26 May 2017

Coffee Program Manager Job Placement - TechnoServe (TNS)

Job Title:         Coffee Program Manager
Organization: TechnoServe (TNS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Global Coffee Director

About US:
TechnoServe (TNS) is an international non-profit international development organization founded in 1968. Its mission is to help entrepreneurial men and women break the cycle of poverty by building businesses that create jobs, income, and economic opportunities for their families, their communities, and their countries.

Job Summary: The Coffee Program Manager will work in liaison with respective country management to ensure the timely and effective implementation of project activities and achievement of the project goals, which is primarily focused on training coffee farmers on sustainable farming practices. The incumbent will be responsible for project planning and oversight, quality implementation, and delivery of results and milestones as agreed with the donor and regional/ country management team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Project Management:
  • Responsible for all deliverables of Uganda coffee projects, including specific outputs and outcomes laid out in the project proposals
  • Lead the launch of Coffee Farm College activities and ensure excellence in execution
  • Maintain project work plan and ensure timely project implementation
  • Ensuring project activities are implemented with sound managerial, technical, human resource and overall programmatic practices
  • Hold regular team meetings to track implementation progress and share relevant project and administrative data
  • Provide coaching, direction, and leadership support to program team members to achieve results
  • Manage and monitor project budget variances to ensure spending rates are on target and realign as required.
  • Timely production and sharing of project performance metrics, including quarterly Program Status Reports (PSRs) and Corporate Measurement data
  • Proactively identify successful strategies and tactics, I or bottlenecks to effective execution of project objectives
  • Ensure all payments/activities are in compliance with donor requests, restrictions and regulations as outlined in donor contracts / Rules and Regulations
  • Prepare and submit narrative reports for internal and external i consumption
  • Ensure project targets are achieved
  • Ensure delivery of technical training packages is of high quality, appropriate to local context and effectively reaching participants
Country Coordination:
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with country management team
  • Interface with other countries, regional staff, and headquarters staff, as appropriate
  • Ensure information is shared and flows transparently within the project, country, regional, practice and headquarters teams
  • Share best practices and lessons learned from the j project
  • Work closely with program staff to identify technical j assistance needs for program
  • Work with Country Director to ensure appropriate j support for respective teams
  • Potentially lead design of new projects as required, j including technical design and preparation of proposals.
Project Technical Support:
  • Support the Coffee Farm College lesson plan development and revision for agronomy and processing
  • Analyze and provide guidance on business operations of relevant supply chain partners to increase long-term partner stability and growth
  • Support increasing access to inputs to program farmers through identification of sourcing partners and development of appropriate input package and package terms
  • Offer technical support on coffee agronomy and processing to field team
  • Develop and update necessary data collection tools for monitoring and evaluation
  • Analyze and report on monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with relevant stakeholders in the Uganda coffee industry, including government ministries (e.g., national and local, administration and agricultural/development), private sector companies, and business associations
  • Represent the program and TechnoServe at internal and external functions
  • Understand, respect and promote TechnoServe’s values, vision and strategy in implementation of assigned duties.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the TechnoServe Coffee Program Manager job placement should preferably hold a Degree in an agriculture-related field
  • At least five years’ field and technical experience with agribusiness development and/or economic or financial analysis related to the agricultural sector in Uganda
  • Willingness to be based in district office, with ability to travel internationally and to remote rural locations
  • Fluency in English and Luganda

Personal Competencies:
  • Financial and Resource Management: The ability to estimate, justify, and manage appropriate funding levels to support goal accomplishment. Managing Resources is about understanding human, financial, and operational resource issues to make decisions aimed at building and planning efficient project workflows, and at improving overall organizational performance.
  • Analysis, Research and Report Writing: Experience in business planning and analysis, modeling for feasibility and execution. Able to analyze and express oneself clearly in business writing.
  • Donor/Partnership Management: Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, departments, or organizations to help achieve business goals.
  • Innovative Mindset: Curious inquiries, asks questions and seeks out information from multiple sources, learns from mistakes, sees change as an opportunity.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Empathetic, understands attitudes, interests, needs of others; predict others behavior. Self-aware and keeps own emotions from interfering with work. Understanding both the strengths and limitations of others.
  • Trust to delegate: Appropriately allocates decision making authority and/or task responsibility to others; maximizes the organization’s and individual’s effectiveness.
  • Staff development: Planning and supporting the development of individuals’ skills and abilities so .that they can fulfill current or future job responsibilities more effectively.
  • Feedback/Coaching: Recognizes and acknowledges strengths in others. Provides timely guidance and feedback to help others develop knowledge and skill areas to accomplish tasks or solve problems.
  • Fundraising: Able to continuously identify opportunities for TechnoServe to grow revenue; demonstrates good understanding of fundraising and donor management; Able to develop high potential fundraising proposals,
  • Strategic Thinking: Takes an overview and identifies  patterns, trends and long-term possibilities. Creates and shapes a vision of the future that fits in with TNS’ long term objectives. Is able to articulate strategy to a wider audience. Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume (CV) via Email only to the Human Resources Manager: ug-jobs@tns.org. Please clearly indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email and on the application letter.

Deadline: 31st May 2017

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