans and
    budgets
  • Perform any other relevant duties as may
    be instructed by the Supervisor.



Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal applicant must hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture (Crop Science option) or related field
    from a recognized university
  • A post-graduate qualification in Crop
    Science, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, or any other
    related discipline
  • At least 3 years’ experience in working
    with government or private sector in agriculture development projects
  • Good knowledge of participatory
    approaches for multi-stake holder and community-based activity planning,
    budgeting and accountability
  • Good understanding of field crop
    agronomy, post-harvest, processing and general value chain development
  • Knowledge of commercial strategies for
    agricultural commodities would be an advantage
  • A professional of high standing with
    strong leadership and communication, facilitation and team building skills
  • Good knowledge of computer applications
    particularly MS Excel, Word, Access and Power point
  • Excellent report writing skills
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should address their applications to the Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, P. O. Box
102, Entebbe. Applicants should also attach their curriculum vitae, academic
certificates, appointment letters as evidence of working experience where
applicable and two referees, one of whom must be a current or previous
employer.
Deadline: 25th October 2019.
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