29 May 2017

Agricultural Market Systems Specialist US Non-profit Jobs - ACDI/VOCA

Organisation: ACDI/VOCA
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
ACDI/VOCA is an international non-profit development organization which is based in Washington, D.C in the United States and was founded in 1963. It that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development and food security in order to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil society. ACDI/VOCA currently has approximately 49 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of $151 million.

About USAID Program:
ACDI/VOCA is seeking to implement an anticipated Emergency Food Security Program in Uganda funded by USAID. The EFS Program will address the ongoing refugee crises in Uganda’s West Nile and will provide food security relief to the refugee and host communities. The immediate interventions are rooted in the program objectives to combat malnutrition and launch coping strategies through efficient management of natural resources and social inclusion. The EFS Program is anticipated to start in August, 2017 with the term of 18 months.

Job Summary: The Agricultural Market Systems Specialist will oversee the design and implementation of agricultural services for the refugee and host communities to enhance the diversity of food supply. In close collaboration within West Nile aid community, the Agricultural Market Systems Specialist will support the integration of the emergency response efforts with the long lasting and sustainable development initiatives.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Oversee the planning, review, implementation, and monitoring of agriculture and market systems interventions
  • Develop support activities to refugee and host communities to enhance their agriculture productivity and availability of food to sustainably feed a growing number of people
  • Guide market facilitation activities between farmers and retailers as appropriate
  • Manage the development of kitchen (key hole) gardens and access to seeds at the household level
  • Enhance small holder production through training and capacity building for farmers
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the integration of humanitarian response and development objectives
  • Through technical report writing, success stories, monitoring and evaluation identify lessons learned, and cast studies in promoting agriculture productivity and market facilitation in an emergency and humanitarian aid context
  • Coordinate with the emergency response manager to promote holistic program integration and consistent messages across interventions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Agricultural Market Systems Specialist job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in agricultural studies, economics, business administration or closely related field
  • At least eight years’ experience in related area, preferably in emergency and humanitarian response environments
  • Proven ability to successfully manage teams to carry out objectives of the program
  • Broad knowledge of market system facilitation and agriculture production
  • Strong leadership, planning and capacity building skills
  • Ability and experience developing partnership among other donor agencies and NGOs to align program activities to maximize impact
  • Previous experience with conceptualizing agricultural field demonstration and facilitation of scaling up
  • Excellent oral and written communication, analytical, ability to work efficiently and quickly under pressure
  • Fluency in English required
  • Regional experience in East Africa is preferred

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who desire to work in the USAID Project should apply online at the link below.

Deadline: 20th June 2017

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