Project Director (Re-advertised) NGO Jobs – TechnoServe


Job Title:    Project Director;

Organisation: TechnoServe

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Program Name:
The Horticulture Market Acceleration Platform (HortiMAP)

Funding Source: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN)

Reports to: Country


About US:

TechnoServe is a
leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift
themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries,
we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build
competitive farms, businesses, and industries. By linking people to
information, capital, and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting
prosperity for their families and communities. Founded over 50 years ago,
TechnoServe has been named the #1 nonprofit for fighting poverty by the
ImpactMatters charity ratings agency.


About Program:

The Embassy of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Uganda is funding a horticulture value
chain project for the period 2020 to 2024. The Horticulture Market Acceleration
Platform (HortiMAP) aims to support entrepreneurial farmers, SMEs, and
government leaders to chart their own course towards a competitive, inclusive
Ugandan horticulture sector. HortiMAP will holistically address market actor
constraints through technical assistance (TA) and financing solutions along
horticulture value chains to improve food security, strengthen business growth,
increase incomes, create jobs, and promote sustainable market-based growth in
the horticulture sector.


Job Summary:  TechnoServe seeks a Project Director to
provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise over the


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

overall implementation and management of the anticipated program, from
inception to close-out

strategic guidance, leadership, management, and general technical oversight of
the program

as the primary liaison with EKN, the Ugandan government, and all other
counterparts, implementing partners, and stakeholders involved with the program

relationships between market actors, including: SMEs, Producer Organizations,
buyers, exporters, and financial institutions

leading, managing, and supervising implementation teams comprising long- and
short¬term team members and consortium partners

developing operational efficiencies and driving innovations in delivery,
ensuring that the program meets established objectives and targets and delivers
Value for Money

as spokesperson for the program and presenting its work regionally/globally

and communicating critical program learnings

issues and risks related to implementation in a timely manner, suggesting
appropriate program adjustments


senior level staff including tech specialists, financial directors and M&E


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the TechnoServe Project Director job opportunity must hold
degree in Business Administration, Agricultural Economics, or another relevant
field, and at least 10 years of experience in relevant private sector or
development programs Or a Master’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience.

program management experience in commercial agriculture, agribusiness
development, access to finance, market access, trade facilitation, and
partnership development

in English required. Understanding of Luganda, Swahili, and other native languages
is an advantage.

leading multi-disciplinary teams is desired.

interpersonal and communications skills and ability to effectively motivate and
manage teams in a multi-cultural environment

to work under tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and activities

to develop well written, cohesive analyses and reports

of capacities and constraints of smallholder farming and agribusiness

honest broker who is able to build win-win partnerships between multiple
agriculture sector stakeholders, including agribusinesses, public sector,
financial institutions, technology providers, and others

to clearly communicate a high-level strategy to internal and external
stakeholders, while driving execution of a workplan and achievement of short-term
milestones. Ability to use adaptive management principles to make strategic,
data-driven decisions in the face of uncertainty and complexity

opportunity is for East Africa Residents with work authorization or Ugandan


Preferred Qualifications:
Additional qualifications that
would make a candidate more desirable. We seek candidates who bring experience

complex horticulture or other agriculture programs in Uganda and/or Sub-Saharan
Africa strongly preferred

and nurturing public-private partnerships using a high-touch approach to
partnership development and implementation

and collaborating with senior management of agribusinesses (input suppliers,
producer organizations, processors, traders, etc.), financial institutions, and
other private sector actors to achieve partnership results

market systems development approaches, including a nuanced understanding of
when to implement hybrid MSD-value chain approaches depending on the maturity
and needs of market actors

and delivering demand-driven technical assistance and business development
services particularly through technical assistance facility mechanisms

a broad variety of catalytic financial instruments, including matching grants,
credit facilities, and access to commercial finance, and a demonstrated
understanding of factors that influence which instruments or combination of
instruments to select

and implementing inclusive business models that integrate women and youth
(farmers, entrepreneurs) and successfully removing structural barriers that bar
entry from entering or thriving in agricultural value chains

and implementing climate-smart approaches that improve the resilience of value
chain actors and agricultural sectors as a whole

consumer-facing campaigns to promote food safety and nutritious diets

large, complex programs funded by the Government of the Netherlands


How to Apply:

If you are
interested and you meet the requirements, apply through the link below;




Please submit a
resume, cover letter and three professional references.


Deadline: 15th February 2021


NB: Please note that
only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted. TechnoServe encourages
diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud
to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of
gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity,
ages, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other
protected classes. We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff,
partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all
final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks. If you have
a disability that affects your ability to use our online system to apply for a
position at TechnoServe please contact the Human Resources at or call +1 202 785 4515.


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