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Business Development Officer

Action Against Hunger

Job Summary

The post holder will lead in the development of commercial opportunities for farmers in the Cassava, Chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom value chains and train farmers and farmer organizations in agribusiness development and marketing.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

Deadline of this Job:30 June 2020  


Duty Station: Within Uganda, Kiryandongo, East Africa


Action Against Hunger is a humanitarian relief organization operating in over 40 countries worldwide in the sectors of nutrition, health, water/sanitation, and food security. Action Against Hunger-USA, an independent NGO, currently manages operations in 8 countries: Kenya, South Sudan, Cambodia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti and Somalia. Action Against Hunger-USA has over $75 million in programs, and approximately 2000 staff based in in the various country offices, Head Quarter in New York City and Operational Centre in Nairobi. Additional growth is anticipated.
POSITION: Business Development Officer – Kiryandongo (1 Vacancy)


We are looking for a highly competent and vibrant person for a Business Development Officer role in our Kiryandongo Base to oversee Action Against Hunger Business development and development of commercial opportunities for our beneficiaries under the ENABLER project.
I. Summary of Position
The post holder will lead in the development of commercial opportunities for farmers in the Cassava, Chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom value chains and train farmers and farmer organizations in agribusiness development and marketing. The job holder will have a strong micro finance back ground to develop and grow savings groups to commercial business. The post requires an individual with solid expert knowledge of marketing, micro finance and out-grower supply chains in a commercial setting.
The Business Development Officer’s purpose of engagement and delivery is:
Purpose Provide technical support in the implementation and supervision of village savings and loans association (VSLA) groups, the Income Generating Activities’ (IGA) beneficiaries, and the farmer groups as required by the supervisor, compile reports, learning documents and case studies that inform key project indicators as required by the grant.


• Engagement: The Business Development Officer shall directly work under the Deputy Program Manager as the direct supervisor for technical support, Information sharing and in liaison with the Field Coordinator as the overall Supervisor for Technical support and Information sharing. He/she will also directly supervise a community based facilitator. In addition, he/she will work with governmental and non-governmental partners in the exchange of information, coordination and representation Other NGOs: technical relationship at field level, coordination of activities at field level.
• Delivery: The Business Development Officer will contribute to positive livelihoods outcome through the implementation of various community led Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) programs. Support the supervision of community based facilitators and prepare weekly, monthly and donor reports as per the standard reporting format. .

Essential job duties
• Establish the needs of the Cassava, chia, selected vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs in the project locations and country at large and identify key market players who can be linked to the project.
• Provide capacity development training and support to the project in Kiryandongo and Adjumani Districts to effectively mobilize and deliver agri-business development services to beneficiaries (social mobilizing, identification of interest groups, business planning, and strengthening market linkages).
• Support the DPM to identify key stakeholders involved in the value chain (agro dealers, agro processors, transporter, middle men, finance services provider, governmental technical services, and professional organization. Conduct discussions with all stakeholders and identify area of supports to develop linkages and collaborative way of working
• Coordinate relevant stakeholders and service providers to deliver trainings to project beneficiaries such as financial literacy trainings, agriculture loans, inputs, quality control and management, etc.
• Review existing information in the projects and provide training on identified markets and viable opportunities in the Cassava, chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs value chains.
• Ensure there is an up to date information about market in the Cassava, chia, vegetables, soap and mushroom IGAs value chains and conduct analysis of trends in these value chains: identify critical constraints and promising opportunities in order to improve the functioning of the five value chains, thereby improving access to markets.
• Participate in developing business plans and training program, and conduct training to the farmer groups and individual farmers on-farm support and IGA
• Conduct market studies and advise on best implementation strategies that would ensure that targeted farmers and farmer groups have profitable agribusiness ventures.
• Develop a sustainable marketing structure, including an umbrella commodity marketing associations to enhance market access
• Develop training manuals per thematic area, and Participate in the training of beneficiaries per the project requirements.
• Participate in all project review assessments, surveys and studies and ensure these are conducted per protocol.
• Conduct monthly periodic reviews and report to ensure that all business plans are adhered to and the entrepreneurial capacity of the beneficiaries is enhanced
• Document and compile reports on project activities including Monthly & Quarterly donor reports, Action Against Hunger internal reports (Project Activity Reports (APRs), SITREP) and activity reports (meetings, and any other activity).
• Support the establishment of a database for all project activities to regularly monitor andevaluate their activities.
• Participate in appropriate multi-district activities related to FSL for example; field days, workshops, seminars, agricultural shows, and field monitoring visits.
• Mobilize communities and community leaders to participate in Action Against Hunger project in community activities and organize regular community meetings to address areas for program improvement.
• Work closely with relevant district departments (Production & Natural resources) and NARO to share relevant information.
• Participate in internal and external meetings per the DPM guidance
• As delegated by the DPM, respond to complaints and questions on related to Agribusiness, marketing, micro finance and value chain analysis.
• Actively participate in events organized in the refugee and host community setting.
• Coordinate with other sections of Action Against Hunger and all other stakeholders in the response.
• As delegated by the PM, attend interagency & sectoral coordination meetings at the settlements and District level.
• Attend donor meetings and field visits as required.
• Other duties as assigned by the DPM from time to time.
III. Supervisory Responsibilities
1. The BDO will directly supervise community based facilitators (CBF). He/she will ensure that staff/persons under his/her supervision are effectively engaged in their tasks and perform their duties in accordance with Action Against Hunger expectation.
2. Ensuring that they follow weekly and quarterly activity work plans.
3. Identify training needs of Community Facilitators and suggest an appropriate training plan.
4. Conduct detailed induction and orientation of new staff under your supervision ensuring that all relevant documents and tools of work are shared with new staff
5. Set probationary objectives with new staff and follow reviews are done in time for timely support
IV. Gender Equality Commitments
1. Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.
2. Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
3. Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
4. Value and respect all cultures.
V. Fiscal Responsibility
1. Work closely with the Deputy Program Manager in updating the project BFU in relation to the activity implementation plan on regular basis, ensuring that relevant documentation on food security and livelihoods activities is filed and archived.
VI. Physical Demands
1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have field travels up to 60% interfacing with beneficiaries, the district agricultural officer/extension staff, production officer among others. 30% of the employee’s time will require him/her to sit and concentrate on work, including typing of reports, developing training manuals among others within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. He/she must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
2. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to ride a motorcycle for long distances on rough terrain in order to access and support our beneficiaries. 10% of his/her time, the employee may also be required to stand for long periods of time especially when delivering trainings to the beneficiaries.
3. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
VII. Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
1. The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required. 2. Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases

Required Skills & Competencies
1. 3+ years work experience in agribusiness development or agribusiness marketing
2. Experience in smallholder farmer agribusiness capacity development
3. Knowledge of the agribusiness sector in Uganda
4. Strong background in business administration and management from the private sector
5. Capacity building of organizations and individuals
6. Participatory training methodologies
7. Network of private sector contacts
8. Previous work with a busy multi-sectoral setting/programming is an asset.
9. Previous work in a refugee setting is desirable.
10. Strong communication skills (written and oral) in English
11. Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
12. Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations
13. Excellent reporting skills with good oral and written communication skills
14. Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage
15. Culturally sensitive
• Fluency in written and spoken English
Must own a valid riding permit

Required Qualifications and Professional Experience.
• Bachelor degree (honors) in Agribusiness Management/Agricultural
• Economics/Commerce/Business Administration/ Microfinance management from a recognized university or any other relevant field.
• Knowledge and practical experience in value chain development.
• Knowledge and practical experience in public-private partnerships.
• Previous work experience with farmer organizations.

Job application procedure
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees & qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Action Against Hunger-USA complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
Application Process. Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter by email to recruitment@ug-actionagainsthunger.org  stating the title of position Business Development
Officer on the subject line of the email
Closing date for applications is June 30, 2020

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