Associate Business Advisor Non-profit Jobs – TechnoServe (West Nile)


Job Title:    Associate Business Advisor

Organization:  TechnoServe

Duty Station:  West
Nile (Zombo District), Uganda

Reports to: Lead
Business Advisor


About US:

TechnoServe is a
leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift
themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries,
we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build
competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to
information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting
prosperity for their families and communities. Founded over 50 years ago,
TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the
ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.


About Program:

TechnoServe in
partnership with ABInBev/Nile Breweries Limited is implementing a 12-month
program funded by FAO. The program aims to improve incomes of 720 smallholder
farmers along the Nile Breweries barley supply chain while contributing to FAO
goals of Climate Resilient Livelihood Opportunities for Women Economic
Empowerment (CRWEE). The program combines enhancing smallholder skills through
farmer field schools, financially empowering households through VSLA formation,
and supporting registration of farmers on ABInBev’s block chain platform. We
intend to expand these activities to 720 women and men barley smallholders in
West Nile in alignment with FAO’s CRWEE initiative. This program will be
implemented in the selected sub counties in the district of Zombo from October
2020- September 2021.


Job Summary:  Reporting to the Lead Business Advisor, the
Associate Business Advisor will ensure quality and robust capacity building of
720 farmers through selected Small holder farmer Groups from the selected
communities in Zombo district.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Deliver Trainings
to 10 VSLAs and 24 Farmer Field Schools in Zombo district West Nile region

and form new groups and on board existing ones where applicable in the
districts mentioned. Supervise the Farmer Trainers as they deliver modules (9
sessions) to these groups during the program period

gender sensitization & governance trainings to the VSLA groups

trainings and TOTs on VSLA, Gender, Governance, and GAAP for Barley per the
project work plan

Farmer Trainers in the districts of responsibility and ensure that the farmer
field school modules are properly delivered

the establishment of demo-plots to ensure that they demonstrate the right

with NBL field teams to ensure good relationships on the ground and good timing
of activities

lessons learnt during implementation to inform future projects as well as to
advice on improvements to be made while implementing current projects

Monitoring and

to the revision and administration of the project monitoring tools for the
farmer field school and VSLA activities

participate in Farmer group assessments, annual surveys and end of project

participate in gender assessments and foster gender integration

all farmer field school and VSLA support activities are properly documented
using approved tools

weekly 515 reports for all VSLA and farmer field school activities implemented

to writing and review of PSRs, donor reports ensuring accuracy of info provided

Planning and Budget

in developing monthly work plans & reports

review specific activity budgets ensuring that planned activities are budgeted

that all expenses and payments are done in accordance with TechnoServe finance

Coordination and

cordial working relationships with local leadership and NBL teams

liaise and network with like-minded NGOs and market facilitators at district
and regional levels

with other TechnoServe sectors to ensure coherence with holistic programming
and logistical efficiency


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The applicant
must hold a Degree in Agriculture, agribusiness, or related studies from
reputable university; specialized technical training in agriculture, value
chain development, collective marketing, and rural financial services is an
added advantage

should have two years of practical field experience working with farmers,
savings groups, youth, business associations, business development services,
private sector partnerships, market linkages and rural financial services

working with International Non-governmental organization (INGO) or development
agencies is an added advantage.


Success Factors: Competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)
directly related to successful performance on the job.

Core Competencies

and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents
truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences;
admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.

Work/ Relationships: Works co-operatively and flexibly with other members of
the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team member
and/or leader, to achieve a common goal. Ability to build and maintain
effective relationships and networks.

attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn. Actively
identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and skill

Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports
diversity efforts. Interacts effectively with and inclusively with people of
all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, ages, and genders.

Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations. Listens
effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts terminology,
language and communication modes to the needs of the audience; ensures accurate
understanding; acts in a way that facilitates open exchange of ideas and
information; uses appropriate non-verbal communication.

making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyze situations, diagnose problems,
identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action
and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution. Is able to make
effective decisions on a day- to-day basis, taking ownership of decisions,
demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where necessary.

Oriented/ High Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts necessary to
achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental goals.
Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works persistently to
overcome obstacles to goal achievement. Accomplishes tasks by considering all
areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the
job; accurately checking processes and tasks.

& Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or others to
accomplish a specific goal. Effectively plans, schedules, prioritizes and
controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources (people,
material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals. Prioritizes
work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job
responsibilities; manages own time effectively.

Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and take
decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.

Specific/Technical Competencies include:

Management: program staff should understand and apply techniques to develop,
maintain and manage business relationships with clients, donors and internal or
external partners in order to implement and manage projects and/or identify new

& Resource Management: an important competency program staff must possess
to enable them budget properly based on facts and change course when necessary,
knowledge of finance to develop and manage budgets.

Mindset: program staff should know how to ask questions and seeks out
information from multiple sources, learn from mistakes, and see change as an

Research, Report Writing: Experience in business planning and analysis,
modeling for feasibility and execution. Able to analyze and express oneself
clearly in business writing.


Career Pathways: The position that might be next career
opportunities for employees in this job title include Business Advisor.


TechnoServe encourages
diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud
to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of
gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity,
ages, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other
protected classes. We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff,
partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all
final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.


How to Apply:

If you are interested
and you meet the requirements, apply by Email only to the Human Resources
Manager:; please submit a resume, cover letter and
three professional references with the position title placed in the subject
line of your email.


Deadline: Wednesday October 28, 2020 by close of business.


NB: Please
note that only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.


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