Agribusiness Development Advisor NGO Career Jobs – AVSI Foundation


Job Title:    Agribusiness Development

Organisation: AVSI

Duty Station: 
Mbarara, Uganda

Reports to: Agribusiness
Development Specialist (based in Gulu) and the Private Sector Development
Manager/Team Leader (based in Kampala)


About US:

AVSI is an
international NGO with headquarters in Italy. AVSI has been active in Uganda
since 1984. It’s current activities are focused on the areas of Education,
Health, Livelihoods, Protection, Nutrition, Emergency programs in Uganda.


About SAY Project:

AVSI is implementing
a 4 Years project – Till end of 2024 funded by the Embasys of the Kingdome of
Netherlands titled “Skilling in Agripreneurship for increased Youth Employment”
– SAY project.


Job Summary:  AVSI is seeking to recruit suitably qualified
personnel for the position of Agribusiness Development Advisor, to contribute
to the implementation of the “Skilling in Agripreneurship for increased Youth
Employment” – SAY project. Under the direct supervision of the
Agribusiness Development Specialist (based in Gulu) and the Private Sector
Development Manager/Team Leader (based in Kampala), the Agribusiness
Development Advisor will be responsible for implementation and rolling out of
all agribusiness and agriculture related activities of the project in Central
Uganda. Ideal candidate shall carry out the following duties and


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

liaison with the Agribusiness Development Specialist based in Gulu assist in
developing the strategy and provide technical insights in rolling it out to
promote Youth agripreneurship and business growth in the central region.

collaboration with the TL assist in developing the strategy in the region and
provide technical insights in rolling it out as requested.

agribusinesses to develop gender sensitive business and marketing plans in
coordination with agribusiness owners/managers to achieve revenue goals.

business development services to agribusiness within the region.

the agribusinesses’ current and past budgets, expenses, sales, revenues and
product deficiencies in order to provide recommendations for business growth
and problem resolution.

participate in identifying new business opportunities that could impact on
youth employment in agribusiness.

participate in identifying areas of opportunity and develop strategies for
Youth Employment in Agribusiness.

internal reorganization of agribusinesses by offering on spot support and other
advisory support services. Continuously assess and provide on support technical
support to agribusiness and Agriprenuers; identify business growth and capacity
needs; coordinate relevant trainings that add value.

Create strategic partnerships with key business development service providers
and other stakeholders to promote growth of agribusinesses (Access to Finance,
markets, HRM, product development, Regulation/Registration e.t.c).

with other business development service providers and other stakeholders to
develop creative strategies to promote growth of agribusinesses.

training and other technical support services based on the needs of the
agribusinesses and agriprenuers.

with the team provide continuous mentorship and coaching to ensure sustainable
growth of agriprenuer businesses.

and profile the project, its objectives and results, in publications and

closely with the team others to ensure that other trainings are synchronized
and adds value.

engage in strategic thinking on how to make the program succeed.

in preparing the Agribusiness Theme central regional monthly, quarterly and
annual work plans and reports and other documents as required by the Team Leads
and MEAL Team

other duty that may be assigned


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the AVSI Foundation Agribusiness Development Advisor job
must hold a Degree in Agribusiness Management, Small Business Management,
Agricultural Economics or related field.

Master’s Degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage

At least
5 years of professional experience in the field of youth in agribusiness;

in working with public sector, private sector and agro-training institutes on
institutional development or similar projects will be an asset;

in monitoring and evaluation of performance of business units and/or
regional/local or community socio-economic development projects is desirable.

in training, facilitating or mentoring role

in Agriculture (agronomy) is an asset

strategic thinking, creative problem solving and basic financial management

knowledge of community participatory approaches and disaster risk reduction,
climate change adaption and mitigation measures

team player with excellent inter-personal and communication skills

computer skills (MS Word, Excel, internet)

communication, including written and presentation skills.

to work under pressure and to make accurate decisions.

analytical and organizational skills – innovative thinker;

working with refugees and refugee hosting communities is desirable.

planning and organization skills

Evaluation and Learning skills and experience

to be based in a rural setting with frequent travel within the implementation

proposal writing experience is an asset

sensitivity, patience and flexibility

Language: English fluency with excellent oral and writing skills is required.
Knowledge of any other local languages (especially in Western region) is of
added value.


How to Apply:

All candidates are
encouraged to send their application letters, accompanied with updated
Curriculum Vitae indicating 3 work- related referees, plus copies of relevant certificates,
should be addressed to: The AVSI Country Representative, AVSI Foundation, P.O.
Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda and sent to indicating the e-mail
subject as ‘Application for Agribusiness Development Advisor – Mbarara.’


Deadline: 31st January 2021 by 5:00 pm


Only short listed candidates will be contacted. AVSI Foundation is an equal
opportunities employer and has a functional Child Protection Policy by which
all AVSI staff and Associates must abide.


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