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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Oil Seeds Coordinator (OSC) Job at Ministry Of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Oil Seeds Coordinator (OSC) 

Jobs at:
Ministry Of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) 

Deadline of this Job:
23rd November 2018 

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda 

Date Posted: 18th November 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time

The Government of Uganda under the Ministry Of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) is implementing the second phase of the Vegetable Oil Development Project (VODP II); with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Production (IFAD). The overall goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction in the project areas.
The development objective is to increase the domestic production of vegetable oil and its by-products, thus raising rural incomes for smallholder producers and ensuring the supply of affordable vegetable oil products to Ugandan customer and neighboring regional markets. The Permanent Secretary (MAAIF) wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified Ugandans to fill the positions under the VODP II on contract terms.
Job Title: Oil Seeds Coordinator (OSC) (1)
Age: 28 years and above
Salary: Attractive
Reports to: Project Manager.
Duty Station: Kampala with frequent field travel
Job Summary: Overseeing the successful planning and implementation of the Oilseed component activities under the project
Duties and Responsibilities:
  •  Co-ordinate and supervise all oil seeds development activities under the project.
  •  Ensure project implementation, management and timely production of the component reports in compliance with Project Operations and Financial Management Manual.
  •  Liaise closely with the Hub Coordinators to ensure implementation of the oil seeds annual workplan and budget.
  •  Initiate, promote and broker linkages between the key actors in the oil seeds value chain, such as millers and traders, input suppliers and cooperatives and other producer organizations and services such as research, extension and quality control services.
  •  Oversee the performance of contracted service providers for extension, quality control, cooperative development, research, and others.
  •  Provide technical guidance and backstopping on oilseeds value chain development activities.
  •  Participate in collection, analysis, storage and dissemination of oil seed value chain data, as foreseen in the results framework such as for milling, trading, production and input supply as well as services.
  •  Participate in monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of oilseeds development activities.
  •  Assess training needs for staff in all areas of oil seed value chain development such as agribusiness development, cost-benefit analysis, agronomy, seed production, and quality and post-harvest management for oilseeds through regular consultations with other professionals, relevant institutions and stakeholders.
  •  Liaise with relevant stakeholders in the development of training packages on oil seeds value chain development for specific target groups (farmers, groups, millers, artisans input supplies seed stockists).
  •  Liaise with policy makers in MAAIF and other relevant ministries on lessons learnt in oil seed sub-sector development and with the oilseeds subsector organizations as well as trade organizations.
  •  In close collaboration with research, identify and promote the use and production of seed of other suitable/emerging oilseed crop varieties.
  •  In close collaboration with the Knowledge Management Specialist, liaise with other institutions and agencies involved in oilseed development and collate and package information for use by farmers, staff and other stakeholders.
  •  In close collaboration with other Project Monitoring Unit staff and implementing agencies, compile sectional progress reports, work plans and budgets.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as may be instructed by the Supervisor.
Person Specifications
  •  Academic Qualifications:
  •  A Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or Agribusiness or related field from a recognized university.
  •  A post-graduate qualification in Agribusiness, Agronomy, Agricultural Economics or any other related
At least 8 years’ experience in working with private sector with an orientation towards value chain development in agriculture development projects.
Skills and Competences
  •  Good knowledge of participatory approaches for multi-stake holder and community-based activity planning, budgeting and accountability.
  •  Knowledge of commercial/marketing strategies for agricultural commodities would be an advantage.
  •  A professional of high standing with strong leadership and communication, facilitation and team building skills.
  •  Good knowledge of computer applications particularly MS Excel, Word, Access and Power point,
  •  Excellent report writing skills

Job application procedure
Interested applicants should address their applications to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, P.O. Box 102, Entebbe. Applicants should also attach their curriculum vitae, academic certificates, appointment letters as evidence of working experience where applicable and two referees, one of whom must be a current or previous employer.
Applications should be delivered to the Open Registry, not later than 23rd November 2018