Self Help Africa Agribusiness Officer Jobs in Uganda

Self Help Africa Agribusiness Officer Jobs in Uganda

About Self Help Africa & United Purpose

In late 2021 Self Help Africa (SHA) and United Purpose (UP) merged. The two organisations – one headquartered in Ireland and the other in Wales – implement projects to end extreme hunger and poverty.

This merger doubled our size and reach – and means that in 2022 we are implementing poverty eradication projects in 17 countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. Collectively, we are also part of a group that includes social enterprise subsidiaries Partner Africa, TruTrade and Cumo Microfinance.

In 2022 our work will reach more than six million people and invest upwards of €45m in more than 100 development programmes designed to improve food systems, facilitate access to markets and financial services, combat climate change, gender inequality, and improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

This is an exciting time to join us as we unite two like-minded and entrepreneurial organisations seeking to tackle the global challenges in progressive and innovative ways.

Job purpose

The purpose of the job is to facilitate access to green economy opportunities (agriculture, eco-tourism, waste management) and enhance capacities of smallholder farmers, women and youth in marketing, financial inclusion and establish green businesses in Kigezi Region. The Agribusiness Officer will be responsible for ensuring high quality implementation, delivering and coordinating to build the resilience of smallholder farmers, women, and youth in the green economy around Lake Bunyonyi Sub Catchment.This also includes technical backstopping and other support to beneficiary individuals, producer organisations and associations and other stakeholders like local CBOs/NGOs, Local Government and private sector players, who are working with project beneficiaries.

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Take lead in the training of youth and women livelihood groups on technical aspects of Village Saving and loans (VSLA) implementation, small scale business management and development and marketing and value addition
  • Take lead in mobilization and establishment of various youth and women green business groups in the proposed project locations
  • Take the lead in the development of green business
  • Guide the established youth and women green business groups in the development of their business plans based on the identified local market potentials and opportunities using appropriate tools and provide technical business management training relative to the implementation of each group enterprises.
  • Make follow-ups to review progress on the implementation of the activity and eco-business plans.
  • Prepare reports on group and/or community planning processes, activity implementation and project progress in accordance with the implementation plan.
  • Develop vital linkages between the established business groups and local microfinance institutions such
    as the Village Saving and Loans Associations and cooperatives to facilitate groups’ access to credit and loans to invest in their businesses and livelihoods development
  • Facilitate establishment and strengthening of vital market linkages between green business groups and other vital value chain actors in the project areas.
  • Facilitate sustainable access to financial services and products for smallholder farmers and eco-business enterprises through a partnership with financial service providers and other financial institutions.
  • Support the effective roll-out of eco-business training to smallholder farmers and eco-business groups/enterprise
  • Link farmers to market players including input providers, post-harvest equipment, suppliers and market information providers and buyers.
  • Conduct continuous market screening and assessments (including identification of market actors, and eco-business agents) that have high potential to benefit the eco-business groups/ enterprises
  • Oversee the implementation of eco-businesses (including ecotourism and waste management)
  • Contribute to the planning and carrying out of exchange visits, conferences and business exhibitions on product marketing.

    Qualifications/Other Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Diploma or equivalent in Agribusiness, Agriculture and rural development, Food Security, Microfinance and business administration.
  • Experience in participatory market system programming and value chain analysis/Development of different agricultural commodities
  • Indepth understanding of project cycle management, with particular experience in participatory planning, implementation and results based monitoring of project activities.
  • Familiar with the local context in the proposed location and can effectively navigate challenges in this location
  • Understanding of key aspects of SHA development work; including food, nutrition, gender and livelihood security and other cross-cutting themes (e.g. youth, social inclusion, environment, HIV and AIDS);
  • Skills in training and facilitation of community processes, including organization and mobilization of communities and networking among different development partners such as youth groups, community-based organisations, government officers and SHA staff;
  • Ability to effectively use MS Office suite;
  • High level of integrity and high standards of personal conduct;

    Most Critical Proficiencies:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of team across different cultures.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative
  • Ability to solve problems and take corrective action.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Self Help Africa Agribusiness Officer Jobs in Uganda

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