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Programme Officer Agribusiness EDF DINU Grant Jobs - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)

Organisation: Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) 
Project Name: Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU)
Funding Source: European Development Fund (EDF)
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Regional Coordinator

About US:
The Government of Uganda has received a grant from the 11th European Development Funds towards the Development Initiative of Northern Uganda (DINU). The Programme is intended to eradicate poverty and under-nutrition and strengthen the foundations for sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development in the sub-regions of Acholi, Lango, Teso, West Nile and Karamoja, and as such promote sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. It will provide support in the three focal sectors identified in the National Indicative Programme (Food Security and Agriculture; Transport Infrastructure and Good Governance).

Job Summary: The Programme Officer Agribusiness (Agriculture & Enterprise Development) will provide strategic direction and systematic planning, supervision, monitoring and reporting on all agriculture and agribusiness related interventions under DINU. He/she will work under the direct supervision of the DINU Regional Coordinator and receives technical support and backstopping from the Technical Advisor of the DINU Technical Assistance Team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop in close consultation with the Regional Coordinator, the Technical Advisor, and the district local governments, an overall intervention strategy for coordination, monitoring and support of public/ private agriculture and agribusiness components of DINU in line with the Financing Agreement;
  • Identify in close collaboration with District Local Governments and implementing partners and private sector individuals and organizations suitable agricultural and agribusiness interventions based on existing policies, district development plans and best practices, and ensure their timely and quality execution;
  • Undertake regular visits to the districts and communities to support the implementation of activities under DINU to ensure adherence to implementation guidelines, targets, time schedules and sector standards and norms;
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator in preparing and supervising of public and private agriculture and agri-business-oriented tenders and calls for proposals and subsequent (grant) contracts;
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator in monitoring and reporting of programme outputs and results in line with the DINU’s monitoring tools and guidelines;
  • Build capacity of District Local Governments and implementing partners to engage with
  • private sector activities and to technically execute, monitor and report on (grant) contracts;
  • Represent as assigned by the Regional Coordinator DINU in meetings with regional and district authorities, implementing partners and other programmes in the region;
  • Assist the Regional Coordinator in preparing annual and quarterly work plans, budgets and reports for DINU;
  • Contribute to program monitoring, evaluating, and periodic reporting;
  • Provide coordination and technical support in finalization, dissemination and launch of the call for proposals relating to agri business and their implementation/operational guidance at the district and community levels;
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Regional Coordinator.

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Postgraduate degree in Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness or a related field;
  • Honours Bachelors’ degree in Rural Development, Agriculture, Economics or a related field;
  • Qualifications/training and proven experience in project planning, monitoring and reporting;
  • A minimum of five (5) years, of relevant professional experience in the agricultural sector, at community level with farmer groups and organizations in a wide range of institutional environments;
  • A minimum of three years in a senior position in community livelihoods improvement projects/programmes;
  • Experience in VSLA methodology;
  • Experience with agricultural financing, value chain development and public/private sector partnerships will be a significant advantage;
  • Experience with donor funded programmes and EDF procedures will be an added advantage.
  • A self-motivated, results-oriented person with impeccable integrity, and the ability to work under minimal supervision, with a high sense of duty and during long and irregular hours;
  • Excellent analytical, participatory and communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • Excellent inter-personal and team-building skills;
  • Fully computer literate;
  • Willingness to travel widely within the project area;
  • Knowledge of the local language(s) will be an added advantage.
  • Age: 30 years and above

How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications accompanied by detailed curriculum vitae, copies of certificates and academic transcripts, three competent referees, one of whom MUST be from your current employer or previous employer for those temporarily unemployed plus a passport photo, contact details (mobile number and e-mail), photocopy of the National ID should be addressed to:

The Permanent Secretary,
Office of the Prime Minister,
New Government Block,
Plot 9-11 Apollo Kaggwa Road,
P.O. Box 341, Kampala. Uganda

NB: The application forms should be delivered at the Human Resource Office 3rd Floor, Office of the Prime Minister

Deadline: Friday, 23rd February 2018 at 5:00 p.m.


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