Project Driver and Assistant UK NGO Jobs – Farm Africa

  Project Driver and Assistant
– Commercialising Chilli Production

Organization: Farm Africa

Duty Station: Lira, Uganda

Reports to: Project
Accountant & Administrator

About US:

Farm Africa, founded in 1985, is an international
non-governmental organization working in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.
We drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy
has three pillars: agricultural expertise, management and preservation of
ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity. We believe Africa
has the power to feed itself and are helping make this happen by establishing
and spreading the best farming and forestry techniques so that poor farmers and
herders have more food to feed their families and to sell. We help smallholders
manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate
change challenges and shocks and ensure their families have enough food in the
future as well as now. Farm Africa works in partnership with communities,
government, local and international organizations, and the private sector to
innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.

About Project:

Farm Africa is mid way through implementation of a three
year project in partnership with aBi Development Limited and the North East
Chilli Producers Association (NECPA). The project is focussed on creating a
more competitive and profitable chilli value chain within Lira, northern Uganda
to capitalise on growing international demand for varieties of Ugandan African
Birds Eye (ABE) dried chillies. The project will strengthen the technical
capacity of NECPA and their extension team to support market-orientated chilli
production across their entire area of operation. Key project activities
include; delivering an enhanced extension package to 3,000 (120 groups of 25)
chilli farmers in Aromo, Barr and Amach sub-counties; reforming input supply
within Aromo, Barr and Amach sub-counties to ensure there is an adequate flow
of high-quality inputs to service growing demand from farmers; supporting NECPA
to obtain the proper certification and licencing required in order to begin
accessing and selling their farmers’ chillies directly into high-value export
markets. At the same time, the project will promote greater inclusivity within
the value chain, encouraging female and youth led production by educating on
gender mainstreaming and creating new enterprise opportunities.

Job Summary:  The Project Driver and Assistant –
Commercialising Chilli Production will provide safe and timely transport
support to enable the CCP project team and partners to carry out their duties,
maintain the Farm Africa vehicle and provide support with administrative tasks.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Provide a timely and safe transport service to project team members and
Farm Africa visitors including:

Safely operating the Farm Africa vehicle in
accordance to Uganda traffic laws and Farm Africa’s vehicle use policy

Driving Farm Africa staff and officials to
various locations across Lango sub-region and on occasion further afield, as
assigned by the Project Accountant & Administrator

Maintenance of the Farm Africa vehicle including:

Maintaining an accurate log book for fuel
consumption, mileage and usage of assigned vehicle including appropriate
authorization for each trip.

Conducting and overseeing minor repairs of the
assigned vehicle.

Conducting regular checks, for example oil,
water, tyres etc. and reporting any issues promptly to the Project Accountant
and Administrator.

Ensuring timely service of the vehicle as
recommended by manufacturer.

Arranging major vehicle repairs with appropriate
service providers when the need arises and with the appropriate authorizations
according to Farm Africa’s procurement procedures.

Ensuring procurement of vehicle parts are done
in line with the Farm Africa procurement guidelines.

Ensuring the vehicle is cleaned regularly.

Ensuring that the vehicle is fully and
comprehensively insured at all times.

Assisting with administrative duties, in particular:

Assisting colleagues with office works including
photocopying, filling, binding of documents and other duties as reasonably requested.

Providing office reception support as required.

Ensuring that stocks of office consumables are
appropriately maintained.

Making hotel and/or transport bookings for
visiting staff.

Ensuring that the office compound is well

Carrying out errands as requested by the Project
Accountant & Administrator

NB: These essential functions are not to be interpreted as a
complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to
perform other job related duties as required. All work responsibilities are
subject to having performance goals and/or targets established.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The ideal candidate for the Farm Africa Project
Driver and Assistant job opportunity must hold a Certificate of Secondary

Valid Driving Permit Classes B, CM, and DL

At least two years of work experience working as
a professional driver for an INGO, UN or government programme

Clean driving history

Experience of administration support and running
office errands

Experience of day-to-day management of office

Demonstrable mechanical skills

Demonstrable ability to maintain records

Good standard of spoken English

Able to work under own initiative

Flexible and ‘can do’ attitude

Honesty and Integrity

Team Player


Mechanical skills qualification

Good working knowledge of Word and Excel.

Detailed knowledge of roads in Lango sub-region.

Defensive driving skills

Able to work with different people from
different cultures

How to Apply:

All candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV, salary
history, and a two-page supporting statement detailing how you meet the person
specification to including ‘Project Driver
& Assistant- ‘CCP Project ‘ in the subject line.

Deadline: Wednesday
26th February 2020 by 5.00pm EAT

NB: Please DO NOT
send additional documents such as certificates and references with your
application. Successful candidates ONLY will be required to provide these
documents during the referencing process. First round interviews will take
place w/c 2nd March 2020 at Farm Africa office in Lira. Only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted.

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