Job Title:Portfolio Coordinator 

Organisation: GOAL Uganda

About the Role

GOAL is currently seeking to hire an experienced, qualified, and business minded Portfolio Coordinator Agricultural Market Systems to join our Uganda Young Africa Works Markets for Youth Programme team. This is an exciting opportunity for you to join an extremely dynamic International NGO and to apply your skills in youth inclusive agricultural market systems development and program coordination. If you are familiar with private sector partnership management, engagement of youth and other vulnerable groups (women, refugees and persons with disabilities), participatory programming and design in livelihoods and market systems context within Uganda and internationally, then this role is perfect for you!

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A degree preferably graduate level, ideally in development studies, applied economics or Agriculture or other related field and/or professional qualification.
  • At least seven (7) years’ experience in partnership development and management especially for the private sector in Uganda. Experience working with market-based development programs and familiarity with agribusiness sector is a must.
  • Experience with working with or developing partnerships with input and agricultural equipment suppliers and output off takers, processors, and technology providers for the purpose of supporting youth and/or vulnerable and marginalized communities.
  • Highly analytical and systematic thinker.
  • Initiative and proactivity in problem identification and proposing solutions.
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, positive attitude, resilient, willing to learn new skills and to be continually adaptive within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment.
  • Agile in Programme budgeting, planning, monitoring and management.
  • Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines, focus on and prioritise day-to-day tasks at hand while also working towards longer-term objectives with an understanding that the workload will change continuously.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to work in a team, and a commitment to capacity building
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Willingness to spend more time in the field and work closely with program target groups.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Programme Technical Support on Inclusive Agricultural Markets Development

  • Lead the development of strategies and provide technical oversight and direction that will ensure the identification and design of inclusive agricultural market development interventions in the target agricultural markets as relevant.
  • Develop tools and resources to support market assessment of current status, critical constraints and opportunities in the agricultural sector, corresponding program design, activities implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Manage the agricultural inputs and outputs market portfolio from partners identification, co-design youth-centered innovative interventions, partnership agreement signing, implementation and documenting evidence based- learning.
  • Work with the DPD Business Partnerships to ensure that the interventions are implemented in line with the Programme results frame, and within the required timelines.
  • Provide technical direction and support the Market Systems Development/Sector Specialists and Intervention Officers, as well as the technical staff of partners to ensure implementation is in compliance with the market systems approach, to ensure Programme targets are met.
  • Take lead in identifying Private Sector Partners (PSPs) with the right “skill and will” for systemic change, lead in the PSP on-boarding and partnership management processes to deliver objectives.
  • Work with the Programme teams to identify and support implementation of market development interventions (such as last mile smart input distribution systems, contract farming, output aggregation models etc.) to improve the way markets function and champion integration of rural young women and men farmers in market systems, whilst ensuring synergy and maximizing Programme impact.
  • Identify and champion innovative ICT solutions geared towards improving business efficiency and the inclusion of rural young women and men into the agricultural sector.
  • Coordinate with other portfolio coordinators to develop or leverage opportunities for improved small enterprises and business to showcase their positive experiences to other young people at district, regional and national levels.
  • Initiate and identify the need for consultants for the markets development portfolio activities and surge support;
  • Identify and operationalize business opportunity linkages between market actors (between various companies and with rural young women and men farmers that will culminate into development of business relationships
  • Support the field MSD/Sector Specialists and intervention officers to identify and work with private sector actors, including the development of value propositions and game plans with them.
  • Participate in the development of the Programme work plans and budgets, specifically the AMD component work plans and budgets.

Contribute to Program Quality Control, Learning and adaptive management

  • Engage in development and rollout of agency tested tools and initiatives to ensure consistent high-quality implementation, documentation, and learning.
  • Monitor implementation of program strategies and consistently review their effectiveness in achieving inclusion for rural young women and men and other vulnerable groups in the priority districts.
  • Work closely with GOAL Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to ensure that the Programme has appropriate M&E plans and staff are adhering to them and reporting on a timely basis.
  • Work closely with partner staff to ensure technical quality of implementation.
  • Organise quarterly and bi-annual partner coordination/learning and reflection sessions to leverage program learning and enrich intervention strategies across the Programme area.
  • Improving program intervention /co-design opportunities; Utilize evidence and data from MEAL team to guide reflection, learning and adaptation/ youth engagement strategies to attain efficiency and effectiveness within the agricultural market system.
  • Ensure regular updates of issues emerging from program implementation issues log.
  • Review partner narrative and financial reports and flag issues for discussion with partner teams.

Reporting and Coordination

  • Develop program information flow matrix and ensure that partners can upload and retrieve program data using a robust information sharing and storage products.
  • Report on implementation progress, prepare regular impact stories and case studies.
  • Contribute to the preparation of all quarterly and annual reports for the agricultural markets component.
  • Network, coordinate, and cooperate with key agricultural market systems actors at national, regional and district level, including government ministries, and their Departments and Agencies, ensuring buy-in for interventions to maximize impact and affect system level change.

Direct Supervision and Performance Management of Field Teams

  • Manage all aspect of staff in line with GOAL policy – timesheets, objective setting, performance reviews
  • Liaise closely with other Portfolio Coordinators, Market Systems specialists and with MEL staff to ensure work quality oversight and team integration
  • Conduct refresher and specialized trainings as needed with staff and partners and design and roll out the necessary didactic materials.
  • Build a strong team, leveraging unique strengths of all team members.

Other duties

  • Represent GOAL Uganda in a range of external fora and building strategic relationships and partnerships.
  • Respect local laws, customs and adhere to GOAL systems procedures for personnel, communications, finance, logistics, health and safety.
  • Carry out any other tasks as required, to ensure the overall success of the Programme

General terms and conditions

  • Code of Conduct and Accountability within GOAL
  • GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has values and behaviours framework which defines our code of conduct. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability.
  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults a must be safeguarded to the maximum extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.


Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

General description of the country programme:

First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country programme focuses on Health (including WASH, Health Accountability and Nutrition programming); and a market based systems approach to improving agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to give effect to our mission.

GOAL Uganda has a skilled team of approximately 100 personnel and manages an annual operating budget of approximately €8.7 million (2018). GOAL is currently operational in the North, South, East and West of Uganda with six established offices in Kampala, Lira, Bugiri, Abim, Kaabong and Agago Districts. GOAL Uganda country programme is funded by a number of donors who include Mastercard, charity: water, Irish Aid and some small foundations.

Young Africa Works: Market for Youth

GOAL has been awarded a 5 years funding programme by the Mastercard Foundation. The program is called Young Africa Works Uganda – Markets for Youth. The overall objective of Young Africa Works in Uganda: Markets for Youth will be: Facilitating market systems change that enables 300,000 rural young women and men to access in dignified and fulfilling work in Uganda. To achieve this overall objective, the proposed intervention will focus on the following four outcomes, outlined below. Outcome 1 – rural young women and men, and their enterprises, have access to and are using informal and formal financial services and products; Outcome 2 – rural young women and men have received skills training, market intelligence and have participated in learning opportunities to upgrade practice and management in on and off farm enterprises; Outcome 3 – rural young women and men, and their enterprises, have access to and are participating in on and off farm activities in the agricultural market system; Outcome 4 –  rural young women and men have collectively and collaboratively worked together to increase their purchasing and influencing power in the agricultural market system. The programme employs the Making Markets Work Better for the Poor (M4P) approach to market development.

Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to 3 dependents, comprehensive 24-hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits equivalent to one month for each completed year of service and our working hours provide for a half day on Fridays.  GOAL promotes a learning and development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our staff development policy.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts (current or former Line Manager) from the last three employers and daytime contact number to; The Human Resource Manager, GOAL:  indicating the title “Portfolio Coordinator Agricultural Market Systems”  in the subject line by 9th  September 2020.  PLEASE DO NOT ATTACH CERTIFICATES.

Deadline: 9th September 2020