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Micro Enterprise Counsellor, Kampala

Last update 2024-05-27
Expires 2024-06-27
ID #2135935262
13 US$
Micro Enterprise Counsellor, Kampala
Uganda, Central Region, Kampala,
Modified April 29, 2024

Description

Everyone deserves the opportunity to build a better future.

This simple idea has been at the heart of work around the world for over 50 years.

Techno Serve is a pioneer in leveraging the power of business and markets to create sustainable pathways out of poverty.

The low-income communities in which we work are full of enterprising people.

Their small-scale farms and businesses are the keys to economic development.

But they face many challenges: low literacy, lack of access to jobs and markets, unpredictable political dynamics and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

For many women and young people, the challenges are even more daunting.

Working with Techno Serve staff, people around the world are lifting themselves out of poverty.

The results are amazing...when incomes increase and living conditions for families get better, they are able to access health care and education previously out of reach.

Communities and even whole countries are better off. Title: Micro Enterprise Counsellor Program: VINES (CRS0003)Reports to: Micro Enterprise Specialist Location : Kasese Grade: 3 Job Summary: The Micro Enterprise Counsellor will support the implementation of Techno Serve’s efforts under VINES-Project and contribute to the overall delivery of program activities with Emphasis on building the capacity of youth entrepreneurs, Farmer Learning Center Hosts and Farmers.

The Micro Enterprise Counsellor will work closely within the rural communities, participants and local stakeholders and will be responsible for timely and effective implementation of project activities and achievement of a portion of the project’s goal.

S/he will be responsible for work planning, training of entrepreneurs, provision of business advisory support to the entrepreneurs and monitoring program impact/effectiveness at the individual entrepreneur level.

The Micro Enterprise Counsellor will also be required to provide regular reports on the progress of the program activities.

Program Overview: Techno Serve, CRS and Frontier Co-op are implementing VINES, a five year, $13 million, USDA Food for Progress program that will make Uganda the world’s next leading supplier of high-quality vanilla.

Led by CRS, VINES will leverage the expertise of CRS and its world class consortium of partners (including Techno Serve), associated experts and leading international buyers to provide technical assistance to enhance the production of safe, clean, pure vanilla, develop market links with US trade networks, and strengthen an enabling public policy network to reduce vanilla theft to transform the lives of 16,200 farmers, 356 self-employed service and input providers, 480 processors' employees; and generating 15,820 new on-farm seasonal and permanent processing jobs to reach 32,856 vanilla stakeholders.

In turn, this will provide international buyers with a new origin that will stabilize the extreme price volatility for this unique spice.

Within the consortium, Techno Serve leads in business planning, farmer business capacity building, agripreneur and youth training, input supply and business relationship management.

Primary Functions and Responsibilities; Mobilization of participants to the program: Promote the program and its benefits within the local communities in the program area Identify and recruit participants who meet the stipulated program criteria of age, literacy and geographic location on to the program Facilitate group orientation and team building activities to solidify relationships within the group and support identification of appropriate and safe training/meeting venues within the project area.

Be a good representative of the organisation and the program as per policy.

Training & retention of Project beneficiaries: Undergo training and upgrading of knowledge & skills on the program curriculum (participate in To Ts) as required Deliver the program curriculum and training sessions as per the manual, adhering to the guidelines and standards of punctuality, size of class, use of materials, activities, lesson plans and ensuring that training is conducted as per approved program and cohort work plans Ensure that delivery of technical training packages is of high quality, is appropriate to the local context (use of local language and local examples), and is effectively reaching participants Identify Key skill gaps within different categories of trainees relative to the local economic opportunities and provide feedback to supervisor on training requirements/ needs Track attendance and report on attrition or other challenges regularly to the area supervisor Endeavour to follow up & support participants who face various challenges such as gender related problems, psychosocial related issues, poor attendance drop outs etc.

Ensure timeliness and quality of activity implementation.

Aftercare support & reporting: Follow up on the trainees after the training to track their progress e.g.

those who have started businesses or other activities.

Provide advice, guidance and any other necessary support as needed by the participants Actively participate in regular team meetings to track implementation progress and share relevant field data (e.g.

attendance lists, feedback forms etc.)Capture and share success stories of the entrepreneurs with the Micro Enterprise Specialist.

Collect relevant data for monitoring and evaluation purposes Facilitate the mentoring of entrepreneurs to execute their business plans i.e.

starting up and expanding their businesses Work closely with the local stakeholders to ensure proper understanding of the program and enhance collaboration at the local level Work with program staff to identify technical assistance needs at sub-county levels Understand, respect and promote Techno Serve’s values, vision, and strategy in the implementation of assigned duties Perform other related duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Basic Qualifications: A diploma in Business related discipline such as Business studies, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness.

A degree is an added advantage Minimum of 2 years’ field experience with, Entrepreneurship development, Vendors and micro-retailor business support and engagement, youth and women entrepreneurship support.

Strong private sector experience, facilitation skills and Participatory Approaches and client relationship building Relevant skills of Monitoring and Evaluation tools and practices including use of online digital platform for delivering trainings, data capturing and reporting Good computer skills (Excel and MS word) Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills Preferred Qualifications; Proficiency in the local languages (Lhukonzo)Ability to ride Motorcycle with valid riding permit, or willingness to learn and acquire permit within one-month period Competency is a combination of knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) directly related to successful performance on the job.

Core Competencies include: Integrity and honesty: Is widely trusted; seen as a direct, truthful individual; presents truthful information in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; does not misrepresent himself or herself for personal gain.

Team Work/ Relationships: Works co-operatively and flexibly with other members of the team with a full understanding of the role to be played as a team member and/or leader, to achieve a common goal.

Ability to build and maintain effective relationships and networks.

Learning attitude: Proactively takes advantage of opportunities to learn.

Actively identifies new areas for learning; applies and shares new knowledge and skill appropriately.

Diversity/Inclusiveness: Demonstrates an understanding and appreciation for diversity and supports diversity efforts.

Interacts effectively with and inclusively with people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, ages, and genders.

Communication: Expresses ideas effectively in individual and group situations.

Listens effectively; shares information, ideas and arguments; adjusts terminology, language and communication modes to the needs of the audience; ensures accurate understanding; acts in a way that facilitates open exchange of ideas and information; uses appropriate non-verbal communication.

Decision making/Problem Solving: Is able to analyse situations, diagnose problems, identify the key issues, establish and evaluate alternative courses of action and produce a logical, practical and acceptable solution.

Is able to make effective decisions on a day-to-day basis, taking ownership of decisions, demonstrating sound judgement in escalating issues where necessary.

Results Oriented/ High Quality Deliverables: Stays focused on the efforts necessary to achieve quality results consistent with programmatic or departmental goals.

Demonstrates the ability to achieve effective results; works persistently to overcome obstacles to goal achievement.

Accomplishes tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks.

Planning & Time Management: Establishes a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal.

Effectively plans, schedules, prioritizes and controls activities; identifies, integrates and orchestrates resources (people, material, information, budget, and/or time) to accomplish goals.

Prioritizes work according to the program or department’s goals, not just own job responsibilities; manages own time effectively.

Business Acumen: The ability to use information, ask the right questions and take decisions that make an impact on the overall business performance.

We encourage all qualified individuals who share Techno Serve's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Dayly
Occupation: Micro enterprise counsellor

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