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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Ag-Inputs Specialist jobs in Uganda at Chemonics International

Job Title: Ag-Inputs Specialist
Organization: Chemonics International
City Kampala,
Country  Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party

Job Summary: The Ag-Inputs Specialist will coordinate and promote agro-input activities among stakeholders that should eventually lead to improved farmer access to affordable genuine products. He /She will work with various stakeholders to promote improved agro-input usage among farmers as a means of increasing yields and incomes. She/he will also support the emergency of Village stockists through coaching and mentoring and link them to Seed companies and agro Input distributors to improve input delivery systems and create demand for use of quality and genuine inputs at grassroots level. She/he will be required to work closely with the USAID/Uganda Ag-Inputs Activity and other government related programs.

Key Roles
Develop and promote models that strengthen relationships between smallholder farmers and input companies (Village agents & traders) to facilitate better access to inputs and output marketing
Through a facilitative approach increase farmer access to improved inputs (seed, fertilizer, production services and crop protection products) by stimulating demand via demonstrations and awareness that also stimulate competitive input supply chain development and include an exit strategy
Through a facilitative approach increase smallholder farmers' knowledge about the benefits of using high quality inputs;

Coach and mentor agro-input dealers to provide embedded services like spraying, farmer trainings, demonstrations and other new business opportunities;
Collaborate closely with USAID Ag-input and other USAID and Government of Uganda Inputs related programs
Assist in the establishment of linkages with private sector service providers, buyers, input and supply firms
Co-ordinate and manage stakeholders meetings and focus group discussions which include both public and private sector Stakeholders.

The candidate must possess a University degree in Agriculture-related field. A post graduate diploma/degree in agribusiness will be an added advantage.

 Skills and Experience:
2 5-plus years' experience working in agricultural inputs or donor funded Agricultural input programs;
Proven experience in project development new business development
Team worker / team builder, proven ability to inspire.
A go-getter who gets things done.
Excellent communication skills
Computer literacy skills
Experience in promoting linkages among actors

How to Apply:
All interested and qualified candidates should send their electronic application in MS Word or pdf file with a CV, 3 references and a brief cover letter explaining why they are suitable for the position to: cpmrecruit@ftfcpm.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability, and genetic information.

Deadline:  25th October 2013