USAID NU-TEC Jobs – Team Leader – Agribusiness Financial Products at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Transforming
the Economy through Climate Smart Agriculture (NU-TEC)
Funding Source: DFID
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Tracking Code: 219924-927
About MC:
Mercy Corps is
an international not for profit organization which has been operating in Uganda
since 2006 and works to catalyze change makers within the Ugandan private
sector, civil society and government to create economically dynamic, healthy
and secure communities. Our works focus on building resilience and enable
economic growth, improve opportunities to attain better health and nutrition,
and improved governance and conflict management.  We implement programs in the northern
districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding
from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private
donations. Mercy Corps’ programs in Kitgum currently focus on economic
development, agriculture, financial services, and women’s empowerment.
About DFID NUTEC Project:
The DFID-funded
Transforming the Economy through Climate Smart Agriculture (NU-TEC) aims to
develop pro poor agricultural markets in Northern Uganda and promote inclusive
growth. DFID has identified a set of market failures that are standing in the
way of way of the effective functioning of the agricultural sector in Northern
Uganda. These include input markets, land tenure issues, storage infrastructure;
access to finance; rural transport and processing capacity. The programme will
provide advice and finance to agribusinesses to support investments which have
a beneficial impact on smallholder famers in Northern Uganda. The Team Leader
will lead the implementation of the 6 year NU-TEC Development and Provision of
Financial Products for Agribusiness in Uganda programme. The programme will
design and deliver effective adapted and new financial products for
agribusinesses (and businesses that support the agriculture sector) in northern
Uganda which minimises subsidy, and maximises the potential for sustained
impacts and replication by other Financial Institutions (FIs).
Job Summary: The Team Leader
will take the overall supervisory and managerial responsibility for this
multi-year project. The incumbent provides the vision and leadership in project
delivery and manages overall project implementation ensuring high quality
performance. S/he maximizes budget resources and personnel development and
remains flexible in a continually changing environment. The Team Leader will
also be responsible for overseeing performance of the programme, the Team
Leader, in close collaboration and in an advisory role with a partner FI, will
guide the adaptation and development of financial products for agri-business on
the basis of commercial viability for the FI, impact for smallholder farmers
and, potentially, replicability of the model by other FIs in Uganda. S/he will
be responsible to maintain the aggressive implementation scheduled required by
DfID for the loan portfolio in a challenging environment. She/he is also
ultimately responsible for overseeing the sound management of the financial
product and the capture of data/learning from the programme.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Vision, Leadership and Strategy:
Provide overall leadership and strategic vision in
all aspects of programme implementation, development and management.
Develop NU-TEC strategy and vision, maximizing
internal and external resources, including hiring and building appropriate
staff skills, and partner relationships in order to achieve programme goals and
Ensure programme strategy is clear and communicated
to team members, the partner FI, potential agribusiness clients and government,
and the international and financial community;
Collaborate and ensure synergies with other related
Mercy Corps programmes with agriculture sector focuses.
Create a work atmosphere conducive to professional
growth and development of excellent personnel at all levels.
The incumbent serves as an ‘on-site’ consultant to
the FI to move the programme deliverables forward.
Ensure that the Contract-specific requirements of
this programme are met (as this funding comes from DFID under the modalities of
a Contract and not a Grant).
Programme Quality and Staff Development:
Assemble all components necessary to ensure quality
programming and recruit, facilitate training of, and manage an informed,
motivated and efficient staff including a high focus on national team members.
Ensure that programme implementation is responsive
to communities and partners, and aligned with Mercy Corps principles, values
and strategic plan.
Actively monitor adherence to donor terms of
reference, Mercy Corps policies and procedures and relevant external rules and
Representation and Stakeholder Management:
Build close and productive working relationships
with the partner FI and other stakeholders – including the primary
stakeholders, operations departments, the greater agribusiness sector and
private sector– all parties required to establish a shared vision of the
project and achieve objectives.
Supervise all activities including financial product
development, product launches and management, facilitate agri-business support,
M&E, and facilitation with other Mercy Corps programming.
Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and
other relevant events in the field, in close coordination with the Country
Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Reporting:
Enable the achievement of programme targets and
objectives and lead efforts to design effective M&E systems.
Manage the scheduling and production of formal and
informal reports on all aspects of the programme in a timely and efficient
Ensure adherence to operational imperatives as per
internal/ external audit requirements; utilize best practices based on Mercy
Corps internal policies.
Ensure accurate and timely programme financial
reporting to the donors and Mercy Corps’ headquarters.
New Initiatives:
Actively seek opportunities to leverage the
programme. Work with other Mercy Corps Uganda programmes, Social Ventures,
TSUs, and country field offices to identify areas for programme coordination,
as well as opportunities for related new programming.
Identify opportunities, conceptualize and strategize
business models for financial products targeting agri-business.
Work closely with the country team’s security focal
point to develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of
the team in all aspects of its work.
Ensure that programmes are designed and implemented
with a clear analysis and understanding of security management priorities.
Organisation Learning:
As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational
Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their
work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Accountability to Beneficiaries:
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all
efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to
international standards guiding international relief and development work while
actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design,
monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicants should hold a BA (MA strongly
preferred) in business administration, agriculture economics, finance,
economics or related field required;
At least ten to fifteen years’ relevant working
experience required; preference for experience in private sector banking and a
strong working knowledge of financial services, business development and
Excellent en track-record in agricultural finance;
Demonstrated ability to develop sustainable and
socially actionable business models through partnerships including extensive
development of financial products, pricing, marketing strategies, delivery
channels, SWOT analysis, financial projections and building value propositions;
Familiarity with DFID policies and protocols
required – specifically with the Contract funding modality;
Strong experience in developing & maintaining
complex programmes, organizational relationships & partnerships;
History of working effectively and respectfully with
host country government, private sector, civil society partners in complex
Strong communication, multi-tasking and
prioritisation skills; and
Experience in working in Uganda strongly preferred
and East Africa required.
Personal Competencies:
The ideal candidate should have an excellent track
record in the Ugandan financial sector, agri-business finance and the
intersection of both.
Strong commitment to teamwork and accountability,
thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and
verbal communication a priority in all situations. The successful Team Leader
will combine exceptional management skills and experience in maintaining donor
and partner relationships.
S/he will have an outstanding ability to develop,
implement and manage innovative programmes within the current and future
programme structure of Mercy Corps in the region.
Significant experience with cross-cultural team and
capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills
with technical skills in financial services and agriculture.
Proven skills in managing programmes in challenging
environments, ability to manage ambiguity, frustration and stress in self,
partners and others.
Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem-solving and
simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential – as well
as maintaining a sense of humour.
How to Apply:
All candidates
who desire to join one of the world’s leading Non-governmental organisations,
Mercy Corps, Please Apply Online by visiting web link below.

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