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Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust Chief Operating Officer Job in Kampala, Uganda



Category: General Jobs in Kenya
Posted: Mar 20, 2014

Vacancy: Chief Operating Officer
Our Client the Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) Trust was set up by the Governments of Denmark and Uganda with a mission ‘To promote private sector agribusiness development to enhance wealth creation in Uganda’.
aBi Trust achieves both its mission through a unique approach of combining agri-business development services with the availability of financial instruments for the rural communities and private sector actors in the agri-business sector in Uganda.

aBi Trust also undertakes major activities in supporting value chains in Coffee, Cereals, Dairy, Pulses, Oil Seeds and Horticulture; financial services development in rural areas; and offering lines of credit to financial institutions and guarantees for lending to beneficiaries in the agri-business sector.

aBi Trust is now searching for exceptional leaders to fill the position of Chief Operating Officer.
The right candidate will have high levels of proven integrity to manage the fund and drive it towards achieving its strategic objectives.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer will provide the strategic and operational leadership to ensure that the aBi Trust realizes its vision and mission for the development of agribusiness in Uganda.
Key responsibilities
  • Coordinate and lead the management of the aBi Trust to deliver the agreed work plans, budgets and strategic objectives;
  • Act as the primary point of contact within aBi Trust for stakeholder, development partners and sponsors engagement in the areas of enhanced productivity, effective producer and trader association collaboration, post-harvest handling, value chain development, access to market information systems, and creating linkages to domestic, commodity information on local, regional and international markets;
  • Plan, coordinate and ensure implementation of the aBi Trust Value Chains and Financial Services Development Activities with the integration of Green Growth, Human Rights Based Approach to Development (HRBAD) and Gender matters into the work;
  • Provide operational leadership for the Financial Services Development and Value Chains Development Chief Managers with reference to Governance framework documents;
  • Identify strategic business development opportunities to drive growth in the agribusiness sector and carry out business development activities;
  • Develop innovative solutions for supporting agricultural value chain developments supported by the aBi Trust and ensure synergies and coordination of work with aBi Finance;
  • Oversee the M&E function responsible for the monitoring of the aBi Trust’s activities and of the ongoing evaluation, ensuring Implementing Partners adherence to agreed terms and conditions and reporting these to the Chief Executive Officer on a regular basis;
  • Chair of the Grants Committee with the emphasis on transparency, accountability and non-discrimination;
  • Develop an effective team, motivate and retain staff within the aBi Trust;
  • Ensure that risk management measures are undertaken within the aBi Trust;
  • Ensure timely completion of technical activities and of contractual technical reports and deliverables (Quarterly and Annual Reports, Annual Work Plans, Performance Monitoring Plan and reports etc.);
  • Participate in the development of innovative financial products for agricultural value chains, together with rural financial institutions, and in close cooperation with apex organizations with particular emphasis on financial access to the rural communities; and
  • Ensure effective financial management of aBi Trust funds including budget development and efficient utilization of staff and resources in complete compliance with aBi Trust rules and regulations.
Person specifications
The successful candidate will have:
  • A thorough knowledge and understanding of the Ugandan and regional agricultural and agn- commodity markets, industry and development;
  • Knowledge of input and output markets for agriculture and food production, processing and trading;
  • An understanding of the aBi Trust’s products and facilities and what constitute opportunities and risks in this working space;
  • Strong understanding of the domestic and international development policy environments and priorities and the frameworks and tools most commonly used to deliver those;
  • Rich experience with rural financing;
  • Ability to identify new opportunities for the aBi Trust, structuring solutions for those and then being able to negotiate operational partnerships for implementation and financing Intuitive and innovative;
  • Strong, applied economic, financial and organizational analytical skills and the ability to use those to engineer better investment and development outcomes;
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to “close the deal” in a timely manner.
  • Ability to manage budgets and resource allocations efficiently as well as having a strong commercial acumen; and
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills; the ability to motivate staff to perform at a consistently high level and to retain those staff.
We are looking for a candidate who holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics or a related field and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Economics, Agriculture or any other related discipline from a recognized university.
The ideal candidate must possess Operational Management experience of not less five (5) years obtained in an agribusiness development organisation and should be have a demonstrated record of ongoing continued Professional Development.
He/she should have not less than twelve (12) years of working experience with value chain development in developing countries.
He/ She must be able to demonstrate a track record of initiating and successfully managing progammes of sustained agribusiness value chain support.
If you believe you fit the required profile, please send your application in confidence to the address below by close of business Friday 28th March 2014.
Please send your curriculum vitae (by post or email) containing details of your qualifications, experience, present position, current and expected remuneration as well as copies of professional/academic certificates.
Include day and evening telephone numbers, e-mail address, names and addresses of three references to:
The People and Change Division
PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited
1 Colville Street
P.O. Box 8053
Kampala, Uganda
E-mail: [email protected]
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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