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Economist & Access to Markets Advisor At SNV

Economist & Access to Markets Advisor

  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Full-time
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

SNV is a mission-driven global development partner, rooted in the contexts and societies where we work. Inspired by the transformational principles and objectives set out by the SDGs, we are committed to building resilient agri-food systems that deliver food security and adequate nutrition; to increasing the reliability and availability of water and sanitation at an acceptable quantity and quality; and to improving access to affordable and sustainable energy for all. In doing so, we aim to strengthen institutions, markets and effective governance within and across the agri-food, energy, and water sectors, reducing gender inequalities and barriers to social inclusion, and enabling adaptation and mitigation to the climate and biodiversity crises therefor it needs Economist & Access to Markets Advisor At SNV.

We are one team of over 1,600 people, the vast majority of whom come from the contexts where we work, in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia. In Uganda SNV operates through a decentralised approach with a country office in Kampala and regional offices in Arua, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Kabale, Jinja and Lira. SNV implements donor-funded activities across more than 100 districts in Uganda, ensuring broad and diverse impact.

Our ability to deliver results rests on our robust foundation of experience, knowledge, evidence and learning; our commitment to strengthening capacities and catalysing partnerships; and the relationships and trust of those we work alongside.

Our core values of people-centeredness and respect, equity and equality, and diversity and inclusion, are fundamental to who we are, and what we do. This is reflected in our vision and mission, and strategy, which sets out our aspirations and commitments as our compass towards 2030.

For more information on our operations in Uganda and SNV visit our website:

Project information

The INCLUDE Economist & Access to Market Advisor is one of twelve senior advisors in the INCLUDE project, reporting to the Project Manager. Funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy (EKN), this 5-year project started on April 1 and aims to improve livelihoods and incomes for 75,000 smallholder livestock farmers in Uganda. It also seeks to manage 37,500 acres of agricultural land better and enhance access to inputs, markets, and credit. The project uses the Participatory Integrated Planning (PIP) approach to transform small-scale farms into productive, sustainable operations. Additionally, the project supports a school milk program and works with policy actors to develop inclusive livestock policies.

Job Purpose

The SHF Economist and Access to Markets Advisor support the project in all relevant crosscutting  financial, economic and market/marketing aspects such as; preparing cost benefit assessment on intervention proposed by the project, prepare cost price analyses on all kind of agricultural production activities (livestock and crops), establish a market price monitoring system, identification and assessment on relevant market actors (input and buyers and access to finance), support to relevant coops and SACCOs as well to be supportive in preparing relevant concept notes, Terms of Reference (ToR)  as well as supporting the PM in annual reports.  The economist and access to market will lead the implementation of the INCLUDE pathway 2 i.e. Inclusive livestock markets and will guide and supervise the activities of the SHF credit and SACCO advisor.

As member of the management team, he/she supports the INCLUDE Project Manager in managing the planning, inception, implementation, within scope, budget, timeline and acceptable quality levels along the commitments specified in the contracts signed with the donor(s) and other relevant stakeholders. The Economist and access to markets Advisor works in line with SNV standards, SNV`s approach to project management and donor regulations, to achieve high quality and achieve the agreed results and deliverables of the project.

The Job require frequent travel to the four project regions to conduct fact findings and assessment of service providers, coops and SACCO’s.

Job Description

Project Strategy

  • Actively promote knowledge sharing, learning and joint actions amongst implementing partners and key stakeholder for livestock development.
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation through technical assistance and capacity building to implementing partners, dairy cooperatives, women and youth in data collection and analysis.
  • Support project planning and quality control of implementing partners deliverables according to the project document, budget, and SNV/donor requirements.

Networking and Partnership Development

  • Participate in relevant conferences/events and communicate project results and best practices to a broader audience and stakeholder.
  • Actively support livestock platforms in information sharing, learning and joint action for livestock development.
  • Support livestock cooperatives in building working relationship with private sector, government and relevant service providers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with project stakeholders, including ministries, local government authorities, private sector, and partners.

Operational Support

  • Support the project in preparing cost benefit assassment on intervention proposed by the project.
  • Prepare costprice analyses on all kind of agricultural production activities (livestock and crops) and establish a market prices monitoring system.

Knowledge Development

  • Provide support in knowledge development, case studies, testimonials and documentation of the evidence and results from the project interventions.
  • Provide support in the SHF access to finance agenda.


  • Master’s Degree in Economics or Business Administration, preferably with specialisations in rural development, microfinance, or agriculture economics.
  • Eight (8) years plus of experience in the relevant field of agricultural finance or rural development programs/project support in a reputable organisation.
  • Eight (8) years of proven experience working with input/out market actors as well as with financial Institutions in Uganda.
  • Experience in managing partner relations with NGOs, government departments, research and knowledge institutes, and private sector market actors.
  • Ability/experience in guiding and coaching a team with the knowledge, skills, and financial product development.
  • Knowledge and skills in documentation, planning, monitoring and evaluation of project activities, etc.
  • Leadership, coaching, mentoring, back-stopping, and self-reflection skills.
  • Innovative, entrepreneurial, and business oriented.
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills (in English).
  • Good analytical skills combined with a practical and pragmatic approach oriented towards lasting results.
  • Sensitive and committed to gender equity and diversity.

Additional Information

Key Competencies 

  • Leadership: The ability to provide direction and guidance to a group of people and to encourage cooperation between team members to attain an objective.
  • Planning and organising: The ability to determine goals and priorities and to assess the actions, time and resources needed to achieve those goals.
  • Decisiveness: The ability to make active decisions or to commit oneself by speaking one’s mind and taking position.
  • Conceptual thinking: Having and gaining insight into situations, problems and processes. Deconstructing problems and systematically investigating the various components. Having a complete picture of the context and overview of the whole problem
  • Result orientation: The ability to take direct action to attain or exceed objectives.
  • Focus on quality: Setting high quality standards and striving for continuous improvement and quality assurance.

How to apply for Economist & Access to Markets Advisor At SNV.

If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and motivation letter in English on Smart Recruiters. Deadline is Thursday 18th July 2024.

Working at SNV

We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment. Our staff benefit from and contribute to an international global network of experts. For more information, please visit our website:

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