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13 October 2016

Vegetable Manager Job Vacancy - Wageningen UR Uganda

Job Title:       Vegetable Manager
Organization: Wageningen UR Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party

About US:
Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) is the interdisciplinary and internationally focused unit of Wageningen University & Research Centre. CDI works on processes of innovation and change through facilitating innovation, brokering knowledge and supporting capacity development. The proposed Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Plus Uganda programme is coordinated by CDI and implemented by Wageningen UR Uganda, the legal entity in Uganda. The four-year ISSD Plus project to be funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. The programme aims to strengthen the development of a vibrant, pluralistic and market-oriented seed sector that is able to address key challenges that hamper the seed sector development such as seed quality assurance and availability of foundation seed.

Job Summary: The Vegetable Manager will be responsible for managing the vegetable seed component of the ISSD plus project. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Netherlands and Uganda based private sector partners and providing the main coordinating roles. The manager should have a hands-on and flexible attitude and proactive approach. S/he will supervise and advise the vegetable agronomists based at the ISSD field stations (ZARDIs) and will monitor project activities of agronomists based at the (seed) companies who are implementing the training programme. In addition, s/he must be able to facilitate production-push and market-pull dynamics of the vegetable value chain. He/she must be a team player with strong networking, communication and facilitation skills, who is able to engage with a range of public and private sector stakeholders.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Formulate strategy to operationalise the vegetable seed component and prepare annual implementation plans
·         Transfer knowledge, set up practical networks of vegetable producers and initiate and develop farm innovation related to introducing improved and advanced vegetable varieties.
·         Work closely with WUR-PPO and SEVIA Tanzania project to bring methodologies and lessons learned to Uganda and ensure that these are adapted to the Ugandan context
·         Supervise the agronomists that are based in the ISSD field offices and monitor project activities of the company based agronomists
·         Liaise with (Dutch) companies active in the project and monitor the partnership agreements and implementation plans of implementing partners and make sure that partners timely report on their activities
·         Communicate with a range of horticulture public and private sector stakeholders, at different levels
·         The incumbent will liaise with other vegetable sector actors and participate in horticulture (Business) Platform meetings, High-Level Round Tables between private sector representatives and high-level policy makers etc.
·         Develop terms of references for studies and contribute to business cases and sector reports and monitor awarded consultants
·         Prepare quarterly and annual narrative and financial reports for the vegetable seed component
·         Setting up a transparent structure, procedures, regulations and evaluation criteria for the vegetable sector innovation Funds (matching grants)
·         Monitor the implementation of awarded co-financing projects, visit project activities and ensure the narrative and financial reports are on time and in accordance with the DGIS and Wageningen UR (Uganda) regulations;
·         Assist private sector (within the limits of the Funds’ Procedures) in submitting proposals;
·         Actively promote the success stories and lessons learned from the vegetable seed component and use these experiences to adjust the component where necessary.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant should hold a Master’s degree in one of the following: business administration, agricultural economics/extension, marketing,  and/or related field
·         At least ten years’ experience working in Ugandan horticulture/vegetable private sector
·         A minimum of five years’ experience in project management in leadership positions;
·         A hands-on agronomist with enthusiasm for field work
·         Ability to organize a complex new organizational set-up for public-private partnership
·         Practical attitude, hands-on and people manager; a practical background in horticulture/vegetables
·         Ability to motivate and manage multi-disciplinary collaboration of international consultants, Dutch and Ugandan private sector and project staff
·         Excellent analytical and writing skills for developing business case studies and contributing to sector reports (using computer Microsoft office applications such as Word and Excel)
·         Ability to analyse issues and problems systematically, gather broad and balanced input, draw sound conclusions and translate them in monitoring strategies and documentation
·         Ability to maintain relations with Government Institutions and Authorities as well as with the local community
·         Willingness to travel extensively within Uganda
·         Fluent in English, writing, reporting skills
·         Experience in the Uganda seed sector is an added benefit.

How to Apply:
All suitably and qualified and interested candidates should send their application letters and updated CVs (max. 6 pages) to

NB: DO NOT attach certificates or academic qualification.

Deadline: 23rd October 2016

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