Senior Partnership Advisor

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Senior Partnership Advisor

Description

Senior Partnership Advisor( Re-advertised), Kampala, Uganda

Duties & Responsibilities: Producer organizations development

Develop and maintain a pipeline of viable and interested producer organizations through synergy with various projects, agribusinesses, etc., in project areas.
Conduct capacity assessment of producer organizations using agreed tools to identify their growth needs and develop clear growth action plans.
Lead the growth plans to ensure the POs start and maintain their unique growth trajectories.
Link POs with credit needs and their members to Horticulture Credit Line implementing institutions to ensure their growth needs are financed.
Support farmer facing MDF SMEs to integrate producers and vendors into their business models (supply chain or distribution network) to enable the POs and farmers to take advantage of opportunities created by the SMEs
Small Grants Management

Facilitate POs, vendor associations, and entrepreneurial farmers in the pipeline to apply for the micro-grants.
Coordinate due diligence process on POs, vendor associations, and entrepreneurial farmers by grants officers to ensure accurate information is attained for decision making.
Support selected POs and vendor associations to ensure they receive market systems grants funds promptly
Monitor the implementation of agreements signed between Technoserve and the producer organizations, vendor associations, and entrepreneurial farmers to ensure compliance to Technoserve small grants policy and manage risks associated with small grants.
Support the POs and vendor associations to close the grants as required and ensure they submit all accountability to the TNS grants and compliance team. In addition, they will be supported by Associate agronomists to collect accountability documents from producer organizations.
Recommend necessary procedures/processes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of utilizing small grants as a tool for producer organization development.
Learning and impact

Monitor and report on the implementation progress of producer organizations and vendor associations
Work with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team, MDF Lead, and Value chain manager to ensure that monitoring and evaluation of producer organization activities are practical and reflects best practices of market systems/private sector development
Work with the MEL team to produce case studies, assessments, and other learning documentation and enhance program quality.
Generate information to inform the Fund manager on the utilization of credit by POs to ensure they improve on finance products and services offered to the producer organizations and vendor associations.
Representation and coordination

Represents Technoserve/HortiMAP at academic events, conferences, media forums, and other events in regions of operation as authorized by their supervisor
Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions, and local governments to advance the growth of producer organizations and vendor associations.
Manage HortiMAP relationship with local governments within the project area to ensure the relationship is cordial and functional.
Ethics and Integrity All Technoserve staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate the highest integrity in their professional and personal lives. Technoserve has zero tolerance for any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment, or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination

Accountability to Clients

Ensure that producer organizations and market vendors associations are actively engaged as equal partners in the design, monitoring, and evaluation of their business plans and encourage them to share feedback through the promoted channels

Accountability

Reports Directly to Market Development Facility Lead.
Works Directly with Value Chains Manager, Grants and compliance team, Partnership Managers, Business Advisors, and Associate Agronomy Advisors.
Required Qualification, skills And Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics, horticulture, or Economics with a major in agribusiness.
A minimum of 5 years’ experience in agribusiness, horticulture production or marketing, or agri-enterprise development, especially in rural communities. OR Master's Degree and 3 years’ experience
Experience in managing micro-grants or cash disbursement interventions is an added advantage.
Direct experience working in the private sector involved in providing business development services or financing to producer organizations is added

 

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