Short-Term Expert Cocoa Value Chain – Uganda

Short-Term Expert Cocoa Value Chain – Uganda

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Position Description:

This Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain will define or update the cocoa framework package, which includes standard (under HS 1801), policy, legal, regulatory and institutional set up, production guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, including SPS requirements, traceability, rules of origin, quality control, while mainstreaming climate change, environment and gender opportunities. The selected consultant will draft the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain. A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.  The Cocoa Value Chain Short-Term Expert is expected to support three (3) core functions during this assignment; 1)  Regulation framework: production component, 2) Matching grant scheme: technical assistance to operators with the development of proposals and monitoring implementation, and 3) Research technical advice on best practices in cocoa production and comparison of financial viability. Expected outputs:

Deliverables:

  • Assist the cocoa legal advisor on technical matters related to cocoa national standards, production, post-harvesting and export, in particular to set guidelines on good agricultural practices and code of conduct
  • Assist private operators in technical aspects related to application and implementation of matching grant projects, in collaboration with the Matching grant Expert; be consulted by the matching grant evaluation commission for technical aspects, on request
  • Provide technical advice to NACORI (Cocoa research) to implement their programme estimate, in the three thematic areas of variety evaluation, good agricultural practices (plant production and plant protection) and financial viability. 

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advance university degree and relevant experience which includes cocoa sector
  • A minimum of 10 years of specific working experience in the subject
  • Experience in value chain strategies
  • Knowledge in cocoa processing
  • Experience in cocoa certification issues
  • Experience in workshop facilitation
  • Experience in adaptive management of natural resources
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English and good report writing skills
  • Experience in community mobilization will be valued
  • Knowledge on quality and regulatory aspects related to export will be an asset
  • Previous experience in Uganda will be regarded

Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain – Uganda

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Position Description:

This Short-Term Legal Advisor Cocoa Value Chain will define or update the cocoa framework package, which includes standard (under HS 1801), policy, legal, regulatory and institutional set up, production guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain, including SPS requirements, traceability, rules of origin, quality control, while mainstreaming climate change, environment and gender opportunities. The selected consultant will draft the policy, legal, regulatory and institutional framework, including standards, guidelines and best practices along the cocoa value chain. A particular focus will be set on women’s empowerment and on mitigation of climate change/environmental impacts.

Deliverables:

The short-term expert is expected to submit an inception work plan at the end of the first week of the assignment, specifying the details of the activities and deliverables, in accordance with the tasks indicated above and agreed upon in consultation with the National Project Coordinator and the team leader for the Technical Assistance.  Guidelines on requirements and procedures for export to EU and other international markets. Expected outputs include:

– Draft Cocoa National Policy

– Cocoa national implementation strategy

– Draft Cocoa national standards

– Production and post-harvesting guidelines – Codes of conduct

– Quality control requirements for export of cocoa (including organic management)

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Advance university degree and relevant experience in the legal, policy and regulatory food value chains, food commodities export, or related fields
  • Deep knowledge of the legal framework in Uganda
  • A minimum of 7 years of specific working experience in the subject of legal framework of food sector and trade
  • Proven familiarity with standard setting bodies (ISO, Codex, etc.)
  • Experience in writing policies and negotiation skills
  • Good report writing, communication and presentation skills
  • A good team player
  • High level of proficiency in English (UK Spelling preferred

Finance, Compliance and Administration Support Manager (Consultant)

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Level of Effort: Up to 50% initially, with potential for full-time employment in the future, dependent on organizational growth

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide expertise on EU and other European Donor (preferably GIZ, KfW, NL Agency, DFID, and EIB experience) financial reporting and compliance rules and regulations to field and HQ staff and teams:
  • Work seamlessly and in coordination with CNFA’s US-based Operations & Compliance Team to build CNFA Europe’s finance, compliance and administration systems to be financially sound and competitive amongst peer organisations.
  • Working with program management teams, ensure that project and financial reporting is timely and compliant with CNFA Europe’s various European donor rules and regulations.
  • Initiate the process of developing CNFA Europe’s logistics and procurement systems that ensure compliance with respective EU donors and private sector partners;
  • Ensure the smooth implementation of project accounting activities, including (but not limited to): timely and accurate bank reconciliations, invoicing, monitoring of expenditure levels against budget and funding obligations, financial projections and submission of monthly financial reports to CNFA HQ;
  • Ensure organized and complete accounting file documentation is maintained by the field office and Headquarters and develop procedures for the systematic transfer of all original documentation to Headquarters;
  • Act as point on HR Systems development, primarily developing and operationalizing a CNFA Europe Expert Database and Recruitment Process, in addition to developing our contract terms and conditions for experts on the various EU Contracts we are bidding on. 
  • Project portal: manage the project portal relating to financial issues, including uploading financial reporting and deliverable reports;
  • Provide the field finance teams with information and guidance on program financial performance;
  • Regularly prepare and present financial reports, analysis, and recommendations concerning relevant financial issues;
  • Review partner spending in relation to budgets, and develop monthly budget pipelines for CNFA and partner expenditures;
  • Ensuring contract compliance with EU donors and CNFA policies and procedures by reviewing and approving subcontracts, grants, consultant agreements, and procurement documents for final approval and signature;
  • Facilitate timely, accurate month-end closing, cash requests and cash reconciliations;
  • Researching EU/GIZ regulatory issues and staying up-to-date on revisions to relevant regulations;

Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Finance or related field. Master’s Degree preferred. May substitute work experience to meet education requirement.
  • Minimum 5 years of project level accounting or finance experience with EU funded and other donor funded projects, preferably including GIZ, KfW, EIB and others.
  • Experience with European donors in the areas of finance and compliance;
  • Understanding of EU reporting rules and regulations;
  • A high degree of integrity, accountability, energy and flexibility;
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Strong conceptual, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to initiate and organize work while establishing priorities in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment to meet deadlines with attention to detail;
  • Ability to develop strong trusting relationships in order to gain support and achieve results;
  • Ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities;
  • Ability to work in an environment with international objectives; 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. CNFA takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Only those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.