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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Knowledge Transfer Manager Job at East-West Seed - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Knowledge Transfer Manager

Jobs at:
East-West Seed

Deadline of this Job:
18th February 2018

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda




Job details:
East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer works aiming at transferring knowledge to make vegetable production more profitable for farmers by equipping them with the tools they need to succeed: better knowledge and better agro-inputs. This can drive farmers’ demand for higher quality agro inputs and create new markets for input suppliers. It has actively formed a base across the world including: Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Thailand, Tanzania and Uganda and expanding to Nigeria and Bangladesh where the company seeks to grow new markets.
Showcasing profitable and sustainable farm practices, the pre- commercial work of East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer catalyzes a demand for better quality agro-inputs in areas which would otherwise be of limited interest to seed companies. Knowledge Transfer relies on a solid business case from East-West Seed, focusing on areas where knowledge transfer can create a conducive environment to develop or strengthen a viable seed market. This directly addresses the knowledge deficit for local farmers and stimulates a healthy, competitive market for improved seeds, fertilizers, safer pesticides, mulch, seed trays and other inputs. East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer approach to training farmers goes hand in hand with market development, thus creating innovative, sustainable solutions. East- West International seeks to recruit an experienced Knowledge Transfer Manager with excellent analytical, seed exposed, good communication and organization skills as per details below:

Job Title: Knowledge Transfer Manager
Section: East-West Seer! Knowledge Transfer (EWS-KT)
Location: Uganda
Reports to: EWS-KT director

JOB PURPOSE:
The Knowledge Transfer Manager will provide strategic direction and support all pre-commercial project activities under the direction of EWS Knowledge Transfer and in close cooperation with project partners. She/he will ensure that all KT activities align to group objectives; to increase the profitability and sustainability of vegetable production with smallholder farmers in areas where the company has long-term ambition to grow new (or strengthen undeveloped) markets.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Work closely with Knowledge Transfer Support (KTS) to identity project opportunities
  • Support with the development of concept notes and project proposals; liaising with partners and cooperating closely with KTS in the design ' and scope of activities
  • Ensure development of projects is aligned towards KT objectives (1) to increase the profitability and sustainability of vegetable production with smallholder farmers (2) in areas where the company has long-term ambition to grow new (or strengthen undeveloped) markets.
  • Update and maintain comprehensive project documentation
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to a team of Technical Field Officers
  • Provide coaching and guidance to team to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Enable delivery of appropriate technical solutions to farmers (methodology and content) through identifying needs of team
  • Support team of Technical Field Officers to make and implement effective activity plans
  • Regular visit to project areas to maintain an overview of all project activities
  • Foster constructive working relationship and closely coordinate activities with NGO partners
  • Steer KT activities according to project agreements to ensure agreed targets and objectives are met
  • in close cooperation with KTS, develop and oversee use of budget/s
  • Ensure finance department has information and documents in timely manner in order for them to make financial reports to partners and KTS
  • Support team to effectively use KT monitoring tools to provide accurate and up to date information on progress and impact of project activities
  • Make regular use of data to analyse progress and steer projects
  • Monitor and track project progress and handle any issues that arise
  • Participate and network in workshops, meetings and trainings which help increase impact and outreach of knowledge transfer activities
  •  Act as main point of contact for any matters related to pre—commercial knowledge transfer
  •  Pro-actively promote the impact of EWS-KT with relevant stakeholders in government, NGOs and private sector and advocate vegetable production as income opportunity
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
  • MSc in agriculture or a relevant field
  • Proven experience as a Program Manager or other managerial position 5 years
  • Thorough understanding of project/program management techniques and methods
  • Track record in training trainers and farmers
  • International work experience an advantage
  • Solid leadership and organizational skills including attention to detail and multitasking
  •  Independent thinking, practically oriented
  •  Analytical mind with problem-solving skills
  • Good facilitation, communication and people skills
  • Good understanding of vegetable production and markets in the Uganda
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Google.
  • Proven experiences working with NGOs, donors and government
Job application procedure
Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more information about East —West International and the position, visit our website http://www.eastwestseed.com  OR www.issduganda.org 
To apply: Interested candidates can send their application letter and CV (max. 3 pages) to ews-international.recruitment@eastwestseed.com . Please D0 NOT attach certificates or academic qualification. Deadline for application is 18th February 2018.