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Inclusive Agribusiness Expert / Country Project Manager Job at SNV Netherlands Development Organization - Career Opportunity in Uganda
Job Category: Environment, Forestry and Agriculture
Job Type: Full-Time
Deadline of this Job:  5th May 2019
Duty Station: Uganda
Posted: 01-05-2019
Job Status
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 01-05-2019
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 02-05-2089
Job Description

Vacancy title:
Inclusive Agribusiness Expert / Country Project Manager

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Administrative & Office ]


Jobs at:

SNV Netherlands Development Organization

Deadline of this Job:
5th May 2019  

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Kampala , East Africa

Date Posted: 30th April 2019 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Job Title: Inclusive Agribusiness Expert / Country Project Manager
Organization: SNV Netherlands Development Organization
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organizational founded in the Netherlands in 1965; and currently maintains a global presence in 30 countries; across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV has been present in Uganda since 1989 and currently undertakes donor funded programming within 100+ districts across the country. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors and maintains the belief that no one should have to live in poverty; and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to programming within the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors by strengthening the capacities of targeted partners and communities at the field level; in order to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels, expand employment; improve food security; while paying special attention to gender equity, social inclusion of marginalized groups and stakeholder accountability.
About CSA Project:
The Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Project is a 5-year, €39 million project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, which started in June 2018. The project uses an inclusive Business Development approach to support the international and Dutch efforts on climate change and sustainable production in arable farming. The project will work with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating an institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of CSA-practices. It is driven by 3 pillars: i) adoption of CSA practices & technologies in arable crop production farming systems; ii) acceleration of investments and business growth in selected value chains; iii) improved enabling environment for scaling out of CSA. Interventions are centred on business cases which are derived from a thorough climate risk assessment and financial analysis of value chains in pulses, oilseeds, potatoes and grains. A climate smart business case innovation and investment facility aims to further improve access to finance and facilitate scaling. The project is implemented by a consortium consisting of SNV, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), the CGIAR research programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Agriterra and Rabo Partnership, and is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).
Job Summary: The Inclusive Agribusiness Expert / Country Project Manager has the responsibility of the development and implementation of inclusive business cases whereby climate smart agriculture interventions are integrated into the value chain from an agronomic, financial and inclusion perspective. Prioritised value chain commodities are pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains. The incumbent will identify and support business cases for the co-investment fund and broker access to finance and investment of the businesses. S/he will coordinate and work with financial institutional partners to scale climate smart investments, as well as with service providers of climate smart solutions, innovations and technologies to further the objective of the project by providing affordable and accessible climate interventions to all stakeholders operating within the targeted value chains. The incumbent will take on delegated responsibility of in-country project management from the overall three country project manager, who is based in Uganda. The Expert/PM reports directly to the overall Project Manager for CSA East Africa and the Uganda Country Director and collaborates closely with the Agriculture global sector team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Project Management
• Coordinate and contribute to value chains and climate risk assessments of prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);
• Identify inclusive business case development for the climate innovation and investment facility;
• Support agribusinesses to develop their business cases incorporating climate smart technologies, innovations and solutions (incl. energy efficiencies);
• Identify and link climate serviced providers to business case stakeholders for accessible and affordable wide scale adoption of climate practices, technologies, and innovations;
• Establish appraisal criteria for the co-investment fund, design milestone based payment scheme and contribute to the assessment of the business cases;
• Coordinate with the fund manager the planning and disbursement of grant funds;
• Support the implementation and roll-out of business cases;
• Broker access to finance and investments between SME’s and financial institutions;
• Monitor and report the performance of the business cases as per the set milestones;
• Advise financial institutions on climate smart business investments to leverage climate finance money;
• Set-up of coaching programs on agribusiness management for female entrepreneurs and youth;
• Support agribusiness platforms to promote, advise and jointly agree on climate proofing value chains, policy recommendations and climate smart investments;
• Manage the in-country project in all aspects of project management: budgets, work planning, human resource, activities and reporting;
• Oversee and support country project implementation, link and collaborate with the Kenya and Tanzania project managers, and report to the regional project manager.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• Knowledge of the prioritized commodities preferably at global level and in Uganda;
• Experience in value chain development, climate smart agriculture, energy efficient solutions, and agribusiness finance, preferable experience with climate finance;
• Ability and demonstrated experience of designing and appraising inclusive business cases;
• Experience in female and youth entrepreneurship programs;
• Strong agribusiness relationship management experience and focus with the ability to stimulate trust and confidence with clients and investors including managing various stakeholders;
• Understanding of climate change risk management and inclusion of smallholder producers into the supply chain;
• Proven track record in project management, specifically in project planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting and financial management for large scale comprehensive projects;
• International work experience and the ability to effectively coach and lead a team of advisors in a multi-cultural setting;
• Excellent communication (written and oral), reporting and presentation skills;
• Flexible approach to take on additional responsibilities as assigned/delegated by the Country Director;
• Willingness to travel to all project locations within Uganda and beyond.

  Job Education Requirements:
The ideal candidate for the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Inclusive Agribusiness Expert / Country Project Manager job must hold a relevant academic qualification: Agribusiness, Agricultural Economy or Business Administration

Job Experience Requirements:
• At least ten years of experience of working with or in Agribusiness, preferably in the prioritised commodities (pulses, oilseed, potatoes and grains);;

Job Skills: Not Specified


Job application procedure
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join SNV are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the web link below.  Deadline: 5th May 2019 

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