East Africa Youth Inclusion Project Agriculture Value Chains Manager Non-profit Careers – Heifer International

Organization: Heifer International
Project Name: The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program
(EAYIP)
Duty Station: Wakiso, Uganda
Reports to: EAYIP Country Program Manager
About Heifer:
Heifer International, an international not-for-profit organization
founded in 1944 in the United States of America, works with resource constrained
families in 125 countries worldwide to develop innovative solutions to the
underlying causes of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation.
About EAYIP Program:
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) is a five-year program
designed to motivate and engage more youth in the agricultural sector and
present them with a pathway to improve their livelihoods. The program is
implemented in various districts of Uganda and Tanzania.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Program Effectiveness (50%)
        
Accountable for the successful implementation of
the value chains approach in the EAYIP project.
        
Create and strengthen linkages between EAYIP’s
beneficiaries and the private sector.
        
Support the development and empowerment of youth
participating in hub based value chains through employment or as direct
participants. Working in collaboration with the Social Capital and Cluster
Manager, support the replication of existing and development of new hubs for
supporting youth.
        
Develop monthly, quarterly and annual activity
work plans in collaboration with the project team that incorporate
interventions and activities to strengthen each value chain specifically for
inclusion of youth.
        
Ensure that monthly, quarterly and annual
planned targets are achieved.
        
Identify value chains and business opportunities
with the greatest potential to generate impact for establishing new hubs by
30th June 2018.
        
Identify business opportunities that can help
young men and women to start or expand businesses in the selected value chains
by 30th June 2018.
        
Provide timely support facilitate and monitor
the implementation of youth-focused training programs aimed at improving
vocational skills in the identified value chains.
        
Provide accurate market information and linkages
to service providers to the hubs management on a monthly basis.
Management and Compliance (30%): Accountable for the planning,
documentation and analysis  of
information and activites that ensure the timely achievement of EAYIP’s outputs
and outcomes.
        
Prepare annual operating plans and budgets, and
provide technical assistance to local cooperatives and partners to properly
implement value chain activities.
        
On weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and
annual basis prepare and  submit project
progress reports in time to the Country Program Manager.
        
On daily basis, collaborate closely with the
EAYIP Uganda Country Program Manager in implementation of value chain
activities.
Sustainability (20%): Develop the capacity of local
cooperatives, NGOs and partners to identify and strengthen selected EAYIP value
chains to be more youth-inclusive.
        
Develop and disseminate hub development tool
kits by June 30th 2018.
        
Establish and maintain proactive links with hubs
and develop access to markets and linkages to service providers.
        
Support formation and registration of youth
associations.
        
By August 30, 2018, build the capacity of Hub
boards and staff in good governance, group dynamics and leadership.
        
May perform other duties as assigned by Country
Program Manager.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
        
The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
the fields of Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Business Administration,
Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other related field plus five (5)
years of successful experience in development work in private sector in Uganda
        
Master’s Degree or equivalent in the fields of
Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Rural
Development, Enterprise Development or other related field, plus five (5) years
in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment
promotion, or agriculture development.
        
Significant experience in building
public/private partnerships in the Agricultural sector.
        
Strong business skills, leadership, strategic
and innovation skills.
        
Demonstrated knowledge of the latest
developments in best practices in pro-poor value chain development that reaches
women, youth, the poor, and underprivileged.
        
Demonstrated creativity, ability to think
systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions and
design catalytic activities within value chains (e.g. the concept of
quality-based pricing).
        
Demonstrated ability to design and implement
strategies to provide institutional capacity building to key partner
institutions to build a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable dairy
industry.
        
Knowledge of and experience in setting up
cottage industries for processing locally branded dairy products (e.g. cheese,
butter, fortified milk and yoghurt among others) & other agricultural products
for onward supply to niche markets as well as implementing consumption
promotion/stimulation strategies in the context of agricultural sector.
        
Previous experience in providing market
information to hubs / cooperatives and linkages to service providers e.g. input
dealers, buyers / exporters etc.
        
Experience establishing strategic alliances and
joint ventures with local and foreign processors.
        
Knowledge of equity financing (e.g. venture
capital and/or private equity investing).
        
Strong computer literacy, preferably with
Microsoft Office Suite.
        
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability
to relate to individuals diplomatically and tactfully.
        
Ability to integrate financial services within a
value chain and to foster trust and build strong relationship between value
chain actors and financial service providers.
        
Must be courteous, honest and of high integrity,
especially in high-pressure situations.
        
Proven interpersonal and communication skills
with ability to relate to individuals and groups diplomatically and tactfully.
        
Self-starter and self-motivator with the ability
to work in a multicultural setting.
        
Must be a team player and can execute and manage
multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
        
Ability to follow directions and independently
complete assigned tasks (written or verbal).
        
Ability to work a varied schedule to include
early mornings, weekends and some evenings.
        
Ability to work with sensitive information and
maintain confidentiality.
        
Fluency in English (knowledge of other languages
spoken in Uganda is a plus).
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at the
link below
Deadline: 9th March 2018
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