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25 May 2017

Partnerships Manager Job Placement - Chemonics International Inc.

Job Title:        Partnerships Manager
Organization: Chemonics International Inc.
Project Name: Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Gulu, Mbale, Masindi or Mubende, Uganda

About US:
Chemonics International Inc. is certified consulting company that has partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world for overe 40 years.

About Feed the Future Program:
Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, is establishing a foundation for lasting progress against global hunger. The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture is a 5-year Activity which will support Ugandan partners, with youth in the lead, to identify and drive forward sustainable, inclusive, and cost-effective approaches that put youth, especially female youth, squarely in the agriculture sector as leaders, farmers, entrepreneurs, and employees. The purpose of this flagship activity is to increase economic opportunities for approximately 350,000 Ugandan female and male youth ages 10 to 35 in agriculture-related fields, in order to increase their incomes and build their entrepreneurship, leadership, and workforce readiness skills.

Job Summary: The Partnerships Manager is responsible for technical leadership and oversight of activities under objective one: Increased incomes of youth working in agricultural value chains and Objective two: Improved skills and competencies of youth in their designated region. This will include implementing activities that support technical and soft skills development at all age levels (primary, secondary, and vocational), as well as address the needs of out-of-school youth with a specific emphasis on reaching young women.
The activities will include organizing opportunities through the interaction of both objectives for increased incomes. Incomes will largely be drawn from value chain development- driven job creation by starting with market demand and working backwards to build the technical and entrepreneurial skills to meet workforce demand. The Partnership Manager will identify partnerships to pilot, test, and refine best practices in technical, entrepreneurial, and workforce readiness skills training, mentoring, and practice. The Partnerships Manager will work with potential partners to pinpoint which skills are in demand in each district and which sectors can support a productive youth labor pool. S/he will then examine the human, social, financial, and physical capital-related constraints that youth encounter entering the workforce and design interventions through partnerships to overcome these constraints.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   The overall purpose of this role is to provide technical assistance on the identification, design, and implementation of strategic partnerships between private and public sector actors aimed at increasing income and promoting employment of youth working in agricultural value chains in their area of operation while improving skills and competencies of youth, especially women. More specifically, the Partnerships Manager will:
  • Facilitate partnerships that increase access and adoption of technologies to improve agricultural productivity by youth. Coordinate with private sector partners and their agents to finance and promote on-farm appropriate technologies.
  • Actively facilitate actors to provide private sector market driven technical skills development services. Review existing business development and training models that are age and gender appropriate and can be incorporated into YLA interventions.
  • Develop, harness and facilitate increased employment opportunities along the value chain.
  • Broker and leverage productive relationships that result in increased access to various financing mechanisms by youth
  • The jobholder will also design and promote “resource bundles” for youth farmers, where youth are supported to access agro-inputs, training, financing, and market linkages.
  • Identify and leverage partnerships that enable youth to access timely and appropriate market information.
  • Formulate and monitor partnerships to implement extra- and co-curricular activities at the primary and secondary school level to help students and out-of-school youth develop practical agricultural skills.
  • Build and nurture relationships between business, technical, vocational education and training (BTVET) centers, the private sector, and youth leaders to identify priorities and common areas for collaboration.
  • Engage and support local youth organizations and identify other areas of youth leadership and social entrepreneurship opportunities in their communities
  • Conduct monitoring evaluation and learning to track performance, measure the attainment of results and provide evidence that enhances collaboration, learning and adapting of the key components of this activity.
  • Perform any tasks assigned from time to time in line with overall purpose of the role and YLA objectives.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The position has no specific degree requirements. We are looking for a strong mix of innovative thinkers, fearless personalities, out of the box thinkers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others. The Partnerships Manager should have unique ability to think outside the box with an angle for sustainable business solutions to promoting youth-led agriculture.
  • Above 30 years old or less, energetic and moldable
  • The applicant must be an out-of –the-box, self-driven, innovative thinker
  • Excel at identifying and building business partnerships
  • Possess highly effective communication skills
  • Ability to perform over and above the job responsibilities
  • The applicant should possess an interest in working to find innovative, cost-effective approaches that put youth - especially female youth - squarely in the agricultural sector as leaders, farmers, entrepreneurs and employees. We welcome candidates who have never considered a career in development.

How to Apply:
All candidates who are interested in building productive agribusiness partnerships should tell tell us why by submitting a cover letter and CV addressing the how and why to the five questions below. Only applications with cover letters that address the five questions above will be evaluated and considered for an interview. Dare, think, act!
  • Are you 30 years old or less, energetic and moldable?
  • Are you an out of the box, self-driven, innovative thinker?
  • Do you excel at identifying and building business partnerships?
  • Are you able to communicate effectively?
  • Can you perform over and above the job responsibilities?

The application package including three professional references should be send to: chemonicsuyla@gmail.com

Deadline: 29th May 2017


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