Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Field Project Manager/Business Consultant Job at MEDA March 2019

  Kijiwe Cha Wasomi       Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Field Project Manager/Business Consultant Job at MEDA March 2019
Position Summary 
The Field Project Manager/Business Consultant ensures effective implementation of project strategies, adjusting course as needed based on interim performance, to achieve life-of-project performance targets. This position involves frequent travel to project locations within East Africa, particularly in Uganda and Tanzania. This is a full-time contract for the duration of the project, subject to continued donor funding. The estimated start date is May 2019. nafasi za kazi/ajira

Project Summary
RAPID is a 4-year project led by MEDA with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and developed and implemented in collaboration with partner and subgrantee Context Global Development (CGD), the international development arm of the international agribusiness consulting firm Context Network. The project name “RAPID” is an acronym derived from elements of the project title: RTB (Roots, Tubers & Bananas) Accelerator for rapid Propagation Innovations and Distribution of seeds.

Regional Context: Banana remains the highest value staple crop for smallholder farmers in East Africa, particularly in Uganda and Tanzania; yet productivity remains extremely low due in large part to high levels of pests and diseases that are transmitted in field and through the vegetative planting material. 

Project Goals: The ultimate goal of the new RAPID project is to get new and improved, higher yielding varieties of banana to farmers in Uganda and Tanzania.

MEDA Approach: MEDA will focus efforts on tackling the bottleneck of early generation seed (EGS) production. Specifically, this grant will provide matching capital and technical advisory services to up to 15 Small & Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) companies (such as tissue culture labs and nursery operators) that will commercialize new technologies and business models to dramatically increase productivity for distributing new banana varieties to farmers. Business consulting activities will also include a gender lens in the landscaping and design activities to ensure that companies’ business plans include gender considerations in a way that is targeted and appropriate for their business.

Responsibilities

Grant Management
Responsible for grant management for up to 15 SME sub-grantees including financial reporting, advance and expense reconciliation and ensure sub grantees meet project deliverables laid out in their business plans

Business Consulting
Supplementing expert technical assistance provided to sub grantees by MEDA HQ staff and partners (such as Context Global Development)

Relationship Management
Managing successful relationships with the government, donor agencies, the business community, related donor-funded projects and other stakeholders as required
Managing successful relationships with SME sub-grantees; ensuring positive relationships are maintained and project targets are achieved. 

Project Implementation and Coordination ajira mpya
Ensuring daily management of the project and assuming full accountability of project results
Responsible for day-to-day operational coordination of partner activities, expert technical assistance and grantee company convenings
Ensuring project performance tracking
Implementing security protocols

Project Financial Management
Maintaining strict budgetary adherence and monitoring
Ensuring review and timely submission of regular financial reports

Project Compliance
Ensuring effective and efficient management of project’s compliance with planning, monitoring, evaluation, performance and reporting
Ensuring adherence to local legal requirements

Job Requirements
Follow all Organizational Policies and Procedures
Demonstration of MEDA Core Performance Values: Respect, Collaboration, Entrepreneurship and Accountability
Keep up to date on all required training
Support effective Staff Management and supportive work environment

Qualifications
A minimum of five to ten years of senior level business experience in related role (or similar private sector experience) nafasi za ajira march 2019
Masters in Business Administration (MBA) or relevant Masters level degree
Experience with agribusiness, seed systems, international development, and/or economics are desirable
Direct private sector experience is an asset
Appreciation and support of MEDA’s faith, values and goals

Fluency (written and verbal) in English is required
Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders into partnerships and alliances, lead and facilitate collaborative processes nafasi za kazi march 2019
Prior work experience in East Africa is preferred
Understanding and appreciation of business principles, international development and MEDA’s approach of creating business solutions to poverty

MEDA is an equal opportunity employer and accommodations are available during all phases of the recruitment process. We ask that any applicants requiring accommodation make their needs known in advance.
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