Lead Business Advisor job at TechnoServe

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Vacancy title:
Lead Business Advisor

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Professional Services , Category: Business Operations ]

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Deadline of this Job:
24 May 2022  

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Kampala , East Africa

Date Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Job Category: Operations
Requisition Number: LEADB002546

Program Description:
Having successfully completed implementation of the Phase IV NBL Agricultural Development Program on behalf of AB InBev (former SABMiller/Nile Breweries) in the districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Rubanda & Kanungu, Techno serve and NBL have extended their collaboration for an additional 12 months from 1 May 2022 through April 31 2023. Under this extension, TechnoServe will work with a total of 2,400 barley farmers, 1,800 from the 2020-2021 Phase IV cohort and 600 additional farmers from an expanded geography of sub-counties within these four districts of Kabale, Kisoro, Rubanda & Kanungu. TechnoServe will continue to use our proven farmer field school approach, incorporating adjustments to increase digital access to finance, agricultural extension support, and market information. Monitoring and Evaluation of the activities will be done in close coordination with Nile Breweries extension staff.

Position Description:
The Lead Business Advisor will Provide management of the AB InBev Barley project in Uganda. He/she will work closely with the Associate Business Advisor, local stakeholders, and sub-contractors, as well as respective country management. The Lead Business Advisor will be responsible for timely and effective implementation of project activities, achievement of the project’s goal in Uganda, and will be responsible for field activity planning and oversight, quality implementation and monitoring and evaluation of project effectiveness.
Location: South West Uganda

Duties & Responsibilities:
Management of program activities & resources:
• Be responsible for the implementation of activities to ensure that the program is well executed (within the agreed timelines) and that it is effective in delivering the program goals/aims.
• Be responsible and accountable for the outcomes/results of all program activities; ensuring that any challenges are communicated in time and seek support as may be needed from the program team or TechnoServe leadership.
• Be responsible for the program budget, ensure that it is properly utilized within the acceptable timelines. Ensure that requests for advances/facilitation and other logistics for the program are checked and approved in time to ensure that activities are not delayed by lack of the necessary resources.
• Develop & submit comprehensive and well thought out quarterly plans & budgets for the program, ensuring that all key activities are duly considered and that the planned activities are well organized to deliver on the program goals.
• Develop and submit accurate reports on all the progress of key program activities, including the weekly 5.15s, the quarterly Program Status Report (PSR) and Core Indicators. Ensure that these reports are well documented to support the development of the quarterly and annual donor reports.
• Understand, respect and promote TechnoServe’s values, vision and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties.
Lead the team of Associate Business Adviser & Farmer Trainers:
• Supervise the ABA, a team of Farmer trainers, and approve their periodic work plans to ensure that they conduct all the necessary activities to achieve the program aims and goals.
• Check and approve the team’s requests for facilitation and ensure that they provide accurate and complete accountabilities for all monies advanced to them.
• Share best practices and guide the team as they work with the youth and the trainers to ensure that they provide effective support to the parties under the program.
• Mentor the team to grow as leaders in their own right, boost their confidence, encourage initiative and accountability for action and results.
• Approve the Associate Business Advisor's timesheets
• Supervise any consultants or temporary staff on the project, ensuring that their work is of the desired quality
Management of stakeholders:
• Engage key stakeholders including Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO)’s local affiliate, KAZARDI, local sub-county or district leadership, as well as NBL staff in meetings, visits and other activities to create and strengthen beneficial relationships between the stakeholders, TechnoServe and the program.
• Properly represent TechnoServe and the program’s interests during relevant forums with private and public players to promote our mission and goals.
• Identify opportunities for additional support of the youth and women under the farmer groups or VSLAs.
• Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Supervisor

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural economics, Agricultural Business Management, Co-operatives Management or related studies, 3 years’ field and technical experience with agriculture, agribusiness development, Economics, entrepreneurship OR Master's Degree plus 1 years’ experience.
• Experience working with farmers, savings groups, SME agribusiness/or farmer organizations is preferable
• Knowledge and understanding of farmer field school models, VSLA training models, or other relevant community agricultural development work, community dynamics, etc. is key

Success Factors:
Competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) directly related to successful performance on the job.

Core Competencies include:
• Integrity and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.
• Team Work/ Relationships: Works co-operatively and flexibly with other members of the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team member and/or leader, to achieve a common goal. Ability to build and maintain effective relationships and networks.
• Learning attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn. Actively identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and skill appropriately.
• Diversity/Inclusiveness: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts. Interacts effectively with and inclusively with people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, ages, and genders.
• Communication: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations. Listens effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts terminology, language and communication modes to the needs of the audience; ensures accurate understanding; acts in a way that facilitates open exchange of ideas and information; uses appropriate non-verbal communication.
• Decision making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyze situations, diagnose problems, identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution. Is able to make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis, taking ownership of decisions, demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where necessary.
• Results Oriented/ High Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts necessary to achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental goals. Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works persistently to overcome obstacles to goal achievement. Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks.
• Planning & Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal. Effectively plans, schedules, prioritizes and controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources (people, material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals. Prioritizes work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job responsibilities; manages own time effectively.
• Business Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and take decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.

Job Specific/Technical Competencies include:
• Partnership/Donor Management: program staff should understand and apply techniques to develop, maintain and manage business relationships with clients, donors and internal or external partners in order to implement and manage projects and/or identify new business.
• Financial & Resource Management: an important competency program staff must possess to enable them budget properly based on facts and change course when necessary, knowledge of finance to develop and manage budgets.
• Innovative Mindset: program staff should know how to ask questions and seeks out information from multiple sources, learn from mistakes, and see change as an opportunity.
• Analysis, Research, Report Writing: Experience in business planning and analysis, modeling for feasibility and execution. Able to analyze and express oneself clearly in business writing.

The position that might be next career opportunities for employees in this job title include Senior Business Advisor, Team Leader.

TechnoServe encourages diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes. We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

• Enthusiastic: Shows intense and eager enjoyment and interest
• Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates original thinking
• Dedicated: Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
• Entrepreneurial Spirit: Inspired to perform well by an ability to drive new ventures within the business
• Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or the organization
• Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural economics, Agricultural Business Management, Co-operatives Management or related studies, 3 years’ field and technical experience with agriculture, agribusiness development, Economics, entrepreneurship OR Master's Degree plus 1 years’ experience.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 36

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree

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