Portfolio Coordinator – Agricultural Market Systems

Portfolio Coordinator
– Agricultural Market Systems Job Advert
About the Role
GOAL is currently seeking to hire an experienced, qualified,
and business minded Portfolio
Coordinator Agricultural Market System
s to join our Uganda Young Africa
Works Markets for Youth Programme team. This is an exciting opportunity for you
to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to apply your skills in
youth inclusive agricultural market systems development and program
coordination. If you are familiar with private sector partnership management,
engagement of youth and other vulnerable groups (women, refugees and persons
with disabilities), participatory programming and design in livelihoods and
market systems context within Uganda and internationally, then this role is
perfect for you!
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
To be successful in this role, you will need:
A degree preferably graduate level, ideally in
development studies, applied economics or Agriculture or other related field
and/or professional qualification.
At least seven (7) years’ experience in
partnership development and management especially for the private sector in
Uganda. Experience working with market-based development programs and
familiarity with agribusiness sector is a must.
Experience with working with or developing
partnerships with input and agricultural equipment suppliers and output off
takers, processors, and technology providers for the purpose of supporting
youth and/or vulnerable and marginalized communities.
Highly analytical and systematic thinker.
Initiative and proactivity in problem
identification and proposing solutions.
Self-motivated, highly organized, positive
attitude, resilient, willing to learn new skills and to be continually adaptive
within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment.
Agile in Programme budgeting, planning,
monitoring and management.
Ability to work under pressure to tight
deadlines, focus on and prioritise day-to-day tasks at hand while also working
towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that the workload will
change continuously.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills,
ability to work in a team, and a commitment to capacity building
Excellent attention to detail and ability to
complete tasks in a timely manner.
Willingness to spend more time in the field and
work closely with program target groups.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Programme Technical Support on Inclusive Agricultural Markets
Lead the development of strategies and provide
technical oversight and direction that will ensure the identification and
design of inclusive agricultural market development interventions in the target
agricultural markets as relevant.
Develop tools and resources to support market
assessment of current status, critical constraints and opportunities in the
agricultural sector, corresponding program design, activities implementation
and monitoring and evaluation.
Manage the agricultural inputs and outputs
market portfolio from partners identification, co-design youth-centered
innovative interventions, partnership agreement signing, implementation and
documenting evidence based- learning. 
Work with the DPD Business Partnerships to
ensure that the interventions are implemented in line with the Programme
results frame, and within the required timelines.
Provide technical direction and support the
Market Systems Development/Sector Specialists and Intervention Officers, as
well as the technical staff of partners to ensure implementation is in
compliance with the market systems approach, to ensure Programme targets are
Take lead in identifying Private Sector Partners
(PSPs) with the right “skill and will” for systemic change, lead in the PSP
on-boarding and partnership management processes to deliver objectives.
Work with the Programme teams to identify and
support implementation of market development interventions (such as last mile
smart input distribution systems, contract farming, output aggregation models
etc.) to improve the way markets function and champion integration of rural
young women and men farmers in market systems, whilst ensuring synergy and
maximizing Programme impact.
Identify and champion innovative ICT solutions
geared towards improving business efficiency and the inclusion of rural young
women and men into the agricultural sector.
Coordinate with other portfolio coordinators to
develop or leverage opportunities for improved small enterprises and business
to showcase their positive experiences to other young people at district,
regional and national levels.
Initiate and identify the need for consultants
for the markets development portfolio activities and surge support;
Identify and operationalize business opportunity
linkages between market actors (between various companies and with rural young
women and men farmers that will culminate into development of business
Support the field MSD/Sector Specialists and intervention
officers to identify and work with private sector actors, including the
development of value propositions and game plans with them.
Participate in the development of the Programme
work plans and budgets, specifically the AMD component work plans and budgets.
Contribute to Program Quality Control, Learning and adaptive management
Engage in development and rollout of agency
tested tools and initiatives to ensure consistent high-quality implementation,
documentation, and learning.
Monitor implementation of program strategies and
consistently review their effectiveness in achieving inclusion for rural young
women and men and other vulnerable groups in the priority districts.
Work closely with GOAL Monitoring, Evaluation
and Learning team to ensure that the Programme has appropriate M&E plans
and staff are adhering to them and reporting on a timely basis.
Work closely with partner staff to ensure
technical quality of implementation.
Organise quarterly and bi-annual partner
coordination/learning and reflection sessions to leverage program learning and
enrich intervention strategies across the Programme area.
Improving program intervention /co-design
opportunities; Utilize evidence and data from MEAL team to guide reflection,
learning and adaptation/ youth engagement strategies to attain efficiency and
effectiveness within the agricultural market system.
Ensure regular updates of issues emerging from
program implementation issues log.
Review partner narrative and financial reports
and flag issues for discussion with partner teams.
Reporting and Coordination
Develop program information flow matrix and
ensure that partners can upload and retrieve program data using a robust
information sharing and storage products.
Report on implementation progress, prepare
regular impact stories and case studies.
Contribute to the preparation of all quarterly
and annual reports for the agricultural markets component.
Network, coordinate, and cooperate with key
agricultural market systems actors at national, regional and district level,
including government ministries, and their Departments and Agencies, ensuring
buy-in for interventions to maximize impact and affect system level change.
Direct Supervision and Performance Management of Field Teams
Manage all aspect of staff in line with GOAL
policy – timesheets, objective setting, performance reviews
Liaise closely with other Portfolio
Coordinators, Market Systems specialists and with MEL staff to ensure work
quality oversight and team integration
Conduct refresher and specialized trainings as
needed with staff and partners and design and roll out the necessary didactic
Build a strong team, leveraging unique strengths
of all team members.
Other duties
Represent GOAL Uganda in a range of external
fora and building strategic relationships and partnerships.
Respect local laws, customs and adhere to GOAL
systems procedures for personnel, communications, finance, logistics, health
and safety.
Carry out any other tasks as required, to ensure
the overall success of the Programme
General terms and
Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL
GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has
values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any
candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following
key areas of accountability.
Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with
respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection
and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour
Report any concerns about the welfare of a child
or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
Report any concerns about inappropriate
behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.
Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the
maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place
them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of
the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include
rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all
Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian
agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the
needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the
world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian
and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster
situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater
resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
General description
of the country programme:
First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda
country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and
Nutrition programming); and a market based systems approach to improving
agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child
protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all
programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of
direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil
society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to
give effect to our mission.
GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100
personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million
(2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of
Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong and
Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors
who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.
Young Africa Works:
Market for Youth
GOAL has been awarded a 5 years funding programme by the
Mastercard Foundation. The program is called Young Africa Works Uganda –
Markets for Youth. The overall objective of Young Africa Works in Uganda:
Markets for Youth will be: Facilitating market systems change that enables
300,000 rural young women and men to access in dignified and fulfilling work in
Uganda. To achieve this overall objective, the proposed intervention will focus
on the following four outcomes, outlined below. Outcome 1 – rural young women
and men, and their enterprises, have access to and are using informal and
formal financial services and products; Outcome 2 – rural young women and men
have received skills training, market intelligence and have participated in
learning opportunities to upgrade practice and management in on and off farm
enterprises; Outcome 3 – rural young women and men, and their enterprises, have
access to and are participating in on and off farm activities in the
agricultural market system; Outcome 4 – 
rural young women and men have collectively and collaboratively worked
together to increase their purchasing and influencing power in the agricultural
market system. The programme employs the Making Markets Work Better for the
Poor (M4P) approach to market development. 
Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance
cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover,
terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service
and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development
environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff
development policy.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants who meet the requirements should
submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current
or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact
number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL: recruitment@ug.goal.ie  indicating the title “Portfolio Coordinator
Agricultural Market Systems”  in the
subject line by 9th  September 2020.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.
Deadline: 9th
September 2020
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