Agribusiness Development Advisor NGO Career Jobs – AVSI Foundation

 

Job Title:    Agribusiness Development
Advisor

Organisation: AVSI
Foundation

Duty Station: 
Mbarara, Uganda

Reports to: Agribusiness
Development Specialist (based in Gulu) and the Private Sector Development
Manager/Team Leader (based in Kampala)

 

About US:

AVSI is an
international NGO with headquarters in Italy. AVSI has been active in Uganda
since 1984. It’s current activities are focused on the areas of Education,
Health, Livelihoods, Protection, Nutrition, Emergency programs in Uganda.

 

About SAY Project:

AVSI is implementing
a 4 Years project – Till end of 2024 funded by the Embasys of the Kingdome of
Netherlands titled “Skilling in Agripreneurship for increased Youth Employment”
– SAY project.

 

Job Summary:  AVSI is seeking to recruit suitably qualified
personnel for the position of Agribusiness Development Advisor, to contribute
to the implementation of the “Skilling in Agripreneurship for increased Youth
Employment” – SAY project. Under the direct supervision of the
Agribusiness Development Specialist (based in Gulu) and the Private Sector
Development Manager/Team Leader (based in Kampala), the Agribusiness
Development Advisor will be responsible for implementation and rolling out of
all agribusiness and agriculture related activities of the project in Central
Uganda. Ideal candidate shall carry out the following duties and
responsibilities.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
In
liaison with the Agribusiness Development Specialist based in Gulu assist in
developing the strategy and provide technical insights in rolling it out to
promote Youth agripreneurship and business growth in the central region.

·       
In
collaboration with the TL assist in developing the strategy in the region and
provide technical insights in rolling it out as requested.

·       
Support
agribusinesses to develop gender sensitive business and marketing plans in
coordination with agribusiness owners/managers to achieve revenue goals.

·       
Offer
business development services to agribusiness within the region.

·       
Analyze
the agribusinesses’ current and past budgets, expenses, sales, revenues and
product deficiencies in order to provide recommendations for business growth
and problem resolution.

·       
Continuously
participate in identifying new business opportunities that could impact on
youth employment in agribusiness.

·       
Continuously
participate in identifying areas of opportunity and develop strategies for
Youth Employment in Agribusiness.

·       
Support
internal reorganization of agribusinesses by offering on spot support and other
advisory support services. Continuously assess and provide on support technical
support to agribusiness and Agriprenuers; identify business growth and capacity
needs; coordinate relevant trainings that add value.

·       
•_
Create strategic partnerships with key business development service providers
and other stakeholders to promote growth of agribusinesses (Access to Finance,
markets, HRM, product development, Regulation/Registration e.t.c).

·       
Work
with other business development service providers and other stakeholders to
develop creative strategies to promote growth of agribusinesses.

·       
Provide
training and other technical support services based on the needs of the
agribusinesses and agriprenuers.

·       
Together
with the team provide continuous mentorship and coaching to ensure sustainable
growth of agriprenuer businesses.

·       
Represent
and profile the project, its objectives and results, in publications and
presentations

·       
Coordinate
closely with the team others to ensure that other trainings are synchronized
and adds value.

·       
Proactively
engage in strategic thinking on how to make the program succeed.

·       
Assist
in preparing the Agribusiness Theme central regional monthly, quarterly and
annual work plans and reports and other documents as required by the Team Leads
and MEAL Team

·       
Any
other duty that may be assigned

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the AVSI Foundation Agribusiness Development Advisor job
must hold a Degree in Agribusiness Management, Small Business Management,
Agricultural Economics or related field.

·       
A
Master’s Degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage

·       
At least
5 years of professional experience in the field of youth in agribusiness;

·       
Experience
in working with public sector, private sector and agro-training institutes on
institutional development or similar projects will be an asset;

·       
Experience
in monitoring and evaluation of performance of business units and/or
regional/local or community socio-economic development projects is desirable.

·       
Experience
in training, facilitating or mentoring role

·       
Experience
in Agriculture (agronomy) is an asset

·       
Resourcefulness,
strategic thinking, creative problem solving and basic financial management
skills

·       
Strong
knowledge of community participatory approaches and disaster risk reduction,
climate change adaption and mitigation measures

·       
Good
team player with excellent inter-personal and communication skills

·       
Excellent
computer skills (MS Word, Excel, internet)

·       
Excellent
communication, including written and presentation skills.

·       
Ability
to work under pressure and to make accurate decisions.

·       
Excellent
analytical and organizational skills – innovative thinker;

·       
Experience
working with refugees and refugee hosting communities is desirable.

·       
Excellent
planning and organization skills

·       
Monitoring,
Evaluation and Learning skills and experience

·       
Willingness
to be based in a rural setting with frequent travel within the implementation
area.

·       
Proven
proposal writing experience is an asset

·       
Cultural
sensitivity, patience and flexibility

·       
Required
Language: English fluency with excellent oral and writing skills is required.
Knowledge of any other local languages (especially in Western region) is of
added value.

 

How to Apply:

All candidates are
encouraged to send their application letters, accompanied with updated
Curriculum Vitae indicating 3 work- related referees, plus copies of relevant certificates,
should be addressed to: The AVSI Country Representative, AVSI Foundation, P.O.
Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda and sent to hr.kampala@avsi.org indicating the e-mail
subject as ‘Application for Agribusiness Development Advisor – Mbarara.’

 

Deadline: 31st January 2021 by 5:00 pm

 

NB:
Only short listed candidates will be contacted. AVSI Foundation is an equal
opportunities employer and has a functional Child Protection Policy by which
all AVSI staff and Associates must abide.

 

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