Position:  Team Leader – Economic Growth, Agriculture, Climate, and Public Investment

Location:  Uganda


FCDO Uganda – Climate Smart Jobs

Adam Smith International is currently preparing for the tender for UK FCDO-funded Climate Smart Jobs Programme and is seeking to build a roster of specialists for short and long-term assignments in Uganda. This Programme is expected to go to tender in Q4 2021 and will run for a duration of five years.

Programme Overview

This programme will implement interventions that best support GoU’s ambitions for economic growth and prosperity.

The programme will help GoU deliver on the agro-industrialisation ambitions of its third National Development Plan (NDPIII) to accelerate employment-intensive growth in Uganda. It will build and develop markets for agriculture and trade, increase incomes, improve resilience to climate change and empower women, closing the gap with neighbouring countries (quality, price) while ensuring that growth is resilient to the threats posed by climate change. The context and systems within which the programme will operate are complex as they relate to domestic, regional and international markets affected by global shocks, including COVID 19, climate change and changing political economy over a multi-year timeframe.

The whole programme will be used to demonstrate sustainable private sector led approaches to creating jobs and climate resilience that we will use to persuade the Government of Uganda that they should enable. The three outcomes of the programme are:

1.     Grow climate smart agribusinesses to create jobs, through

  1. Providing grants and technical assistance to selected businesses;
  2. Incentivising financial institutions to invest in high-potential SMEs aligned with CSJ’s strategic .
  3. Providing long-term risk capital for larger firms

2.     Support climate smart land management and services, through

  1. Providing technical assistance and small grants / inputs to communities and agribusinesses
  2. Establishing the Uganda Innovation Climate Fund

3.     Remove barriers that stop businesses getting deals done, through:

  1. Providing technical assistance, primarily to firms, to enable them to overcome the

Role & Responsibilities

Technical Leadership

  • Overall strategic and technical leadership of the Programme across all interventions, including development of effective delivery model, results framework, and work
  • Ensuring technical quality across Programme activities with overall responsibility for ensuring achievement of Programme

Team & Operational Leadership

  • Effective leadership of the Delivery Team, including Workstream Leads and Delivery
  • Efficient, timely and effective implementation of activities and oversee effective delivery, with support from the programme management

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Establish and lead a strong working relationship with the FCDO SRO and other relevant counterparts (e.g. Gov Uganda, Industry Bodies, Agribusiness Investors)
  • Establish and lead strong working relationships with various private sector and business

Required Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and capabilities:

  • Experience successfully leading the delivery of complex, large-scale private sector development programmes, preferably for FCDO (DFID) in sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in
  • Strong understanding of private sector development, agribusiness, and trade, especially across East African countries. An awareness of climate-smart agricultural practices strongly
  • Capacity and influence to convene stakeholders and shape national policy; track record of working with government stakeholders to identify and remove barriers to investment and
  • Experience leading and motivating large teams and effectively engaging with donor
  • Excellent written and presentation capabilities in English

Candidates should submit an up-to-date CV (max 3 pages), brief motivation statement and your expected consultancy fee rate (GBP per day) to Uganda@adamsmithinternational.com by October 20th 2021 with the subject line “Uganda Climate Smart Jobs – Team Leader”. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.