Business Development and Marketing Officer Irish NGO Jobs – Self Help Africa (SHA)

Organisation: Self Help Africa (SHA)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Agriculture Development Project Team Leader
About US:
Self Help Africa
(SHA) is an International Non-Governmental Organization implementing rural
development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in nine
countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. SHA’s vision is an economically thriving and
resilient rural Africa with a mission to support sustainable livelihoods for
Uganda’s smallholder farmers. SHA has been working in Uganda for close to 20
Job Summary:  The Business Development and Marketing Officer
will work with farmers in the Albertine Region (initially focusing on Hoima,
Nwoya and Buliisa), supporting them to develop their businesses so that they
are able to produce, bulk, process and supply agriculture and related products
to the increasing consumer demands in the region, and beyond. The BDMO will
apply market system approaches to improve the competitiveness of agricultural
producers to respond to new and expanding market opportunities. The BDMO will
enhance SHA Uganda’s ability to deliver high impact market and enterprise
development programming including: assisting farmer groups in on-farm and
off-farm business development; value chain development; developing innovative
financial inclusion models and approaches.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Support the
development of dynamic and inclusive SMEs that are aligned to Uganda Country
enterprise development programmes
  • Leading value chain and/or market analysis studies intended to
    support project design and/or implementation of ongoing projects.
  • Exploring and developing partnerships with public private sector
    actors to provide production and market services to smallholder farmers
  • Facilitating market driven linkages between farmers, input/output
    dealers, and other value chain actors by establishing business
    relationships and facilitating deals (both formal and informal) which open
    new market channels for producers.
  • Provide technical oversight on Farmers Organization Business plan
    development and implementation. 
  • Strong integration of enterprise development approach and inclusive
    market system approaches adopted in the Implementing Partners.
institutional and enterprise development for smallholder famers, including
off-farm and on-farm businesses
  • Map and lead surveys of farmer groups to determine their strengths
    and weaknesses.
  • Contribute to the development and strengthening of farmers groups
    and improve their competitiveness
  • Conduct refresher and specialized trainings as needed with staff,
    partners and farmer groups and design necessary educational materials
    (manuals, handouts etc.).
  • Conduct continuous market intelligence and assessments to inform
    programming including identification of sectors and value chains that have
    high potential to benefit the smallholder farmers            
Facilitate access
to financial services for smallholder farmers
  • Facilitate the adaptation and operationalisation of rural financial
    inclusive model e.g. Saving with a Productive Purpose (SWAPP), Gender
    Action Learning (GALs) and Savings and Loan Associations (SLA) financial
    services model being advanced by SHA Uganda.
  • Monitoring and ensuring quality of VSLA services delivery to ensure
    it is accordance with adapted model;
  • Lead the documentation and sharing of lessons learnt on financial
    inclusive models
  • Explore and develop relationships with financial services providers
    to improve access to mainstream services by smallholders
  • Lead research initiatives on pro-poor financial services products
    and facilitate access to an adaptation of new financial services products
    to the target communities.
Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
  • Document and disseminate case studies, best practices on market
    development activities and lessons on working with private sector for
    innovative services
  • Support Implementing Partners with enterprise related data
    collection, analysis and reporting.
  • Develop strategies that strengthen adoption of knowledge and skills
    acquired by partners

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Self Help Africa Business Development
    and Marketing Officer job must hold a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness,
    Agricultural Economics, Enterprise Development or related field,
  • Three years of working experience in enterprise development with
    NGO, private sector or government, focusing on any of the following
    fields: value chain development, value addition, pro-poor financial
    services, business management or agri-business with strong private sector
    linkages, processing and farmer institutional development.
  • Experience and knowledge in the design and implementation of both
    on-farm and off-farm enterprise development projects for individuals and
  • Working experience in agriculture, livestock, or the natural
    resources sectors, marketing with excellent analytical/problem-solving and
    research skills,
  • Skills in training/facilitation of development processes including
    organisation and mobilization of communities, enterprise development and
    networking among different development partners,
  • Strong skills in speaking an  d
    writing English with solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, power
    point and email.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to produce results within tight deadlines in a very
    busy environment
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative
  • Ability to solve problems and take corrective action.
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards
    and practices,
  • Ability to speak local languages in the Albertine Region will be an
    added advantage
  • Ability to ride a motor cycle
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send a completed application
form, Download
, CV & Cover Letter by E-mail as follows: – Please type “Business Development and Marketing
Officer” – [your name]” in the subject line of the e-mail.
Deadline: 19th November 2018
Please do not send
certificates at this stage. Due to the anticipated high volume of applications,
kindly note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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