Client Development Officer Jobs – CURAD

Organisation: The Consortium for Enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness
Development Limited (CURAD)
Duty Station:
Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute at Kabanyolo, Uganda
About US:
The Consortium for
enhancing University Responsiveness to Agribusiness Development limited (CURAD)
is a public-private partnership initiative promoted by the Makerere University;
the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE) and
the National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO). The mission of CURAD is
to produce young innovative and skillful agribusiness incubatee Enterprises
through strategic partnerships that support training, mentoring and holistic
business development CURAD is an agribusiness incubation centre based at the
Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute at Kabanyolo. The key
outputs of the incubator are mainly young skilled entrepreneurs, profitable
enterprises and technological innovations and its target areas are the coffee
and horticulture value chains. The objective is to improve the efficiency of
marketing, to improve the quality of the product and to capture more value
added products in coffee and horticultural crops in ways that will increase
returns to the producers and create jobs locally.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Carry out customer development activities by getting to the student
    and rural and urban youth customer segments so that tailored services and
    products can be made for them.
  • Mobilise and engage the students/graduates in setting up
    agricultural value chain enterprises including coffee based SMEs.
  • Contribute to disseminating the information of the activities and
    opportunities provided by CURAD amongst the youth by tapping into
    educational institutions, youth communities and to wider public through
    outreach activities, youth community meetings, print/electronic media.
  • Help to facilitate in selecting, training and developing business
    ideas into models and business plans for students/graduates and generally
    the youths, arranging input service packages like extension services,
    marketing, office spaces,
  • Facilitate and link incubated client students/graduates to access
    financial support to implement their business plans.
  • Help in organising and facilitation of business plan competitions
    and student activities in tertiary institutions, which activity will
    enable start-up student enterprises to be competitive and attract funding.
  • Organize and facilitate youth entrepreneurial clubs (agripreneurs
    clubs) and clinics along specific value chains.
  • Participate in fundraising activities Support the CURAD Managing
    Director to:
  • Develop Monitoring & Evaluation reports in line with
    requirements of aBi and other partners
  • Conduct stakeholder and client surveys for the incubator
  • Prepare monthly articles and quarterly departmental reports on incubator
    activities concerning client – students, including financial performance
    of the incubates.
  • Prepare department annual report with data on job creation, revenue
    generated etc.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Managing Director.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, food
    science or related qualification. Msc in agriculture, business, marketing
    or related will provide added advantage.
  • Two to five years’ experience in managing student’s activities,
    farmers and farmer groups or similar youth/community service activities.
  • Strong ability to work and interact well with diverse customer
    segments in different agricultural value chains.
  • Handling training programs and ability to understand the demands of
    the youths today.
  • Ability to initiate manage and coordinate training, exhibitions and
    related activities
  • Entrepreneurship management, revenue generation and Person’s
    management.
  • Basic computer skills in MS Office package and presentation skills.
  • Good written and oral communication in English and one of the local
    dialects in Uganda.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications addressed to
the Executive Director of the CURAD Board accompanied with copies of academic
transcripts and certificates via postal to: P.O. BOX 1509, Kampala Uganda or
email to curad.curad@gmail.com and copy to nakabittie@gmail.com.
Deadline: Friday, 15th June 2018 by 4.00pm East African
standard time.
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