Job Title: Enterprises Development Coordinator (EDC)
Organisation: Self Help Africa
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Programmes (HoP)
Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO dedicated to the vision of an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa. We have 50 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, farmer associations, cooperatives and agribusinesses across Africa to help farmers grow and sell more food, improve diets, diversify incomes and make their livelihoods more sustainable and resilient to external shocks. SHA also builds awareness of issues affecting smallholders and represents their interests at policy and institutional levels. SHA is currently implementing a portfolio of 32 projects in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burkina Faso, Togo, Malawi and Zambia, funded by a variety of institutional and private donors including USAID, the European Commission, Irish Aid and World Food Programme.
SHA is a core member of The Gorta Group, alongside three social enterprise subsidiaries – TruTrade, which supports market access for small-holder farmers in the agricultural value-chain; Traidlinks, providing market-linkages to agri-business in East Africa; and Partner Africa, an ethical auditing and consultancy firm that operates across more than 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
Job Summary: The Enterprises Development Coordinator (EDC) will facilitate the establishment, nurturing and development of sustainable and profitable agri-enterprise by smallholder farmers and agri-businesses supported by Self Help Africa’s enterprise development programmes. The EDC will apply market system approaches to improve the competitiveness of agricultural producers and allied businesses to respond to new and expanding market opportunities.
The EDC will enhance SHA Uganda’s ability to deliver high impact market and enterprise development programming including: assisting farmer’s organisations, such as farmer groups and cooperatives in on-farm and off-farm business development; value chain development; developing innovative financial inclusion models and approaches; brokerage and linking different stakeholders; and, networking with other organisations and companies promoting inclusive businesses. EDC is an integral member of the Program Management Unit and will contribute to strategic and technical direction and support business development processes within the country office. The EDC will also support the country programme in developing best practices in agri-enterprise by engaging with SHA HQ, SHA Regional Agri-Enterprise Advisor in Nairobi, and other SHA Enterprise Advisors across programme countries, managing the assigned project portfolio and supporting the proposal development.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Support project teams to identify and facilitate the development of dynamic and inclusive SMEs that are aligned to SHA Uganda Country Office (CO) enterprise development programmes
- Leading value chain and/or market analysis studies intended to support project design and/or implementation of ongoing projects
- Identifying SMEs with the potential to support businesses undertaken by smallholder, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and developing and implementing strategies to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses so they can grow their activities with smallholder
- Exploring and developing partnerships with private sector actors to provide sustainable business models that equally add up to the input and output marketing services to smallholder farmers.
- Facilitating market driven linkages between farmers, input/output dealers, and other value chain actors by establishing business relationships and facilitating deals (both formal and informal) which open new market channels for producers
- Providing technical backstopping for the SMEs through provision of business development services (BDS) and linking SMEs to BDS services providers.
- Build capacities of in-country project enterprise development officers to guarantee efficiency and effectiveness of FOs’ business capacity building and growth.
- Recommend for appropriate enterprise development training manuals and where necessary, customise them for in-house use by SHA Uganda staff.
- Facilitate/advise in the formation of farmers cooperatives, strengthen governance & management structures and business management of the cooperatives
Support institutional and enterprise development for smallholders famers and Farmer Organisations (FOs), helping them to grow their off-farm and on-farm businesses
- Develop a database of FOs in all geographical areas where SHA works or intends to work, assessing and documenting their strengths and weaknesses.
- Support project teams to develop and implement strategies to strengthen FOs so they can improve their competitiveness
- Work with project teams and farmer institutions to identify and advance opportunities to grow farmers institutions into fully registered viable cooperatives that are effectively serving the interest of their membership
- Continuously source and share market intelligence and assessments to inform programming, and these shall include identification of sectors and value chains that have high potential to benefit the smallholder farmers
- Support SHA project teams and FOs to establish, operate or access market information services and opportunities that smallholders and SMEs require for their day-to-day business decisions Provide assistance in developing, harnessing and facilitating increased employment opportunities along the Agriculture value chains.
- Support FOs to analyse agribusiness trends in order to provide recommendations for business growth and problem solution.
Facilitate access to financial services for smallholder farmers and SMEs
- Facilitate the adaptation and operationalisation of the Saving with a Productive Purpose (SWAPP) Savings and Loan Associations (SLA) financial services model being advanced by SHA
- Develop a database of institutions and individual VSLA services facilitators/providers, defining the range of their services and linking VSLAs supported by SHA to these services providers
- Lead the documentation and sharing of lessons learnt with the SWAP VSLA model in the country.
- Explore and develop relationships with mainstream financial services (banks, SACCOs, MFIs, FINTECHs etc.) providers to improve access to mainstream services by smallholders
- Undertake exploratory studies/analysis on a broad range of financial services products and their potential suitability for poor targeted by SHA’s work in the region.
- Explore and advance the adoption of appropriate financial services technologies in the delivery of financial services to smallholders and SMEs supported by SHA programmes across the country
- Monitor product adoption rates for new or modified financial services products in the region.
- Take lead promoting financial services innovations including digitalisation of Village Savings and Loans Association, setting up of digitalised traceability systems for farmers among others.
Monitoring, Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL)
- With support from M&E Coordinator, ensure enterprises indicators related to SHA Results-Based Framework (RBF) are integrated in projects, tracked and annually reported on
- Document and disseminate case studies, best practices on market development activities and lessons on working with private sector for innovative services
- Conduct pilot studies and research relevant to the program and aimed at informing implementation and learning
- Support project managers with enterprise related data collection, analysis and reporting
- Initiate and manage relationships with national and international media houses and get them to publish articles on SHA’s work in Uganda
- Keeping up-date with new knowledge and developments in inclusive businesses through on-line research and networking, and ensuring these development are understood and included in SHA Uganda’s work.
Country office strategy processes and business development:
- Actively participate in the development and implementation of SHA Uganda’s Country Strategy Plans (CSP) as a senior member of the Programme Team
- Support the Country Programme Team in business development through initiating and managing teaming partnerships with private sector actors, international and national NGOs, FOs and national and local governments
- Responsible for developing logical frameworks for all donor proposals, ensuring the logframes respond to SHA’s global and national strategic priorities and commitments to different stakeholders
- Support Head of Programme (HoP) and Country Director (CD) in proposal development in various ways e.g. undertaking field scoping missions, drawing up proposal development plans, writing Project Development Documents (PDD) donor budgeting, for new projects
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree (preferably Master degree) in Business Administration, Agribusiness, Economics, Agricultural Economics, Enterprise Development or related field
- A minimum of five years of working experience in NGO, private sector or government, at technical level across development programmes focusing on any of the following fields: enterprise development, value chain development, value addition, pro-poor financial services, business management or agri-business with strong private sector linkages,
- Experience and knowledge in the design and implementation of both on-farm and off-farm enterprise development projects for individuals and groups
- Experience with a wide range of stakeholder and partner management with national/regional companies; international agencies; community-based organisations; agribusinesses, etc. needed.
- Working experience in agriculture, livestock, or the natural resources sectors, marketing with excellent analytical/problem-solving and research skills,
- High level skills and experience in writing donor proposals and budgets,
- Skills in training/facilitation of development processes including organisation and mobilisation of communities, enterprise development and networking among different development partners,
- Strong skills in speaking and writing English with solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, power point and email.
How to Apply:
All candidates should download the Application Form, Click Here and fill it in. Qualified candidates should upload a completed application form, motivational letter and CV to the SHA Online Recruitment Portal, Click Here
Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.
Deadline: Monday 12th April 2021 at 5pm