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Friday, September 22, 2017

Senior Business Development Advisor Job at Heifer International - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Senior Business Development Advisor

Jobs at:
Heifer International

Deadline of this Job:
5th October, 2017

Duty Station:
Mbarara, Uganda.

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Job details:
Job Title: Senior Business Development Advisor- East Africa Dairy Development-II
Reports to: Cluster Coordinator- East Africa Dairy Development Project, Mbarara,Uganda.
Location: East Africa Dairy Development Project, Mbarara,Uganda.
The Senior Business Development Advisor (SBDA) will work closely with the Country Program Manager (CPM), Business Development Manager (BDM) and cluster teams, to provide leadership to business development at the cluster level in order to increase the overall level of competitiveness of the dairy sub-sector at the cluster. The job entails over 60% field based activities working closely with dairy farmer Producer organizations (POs) processors, dairy interest groups and dairy boards to enhance value—chain actors’ benefits; and leverage service delivery at each level of contact with both farmers and customers. He/She will also involve close collaboration with farmers‘ groups, input suppliers, large processors and development partners on the ground in order to design and implement appropriate business development interventions within the cluster.
  • Provide longer term business development focus for the project cluster, finding sustainable ways to plan and operationalize them for the benefits or the voucher organizations (POs).
  • Provide technical lead to the Business development at the project cluster
  • Develop, establish and maintain strong working relationships with key industry actors especially in the cluster and with the larger country team, nationally.
  •  Capacity building among the Dairy interest Groups (DIGs) on business acumen
  •  Review framework for Business Development Service (BDS) market diagnostic
  •  Cluster business budget management and monitoring. cluster budgets to ensure adherence to policies and procedures.
  • Produce consolidated business plans and progress reports on the status for business activities in the project for internal and external reporting.
  •  Develop Financial and investment plans and models for processing and chilling plants, as need is identified.
  • Disseminate and support cluster-level adaptation and use of standard templates and tools for key project deliverables including but not limited to; chilling plant business plans, PO feasibility studies and market assessments; cluster-level work plans and other management and quality assurance challenges.
  • Develop systems for effective market information systems that provide price, quality, quantity and timely information.
  • Conduct Bench marking and ensure that best practices gathered are shared into the project across the project region. Develop case studies of successes and/or failures and lessons learned, and partner with evaluators and others to develop review studies for external dissemination.
  • Be a team player both at cluster, and country; understanding, respecting and promoting the business values, vision and strategy in the implementation of business development strategies
  • May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent in the fields of Agriculture Economics, Business Administration, Rural Development, Enterprise Development or other related field.
  •  Three (3) years field and technical experience with commercial sector, agribusiness development in a mix of economic growth/trade, value chain competitiveness, investment promotion, or agriculture development.
  • Significant experience in building public/private partnerships, preferably in the dairy sector
  • Strong leadership skills.
  •  Experience working with farmer group programs.
Preferred Requirements:
  • Experience in the commercial sector with skills to develop and evaluate investment opportunities and promote such opportunities to financial institutions.
  • Strong consumer marketing, financial analysis and management skills.
  • Experience in supporting and monitoring field based programs in the country.
  •  Proven experience in building the capacity of partner institutions to document and disseminate industry information, manage
  •  knowledge, measure progress and plan and advocate within the industry.
  • Excellent command of Report writing, analysis and presentation skills using Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships;
  • Ability to generate innovative solutions in work situations;
  • Valid and clean driving license (with ability to use manual-gear vehicles).
Job application procedure
Please send your cover letter and C\/ ONLY as single document to: The Country Director Heifer International Uganda, Email: 
Ensure to include “Senior Business Development Advisor” your subject in the email Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
NB: The position is open to Ugandan Nationals only.
Heifer International is an equal opportunity Employer