General Manager, BRAC Social Enterprises, Uganda, BRAC International

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General Manager, BRAC Social Enterprises, Uganda, BRAC International

Career with BRAC International

BRAC International is a leading non-profit organisation with a mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. Founded in 1972, by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC is the largest non-governmental development organisation in the world, and is present in 15 countries across Asia and Africa today. BRAC designs proven, scalable solutions that equip people with the support and confidence they need to achieve their potential. BRAC’s institutional expertise on various programmes, including health, agriculture, microfinance, education, and youth empowerment, is touching the lives of over 100 million people in the Global South.

BRAC Social Enterprise Uganda limited (BSE)

BRAC Social Enterprises (BSE) Uganda Limited was established in 2010 as a not-for-profit venture to produce and distribute quality seeds, planting and stock material to vulnerable communities. In 2014, it transitioned to a fully-fledged commercial enterprise and expanded its services to field crop seeds research and certified seed processing, packaging, sales, marketing and distribution. In support of its social objective to improve employment opportunities, promote good agronomic behaviors and increase income among vulnerable communities, BSE works with smallholder farmers as contract growers (about 45% are women and youth) to produce and multiply quality seeds. Seeds purchased from contract growers are then processed and packaged at BSE’s seed processing plant, before distribution through a hybrid network of agro-dealers and other partners.

BSE operates under BRAC International Enterprises B.V., a fully-owned subsidiary of Stichting BRAC International. BRAC International Enterprises B.V. (BIEBV) is a socially responsible for-profit organization dedicated to scaling impactful and sustainable social enterprises that contribute to BRAC International’s social mission while generating profits that further support scale and impact.

General Manager, BRAC Social Enterprises, Uganda, BRAC International

The General Manager (GM) for BRAC Social Enterprises Uganda (BSE) will be responsible for managing BSE’s seed enterprise (BRAC Seed Uganda) and tissue culture lab, and leading the effective day-to-day running of the business including efficient application of resources, managing enterprise staff, and supporting data and market insights that inform continuous improvement in the enterprise’s performance. To support BSE’s growth and impact, the GM’s initial priority will be leading an update of the business model and strategic plan based on a detailed review of the current business operations and updated market evaluation. The GM will be responsible for supporting an initial feasibility and market assessment, helping the leadership team to update the business model and strategic plan based on insights from these assessments, and ultimately ensuring the team executes on the strategy. The GM will also be responsible for identifying new growth opportunities for the business, such as new products and services and expanding market linkages.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Direction and Business Planning:

  • In collaboration with the BIEBV leadership team, support a comprehensive feasibility assessment of the business model and updated market analysis to evaluate the best pathways to greater scale, profitability and impact.
  • Based on insights from these assessments, support the development of an updated business model and strategic plan for Board approval, clearly outlining a strategy to reach profitability and grow the scale and impact of the business
  • Drive regular data and market insights for continuous improvement in the business model and strategic plan.
  • Lead the identification of new growth and impact opportunities for the business, such as new products and services and expanding market linkages
  • Lead a review and update of the business model and strategic plan on at least an annual basis

Operational Management:

  • Oversee all office functions including payroll, purchasing and procurement, accounts payable and receivable, billing and payment, human resources and personnel management
  • Serve as the highest escalation point on major roadblocks or risk factors and work collaboratively to resolve issues quickly, with support from the BIEBV leadership team as needed
  • Manage adherence to quality standards in accordance with country laws and regulations
  • Lead the identification, development and implementation of BSE-specific policies, standard operating procedures, tools, and other systems, to improve the management and effectiveness of the business
  • Lead all project reporting and communications, including to BRAC management, the BSE Board of Directors and project donors.
  • Lead the development of operational plans for each respective team, aligned with the BSE’s overarching strategic plan, develop associated KPIs and Support the teams to implement those
  • Generate strategic marketing program ideas, marketing plans, and develop associated KPIs

Human Resource Management and Development

  • Lead the BSE team and oversee their achievement of KPIs and management of field-level staff
  • Support recruitment, hiring and effective onboarding of new staff
  • Build the capacity of BSE staff to manage their respective activities

Financial Management

  • Lead the annual business planning and budgeting process, in collaboration with the BIEBV leadership team
  • Lead the development of monthly and quarterly financial targets aligned with BSE’s annual targets and strategic plan, such as revenue growth and cost cutting plans
  • Analyze the monthly/quarterly/annual financial performance based on these targets and guide the team to take necessary action
  • Provide effective financial oversight and budget management for the social enterprise
  • Support the preparation of financial performance summaries and projections

Partnership Development and Resource Mobilization

  • Manage relationships, partnerships and knowledge sharing with key stakeholders
  • Interact with all levels of intra-managers, related Government officials, all key stakeholders to ensure effective management of the business as well as coordinate the delivery of services and products in a quality manner
  • Support the identification and development of new, strategic partnerships and new funding proposals

Monitoring, Process Evaluation and Innovation

  • Ensure regular monitoring and evaluation activities are conducted
  • Support documentation of lessons learned, challenges and best practices

Safeguarding:

  • Establish a safeguarding culture across all level of the programme by implementing the safeguarding policy. Act as a key source of support, guidance and expertise on safeguarding for establishing a safe working environment.
  • Responsible to ensure team members are appropriately trained, supported and have access to resources regarding issues that are identified and actioned in accordance with the safeguarding policy and procedure.
  • Follow the safeguarding reporting procedure in case any reportable incident takes place, encourage others to do so.

Educational Requirements:

  • The successful candidate should have a Master’s Degree in a relevant field, preferably business administration, finance, marketing, project management, or similar concentration.
  • Degree, coursework and/or relevant experience in agribusiness preferred.

Required Skills & Competencies:

  • Previous experience with seed industry and social enterprises strongly preferred
  • Strong management experience providing guidance to a team and ability to manage at all levels of an organization
  • Strong understanding of business modeling, strategic planning and budgeting
  • Very comfortable with data analysis and financial management
  • Ability to apply creative solutions to refine and improve the business model and/or operational issues based on data insights from the field
  • Excellent, clear and high-quality report writing, with an analytical mind and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with accounting software/programs such as QuickBooks
  • Excellent relationship building & networking skills to create and sustain relevant relationships with external stakeholders and manage knowledge appropriately

Experience Requirements:

  • 7-10 years working experience in a social enterprise/business sector, 5+ years of which should be in running and managing a commercial agriculture enterprise in a developing country context, or similar experience that demonstrates ability to manage growth stage agriculture business in Uganda

Job Location: Country Office – Nsambya, Uganda

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send their application, CV, and academic documents as one document addressed to the Head Human Resources by email to hrd.uganda@brac.net

Deadline is Tuesday 14 March 2023. The subject must be the name of the position applied for strictly when submitting. Only complete applications will be accepted, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: BRAC Uganda doesn’t charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process from the applicants. Should you have any doubts about the authenticity of any communication purportedly on behalf of BRAC Uganda please send us an email before taking any further action in relation to the issue at hand.

BRAC is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share the same commitment. We believe every stakeholder and every member of the communities we work with has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect, harassment, and exploitation – regardless of age, race, religion, and gender, status as an individual with a disability or ethnic origin. Therefore, our recruitment policy and procedure include extensive background checks and disclosure of criminal records in order to ensure safeguarding to the fullest extent.

BRAC is an equal opportunities employer