2 Business Development Officer – SIDA NGO Job Opportunities – Action Against Hunger

Organization: Action Against Hunger
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
Action Against Hunger is an International Humanitarian NGO. For over
thirty years it has been implementing Food Security and Livelihoods, Nutrition,
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene programs in the Lango, Acholi, West Nile and
Karamoja regions of Northern Uganda.
Job Summary: The Business
Development Officer – SIDA will lead in the development of commercial
opportunities for farmers in the Cassava, Chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom
value chains and train farmers and farmer organisations in agribusiness
development and marketing. The job holder will have a strong micro finance back
ground to develop and grow savings groups to commercial business. The post
requires an individual with solid expert knowledge of marketing, micro finance
and out-grower supply chains in a commercial setting.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Technical Support:
  • Establish the needs of the Cassava, chia,
    selected vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs in the project locations and
    identify key market players who can be linked to the project.
  • Work closely with the program manager to
    identify key business targets, develop and deliver a plan to create
    opportunities and to achieve those targets including income, production
    and productivity targets.
  • Provide capacity development training and
    support to the project in Kiryandongo and Adjumani Districts to
    effectively mobilize and deliver agri-business development services to
    beneficiaries (social mobilizing, identification of interest groups,
    business planning, and strengthening market linkages).
  • Support the PM and DPM to identify key
    stakeholders involved in the value chain (agro dealers, agro processors,
    transporter, middle men, finance services provider, governmental technical
    services, professional organization. Conduct discussions with all
    stakeholders and identify area of supports to develop linkages and
    collaborative way of working
  • Coordinate relevant stakeholders and
    service providers to deliver trainings to project beneficiaries such as
    financial literacy trainings, agriculture loans, inputs, quality control
    and management, etc.
  • Review existing information in the
    projects and provide training on identified markets and viable
    opportunities in the Cassava, chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs
    value chains.
  • Ensure there is an up to date information
    about market in the Cassava, chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs
    value chains and conduct analysis of trends in these value chains:
    identify critical constraints and promising opportunities in order to
    improve the functioning of the five value chains, thereby improving access
    to markets.
  • Participate in developing business plans and
    training programme, and conduct training to the farmer groups and
    individual farmers on-farm support and IGA
  • Conduct market studies and advise on best
    implementation strategies that would ensure that targeted farmers and
    farmer groups have profitable agribusiness ventures.
  • Develop a sustainable marketing structure,
    including an umbrella commodity marketing associations to enhance market
Capacity Building:
  • Develop training manuals per thematic
    area, and Participate in the training of beneficiaries per the project
  • Work with the FSL team and Program Manager
    to train the groups on business planning and develop bankable business
    plans for all farmer groups and individual replicators.
  • Work in close liaison with the Programme
    Manager(PM) organize and supervise all project capacity development
  • Develop strategic linkages with other
    value chain actors with a view of creating synergistic
    partnerships/collaborations that would be beneficial to the farmers’
    agri-business enterprises
  • Recommend relevant improvements in the
    agri-business enterprises that would enable the groups realize better
    returns on their investments.
Assessment and Reporting:
  • Actively participate in beneficiary
    profiling, beneficiary registration, and base line-end line assessments in
    FSL activities.
  • Participate in all project review
    assessments, surveys and studies and ensure these are conducted per
  • Conduct monthly periodic reviews and
    report to ensure that all business plans are adhered to and the entrepreneurial
    capacity of the beneficiaries is enhanced
  • Document and compile reports on project
    activities including Monthly & Quarterly donor reports, Action Against
    Hunger internal reports (Project Activity Reports (APRs), SITREP) and
    activity reports (meetings, and any other activity).
  • Support the establishment of a database
    for all project activities to regularly monitor and evaluate their
  • Oversee reporting on project progress,
    success stories and lessons learned during project implementation.
  • Conduct trend of food security and
    nutrition analyses of the refugee influx and host community and give
    recommendations on how Action Against Hunger can better position itself.
Staff Management & Supervision:
  • Ensure that staff/persons (Community Based
    Facilitators, Field Supervisors, demo site leaders) are effectively
    engaged in their tasks and perform their duties according to Action
    Against Hunger expectation.
  • Ensure that staffs under your supervision
    develop quarterly activity work plans and adhere to them.
  • Identify training needs of Field
    Supervisors and Community Facilitators and suggest an appropriate training
  • Conduct detailed induction and orientation
    of new staff under your supervision ensuring that all relevant documents
    and tools of work are shared with new staff
  • Set probationary objectives with new staff
    and follow reviews are done in time for timely support
Coordination & Representation:
  • Participate in appropriate multi-district
    activities related to FSL for example; field days, workshops, seminars,
    agricultural shows, and field monitoring visits.
  • Mobilize communities and community leaders
    to participate in Action Against Hunger project in community activities
    and organize regular community meetings to address areas for program
  • Work closely with relevant district
    departments (Production & Natural resources) and NARO to share
    relevant information.
  • Participate in internal and external
    meetings per the PM guidance
  • As delegated by the PM, respond to
    complaints and questions on related to Agribusiness, marketing, micro
    finance and value chain analysis.
  • Actively participate in events organized
    in the refugee and host community setting.
  • Coordinate with other sections of Action
    Against Hunger and all other stakeholders in the response.
  • As delegated by the PM, attend interagency
    & sectoral coordination meetings at the settlements and District
  • Attend donor meetings and field visits as
  • Other duties as assigned by the PM from
    time to time

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s
    degree (honors) in Agribusiness Management/Agricultural
    Economics/Commerce/Business Administration/ Micro finance management from
    a recognized university or any other relevant field.
  • At least three years of related work
    experience in agribusiness development or agribusiness marketing
  • Knowledge and practical experience in
    value chain development.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in
    public private partnerships.
  • Previous work experience with farmer
  • Experience in smallholder farmer
    agribusiness capacity development
  • Knowledge of the agribusiness sector in
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send ONLY a
cover letter and a CV (not more than 4 pages) with at least three referees and
a daytime telephone contact by mail to recruitment@ug-actionagainsthunger.org
mentioning in the subject line BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER -SIDA IN THE
SUBJECT and your preferred location. Please note that attached documents should
not be larger than 2MBs. All documents should be in one file attachment. Any
email larger than 2MBS will not be considered
Deadline: 6th March 2018
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