Manager Development Manager – Self Help Africa, Uganda

Job Title: Manager Development Manager (MDM)
Organisation: Self Help Africa, Uganda
Department: Programmes
Location: Nakapiripirit (covering Amudat, Lamwo and Kitgum Districts), Uganda
Reports to: Head of Programmes (HoP)
Contract period: Two years

About Self Help Africa and the MORE-HONEY Project

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an international NGO, dedicated to taking a business-like approach to reducing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the UK, the US and seven African countries, SHA focuses on agriculture and agribusiness as the engine of growth in Africa. Our approach is collaborative and market-based: although we see our primary clients as smallholder farmers in Africa, we work with all participants in agricultural value chains

Self Help Africa has a long established and growing office in Uganda, currently running development and humanitarian projects that encompass enterprise development and climate resilience programming with smallholder farmers. The Uganda programme has a strong focus on supporting market access and enterprise development among refugee and host populations, natural resource management & green economy approaches and climate change adaptation across the country. Self Help Africa in partnership with Golden Bees Limited, Swienty Commodities ApS and Kahl GmbH & Co.KG (Kahlwax Limited) and with financial support from the Danida Market Development Partnerships (DMDP), is implementing the Market-Oriented Rural Enterprise for Honey (MORE-HONEY) project in Uganda.  The MORE-HONEY project promotes the development of an equitable honey value chain through working with 2,000 farmers in the four districts of Kitgum and Lamwo in the East Acholi region and Amudat and Nakapiripirit in the Southern Karamoja sub region.  The project contributes to market development and promotes economic growth and employment.

Job Purpose:

The MDM will ensure development of sustainable and profitable honey agri-enterprises (honey aggregation hubs, cooperatives among others) that will improve the competitiveness of bee keepers to respond to new and expanding market opportunities. S/he will be responsible for proper budget monitoring and management, fundraising, reporting, project officers’ supervision, networking and collaboration with key stakeholders in all the districts.

Responsibilities (R)

R1: Technical oversight.

  1. Provide overall leadership in applying a honey value chain and market system development approaches and documentation of learning in different components of the project.
  2. Oversee the development, improvement and upscaling of inclusive model with private sector actors  together with the partners.
  3. Facilitate access to input and output markets for bee keepers.
  4. Oversee the assessing, formation, training and coaching of honey cooperatives to implement honey collection marketing in the honey hubs.
  5. Oversee identification and establishment of nucleus farms on apiary management  for learning best practices sites and adoption of best practices.
  6. Oversees the establishment and developing of off-farm businesses that support the honey value chain e.g. inputs, agents etc.
  7. Conduct continuous market intelligence and assessments to inform programming including identification of sectors and value chains actors that have high potential to benefit the smallholder farmers
  8. Facilitate sustainable access to financial services and products for bee keepers and integration of Savings and Loan Association in all the bee keepers groups as part of financial resource mobilization for investment.
  9. Conduct refresher and specialized trainings as needed by staff and partners and design necessary didactic materials (manuals etc)
  10. Ensure training, businesses mentorship and technical assistance are provided by Agribusiness Development Officers (BDOs)
  11. Coordinate with other project officers to support bee keepers and bee keepers organizations to evaluate market requirements and develop production plans responsive to market demands.
  12. Promoting and ensuring adherence to Responsible Business Conduct (RBC)

R2: Project Leadership and Management

  1. Prepare and oversee project implementation plans and ensure effective project management
  2. Supervise   project   staff   and   provide   technical   assistance to staff in value chain development, cooperative model and market systems
  3. Plan and assign deliverables and activities to all relevant stakeholders, review their progress and address deviations in terms of timelines and quality, based on agreed outputs and budgets
  4. Oversee budget management (budgeting, cash forecast, financial accountability, review etc) and interface with finance, logistical and procurement departments.
  5. Submit high quality donor and internal reports.

R3: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL)

  1. With support from M&E Coordinator, formulate and implement the M&E plan (including external and internal reviews and evaluations) and (donor) including participation in surveys and analysis.
  2. Ensure  timely  delivery  of programme activities  including  monitoring  against  log frames,  performance  management  work plans
  3. Documentation and dissemination of scalable best practice derived from private sector experiences and approaches to meeting SDGs
  4. Ensure full synthesis, analysis and documentation and sharing of  project insights, processes and outcomes within SHA Uganda and other SHA COs and key stakeholders.
  5. Responsible Business Conduct action plan (RBC), addressing all negative impacts identified and communicate with stakeholders.
  6. Explore opportunities for positioning, innovation, upscaling and potential follow up projects

R4: Network and Relationship building

  1. Initiate and manage cooperative and productive linkages with external partners and the donor(s) by ensuring a high level of SHA visibility and branding according to donor guidelines
  2. Support SHA partners to understand and practice ethical codes of conduct, that are in line with SHA’s own core values
  3. Initiate and oversee strategies for engagement of civil society in policy formulation at local, regional and national levels, and support the implementation of agreed policy engagement initiatives

Key Relationships


  • Head of Programmes, Project Officers, Technical Advisors & other project staff
  • Self Help Africa Uganda Country Programme staff and administrative staff


  • Farmer groups, youth and women groups, government departments, private enterprises, donors , Civil Society organisations

Qualifications/Other requirements:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree (Masters degree preferable) in Agriculture, Business Administration, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics or related field,
  • At least 3-5 years of working experience in a managerial position in NGO sector or private sector actors
  • Strong technical background on development programming focusing on enterprise development, value chain development, market system and other related fields.
  • Experience and knowledge in the design and implementation of apiculture on-farm and off-farm enterprise development projects for smallholder farmers
  • Skills in training/facilitation of development processes including communities mobilisation, enterprise development and networking with stakeholder including donors.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation including excellent analytical/problem-solving .
  • High level skills and experience in planning, budgeting and writing management and financial reports to donors,
  • Commitment to international and humanitarian NGO codes, standards and practices,
  • Strong skills in speaking and writing English with solid computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, power point and email.


  • Experience working in project geographical region and knowledge of local languages in the target districts

Role Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of team across different cultures.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and take initiative
  • Ability to solve problems and take corrective action.

Download the Job Description

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available and SHA reserves the right to make necessary changes.

How to apply:

Please download the Application Form and fill it in. Qualified candidates should upload a completed application form, motivational letter and CV to the SHA Online Recruitment Portal (click the green hyperlink).

Please note incomplete applications will not be considered for shortlisting.

Closing date is Monday 19th July 2021 at 5pm

Please note that Self Help Africa Uganda advocates for equal opportunity and does not require applicants to pay any fee at whatever stage of the recruitment and selection process. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Self Help Africa is committed to the highest possible standards of openness, transparency, and accountability in all its affairs and is completely against fraud, bribery, and corruption. All employees are bound by code of conduct, child protection and conflict of interest policies.

Any candidate offered a job with Self Help Africa will be expected to sign Self Help Africa’s Safeguarding Policies and Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Police vetting is required.

All applicants are encouraged to read through the following safeguarding policies as you make your applications:

  1. Code of Conduct
  2. Conflict of Interest
  3. Child Protection

Women applicants are highly encouraged; Self Help Africa is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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