22 June 2017

Project Coordinator UN World Food Programme AMS NGO Jobs - Self Help Africa

Job Title:     Project Coordinator
Organization: Self Help Africa
Project Name: Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) Project
Funding Source: UN World Food Programme (WFP)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Programme Manager

About US:
Self Help Africa (SHA) is an International Non–Governmental Organisation implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in nine countries in Africa. SHA’s vision is an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa with a mission to support sustainable livelihoods for Uganda’s smallholder farmers.

About WFP AMS Project:
 Self Help Africa Uganda, in partnership with World Food Programme (WFP), will implement Agriculture and Market Support (AMS) Project in the Districts of Masindi, Kiryandongo and Adjumani, from June 2017 to May 2018. The project will offer training and other capacity building services intended to improve livelihoods for 3,000 farmers.

Job Summary: The Project Coordinator will be responsible for overall project management, including planning, implementation and quality control of the AMS Project. The incumbent will manage financial resources; supervise field officers and manage counterpart relationships with stakeholders at the district level.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The jobholder will prepare and oversee  project  implementation   plans and ensure effective project management to ensure  timely  delivery  of programme activities  including  monitoring  against  log frames,  performance  management  work plans.
  • Mentor and supervise project staff and provide technical assistance to staff in agribusiness,    value chain analysis   and development, competitiveness,   business enabling environments, and marketing associations.
  • Take lead in networking, coordination and linkage of farmer-field schools and  sub-county field  school networks to produce dealers,  small and medium size enterprises  and financial  institutions
  • Develop guidelines including training, monitoring and evaluation tools, bulking and collective  sale of produce
  • Assist the field officers to conduct/facilitate  trainings   on relevant technical   areas including   farming   as a business. Postharvest handling, market information systems, warehouse receipt system, VSLA, and value addition.
  • Establish, support and coordinate activities at satellite bulking centres/stores and ensure to ensure efficient data collection and entry.
  • Plan and organize exchange visits and capacity building of producer organisations and associations on organizational, business development and market information  systems.
  • Supervise the construction/rehabilitation and or management of produce stores/warehouses.
  • Develop assessment tools and conduct  baseline  surveys,  needs,  monitoring  and  evaluation  assessments accordingly.
  • Develop weekly, monthly and quarterly work plans and timely implementation of project activities.
  • Conduct participatory   market   research,   market opportunity   identification and market chain analysis for selected crops and link farmers groups to the produce markets.
  • Develop training resources and streamline gender,   HIV/AIDs and nutrition at all levels of  project implementation.
  • Supervise and provide technical assistance to Project Officers  to promote  and work  to expand  community capacity  agro-marketing,  with sensitivity  to the political and cultural context.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the Project Coordinator job opportunity should hold a University degree in Agribusiness, business administration, marketing or related business qualification.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in the field of agribusiness/agricultural production, agricultural produce marketing, market information and linkages.
  • Previous experience in managing businesses in agricultural value chains with the private sector or NGO
  • Supporting small-scale farmers in enhancement of produce quality, post-harvest handling, and produce bulking, collective marketing and market information is required
  • Strong reporting skills and ability to meet tight deadlines skills with attention to detail and data accuracy. Competence in MS Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint
  • Fluent in English is required and fluency in either Luo, Madi, Runyoro or Swahili will be an added advantage.
  • Good motorcycle riding skills and valid riding permit.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send a filled application form, download here, with a cover letter indicating 3 referees, two of whom should have been direct supervisors to uganda@selfhelpafrica.net including your name and the job being applied for in the Subject Line.

Deadline: 26th June 2017

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