ZOA Agribusiness Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

ZOA Agribusiness Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

About ZOA

ZOA is an international NGO that inspired by Christian identity and biblical message of reconciliation and restoration of a broken world with its headquarters in the Netherlands.

ZOA operate in fifteen countries on and on three continents. At ZOA we provide relief to people affected by conflict or natural disasters, contribute to a new perspective of hope in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust.

Together with the affected communities we work on the recovery of their livelihoods.
In Uganda, ZOA has offices in Kampala, West Nile (Arua), Acholi (Nwoya), and Karamoja (Amudat).

ZOA Uganda works both in relief and recovery on the themes of food security & livelihoods, WASH, primary/accelerated/vocational education, and conflict management with a special focus on land security.

In 2016, ZOA in a Consortium of four NGOs (DRC, ZOA, Save the Children, and CEFORD) starts a multi-year livelihoods and peace building project in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement in Arua District under the EU Trust Fund Mechanism to support the self-reliance, resilience and social stability of displacement affected communities, South Sudanese refugees, and their host communities.

We are now recruiting for the following position:

About the position

The Agribusiness Coordinator will coordinate and support linkage between farmers and the market.

The coordinator will identify right market for the products of the farmers and help them set up their businesses and through mentoring focus on developing commercial capacities of the farmers towards becoming professional business entrepreneurs.

He/she will discover opportunities for contract farming or linkage of farmers with BDS providers, processors and exporting companies.

The coordinator will work directly and closely with the livelihood coordinator EUTF project, livelihood advisor, senior project officers and project officers, District Local Government, (District Commercial Officer and Community development Officers), local NGOs and other stakeholders.

Major responsibilities:


  • Work with buyers to clarify their specific needs and help farmers to communicate with these buyers to plan concrete and successful completion of transaction
  • Work with quality input suppliers to clarify their specific procedures of procurements and help farmers to communicate with these input suppliers to plan and concrete successful completion of transaction
  • Work with banks and MFIs to clarify specific requirement for loan/financial services and help farmers to communicate with these buyers to plan and concrete successful completion of transactions
    Producer’s Associations:
  • Find markets and buyers for commodity produced by POs
  • Facilitate transactions and signing of contracts between PAs and private sector
  • Support the flow of commodities to aggregation centers and develop PAs bulking systems
  • Support farmers to buy and bulk inputs from licensed input suppliers
  • Help PAs develop a sound business system including setting up of financial records, bulking and sales records, warehouse records and sound governance (meeting, election etc) and financial viability (revenue generating systems)
  • Ensure PAs have a viable business plan
  • Conduct value-chain studies for PA’s commodities and work to remove constraints to link PAs to market
  • Work towards ensuring PAs have access to formal loan
  • Develop sustainability plan for PAs
  • Compile reports on bulking and collective sales
  • Increase PAs to meet high quality and quantity products including linkage to contract farming
  • Support PAs to be connected to regional or national networks
  • Develop and maintain a database of key market actors that can be used to further transactions
    Competitive support:
  • Find market for products by the farmers including contract farming
  • Increase the capacity of the farmers to adopt high value, export standard and space saving enterprises
  • Provide consistent and regular business support, mentoring and follow up to enterprises including production support to ensure a
    successful enterprise
  • Support successful business set up including setting up financial records, business plan, dividend policy and profit and loss statement
  • Conduct regular scoping of business, identify gaps and take measures to fill the gaps to reduce business mortality
  • Support enterprises to have access to loan to ensure expansion or diversification
  • Support enterprises to have access to input
  • Identify opportunities for farm based value addition of products and provide instant training to farmers

    Work-planning and Reporting:

  • Actively facilitate the translation of intervention strategies into action plans with concrete activities targets and timeframes
  • Work closely with the Livelihood Coordinator; support the project teams to prepare realistic annual and quarterly workplan output
  • Work in liaison with Livelihood Coordinator, compile and submit timely quarterly and annual reports on Local Seed Business development

    Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years professional work experience in livelihood humanitarian/ development work including in displacement setting.
  • Have a degree in Agribusiness, Business/Agricultural Marketing, Market Research or relevant field.
  • Have experience in project managing and coordinating people from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Have excellent research, data collecting, and analytical skills.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Lugbara.
  • Must have proficiency in computers, email, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Have excellent time management and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and execute.
  • Possess skills or openness to working with others from different cultures.
  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to work and communicate well in a team
  • Have knowledge of or desire to learn about permaculture and agroecology
  • Competence in agro-business planning, development and profitability analysis

    Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work in a harsh working environment
  • Sensitivity towards emerging conflict in refugee settings
  • Good communication, writing, negotiation and facilitation skills
  • Good computer skills: Ms Excel, Ms Word
  • Self-motivator, having the ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to work in an innovative environment where plans are developed fast and open for change
  • Ability and skills to support activities where both refugee and host communities are involved
  • Able to ride a motorcycle with a valid driving/riding license
  • Preferably knowledge of Arabic or other relevant local language

    How to Apply

  • All suitably qualified and interested candidates with the required qualification, experience, knowledge, skills, attributes and abilities should send their applications including a cover letter, updated CV (with three professional referees) of which two must be 2 professional references, including your supervisor and the most recent/previous employer, and 1 character reference could be your pastor or priest addressed to ZOA Uganda to ugandavacancies@zoa.ngo not later than 21st December 2018. Indicate the job title in the subject line. Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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