20 August 2021
Technical and Field-based interns- CRAFT Project ( Multiple positions : Bukedea, Pakwach, Gulu, Kisoro, Tororo, Kapchorwa, Mubende, Kole, Omoro, Lira, Soroti, Wakiso, Masindi, Dokolo, Kasese)
Stichting SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (a foundation established under Dutch law), registered at Parkstraat 83, 2514 JG The Hague, The Netherlands, [represented by SNV in Uganda] hereinafter referred to as “SNV” is a not-for-profit international development organization that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy, and WASH to local contexts. SNV has an annual turnover of €130 million, over 1,250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organization that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.
In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation – by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organization, with decentralized management. For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV generally visit our website: www.snv.org .
Background of the Project
SNV is managing the Climate Smart Agriculture for Tomorrow (CRAFT) project. CRAFT is a 5-year, €36 million project being implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The CRAFT 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 Rabobank and is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGIS).
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 programme works with and through the private sector and supports public sector partners in creating an institutional environment for wide-scale adoption of CSA-practices. The interventions are centred on business cases which are derived from a thorough climate risk assessment and financial analysis of value chains in pulses, potatoes, oil seeds and grains.
Working with and through the private sector, CRAFT uses a facilitative approach to implement solutions that integrate improvements in food security with climate adaptation and mitigation of food crop production and supply systems. This, together with leveraged investment in interventions that promote market-driven adoption and scaling of inclusive climate-smart business developments enhances climate resilience along the selected agricultural value chain to increase productive capacity and incomes of Agribusinesses and smallholder farmers. CRAFT, under its Climate Innovations and Investment facility (CIIF), uses grants as an important tool used to achieve its goals.
Goal: To contribute to increased availability of accessible and climate-resilient food for the growing population in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
The strategic objectives include:
• Increase the income for smallholder farmers and Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs)
• Increase business performance for agribusiness SMEs and Cooperatives due to climate related investments.
• Improve the enabling environment favorable for large scale roll out of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).
Under the guidance of the project advisors, the intern will support implementation of the business cases under the CRAFT project through communicating with business champions and other business case partners and monitoring implementation through different channels. The tasks will include;
• Support development and or compilation of farmer registers for CRAFT partners (business champions)
• Collect and analyse information related to achievements/impacts/significant change stories due to CRAFT interventions in the business cases.
• Develop reports, document best practices, lessons learned, recommendations in relation to activities of the business case.
• Assist monitor activities of the business case in general.
• Take minutes and prepare presentations and documentation for meetings and workshops.
• Assist CRAFT in compilation of relevant materials (reports, workplans, budgets, newsletter etc.) and their production and dissemination.
• Perform other duties as required
The intern is also expected to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the CRAFT project approach as well as project interventions areas by reading relevant project documents and other publications. The following are some of the learning opportunities for the intern.
General understanding of the objectives and work streams of the CRAFT project, the role of consortium partners, business champions (grantees) and stakeholders at national or sub-national level and their contribution to the overall objectives of the CRAFT project.
• Insight and hands-on experience in facilitating implementation of business cases.
• Becoming more familiar with working in an International Organization and in a multicultural environment.
• Collaborating with a cross-functional team to drive the implementation of the project and business cases.
• Experience in partnership building, agribusiness development and climate smart agriculture.
• Greater knowledge in synthesizing and analysing complex information.
• Immense command over use of ICT tools.
• At least a bachelor’s degree in the fields of agriculture, agribusiness, economics, marketing, commerce, monitoring & evaluation and business administration.
• Intermediate /advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint and especially Excel).
• Ability to act and communicate with a high level of sensitivity as well as analytical skills
• Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
• Excellent organizational skills and outstanding attention to detail.
• Good communication, reporting and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated interest in the field of agribusiness and climate-smart agriculture and the work of international development organizations.
• Previous experience in interventions related to agribusiness, livelihoods, climate-smart agriculture, supply chain management, and rural development will be an added advantage
The internship is originally planned for a period of 6 months from September 2021 to January 31, 2022. The extension is possible for individual cases depending on performance and project needs.
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