Credit Officer Job Opportunities – Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

 

Job Title:        Credit Officer

Organization:
Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

Project Name:
National Oil Palm Project (NOPP)

Duty Station:
Uganda

Reports to:
Operations Manager

 

About US:

The Government of
Uganda (GoU) has received a loan from the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) towards financing a ten-year National Oil Palm Project
(NOPP). The project is being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture Animal
Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) as the Lead Project Agency, in partnership with
other agencies, private sector and farmer Organisations.

 

Job Summary:
The overall responsibility of the Credit Officer will be to ensure that the
financing for oil palm development activities are carried out in accordance
with the laid down guidelines in the implementation plan and according to Hub
smallholder oil Palm growing scheme. .

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Establish and manage smallholder oil palm farmers’ Credit Scheme
  • Identify farmers’ financial needs and provide Reponses as
    appropriate
  • Ensure proper filing and financial record keeping of farmers’ data
    at all times.
  • Timely posting and reconciliation of farmer’s financial data from
    time to time.
  • Supervise and monitor performance of farmer’s credit related
    activities in oil palm cultivation.
  • Sensitize farmers on savings and credit activities and formation
    Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs), together with the Hub
    Community Development and Liaison Officer.
  • Support the Farmer Loan Application, Disbursements and Recovery
    Process.
  • Ensure the recovery of the loans disbursed to farmers
  • Sensitize farmers on credit access, management and utilization
  • Identify farmers that will require financing from banks and
    recommend for bank financing
  • Monitor and report on the performance of Commercial loans extended
    to oil palm farmers by selected Financial Institutions.
  • Conduct financial literacy trainings among Oil Palm Growers and Non-oil
    palm growers aimed at improving the savings and credit culture among
    project beneficiaries.
  • Participate in preparation of work plans, budgets and reports as
    required by the PMU.
  • Ensuring timely and accurate reporting of credit progress.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the hub Accountant from time
    to time.

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s (Hon) Degree in,
    Statistics, Economics, Economics and Statistics, Business Computing,
    Agribusiness Management, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Micro
    finance, or related field from a recognized Institution.
  • Five (5) years’ experience working with organisations involved in
    Agriculture Financing and
  • At least 3 years’ experience with Credit/ Rural financial services,
    working a financial institution in credit management.
  • Computer literate in at least MS Office Word, Excel, and Access.
  • A team player with high levels of integrity
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision
  • Fluency in English and in local languages spoken with in project
    area
  • Willing and able to ride a motor cycle
  • Be a Ugandan citizen with a National Identification card
  • Have general knowledge of project and business management with
    emphasis on work planning, budgeting and reporting;
  • Be computer literate and well versed in the use of word, excel and
    internet;
  • Be self-motivated and have the ability to take initiative and work
    with minimal supervision to meet deadlines;
  • Be fluent in English – written and oral and demonstrate excellent
    report writing skills;
  • Possess advanced advocacy, communication and negotiation skills and
    ability to work as a team member;
  • Be conversant with rural development strategies and gender equity;
  • Have a working knowledge of GOU policies, operations and reforms;

 

How to Apply:

All candidates
should send their written applications with copies of academic credentials,
testimonials and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating contact details of
three (03) referees should be addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of
Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, and hand delivered to the Ministry
Registry located at Plot No.14 Lugard Road Entebbe P.O. Box 102 Entebbe. Uganda

 

NB:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

 

Deadline: Monday 12th October, 2020 by 4.00pm

 

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