Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. We join forces with governments, private agencies and, most importantly, rural communities themselves to co-create digital solutions that are of the community and for the community. When farmers have the tools they need to connect with one another, they’re far more likely to apply what they’ve learned on their farms and in their households–improving their own livelihoods and those of others in their community, in a manner that’s nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, and inclusive.
So far, Digital Green has reached 1.5 million rural community members across over 8,000 villages in India, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Niger and Tanzania. Collaborating with over 50 partners, Digital Green has helped facilitate the production and dissemination of over 5,000 localized videos in 50 languages. Digital Green operates from offices in San Francisco, New Delhi, and Addis Ababa. Digital Green is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the US. For more information, please visit Digital Green’s website: www.digitalgreen.org.
USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS) and Digital Green have launched the five-year Feed the Future Developing Local Extension Capacity (DLEC) project, in partnership with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CARE International, the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), and multiple resource partners. By collaborating with USAID missions, host country governments, public and private extension advisory service (EAS) providers, rural civil society organizations, and host country research institutes, DLEC will help host-country extension systems become more effective, accountable, scalable, and sustainable. DLEC has conducted diagnostics in multiple countries and is in the process of implementing on-the-ground activities in a select few.
The Uganda in-country coordinator will play a critical role in pursuing, scoping, designing, and launching new activities for Digital Green and/or DLEC. Additionally, the candidate will play a supporting role in the ongoing DLEC-funded engagement activity in Uganda implemented by DLEC core partner International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Working closely with Digital Green, IFPRI, and other partner organization colleagues, the in-country coordinator will serve as point of contact for activities in the country and will play a key role in (i) initiating and strengthening partner relationships; (ii) researching and designing new programs; (iii) representing Digital Green in stakeholder meetings, workshops, and other fora in the country; (iv) scaling current programs; (v) monitoring progress of activity; (vi) establishing relationships with the Government to institutionalize practices; and (vii) establishing or collaborating with a community of practice in Uganda to galvanize discussion and action on current engagement results and potential future activity.
The successful candidate will apply his/her entrepreneurial attitude and professional networks to generate funding to set up and manage extension-related agriculture programs; cultivate a network of relevant stakeholders; and represent Digital Green at meetings with the Government, USAID, and other donor representatives, such as FAO and the World Bank. The candidate will also have an understanding of rural farming communities, best practices in agricultural extension, and effective partner management.
The position will report to the Director of Africa Programs at Digital Green and will work closely with the DLEC team. The location of the position is flexible but must be within Uganda, preferably in Entebbe.
Work closely with the Digital Green and DLEC team to do the following tasks which include but are not limited to:Researching, scoping, designing, and launching new project activities
Applying own knowledge, networks, and current Digital Green progress-to-date to plan and execute a comprehensive Digital Green Uganda growth strategy
Communicating progress and challenges, and iterating upon Digital Green’s Uganda strategy
Liaising with the broader Digital Green team based in India and Ethiopia to coordinate their involvement on in-country activities, as needed
Collaborating with Program Manager to share updates relevant for outreach materials as well as qualitative/quantitate MEL-related results for accurate tracking of results and impact
Coordinating with DLEC country engagement manager, finance manager, or program manager on financial and program management of current engagement and potential future activities
Apply entrepreneurial skills to create linkages between experts, donors, partners, and stakeholders within Uganda to identify new project opportunities, advance the DLEC learning agenda and expand Digital Green’s presence in Uganda
Monitor agricultural development and food security landscape for RFAs and potential opportunities as it relates to Digital Green’s Uganda strategy
Leveraging existing communities within Uganda, initiate, launch, or participate in community of practice (CoP) events for DLEC to serve as a platform to generate discussion and action on engagement results and apply to other programming
Monitor ongoing activities including conducting site visits, regular meetings with partners to ensure current and future activities are on-track, delivering results and impact
Anticipate challenges in advance and prepare to address them
Support visits by DLEC and Digital Green staff by arranging meetings, planning training sessions, and helping with logistics and travel
Track progress on multiple varied streams of work, including research, analysis, business development, among others
Prepare regular progress reports, deliverables and other ad-hoc summaries and reports on the project as required
Prepare progress reports and other deliverables of Digital Green project/s
Travel to rural areas to meet with farmers and other partners, as needed
Qualifications and Experiences
Bachelor’s degree required in international development, agriculture, or related field
Experience in ICT4D, extension research, and/or gender-focused agricultural programming
Experience setting up and growing an enterprise, business, or project
Experience with reviewing and evaluating donor (corporate, government, bi-lateral) RFAs or RFIs and responding to such requests via written proposals or concept notes
At least 4 years of program and partnership management experience on international development projects in the area of agriculture, food security, or nutrition
At least 4 years of business development experience; may have been done concurrently with other types of project experience
Hands-on experience working with rural farming communities
Previous USAID project implementation experience preferred; Other donor, such as World Bank, UN, EU, DFID, or BMGF, experience may also be substituted and is also preferred
Skills, Competencies and Attitudes
Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit and approach to networking, forming partnerships, designing programs, and problem-solving
Excellent partnership building and management skills
Excellent verbal presentation and articulation skills as well as leadership presence
Strong ability and interest in applying research and fact-finding skills to ensure sound bases for future programs
Demonstrated programmatic, management, and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with other professionals
Ability to apply professional networks as well as strategic and analytical thinking skills to grow an initiative or implement a strategy
Flexible attitude towards changing priorities and ability to multi-task by working at both a detailed, analytical level as well as at a high level with a strategic executive perspective
Ability to act with urgency for continuous improvement and with a bias towards action, promote development of breakthrough solutions, and embrace innovations that improve results
Willing and able to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment
Highly organized and able to manage multiple processes at once
Skills in managing projects in compliance with US Government contracts and agreements
Excellent analytical, organizational, writing and spoken communication skills in English
To be successful as a member of the Digital Green team, you will also:
Have a passion for the Digital Green mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
Be able to create and maintain one’s own work plan and daily tasks
Have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and require minimal direction
Work well independently as well as part of a team
Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment
Digital Green is a great place to work and prides itself on a competitive compensation package. This opportunity is on a contractual basis and has a fixed short-term duration, with a potential for long-term extension/renewal based on organizational needs. The hired consultant would be categorized as an Independent Contractor working with Digital Green. Digital Green is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.