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22 September 2016

Dutch Embassy REACH National Agribusiness Manager Job Placement - International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

Organisation: International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
Project Name: Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains (REACH) project
Funding Source: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About IFDC:
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization (PIO) governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.

About REACH Project:
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has submitted a proposal for the REACH (Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains) project to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala, Uganda. The project will improve market engagement for 40,000 market oriented farmers, strengthen household resilience and increase availability of agricultural support services for farmers and businesses in the rice and potato value chains in consideration of their strategic importance to the Government of Uganda and EKN.

Job Summary: The National Agribusiness Manager will formulate, lead and manage a number of project interventions (in cooperation with private sector and other partners, to ensure that they effectively deliver against the project targeted outputs as defined in the Terms of Reference and logframe.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Following a process of prioritization, the National Agribusiness Specialist will select and implement a series of intervention in his/her area of responsibility that address key constraints identified within a market system, are likely to have a substantial pro-poor impact, are aligned with M4P approaches and have been judged to be areas where the project can support an intervention with sustainable impact.
  • The National Agribusiness Specialist contributes to effective project implementation, with consideration of VfM – Value for Money - aspects.
  • The National Agribusiness Specialist will develop and implement market-led interventions within the strategic framework of M4P. This process includes the following elements:
    • Define or assess market systems that are of chief importance to develop the markets for the poor in the in strategic agriculture value chains;
    • Related to these market systems, identify the value chain and core transactions, key rules & supporting functions, and assess key constraints;
    • Define appropriate intervention areas and develop potential project interventions in close collaboration with external partners / stakeholders in the market. The project interventions should conform to M4P principles and have the potential to have sustainable impact at scale for the targeted poor and have the potential for up-scaling within the sector to have indirect outreach to a wider group of poor within the selected sectors.
    • The National Agribusiness Specialist will facilitate project implementation.
  • Manage the implementation of all interventions that form part of the intervention area that the National Agribusiness Specialist is responsible for:
    • Based on the identified interventions, the National Agribusiness Specialist defines the scope of implementation in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and potential partner organisations and negotiates a partnership agreement;
    • During the implementation of interventions, the National Agribusiness Specialist takes the lead in facilitating the contributions of project to the interventions;
  • Where applicable, the National Agribusiness Specialist will directly contribute to the development of intervention tools and the capacity building of key stakeholders in the market;
  • When the need for external advisory support is identified, the National Agribusiness Specialist will draft Terms of References for consultants and identify potential candidates. S/he will lead and manage consultants in the development of respective outputs and interventions;
  • Within the scope of the intervention area that the National Agribusiness Specialist is responsible for and in close cooperation with the Team Leader, s/he takes the lead in all activities related to planning, monitoring and quality assurance:
    • Actively participate in REACH strategic planning exercises.
    • Create, update and maintain Results Chains and Measurement Plans for each intervention in cooperation with the Team Leader and M&E Coordinator, in compliance with DCED and IATI reporting standards.
    • Be responsible for results measurement and the facilitation of data collection related to the interventions under management.
    • Conduct high quality analysis and producing reports and other written outputs which are of an appropriate standard.
  • The National Agribusiness Specialist will perform, in addition, the following tasks:
    • Assist other Managers in various aspects including in the development of their intervention visions, facilitation strategies, work plans, results chains, measurement plans and stakeholder influencing strategies.
    • Contribute to overall project knowledge dissemination objectives.
    • Act as a liaison with project stakeholders to maintain good and harmonious working relations and achieve project objectives and contracted outputs in accordance with the project schedule and work plan.
  • Perform any other duties relevant to this job description as may be required.

Key Result Areas:
  • Achievement of milestones as per the work plan, internal action plans, and logframe.
  • Adhering to allocated budgets and time lines during implementation.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) National Agribusiness Manager employment opportunity must hold a BA in Agriculture, Economics or any other relevant sector. A MA is a plus;
  • At least five to seven years’ experience in agribusiness and beyond;
  • Prior experience on M4P programmes; Formal M4P training preferred;
  • Private sector background;
  • Experience working with non-financial instruments;
  • Experience in Uganda is a must

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) should Apply Online by clicking on the link below. Follow the instructions on how to create resume and Apply.

Deadline: 3rd October, 2016

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