New Sustainability Specialist – Agricultural Business Initiative Group

Sustainability Specialist – Agricultural Business Initiative Group

Strategy & Programming Contribute to the development and implementation of aBi’s strategic and operational plans; ensuring that sustainable and socially responsible goals strategies and investments are well reflected and applying well researched, evidence informed, efficient, effective and relevant approaches

  • Keep abreast of contemporary research findings concerning sustainable and socially responsible strategies and investments (includes commissioning research for aBi); develop a profound understanding of the ecosystems that aBi is seeking to develop and identify opportunities for leveraging beneficial change
  • Support the development of aBi’s strategies, policies and plans, contributing insights relevant to SSRI and ensuring that learning from previous projects is incorporated into design
  • Proactively work with the aBi Development and aBi Finance teams to design funding windows to design funding windows; in particular, advising on the choice of projects, partners and interventions that will achieve SSRI targets
  • Support the development of aBi’s risk management framework by contributing insights relevant to SSRI; rolling out the aspects of the risk management framework to ensure risks are effectively managed from identification to assessment to mitigation
  • Contribute to the development and review of investment policies; apply understanding garnered from research and learning in the SSRI space to keep aBi aligned with emerging good practice

Portfolio Development Collaborate with colleagues to build a comprehensive portfolio of interventions and investment to add value and create systemic change in agribusiness and food industry sectors in Uganda; supporting economic transformation whilst also delivering sustainable and socially responsible results from our investments

  • Provide input to the development of calls for proposals, ensuring that content relevant to SSRI is incorporated
  • Work with the Heads of Portfolio and Business Development to develop tools that will accurately assess Implementing Partners (IP) capacity for SSRI; personally, participate in IP assessments and develop appropriate action plans.
  • Develop and implement a program of training and the production of tools, resources and standard operating procedures that will enhance staff, stakeholder and IP capacity to deliver against SSRI targets
  • Work collaboratively with IPs and with aBi colleagues to design projects that will boost the impact, profitability, and sustainability of IPs, and leverage beneficial change
  • Support the development and submission of project proposals that will achieve aBi’s impact targets; work collaboratively with colleagues to meet the exacting standards of the Procurement & Investment Committee (PIC)
  • In accordance with aBi’s Funding Manual, follow up on the entirety of the funding process for SSRI projects or interventions; includes planning and preparation, appraisal, contracting, disbursement, monitoring, reporting, audit management to evaluation

Ensuring Impactful Implementation Oversee the implementation of project plans so that results are achieved, and quality projects are delivered; ensuring that learning from projects is fully utilized to maximize impact

  • Collaborate closely with the RMRD team to evaluate and learn from monitoring data that is that is relevant to SSRI;
  1. Initiate strategies for widespread awareness-raising around key results and learning
  2. Feed insights into the future design of strategies, procedures, tools and resources to support consistent delivery of good practice in SSRI
  3. If desired results have not been achieved, identify, and implement improvements in either process or performance
  4. Periodically review theories of change, revising as appropriate
  • Provide expert advice, mentoring and guidance to both staff and IPs as necessary to support quality implementation of the SSRI aspects of projects
  • For any projects being personally managed, ensure that good practice in end-to-end project management is implemented, and that interventions are made as required to ensure that planned results are achieved
  • Cooperate with and support internal and external audits; track and report on implementation of audit recommendations, includes following up with Implementing Partners as necessary

Advocacy & Communications Work collaboratively with aBi’s senior management and with the Communications team to provide thought leadership in SSRI and to develop strategies and interventions that will result in widespread change (of both opinion and action) on issues relevant to SSRI

  • Building on the ecosystem analysis mentioned above, identify ways in which the achievement of aBi’s SSRI agenda is dependent on influencing specific stakeholders or widespread mindset change
  • Develop an advocacy & communication strategy including clear goals for the required mindset shifts and any accompanying behavioral changes; develop results chains to connect planned interventions to these goals
  • Participate in the development and implementation of aBi’s overall Influencing and Communications Plan; eliciting the support of colleagues for driving the SSRI agenda
  • Take responsibility for delivering any allocated components of the communications strategy; support influencing, advocacy and communication aspects relevant to the SSRI agenda
  • Participate in and convene forums relevant to the SSRI agenda; driving thought leadership in SSRI and sharing /acquiring knowledge for the benefit of aBi and its stakeholders
  • Produce relevant sections of the annual report, and other reports required by the Management, Board, Investors, and other stakeholders; ensure that submissions are made on time and to standard

Applicants should submit an application letter and a CV along with the contacts of three professional referees to: The Director, Future Options Consulting Ltd, 4th Floor, DTB Centre, Kampala Road, P.O. Box 34934, Kampala, Uganda by email: hr@futureoptions.org

Applications should be received by 5.00pm on the 11th December 2020. Canvassing will lead to disqualification. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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