Country Director DFID CASA Project Jobs – RTI International

Job Title:  Country
Organisation: RTI
Project Name: Commercial
Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Project
Funding Source: Department
for International Development (DFID
Duty Station: Kampala,

About RTI:

RTI International is one of the
world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition
by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides
research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75
countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training,
surveys and statistics, advanced technology, international development, economic
and social policy, energy and the environment, and laboratory testing and
chemical analysis.
About DFID CASA Project:
RTI is currently seeking candidates
for an anticipated Department for International Development (DFID) funded
Commercial Agriculture for Smallholders and Agribusiness Project, a 5-year, £30
million project.  CASA is intended to
increase sustainable investment in agribusinesses with smallholder supply
chains and increase the involvement of poorer smallholders in those supply
chains. CASA will increase economic opportunities for smallholder famers by:
demonstrating the commercial viability of agribusinesses with significant
smallholder supply chains; deepen the smallholder impact of investments by
investors; and enable more smallholder farmers to engage with commercial
Job Summary: The Country
Director will be responsible for project operations in Uganda with sesame and
beans as the two target value chains. Reports to the CASA Chief of Party and
will liaise with support other members of the project management team
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provides
    vision, direction, strategic leadership and management for CASA’s
    country-level interventions, learning and communication.
  • Spearheads
    the application of evidence and learning through knowledge sharing and
    peer learning efforts, capacity strengthening, stakeholder consultation.
  • Manages
    relationships with DFID country managers and, along with CASA technical
    specialists, serves as primary liaison with project stakeholders and the
    private sector.
  • Ensures
    internal integration of project activities with the CASA overall plans
    through: 1) the annual work plan and budgeting process; 2)
    creating/maintaining an effective project management team; 3) overseeing
    an effective monitoring and evaluation system. 
  • Ensures
    effective coordination and synergies between policy –level, market level,
    and community-based activities, while managing heavy procurements, deliveries
    and other related logistical actions.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The
    applicant must hold a Master’s degree in or PhD in Economics, Agriculture,
    Business, International Development or related field and a minimum of 10
    years of relevant work experience
  • Previous
    experience in agricultural value chain development in Uganda, knowledge
    management, organizational capacity development and partnership
    development with the private sector, famer-based organizations, policy
    advocacy, national and district governments, donors and donor
  • Proven
    ability to lead diverse teams of highly experienced professionals.
  • Knowledgeable
    and experienced with DFID policies and procedures.
  • Excellent
    interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent
    communication abilities (verbal and written).
  • Ability
    to travel within Uganda and internationally.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to apply online at the link below.
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