SME Strengthening and Financial Services Manager US NGO Jobs – Catholic Relief Services (CRS)


Job Title:        SME Strengthening and
Financial Services Manager

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Chief
of Party


About US:

Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO)
supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world.
CRS carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist
the poor and vulnerable overseas. CRS’ Catholic identity is at the heart of our
mission and operations; serving people on the basis of need, regardless of
creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church
partners to implement its programs.


CRS has worked in
Uganda since 1965, initially providing emergency assistance to Sudanese
refugees living in the north. Over the years, CRS has expanded its programming
to also address development needs in western, central and eastern Uganda. CRS’
projects in Uganda currently include agriculture, health, microfinance,
peacebuilding and youth. CRS Uganda implements its programs through
partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other
faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and
sustainability. CRS Uganda employs around 190 staff and has its main office in
Kampala, with sub-offices in Moroto, Yumbe, and Hoima


About Vines Project:

The Vines Project,
implemented by CRS Uganda, is a five-year, $13 million Food for Progress
project that will make Uganda the world’s next leading supplier of high-quality
vanilla. Vines will leverage the expertise of CRS and its partners to enhance
the production of safe, pure vanilla and develop sustainable market links with
US vanilla companies, directly transforming the lives of 16,200 farmers, 836
supply chain actors and create 15,820 new jobs to reach 32,856 vanilla
stakeholders. The Vines strategy reflects best practices in sustainable
development and will leave Uganda with a robust vanilla farming community
resilient to the boom/bust nature of the market and a cadre of private sector
agricultural extensionists to support more sophisticated production,
processing, and marketing needs.


Job Summary: As
the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Systems Strengthening & Financial
Services Manager you will be responsible for setting strategic direction and
providing support for various forms of business and financial capacity building
for vanilla value chain stakeholders. Within that strategy, you will lead
efforts to develop more agile types of farmer organization so that farmers can
be better business partners with traders and processing companies. You will
help develop certification schemes for Ugandan vanilla and strengthen direct
trade business models to secure vanilla markets. You will facilitate
agricultural lending to SMEs involved in the vanilla value chain. You will
oversee the design and delivery of relevant training. You will coordinate with
partners on market analysis, business planning, farmer business capacity
building, agripreneur and youth training, input supply and business
relationship management. 


Key Duties and

·       Under the guidance of the COP, provide
leadership, supervision, and oversight to all program activities that seek to
improve business and financing for Ugandan vanilla market chain actors,
ensuring efficient and effective project implementation including the timely
completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated

·       Work with the COP and M&E Manager in
preparing project work-plans with clear objectives and achievable benchmarks,
reflecting strategic long-term and short-term priorities.

·       Collaborate with capacity strengthening staff
to develop capacity building training to support implementing partners in the
area agribusiness development and financial service provision;

·       Ensure adequate linkages to local public and
private sectors stakeholders;

·       Provide overall support for agri-business and
financial service development to the program;

·       Provide technical leadership to program
activities related to SME systems and financial services;

·       Assist growers and processors to adopt new
technologies and techniques to increase the quality and quantity of production;

·       Strengthen the linkages among actors in the
respective value chains and foster cooperation through strengthened industry
associations; and

·       Build the availability, quality, capacity,
and sustainability of SMEs and Private Service Providers (PSPs).

·       Identify and mitigate program risks

·       Ensure the quality and appropriateness of
activities to achieve the target indicators in a cost-effective, timely, and
sustainable manner;

·       Assist with the hiring, orientation, and
training of key staff to build a technically strong, well supported, motivated

·       Provide direction and technical advice
through quarterly coaching sessions and daily support.

·       Perform any other duties as assigned by the


Qualifications, Skills and

·       The ideal candidate for the Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) SME Strengthening and Financial Services Manager job placement
must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field including international
development, agriculture, economics, business, marketing, and/or supply chain

·       At least twelve years of demonstrated
experience with USG or other similar development projects focused on value
chain and market systems & access development, including improving
financial services for the poor,

·       Demonstrated ability to work and coordinate
effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including national and local
government, donors, community -based organizations, and the private sector

·       Strong strategic, analytical, systems
thinking, and problem-solving skills,   with
capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and

·       Experience engaging partners and
strengthening partnerships. Knowledge of CRSpartnership strategy a plus

·       Established relationship with and/or
substantive knowledge of agribusiness firms

·       Critical thinking and creative problem-solving
skills with ability to make sound judgment.

·       Proactive, results-oriented, and

·       Strong Microsoft Word and Excel skills.

·       English fluency, including excellent oral and
written skills, required



Agency-Wide Competencies (for all CRS staff): These are rooted in the mission, values, and
principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her
responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning


apply, please follow these instructions exactly otherwise your application will
NOT be considered.


How to Apply:

All candidates should Email a cover letter and CV only
to ug_recruitment@crs.org


Large files and/or
scans of documents will lead to rejection of your application, in the subject
line of the email, copy and paste – SMESTRENGTHENINGANDFINANCIALSERVICES


All applications that do not contain this exact subject line will be
rejected and not read.


Deadline: 2nd
October 2020


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