Business Skills Officer NGO Careers – Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI)

Job Title:   Business Skills Officer  
Organization:  Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI)
Duty Station:   
Uganda
Reports to: WPDI
Country Coordinator
About US:
Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is an
international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded by artist, social
activist, and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation Forest
Whitaker, with the goal of helping fragile communities affected by conflict,
fragility and vulnerability transform into peaceful, resilient and productive
communities. To achieve this objective in line with the Sustainable Development
Goals proclaimed by the United Nations, WPDI empowers young women and men from
vulnerable and fragile places as peace leaders and agents of positive
transformation in their countries and communities. An ambitious organization,
WPDI collaborates with a range of local and international, public and private
partners to pursue its mission.
Job Summary:  The Business Skills Officer will manage the
business and entrepreneurship skills component of WPDI programs in Karamoja.
This includes in particular the Business Boot Camp, a facility designed by WPDI
to incubate youth-led small businesses, based on a process comprising a
rigorous selection of business projects, including through business plan
competitions, and the support to successful candidates, notably through
funding, backstopping and continuous mentoring. As Entrepreneurship Officer,
the incumbent is expected to work from the WPDI Office in Moroto, or such other
location as WPDI may request from time to time. Missions may require travelling
domestically for business purposes from time to time.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·       
Oversee,
manage and report on activities of WPDI pertaining to entrepreneurship
development and business support in Karamoja;
·       
Oversee
and ensure the full deployment of WPDI Business model in Karamoja, including
the set up of review and oversight committees for the TOTs SMEs and Business
Plan Competitions;
·       
Represent
WPDI at the partners coordination meetings in the Karamoja Sub-region as
needed.
·       
Design
and teach training modules in entrepreneurship for youth peacemakers involved
in the YPN program, adapting the WPDI business curriculum to the context of
Karamoja;
·       
Develop
curricula/modules in business and entrepreneurship skills for trainings at WPDI
Community Learning Center in Moroto, breaking them into basic, intermediate and
advanced levels;
·       
Oversee
and conduct WPDI business and entrepreneurship skills trainings delivered at
the WPDI Community Learning Center in Moroto;
·       
Oversee
and organize Business Plans Competitions at WPDI Community Learning Center in
Moroto;
·       
Provide
support and guidance to the youth for the design of their business plans and
launch of their income-generating projects;
·       
Work
closely with the Program Coordinator for the design of the workplan/calendar of
activities and the mobilization of youth and community members for the business
and entrepreneurship skills trainings at WPDI Community Learning Center in
Moroto;
·       
Provide
regular guidance and mentorship to participants in the Business Boot Camp,
ensuring notably that income generating projects or SMEs undertaken with the
support of WPDI are manage effectively and efficiently with a view to
profitability and sustainability;
·       
Connect
the youth with potential local partners for the expansion of their projects;
·       
Develop
and implement monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the income generating
community projects supported by WPDI and provide regular data on their progress
and impact;
·       
Maintain
records of microloans/grants distributed to recipients and routinely monitor
and report on the impact of these microloans/grants;
·       
Carry
out any additional activities that may be assigned from time to time.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The
applicant must hold a University Degree in Business Administration or other
business-related courses suitable for the work of the organization.
·       
Five to
seven years of progressively responsible relevant experience with preferably
professional and field-based experience in business, entrepreneurship,
agri-business, project implementation and youth empowerment or a related field;
keen interest in working with youth leaders; proven ability to work
efficiently, under pressure, and in multicultural environment. Language:
Excellent written and spoken English, Ngakarimojong, Pokot and Leb Thur
·       
Language:
Excellent written and spoken English, Ngakarimojong, Pokot and Leb Thur
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested applicants, who hold Uganda citizenship, are invited
to submit a cover letter (in English and referencing the Job Announcement)
accompanied by a full resume stating details of educational qualifications and
working experience, home and office telephone numbers, and a writing sample in
English by email below:
E-mail to: evelyn@wpdi.org
Deadline: 17th April 2020 by 5:00pm
NB: Due to the high
volume of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No
academic certificates should be attached; these will be required during
interviews. WPDI is an equal employment organization; female candidates who
meet the above selection criteria are encouraged to apply.
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