Fresher Agribusiness Facilitator NGO Jobs – Self Help Africa

 

Job Title:    Agribusiness Facilitator

Organisation: Self
Help Africa

Duty Station: 
Uganda

Reports to:
Agribusiness Project Manager

 

About US:

Self Help Africa
(SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically
thriving and resilient rural Africa. We have 50 years of experience working
with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses
across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify
incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external
shocks. SHA also builds awareness of issues affecting smallholders and
represents their interests at policy and institutional levels. SHA is currently
implementing a portfolio of 32 projects in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea,
Burkina Faso, Togo, Malawi and Zambia, funded by a variety of institutional and
private donors including USAID, the European Commission, Irish Aid and World
Food Programme.

 

Job Summary:  The purpose of the job is to facilitate the
planning and implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities
directly with beneficiaries and other stakeholders. This includes technical
backstopping and other support to beneficiary individuals, farmer organisations
and associations and other stakeholders like local CBOs/NGOs and private sector
players, who are working with project beneficiaries

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Facilitate activity
planning and implementation of plans with beneficiaries

·       
Sensitise
communities on what the project will do, including project methodologies and
approach.

·       
Establish
good relationship with local leaders and opinion leaders in the area.

·       
Coordinate
mobilisation and scheduling of community and/or group meetings.

·       
Facilitate
participatory needs identification and problem analysis and planning exercises.

·       
Make
follow-ups to review progress on implementation of the plans.

·       
Prepare
reports on group and/or community planning processes in accordance with the
project implementation plan.

Liaison and linkage
with government officials, local businesses, CBOs and other service providers
within the project area.

·       
Promote
linkages and cordial relationship with government officials and other NGOs

·       
Identify
public and private sector service providers within the project area whose
services and activities may be useful to the project beneficiaries

·       
Provide
information to the beneficiary communities and groups on existing service
providers and businesses in the area.

·       
Support
the PM in creating awareness on project activities and approach to government
officials, businesses and NGOs in the project area.

·       
Perform
any other assignment that may be given to you regarding linkages and liaison
with other NGOs, private sector and government.

Supporting
institutional and business development for smallholder farmers  and/or farmer groups

·       
Support
groups formation and organisational development processes, including
registration and development of constitutions and/or group rules

·       
Training
group members and leaders in group dynamics, leadership and other aspects of
organisational development.

·       
Facilitate
access to and dissemination of information on agricultural technologies and
related business opportunities

·       
Support
the identification and access to appropriate agricultural technologies for
enhance production and value addition

·       
Promote
the production of extension materials to promote the dissemination of
technologies within the communities.

·       
Provide
training in VSLAs and other pro-poor financial services to project
beneficiaries

·       
Support
and train farmer groups and networks in market information systems, market data
collection,  analysis  and 
dissemination,  price  determination 
and  setting,  and accessing and utilising market
information through different channels. Ensure the provision of weekly
commodity market price information.

Support the
integration of women and other marginalised groups in project activities

·       
Sensitise
communities on gender related issues.

·       
Undertake
diagnostic studies to understand women’s constraints to full participation in
project activities

·       
Using
appropriate participatory tools, identify community criteria for wellbeing and
how its distributed among the community by gender and other dimensions

·       
Identify
and promote measures to enhance the participation of women and other
marginalised groups in project activities

·       
Work
with M&E Associate to ensure gender concerns are manifested in the project
M&E reports

·       
Do any
other duties assigned to you by your supervisor concerning the maximisation of
women’s and other marginalised groups’ involvement in project activities.

Monitoring,
Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

·       
Implement
project M&E plans with support from PM and M&E Associate

·       
Participate
in data collection based on agreed M&E tools and processes as advised PM
and M&E Associate

·       
Facilitate
learning, promote peer-learning between staff and partners, participate in
relevant national networks and actively engage in organisation level focal
groups.

·       
Explore
opportunities for positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up
projects

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate must hold a Diploma in any field (preferably agriculture,
extension, social sciences, agribusiness, business administration or related disciplines)

·       
Demonstrated
knowledge of community facilitation skills

·       
Experience
in participatory market surveys and value chain analysis of different
agricultural commodities

·       
Understanding
of key aspects of SHA development work; including food, nutrition and
livelihood security and cross-cutting themes (e.g. youth, social inclusion,
environment, HIV and AIDS);

·       
Skills
in training and facilitation of community processes, including organization and
mobilization of communities and networking among different development partners
such as youth groups, community-based organisations, government officers and
SHA staff;

·       
Outstanding
communication, interpersonal and presentation skills management and
organizational skills, including proficiency in computer packages especially
with MSOffice and other related packages;

·       
Commitment
to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practises;

·       
High
level of integrity and high standards of personal conduct;

 

Desirable

·       
Experience
working in project geographical region

·       
Experience
working with farmer groups and private sector actors

·       
Excellent
communication skills

·       
Ability
to work as part of team across different cultures.

·       
Ability
to work with minimum supervision and take initiative

·       
Ability
to solve problems and take corrective action

 

How to Apply:

Please download the
Application Form and fill it in,
Download
Here
. Qualified candidates
should send a completed application form, motivational letter and CV by E-mail
to – uganda@selfhelpafrica.net. Please type “Agribusiness Facilitator” – [your
name]” in the subject line of the e-mail.

 

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