Zoa Project Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Zoa Project Coordinator Jobs in Uganda

Closing date: 27 Sep 2019

Project Coordinator Livelihoods

Duty Station: Nwoya

Reports to: Project Manager

About ZOA

ZOA is an international NGO that is 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.

About the position

The Project Coordinator, with support from the Project Manager, is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the agri-business related activities under the Securing Land for Sustainable Agri-business project in the four target sub-counties in Nwoya District.

Main Responsibilities


  • Implements activities as described in the project proposal based on ZOA’s country policy;

  • Ensure quality roll out of group training in ERI/PAED through monthly recap and feedback sessions;

  • Monitor attendance of group members in ERI/PAED and take corrective measures when attendance falls;

  • Ensure experimental tests are conducted based on through analysis of constraints and opportunities of selected crops including keeping records on the findings of the tests;

  • Support field staff in selecting appropriate markets for market visit by marketing facilitators;

  • Monitor the cascading and adoption of practices, technologies and varieties at household level from experimental or learning sites;

  • Ensure green jobs selected through the ERI/PAED are implemented either through competitive support and linkage to loans (banks & MFIs);

  • Ensures strong weekly monitoring of the saving groups to strengthen and help them mature;

  • Link mature saving groups to formal financial institutions for digital mobile banking and loans;

  • Supports the formation & strengthening of Producer & Marketing Associations (PMAs) or networks including establishing functional leadership structure, constitutions, by-laws, business plan, registration with the Community Development Office and opening of bank accounts;

  • Oversees the implementation of the competitive support to ensure viable and best business plan are awarded;

  • Ensure PMAs, groups and enterprises started through competitive support are linked to sustainable input and output markets (through bulking strategies);

  • Conduct regular health checks of the groups and enterprises and ensure physical and financial records are in place;

  • Build the capacity of the project staff and farmer groups in Agribusiness Management;

  • Discover and seize opportunities for contract farming or linkage of farmers with BDS providers, processors and exporting companies.

    Human Resource Management

  • Participate in the recruitment of project Officers including review of JDs, and interviewing ensuring that selected candidates have required technical skills and knowledge;

  • Provide orientation to Officers on ZOA’s policies, Land security team, and job description ensuring that Officers are conversant with ZOA’s internal regulations and donor regulations;

  • Supervise Officers ensuring timely and quality implementation of project as per grant
    agreement, approved project proposal, log frame, M&E plan, Gantt chart and budgets;

  • Continually identify capacity gaps and provide ongoing mentoring and coaching to Officers in order to improve their performance in delivering their services and / or recommend strategic training opportunities for Land security field staff;

  • Assist in regular orientation of ZOA staff in Agriculture concepts and serve as a resource for institutional knowledge;

  • Establish and continually evaluate the performance of Project Officers against established performance objectives in a timely manner. Generally ensure adherence to ZOA PME system;

  • Ensure effective leave management within the Land Security, in liaison with the Administrator in the field.


  • Regularly review project budgets ensuring that planned activities are budgeted;

  • Ensure Land Security monthly cash needs are reviewed with the Administrator and submitted to the PGM by 5th of every quarter;

  • Ensure compliance with ZOA’s finance policy within the Land security team;

  • Assist with budget realignments and development of new project budgets as it becomes necessary.


  • Actively participate in Land Security working groups;

  • Maintain cordial working relationships with field level agriculture units and other NGOs;

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with national agriculture research centers such as NaCRRI and NARO and major seed companies;

  • Establish and maintain good working relationship with sub-county leaders and production department understand Land security project and solicit their participation and by-in into all projects continually consult and solicit their inputs into project implementation as appropriate;

  • Ensure that Project Officers communicate with district and sub-county officials on project progress and emerging issues;

  • Take lead in organizing special missions to the project including donor visits;

  • Ensure effective collaboration with other sectors within ZOA to promote/ensure holistic programming and logistical efficiency. Also provide technical assistance to other sectors;

    Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree or Diploma in Agricultural Economics or other relevant field;

  • At least 3 years successful experience in a similar position in Agro business competence, plan, development and cost –benefit analysis.

    Additional Requirements

  • Good communication, writing and facilitation skills;

  • Excellent spoken and written command of English and Luo;

  • Inventive, creative and enthusiastic person (able to develop the best approach);

  • Good computer skills;

  • 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 coordinate projects in post conflict affected areas;

  • Provides regular feedback, acknowledges success and need for improvement with supervisees;

  • Coaches, challenges and provides opportunities for growth;

  • Good computer skills: Ms Excel and Ms Word;

  • Ability to drive a motorcycle with valid driving/riding license.

    How to Apply
    All suitably qualified and interested candidates with the required qualification, experience, knowledge, skills, attributes and abilities should send their applications to ugandavacancies@zoa.ngo.

    Applications should only include the following: cover letter and an 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.

    Deadline: 27th September, 2019. Indicate only “Application Project Coordinator Livelihoods” on the subject line. Qualified female and or individuals with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

    Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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