SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organizational founded in the Netherlands in 1965; and currently maintains a global presence in 30 countries; across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV has been present in Uganda since 1989 and currently undertakes donor funded programming within 100+ districts across the country. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors and maintains the belief that no one should have to live in poverty; and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to programming within the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors by strengthening the capacities of targeted partners and communities at the field level; in order to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels, expand employment; improve food security; while paying special attention to gender equity, social inclusion of marginalized groups and stakeholder accountability.
As our programme in Uganda continues to grow, we are looking for a highly experienced dynamic professionals to join our team. Interested candidates should meet the basic qualifications outlined within the Candidate Profile and exhibit a strong desire to be a catalyst for change
For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV, visit our website: http://www.snv.org
SNV Uganda signed a four-year agreement with the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda (EKN) to implement Phase 2 of The Inclusive Dairy Enterprise (TIDE) project in South Western Uganda.
TIDE Phase 1 supported farmers to transit to semi-intensive production through the creation of a market for input suppliers and service providers in products and services, training & extension and finance. Products and services included training modules, on-farm infrastructure (e.g. water, paddocking), farm machinery, milking parlors and others. TIDE-1 was spurring the emergence of contractors and service providers and developing the market linkages through a mix of technical advice, strategic subsidies and matching grants. Similarly, TIDE-1 attracted local financial institutions (SACCOs) to provide loan products to enable dairy farmers to make the investments necessary for improving production.
Building on the results of TIDE-1, TIDE Phase 2 will have two approaches, i.e. deepening and up-scaling. Under the deepening component, TIDE 2 will focus on the current TIDE project area (7 districts) in order to increase impact, supporting farmers to reap benefits from the investments made. From market creation, the focus will shift to market development and – in addition – promoting a more strategic approach to dairy development, by helping to create a vision for sustainable dairy intensification, socially, economically and environmentally. This to ensure that the market delivers products and services to dairy farmers that are accessible, relevant, affordable, of high quality with a high component of knowledge and skills transfer. TIDE-2 will also support interventions further up the value chain and deepen and upscale the work with cooperatives and processors on service delivery and milk quality, domestic market diversi-fication and scaling up of the school milk project.
Up-scaling will be pursued by following the market in the products and services developed under TIDE-1 that are relevant for commercializing dairy farmers throughout Uganda (mostly peri-urban Kampala and Rwenzori Region). Private sector companies will be actively supported to market their products and services in those areas, mainly through mobilising technical expertise, networking and market linkages.
This is to be realised by working on four components or outcomes:
1) Productivity: deepening the market in knowledge, inputs and finance through quality offerings and diversification, with a focus on knowledge and skills transfer and supply mechanism (T&E in coops, private dairy advisory, PDTFs, others) and sustainable forage intensification; up-scaling to other commercial farming areas by following the private sector.
2) Milk quality: deepening by introducing/supporting milk tracking & tracing for various food safety parameters and critical control point analysis in the entire supply chain; up-scaling (and re-instating) QBMPS (Quality Based Milk Payment System) using a processor-led model;
3) Value Chain: deepening dairy value chain linkages through support to cooperatives and inclusive business models; up-scaling by supporting more cooperatives in other districts, lobby for and support the diversification of the domestic market.
4) Nutrition: deepening the school milk and yoghurt project in SW Uganda by increasing nutritional effects and up-scaling the approach outside the project area through e.g. social campaigns and collaboration with processors to enter this market.
In TIDE-1, financial incentives (subsidies and matching grants) helped to unlock the private sector and create the market. In TIDE-2, the role of subsidies is limited to quality improvements, interventions aiming at increased social inclusion (women and youth) and innovations. The latter particularly in the forage sub-sector. To provide dairy farmers with access to soft finance on a more sustainable basis and to more effective and tailored (agricultural) loan products, a contract will be pursued by the donor with a financial intermediary, both for leverage and implementation, but embedded and domiciled in an institution or Fund operating outside the TIDE-1 SNV project.
The TIDE 2 impact ambition is:
Direct impact: to double income for 5,000 farmers (already counted in TIDE 1), to create 1,000 new jobs and to improve nutrition for 500,000 additional children within the TIDE project area.
Outreach: reach 2,000 farmers (direct and/or indirect) with improved income outside the project area.
System change: to contribute to the dairy sector transformation.
TIDE-2 requires a robust Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Unit (ME&L) for monitoring and evaluating progress and change in production, incomes, profits, and employment of the project beneficiaries and (sustainable) sector transformation. In addition, the project wishes to generate publications, practice and policy briefs, for learning and sharing with sector and other stakeholders. Hence SNV is recruiting an experienced ME&L Advisor.
The ME&L Advisor will be responsible for ensuring the proper design and implementation of a quality ME&L plan and the M&E framework, and availability of and access to relevant M&E data, findings and project learnings for project staff, SNV management, the donor, partners and other stakeholders. This includes development and management of the TIDE data base, periodical or incidental studies (action research) and reports for learning, and digital data accessed through partners.
Key activities include:
1) M&E design, data collection, analysis and reporting of M&E relevant data;
2) Liaison with data aggregator (Omni-Tech) and other partners;
3) Recruiting additional data collectors/enumerators on a needs basis.
Furthermore the ME&L advisor will support the TIDE staff in reviewing and implementing project activities through assisting in regular tracking of changes/results. This involves:
1) Assessing ME&L needs
2) Providing hands on ME&L support on a needs basis;
3) Documenting project learnings in action research or other publications, and
4) Capacitating local staff/partners in ME&L on an individual basis and through ME&L workshops at opportune moments.
In order to inform the strategy and implementation of TIDE, the ME&L advisor liaises on a regular basis with project management and partners on project progress, approach and processes. S/he will (a) participate in management team meetings, (b) participate in staff meetings and (c) other relevant project activities and events.
The M&E Advisor will be supported and coached by an international ME&L expert from Wageningen University & Research, Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI). This will be through regular short missions and – in between – through email and audio communication.
Tasks and responsibilities of the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (ME&L) Advisor
The ME&L Advisor will lead the ME&L Unit and reports directly to the TIDE project manager. He/she will give guidance to the other TIDE Units to ensure efficient reporting of the project activities.
Lead, coordinate and oversee all activities related to the ME&L functions of the project.
Closely work with data aggregator OmniTech and the support team to implement the ME&L function.
Coordinate the planning and execution of learning activities and events.
Coordinate monitoring of project partners activities related to the TIDE project reporting schedules for SNV and the donor.
Develop the ME&L framework for the project with support from the TIDE Team and WCDI.
Develop the ME&L plan for TIDE in collaboration with WUR.
Lead the assessment of ME&L needs for various units of TIDE project.
Plan and implement various studies for the different interventions under the units.
Implement the ME&L plan in tandem with the various units of TIDE
Documenting project learnings in action research or other publications,
Build capacities of local staff and partners, especially the private sector, in M&E on an individual basis and through M&E workshops.
This is a full time position based in SNV Mbarara Office. The ME&L Advisor will:
Adhere to SNV values and code of conduct
Participate in all team activities
Report directly to the Project Manager TIDE
Work jointly with all relevant SNV staff
Research/M&E – at least at MA/MSc level in a relevant subject e.g. animal/ agricultural science, agricultural economics, research/statistics, or sociology.
A diploma or other formal training in ME&L is a requirement.
Dairy sector experience – minimal 5 years work-/research experience in the live-stock/dairy sector, preferably in Uganda or a comparable African context.
Professional experience – minimal 5 years work-/research experience in relevant field, preferably in Uganda. Experience in leading research projects and writing of research reports / M&E outputs.
Minimum of five (5) years of experience in relevant positions related to ME&L with particular preference to market-led interventions and private sector development.
Ample knowledge of and experience in the dairy sector in Uganda is an added advantage.
Management of research teams and project management.
Experience in organizing learning events and workshops in liaison with partners, multi-stakeholders, including private sector.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
Good report writing skills with proven ability to compile case studies, practice and policy briefs and (other) documents for learning and sharing.
Good skills in data base management including data analysis.
Computer skills and software applications (email, word processing, spreadsheets, statistical programs, preferably also ODK or google forms).
Skills in team work, facilitation and training.
Sensitive and committed to gender equity and diversity.
Application Deadline: by 17th Feb 2020.
Contract Duration : 2 years initial contract with possible extension
Contract Type: Uganda National Contract
Desired Start Date: 20th March 2020