Location: Uganda (Kampala and rural project sites), remote

Positions: Key Expert (KE) 1: Team Leader – Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), KE2: Agri-Business Expert, Non-Key Experts

Project: Technical Assistance to GreenUp – Enhancing Production and Productivity of Coffee and Cocoa, Uganda

 

About us

Adam Smith Europe (ASE), part of the Adam Smith International group, is a global advisory company that works locally to transform lives by making economies stronger, societies more stable, and governments more effective. Our clients are governments, international organisations, companies, and foundations. They come to us to develop strategies and to design, deliver and evaluate programmes that address the big challenges facing the world. As a company with experience of delivering lasting results, including in fragile states and where there is conflict, we are prepared to manage a high level of risk to achieve our purpose.

Positions (multiple)

ASE seeks a Chief Technical Advisor, Agri-Business Expert, and  several Non-Key Experts for an anticipated EU-funded agriculture technical assistance programme in Uganda. The activity is an anticipated programme, and the positions are contingent upon award from the EU. ASE will select the preferred candidate for each role based on how robustly their experience matches the criteria and the competitiveness of their expected fee rate. For all positions, Ugandan candidates and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

In order to be eligible for KE1 and KE2 positions, ALL qualifications, skills and general and specific professional experience must be fully satisfied.

KE1: Team Leader – Chief Technical Advisor

Introduction

ASE is seeking candidates for the role of CTA for an upcoming EU-funded technical assistance programme aimed at enhancing the production and productivity of coffee and cocoa value chains in Uganda.

The operational base for the project is Kampala, Uganda, with some accommodation for remote work negotiable for the right candidate. It will require a minimum 660 input days over 36 months (220 per year), expected to start in December 2022.

The Role

The CTA provides support to the Project Management Unit (PMU), and is the overall responsible expert for the execution of the service contract and leads the Technical Assistance (TA). (S)he will assist the National Programme Coordinator in UCDA, who heads the PMU, in the strategic planning and execution of the programme, the assessment of the effectiveness, impact and relevance of programme activities, the preparation and quality control of technical and financial progress reports, and in overall management of the PMU. The CTA will assist the Imprest Accounting Officer on the project’s strict adherence to EU rules and regulations during implementation. (S)he will maintain linkages with the EU Delegation, other EU-financed programmes, and other development actors, in order to align strategies and maximize synergies.

Qualifications and skills

  • A university degree in agriculture, economics, rural development or a relevant, directly related discipline;
  • Excellent leadership, team management, interpersonal, facilitation and networking skills;
  • Fully computer literate;
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English and proven ability to draft high quality reports and communication notes.

 General professional experience

  • Minimum of 10 years required and preferably 15 years of professional experience implementing rural development projects;
  • Minimum of 8 years required and preferably 10 years of professional experience in team management in charge of the implementation of aid programmes with Governments.

Specific professional experience

  • Proven knowledge of EDF procedures, of project cycle management and contract management;
  • Profound experience in advising Government institutions in developing countries in sound managerial and technical aspects;
  • A good knowledge of the coffee and cocoa value chains would be a strong advantage.

KE2: Agri-Business Expert

Introduction

ASE is seeking candidates for the role of Agri-Business Expert for an upcoming EU-funded technical assistance programme aimed at enhancing the production and productivity of coffee and cocoa value chains in Uganda.

The operational base for the project is Kampala, Uganda, with some accommodation for remote work negotiable for the right candidate. It will require a minimum 660 input days over 36 months (220 per year), expected to start in December 2022.

The Role

The Agri-Business Expert provides support to the PMU, and is the overall responsible expert for the planning and designing, as well as the efficient and effective implementation of the matching grand scheme, so that it complies with the terms and conditions, objectives and expected results of the Financing Agreement and the MAPE. (S)he will assist the National Programme Coordinator in UCDA, who heads the PMU, with guidance of the CTA, to establish a fully functioning team which will provide technical support to the UCDA and in collaboration of the PMU in the implementation of the matching grant scheme (MGS). This will notably include the drafting of the operational plan of the MGS, drafting and refinement of the guidelines for would-be MGS applicants; participate in shortlisting eligibility; drafting of expressions of interest to attract MGS applicants; participate in shortlisting exercise of applicants; draft contracts for UCDA to sign with the MGS beneficiaries; advise on funds disbursements to the MGS beneficiaries; ensure provision of sound technical advisory services in areas related to good agricultural practices; and monitoring of the performance of MGS beneficiaries.

Qualifications and skills

  • A university degree in agriculture economics, economics, business administration, or a relevant, directly related discipline;
  • Fully computer literate;
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English and proven ability to draft high quality reports and communication notes;
  • Good team management, interpersonal, facilitation and networking skills.

General professional experience

  • Minimum of 5 years required and preferably 7 years of professional experience implementing rural development projects.

Specific professional experience

  • Proven knowledge of project cycle management and contract management;
  • Profound experience in implementing agriculture export commodities’ value chain projects;
  • A good knowledge of the implementation and management of matching grants in commodities’ value chains will be an added advantage.

 

Non-Key Experts

Introduction

ASE is seeking short term expertise that can be rapidly mobilized throughout the project lifespan in the following areas:

  • EDF rules and procedures
  • Regulatory frameworks/business enabling environment
  • Research (regulations, market opportunities, etc)
  • Seedling production and multiplication
  • For coffee and cocoa, respectively:
    • Commercial farming systems/production methods
    • Harvesting and post-harvest handing
    • Value addition
    • Marketing and investment promotion
    • Value chain development

The Roles

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a field related to the specific technical discipline;
  • Substantial experience in the related technical area, including the private sector;
  • Experience with EU donor-funded projects preferred;
  • Experience living and working in Uganda preferred;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Ready to Apply?

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to associaterecruit.asi@adamsmithinternational.com cc’ing economic.development@adamsmithinternational.com no later than 30 June 2022. Please reference “Uganda Coffee & Cocoa” and the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.