INGO Jobs – Senior Officer, Livelihoods – SOLE at Save the Children International

Organisation: Save the
Children International
Reports to: Area Manager
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Save the
Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children and has
program presence in over 120 countries in the world and has been implementing
programs for over 90 years. Save the Children envisions a Uganda in which every
child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.
Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children,
and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We strive to create
impact for children by delivering our Programmes through partnerships, by being
innovative, by acting as the voice for and of children, and by achieving results
at scale.  In Uganda, we implement
programmes in six thematic programme areas of Child Protection, Child Rights
Governance, Education, Livelihoods & Food Security, Health, Nutrition and
HIV/AIDS in development and emergency contexts. Save the Children delivers
programs in over 36 districts in the North, Rwenzori, North-Eastern and Central
regions of Uganda, Currently, Save the Children has a staff complement of over
240 persons. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them
fulfil their potential. In 2014, we reached over 143 million children through
our work around 52m directly and 91 million indirectly around the world.
Job Summary: The Senior
Officer, Livelihoods – SOLE plays a focal role in strengthening young farmers
groups’ knowledge, skills and practices in agribusiness in 6 underserved
sub-counties in Amuru, Nwoya and Gulu districts. The incumbent will be responsible
for linking youth to actors in agricultural value chains: inputs, production,
processing, marketing and transportation of agricultural products. S/he also
liaises with District Production Offices and Local Partners to offer both
agronomic extension services and market opportunities for young farmers. S/he
is also involved in supporting the formation and development of Village Savings
and Loan Associations (VSLAs) for youth groups and promote linkages with
microcredit institutions for more comprehensive Business Development Services
(BDS), including support to access business and agro value chain loan services.
In addition, the job holder will also taje part in building capacity of
resource persons -Community Based Trainers (CBTs) to train and offer technical
assistance to the VSLA groups on VSLA methodology, savings and loan management
and coaching and mentoring. The job holder is also responsible for supporting
youth led market assessment to identify opportunities, develop business plans
and support the implementation of the youth business plans. The Officer may be
called upon as and when necessary to support the emergency team in cases of
humanitarian crisis.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the Save the Children Senior
Officer, Livelihoods – SOLE job opportunity should hold a bachelor’s degree or
higher in Agriculture or Business Development studies. A Postgraduate
training/Advanced degree in the related field, Social sciences/social works, or
Management is an added advantage.
Previous exposure and experience in livelihood and
youth programming is preferred.
At least three years of relevant working experience
in a similar position in an NGO. Experience working with agricultural and
livelihoods programs especially in Value Chain Development and Rural Financial
Methodologies including Village Savings and Loan Associations
Strong documentation,  advocacy, facilitation and presentation
Past exposure and experience of working with local
partners and District Local Government in Child Rights Governance, Health,
Nutrition, Education, HIV/AIDS or Child Protection is an added advantage.
Excellent analytical skills and strategic planning
Ability to establish and maintain conducive
collegial relations and perform effectively as a member of a team.
Computer literacy and excellent documentation skills
are a must.
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to
work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds
and cultures.
Ability to intervene with crisis management or
troubleshooting as necessary.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
Excellent time management and planning capacity.
Availability and willingness to work extra hours
during times of humanitarian responses.
Ability to speak local language (Luo) and directly
interact with target group will be an added advantage
Willingness to travel and work in hard-to-reach
areas, occasionally under strenuous conditions.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to send their application letters with
detailed CVs indicating three referees, two of whom should have been direct
supervisors submitted to: addressed to:
The Director of
Human Resources & Administration,
Save the
Plot 68/70,
Kira Road,
Testimonials/certificates should not be attached to
Hand delivered applications will not be accepted and
are therefore not considered during the shortlisting process.
Deadline: 20th November 2015

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