UN FAO Fresher Career Jobs - Logistics Assistant at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Organisation: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy Announcement No: FRUGA/XXX/02/2014

About FAO:
The global mandate of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic growth. Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts - to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Job Summary: The United Nations FAO Logistics Assistant will primarily be responsible for all logistics coordination for its office.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Guarantee that all hard and soft copy inventory records are up to date and that Physical Inventory Records in GRMS are accurate and verified for signature by the FAOR prior to submission to CSF as requested.
  • Actively coordinate the logistics of project inputs delivery and develop simple records system to collate and file information on handover of all project inputs to beneficiaries or government counterpart for each project by the Kampala office or by Field offices, including deliveries directly from supplier to beneficiaries.
  • Responsible for custody of stores items in the Kampala office and maintaining stores of office supplies in orderly condition including: keep records of supplies received in store and issued there from; maintain stock cards for each item and advise procurement unit in good time of need for replacement orders.
  • Ensure that all fixed assets of the organization are correctly and completely recorded in GRMS and COIN, (additions, custodian, related project, asset identifier) and that disposals are correctly and promptly carried out in accordance with FAO procedures and donor requirements and that transfer documents are recorded in GRMS and COIN.
  • Update and maintain complete and orderly files for all fixed assets, including PO, Invoice, handover documents to custodian and final disposal. Manage and file legal registration books of all vehicles and motor cycles and follow correct procedure for legal handover on final disposal.
  • Assist the field operations and implementation of programme in all aspects of logistics to ensure smooth operation
  • Perform physical fixed asset verifications, including noting condition and replacement schedule as required by HQs.
  • Intuitively analyze motor vehicle movements in GPS reports on a monthly basis and report exceptions to management.
  • Monitor Motor vehicle maintenance costs and advise management on the expenditure trends.
  • Monitor fuel usage based on VIVO invoicing, vehicles logs and report to Management on average fuel usage of each vehicle each quarter.
  • Manage the receiving of all the supplies at the Kampala office together with the other technical persons or the requesters.
  • Ensure that the office building is well maintained and meets all the UNDSS standards

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a good University degree in Procurement, Business/Accounting, stores management, or a related field.
  • At least a year’s professional experience in logistics and stores management in a reputable organisation.
  • Proven ability to equip others with the knowledge in logistics and stores management.
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of any major local language. Knowledge of other internationally recognized languages is of an added value
  • Proven knowledge in vehicle fleet management.
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. Working knowledge of computer programmes (Like; Ms Word, Ms. Access, Ms. Excel)

How to Apply: 
All Ugandan nationals who are suitably qualified are encouraged to send their applications together with detailed curriculum vita and copies of certificates in a sealed envelope, quoting Vacancy Announcement no. addressed to Chairman, Recruitment Committee, Food and Agriculture Organization in Uganda. The envelopes should be registered at reception and placed in the box at reception of the FAO offices at Plot 88 Buganda Road, Wandegeya, Kampala. Uganda.

Note: FAO does not charge applicants any fees at any stage in the recruitment process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 3rd November 2014

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2 NGO Data Collections Jobs - Socioeconomic Technicians/Enumerators at AfrII

Organisation: Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII)
Project Name: Vital Signs Project
Funding Source: Conservation International USA
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda

About AfrII:
Africa Innovations Institute (AfrII) has received funding from the Conservation International USA for the implementation of the Vital Signs Project in Uganda.

Job Summary: The Socioeconomic Technicians/Enumerators will primarily gather socioeconomic data from households by doing interviews and taking farm soil samples and crop yield samples from households within specified locations in-country. The enumerators will gather information regarding household characteristics, agricultural management practice, crop productivity and various aspects of poverty and development, and occasionally help the biophysical team in data collection.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Contact individuals to be interviewed at home, place of business or field location by telephone or in person after conducting households sampling;
  • Explain survey objectives and procedures to interviewees, interpret survey questions, and conduct household surveys and farm measurements with the sampled households;
  • Intuitively review, compile, record, and code collected data from interviews or survey books to tablets before transmitting the data into Vital Signs server after the approval by supervisor;
  • Responsible for developing and submitting weekly plans and reports, and discuss with supervisor on regular basis about progress. Identify and report any challenge encountered when obtaining valid data to the supervisor;
  • Support the Biophysical team in data collection when socioeconomic surveys are completed within a landscape.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidates for the Socioeconomic Technicians/Enumerators (2 Data Collections Jobs) should hold Diplomas in Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related fields. A BSc degree in similar fields is preferred.
  • At least two years of experience in conducting fields and socioeconomic surveys
  • High degree of flexibility and ability to learn new skills
  • The applicants should be skilled in the use of tools like questionnaires, farm field mapping, anthropometric measurements and GPS
  • Possess interpersonal skills to maintain cooperation with the field team
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work outside normal business hours and spending a lot of time in remote areas as may be required in the field
  • Ability to travel long distances to access study points with equipment and samples

How to Apply: 
All candidates are strongly encouraged to send their applications which must be accompanied with the most recent CV including three referees with their current addresses and contact details. Please note carefully: Both electronic and hard copy of the applications with all supporting documents should be submitted to: The Chairman, Africa Innovations Institute, Plot 78, Bukoto Old Kira Road P.O Box 34981, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: The Chairman, Africa Innovations Institute; e-mail: info@afrii.org, please copy b_mugyenyi@yahoo.co.uk

Deadline: 5th November, 2014

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2 SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Job Careers - Local Governance Advisor

Organisation: SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Duty Station:  Uganda

About SNV:
SNV is a non-profit international development organization established in the Netherlands in 1965. For over 40 years, SNV has been at the forefront of development, helping to build local capacity and empower local families and communities to break the cycle of poverty. We are present on the ground in 38 developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and operate in Agriculture & Food Security, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene. Our more than 1,000 advisors in the field come from a variety of cultural and technical backgrounds, and over 80 per cent are nationals of the countries where we work.

SNV has been working in Uganda since 1989. SNV works with over 80 local service providers to reach 200,000 families in over 100 districts. We focus on three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). We provide market-oriented advisory services, facilitate evidence-based advocacy and promote knowledge development aligned with Government of Uganda policies and priorities in the local contexts of communities we serve.

Job Summary: The Local Governance Advisor will have primary responsibility for working with District Local Governments, local civil society and private sector to strengthen service delivery within the sanitation and hygiene sub-sector. The adviser must demonstrate exceptional technical leadership to strengthen the transparent use of resources and enable citizen engagement in planning and monitoring to produce results in WASH provision at the local government authority levels.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support technical requirements related to all governance activities, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with project.
  • Take part in district based coordination, planning, and reporting meetings.
  • Support and provide mentorship to LCB and Umbrella Organizations in areas of governance and accountability
  • Actively collaborate with team members to identify advocacy for good WASH governance interventions and scale up best practices.
  • Foster and support partnerships among regional team, District Local Government WASH Team, and sustainability structures such as WUC and Hand Pump Mechanic Association.
  • Support and mentor board members of small town WASH to ensure transparency; accountability and good governance are practiced.
  • Assist and facilitate gender planning and youth involvement in WASH activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should hold a Master's degree in a relevant field;
  • The applicants should have at least five to ten years of experience (depending on the specific positions), preferably in implementing donor-funded programmes in water and sanitation;
  • Significant experience in working with District Local Government and local civil society organisations;
  • Proven experience working cooperatively with a variety of local stakeholders, other projects and international agencies;
  • Fluency in English (written and oral).
  • Proficiency in Ugandan local language(s) an added value;
  • Preferably experience in working with gender-specific and youth-relevant interventions.

How to Apply: 
All candidates who desire to join the SNV World should send a motivation letter, updated Curriculum Vitae, names and contact details of two professional referees, Concrete examples of proven experiences as indicated above and send to: uganda@snvworld.org.

Deadline: 12th November, 2014 by 17:00 Hours

NB: Please clearly state the position applied for.

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Administrative Assistant Jobs - National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)

Organization: National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)
Duty Station: NARO Secretariat, Entebbe, Uganda
Job Ref: NAROSEC/2

About NARO:
The National Agricultural Research Organisation is established by the National Agricultural Research Act 2005 as a body corporate with the mandate to provide strategic direction for publically funded agricultural research in Uganda. The organisation is composed of the Council as its governing body, Committees of Council, a Secretariat for its day-to-day operations with semi-autonomous Public Agricultural Research Institutes (PARI’s) under its policy guidance.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organising and maintaining files.
  • Quickly responding to telephone inquiries, giving information to callers and routing calls to appropriate officials and also placing outgoing calls.
  • Updating the office diary, providing information to callers and visitors, typing letters and reports as well as filing and retrieving documents.
  • Receiving official visitors and walk-in customers by ascertaining the nature of business and directing them accordingly.
  • The Admin Assistant will be receiving, sorting, recording and distributing mail, general correspondence and documents to appropriate officials.
  • Scheduling appointments and screening requests for meetings, synchronizing and updating appointments.
  • Preparing both local and international itineraries, confirming travel, freight and hotel reservations.
  • Locating and attaching appropriate files to correspondence or queries as well as organizing filing and retrieval systems.
  • Managing the proper maintenance, storage, retrieval of files and documents in order to ensure that they are accessible and secure.
  • Organizing meetings and conferences and accurately recording proceedings of various deliberations.
  • Responsible for monitoring and tracking the progress of various assignments and regularly updating the supervisor and other members of staff on deadlines and problems.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the NARO Administrative Assistant Job should hold a Diploma in Secretarial Studies from a reputation institution.
  • At least three (3) years progressive experience gained in a busy executive office.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Secretarial and Office Management will be an added advantage.
  • Computer proficiency in using word processing and other computer software packages, including use of the e-mail, the internet as well as local and wide area network systems.
How to Apply: 
All candidates who wish to join NARO are encouraged to send their applications to the Director General, NARO, P.O. Box 295, Entebbe, Uganda.

The complete applications should include three copies of your Curriculum Vitae and one copy of certificates, transcripts and other relevant documents. The application should bear the title of the post as well as the reference number specified against the vacancy (Check at top of the advert). The applicants should not apply for more than three posts.

Deadline: 17th November 2014 by 5.00p.m

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International NGO Jobs - Project Officer, EFI at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Organisation: Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Program Manager & Training Specialist

About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

Job Summary: The Catholic Relief Services Project Officer will be responsible for the planning/designing, implementing and monitoring/evaluating of Expanding Financial Inclusion in Africa (EFI) project activities in compliance with donor requirements and expectations of CRS Uganda. The project officer will manage the Mobile Money linkage component of the EFI project implemented by three partners in Eastern Uganda. S/he will in addition provide support to the overall objectives of the EFI project. S/he will make frequent field visits for partner support and M&E on EFI performance.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Project Support:
  • The incumbent will design and implement effective work plans that allow for timely and ongoing progress review of all key outputs and financials; monitor and report on partner performance on meeting obligations of partner agreement including targets and reporting deadlines.
  • Work in liaison with relevant CRS and partner staff to ensure that the project implementation is in accordance with CRS programming principles and CRS core values.
  • Take part in the design of developing and testing the long term savings product and identifying partners for linking SILC members to this product.
  • Responsible for the design and facilitation of  training workshops for partner staff and field teams in integration of SILC with the formal financial system via Mobile Money systems in Uganda
  • Actively monitor partner and project activities and progress against targets on a regular basis. Analyze the information captured through SILC MIS, other Mobile Money component specific data and provide monthly trend analysis.
  • Send monitoring reports with recommendations for follow-up action; report and suggest solutions for any concerns about partners or project related issues.
  • Work in liaison with MIS, M&E Staff and partners to ensure strong systems are in place for the development of surveys and project evaluations for the Mobile Money linkage component.
  • Carry out frequent field level monitoring and providing feedback and support to partners on program implementation.
  • Monitor and manage expenses for the project, ensuring adherence to Mobile Money component budgets and compliance with donor requirements.
  • Intuitively verify that progress reports and financial reports are received from partners prior to report submission deadline. Review and assess information provided by the partner in the narrative and financial reports. Take follow-up action as required.
  • Ensure the proper maintenance of all files, records and documents relating to the project.
2. Partner Support:
  • Introduce the new Mobile Money Integration with SILC concept to partners and do initial partner assessments to determine areas in need of capacity support with regard to Mobile Money Knowledge.
  • Steer the preparation and implementation of training and follow-up programme to all partner staff with regard to the integration of SILC and Mobile Payment systems.
  • Ensure partners are trained in and knowledgeable of all donor requirements and deadlines.
  • Actively support partners in financial advance and liquidation process, including processing requests for disbursement of project funds; reviewing and approving financial and narrative reports; and ensuring that partner manages and tracks expenses against approved budget.
  • Proactively seek out advice, support and any other technical assistance required by the partner to ensure timely, compliant and effective implementation of the project.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by CRS senior management to support the project or partner. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the CRS job opportunity should hold a good Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Microfinance, Business Administration, or banking and finance.
  • At least three years working for a non-governmental organization or a reputable international organization preferred.
  • Specialized knowledge of and experience with savings-led microfinance delivery methodologies (internal savings and lending models (Ex. SILC, VSLA, WORTH, Savings for Change)) preferred.
  • Specialised working knowledge of the Mobile Money, Banking Sector in Uganda
  • Past exposure and experience in New Product Development for Microfinance sector
  • Prior experience in some aspect of project cycle management.
  • Past experience in budget management, monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.
  • Prior experience with institutional strengthening and partnership building.
  • Excellent Computer, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess the ability to work effectively independently or in a team environment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills; demonstrating diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to provide direction and vision.
  • Highly pro-active and self-disciplined.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Serves with Integrity
  • Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates desiring to join CRS in the aforementioned capacity should express their interest by sending a cover letter, updated CV and three work references (names and contact information only) to ReliefUgJobs@gmail.com.

Deadline: 9th November, 2014

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