Agribusiness Adviser

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Project Description

Agribusiness Advisors work in Peace Corps Uganda’s Community Agribusiness Project to enable Ugandans to enjoy sustainable livelihoods in vibrant local economies. Working with local leaders, community based organizations, and non-governmental organizations and groups, Volunteers strive to improve individuals’ economic opportunities and household-level food security through business and financial literacy skills development, building capacity of community members to manage their farms as businesses, and child-focused health nutrition trainings.

Volunteers collaborate with community members and their local organizations to identify community needs and implement appropriate interventions. As such, Volunteers will play the role of catalyst for a wide range of activities, limited only by the creativity of the community and the Volunteers, and guided by the project framework.

Activities may include but are not limited to:
• Training community groups on budgeting, bookkeeping, record keeping, financial literacy, and food security
• Supporting and strengthening village savings and loans associations
• Training youth on entrepreneurship and livelihoods
• Advising farmers on post-harvest handling to reduce waste and increase profitability through value-addition and income generating activities
• Demonstrating and assist community members in preparing household gardens to grow variety of fruits and vegetables
• Training caregivers to identify and incorporate nutritious foods into children’s diet
Peace Corps Uganda promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers receive training on gender challenges and have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of their work, Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact.

Required Skills

Qualified candidates will have one or more of the following criteria:

• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any business or economics discipline with 1 year experience in agribusiness
• 5 years of professional experience in business management
• At least 3 years of experience in farm management, and/or agribusiness
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Economics or a degree combining agriculture and management, including agribusiness, agricultural management, farm management

Desired Skills

Competitive candidates will have the following relevant qualifications and qualities:

• Small-scale farming and experience with agricultural value addition and post-harvest handling
• Expressed interest working with small-scale farmers and youth in various capacities including entrepreneurship training
• Expressed interest working in micro-finance and small business development
• Flexibility living in another culture and/or working in unstructured environment

Required Language Skills

There are no pre-requisite language requirements for this position. Please take a moment to explore the Language Comments section below to find out more on how local language(s) will be utilized during service.

Additional Language Information

Trainees will receive 4 weeks of training in the local language used in their assigned community and must attain intermediate proficiency in said language before swearing-in as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Support, such as extended tutoring or accommodations for learners with special needs are in place to help each trainee achieve the language proficiency needed for community integration and effective work.

Living Conditions

During service, Volunteers usually live in a rural or semi-urban community in accommodations provided by the host organization or a homestay. While housing seems modest by US standards, it is often provided at great expense to the host agency and/or community, given their often limited means. Housing conditions vary according to organizations' resources, though it will meet basic Peace Corps housing standards. Most rural Volunteers are likely to have no running water and some will not have electricity and use a lantern or solar lamp for lighting and a stove for cooking. Volunteers in rural communities will likely use outdoor bathing areas and pit latrines. The situation is often different in urban communities.
Cell phone service is available across the country especially where Volunteers are placed. Wi-Fi and internet is not common in rural areas and usually unreliable if available. Cyber cafes and internet connectivity are available within urban areas. USB modems and smart phones are available for purchase and can be used for internet access in some places. Mail and post generally take long time, but Volunteers can readily communicate through WhatsApp and other messaging services.

Trainees stay with host families for four weeks during Pre-Service Training (PST). A private, lockable room will be provided within the host family accommodation. Trainees will, however, share common areas with the family. The homestay accommodation provides an opportunity for Volunteers to be familiar with cultural norms within Uganda. In addition, some Volunteers will also live with home stay families during their two years of service at site after PST. Invitees looking for that type of highly integrated and rewarding experience should make that choice known on the Invitee Questionnaire sent a few months prior to departure.

Volunteers could be a 2-3 hours’ drive from another Volunteer in some areas, while others are much closer to each other. The site placement process will enable staff to determine whether Volunteers prefer to be clustered or more distantly placed from other Volunteers. Getting around will be by walking, riding a bicycle, or using local transportation. Public transportation is available near most communities and allows for transit to and from the nearest urban areas or trading centers, though it is likely to be crowded, uncomfortable, and unreliable. Volunteers are provided funds to buy a local bicycle. Many of the community members use this mode of transportation, too. Due to safety risks, Peace Corps Uganda prohibits the use of public motorcycle taxis by Volunteers.

Uganda is a very conservative culture. As outsiders, Volunteers are often heavily scrutinized. Living and working productively in Uganda means being able to adjust to different cultural norms, as that can deeply impact community integration and credibility. Ugandans are interested in visitors and are welcoming and open when they feel mutual respect and understanding.
Peace Corps Uganda provides support to a diverse group of Volunteers of various faiths, identities, and sexual orientations. It is important to note that Uganda has restrictive laws that target certain sexual acts. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms and country-specific laws, and use their best judgment to determine how to approach topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities and host country. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address how to navigate this aspect of identity during pre-service training, and what support mechanisms are available for incoming trainees. Please refer to the Local Laws and Special Circumstances of the U.S. Department of State's travel page for more information (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/uganda.html). Prospective Volunteers are encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns during the interview.

Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Uganda: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.

Medical Considerations in Uganda

  • Uganda may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; insulin-dependent diabetes; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; seizure disorder; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.  
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Uganda, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please also review Important Medical Information for Applicants [PDF] to learn about other health conditions typically not supported in Peace Corps service.


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