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UK AID Project Market Engagement Officer NGO Jobs - Farm Africa

Job Title:      Market Engagement Officer
Organization: Farm Africa
Funding Source: UK AID
Duty Station: Soroti, Uganda
Reports to: Project Coordinator

About Us:
Farm Africa is an international NGO that seeks to increase the incomes and improve food security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in East Africa. We have recently launched a new UK AID funded FoodTrade programme linking smallholder farmers producing maize, beans and rice to export markets. 

Job Summary: The Market Engagement Officer will be responsible for increasing access to markets for the 25,000 farmers engaged in Farm Africa’s FoodTrade project in Teso sub-region. The role will include helping warehouses and cooperatives to form links with buyers, particularly in Kenya as well as establishing market information systems at warehouses and village level aggregation centres. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for capacity building of warehouse managers, aggregation centre managers and partner organisations, as well as providing them with the guidance and support they need to achieve East Africa Grain Council certification for international trade.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Facilitate sale of maize, paddy rice and beans to buyers in EA regional markets by:
·         Working with Farm Africa’s Head of Market Engagement to identify suitable buyers of maize, rice and beans
·         Supporting the seven warehouse cooperatives participating the in the project to build links and relationships with buyers across EAC and negotiate supply terms
Establish market information systems at the 30 village aggregation centres and seven warehouses involved in the FoodTade project by:
·         Working with the East Africa Grain Council (EAGC) to familiarise warehouse and aggregation centre managers with the G-SOKO system and to explain the benefits of participation
·         Equip aggregation centres and warehouses with the required computer equipment to participate in the EAGC’s G-SOKO electronic market information system, and work with EAGC to deliver appropriate training in its use
Capacity building of warehouse and aggregation centre managers including:
·         In charge of planning and delivering trainings for two members of each warehouse and aggregation centre management team on areas such as warehouse receipt system, basic financial management, governance, entrepreneurship and cooperative principles and practice
·         Planning and delivering trainings to warehouse and aggregation centre managers on data entry and record keeping in line with the G-Soko system
Provide support and guidance to partner organisations including:
·         Supporting partners to manage farmers forming and managing village aggregation centres that will become the satellite collection points for the seven warehouses
·         Working closely with the seven cooperative warehouses selected for the project to assist them with the EAGC registration process, certification forming market linkages as a result.
·         Working with local partners to identify women’s and youth groups who could be supported for enterprise development in a follow-on project
Contribute to documenting and sharing lessons learnt from the project by:
·         Actively contributing to identifying indicators and delivering monitoring and evaluation activities in line with Farm Africa’s monitoring and evaluation systems and processes
·         Conducting and participating in stakeholders’ forums/ workshops to discuss matters affecting the grain trade sector as required by the programme coordinator
·         In charge of collecting, documenting and sharing project success stories, case studies, best practice and lessons learned in line with the requirements of Farm Africa’s communication’s team
Play a key role in delivering the wider objectives of Farm Africa’s FoodTrade project in Uganda including:
·         Assisting the project coordinator with budgeting and planning
·         Assist with facilitating monitoring and communications visits from the wider Farm Africa team
·         Undertaking any other duties as reasonably requested by the project coordinator

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant for the Farm Radio Project Market Engagement Officer should preferably hold a Degree in Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural economics, Agribusiness, Cooperatives or a related field
·         At least three years’ experience of implementing agricultural marketing projects for individuals or groups
·         Working for an INGO
·         Prior experience of engaging and mobilising rural communities in development programmes
·         Previous exposure and experience of using gender disaggregated approaches for farmer outreach
·         Experience of designing and developing trainings for rural communities
·         Prior exposure and experience of evidencing success for impact assessment and communications purposes
·         Knowledge of market information systems
·         Previous experience of assisting with monitoring and evaluation activities and fieldwork
·         Up-to-date knowledge of staple food markets in Uganda and East Africa
·         Previous exposure and experience of working in a remote setting
·         Prior experience of working with multiple partner organisations in a coordinated manner
·         Experience of managing budgets
·         Previous experience of producing content for donor reports
·         Holder of a valid motorcycle permit (must be willing to obtain one if not already a permit holder)
·         Strong written and verbal communication skills
·         Computer literacy i.e. good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes, in particular Word, Excel and PowerPoint
·         Flexible and ‘can do’ attitude
·         Able to work under own initiative
·         Good team player
·         Fluency in Ateso

Farm Africa’s Values:
·         Being experts in our field, delivering insightful/impactful evidence-based solutions
·         Pushing boundaries, being creative with new and old solutions
·         Acting for the long-term, building relationships and delivering long-lasting change for farmers
·         Working flexibly, taking advantage of the most effective solutions, whether from the communities, private sector or government
·         Sharing knowledge with others, reaching more farmers than we do alone, ensuring effective technologies are widely accessed.

How to Apply:
All applicants must submit an updated CV, salary history and one-page application letter specifying the post title in the subject line to:

Deadline: 5th September 2016 by 12:00PM

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