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Grants Manager - Trade4SMEs Initiative’ to unlock the potential of AfCFTA in Uganda
|Location :||Within Kampala and on the African continent, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||07-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||190 days spread over April 21 – January 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||190 days spread over April 21 – January 2022|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has been touted as a game changer for small economies like Uganda, as it promises a virtuous circle of larger market opportunities, triggering more trade and investment in green industries and enterprise, and allowing greater value addition, export diversification and productivity growth – leading to more and better jobs with social inclusion, and thus further enlarged markets.
The AfCFTA agreement promises green exports by triggering trade and investment towards sectors and products that could be friendlier to the environment and create more jobs for disadvantaged parts of society. However, the realization of the full promise will depend on the African countries being fully compliant with and implementing the AfCFTA, while concurrently investing in the necessary enablers such as business development services, trade financing, skills training, as well supporting industry and investment policies and regulations.
The AfCFTA can potentially reposition Uganda’s industrialisation strategy, organise an agile business ecosystem across high-value sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and mineral development to propel the desired structural transformation. Uganda’s geo-positioning and relations within the region also offers an opportunity to address transboundary challenges related to trade. The comprehensive Local Economic Development (LED) framework also places the country in a good stead to advance inclusive sustainable development agenda.
However, there are also several challenges that Uganda and other Least Developed Countries (LDCs) must overcome to effectively and fully benefit from the AfCFTA Agreement. These include i) the need to strengthen the institutional, human capital and compliance capacity to assure Uganda’s readiness to implement the AfCTA; ii ensure a conducive environment including access to trade finance, de-risking/incentive funding for SMEs, skills training for youth, and complementary integrated industry-trade-fiscal policies to facilitate inclusive participation in trade and investment in reginal value chains.
Access to finance has been identified as one of the critical enablers for SME participation in trade – both domestic and regional. In this regard an “SMEs4Trade Facility” will be established to support the integration of SMEs into local and regional trade. The Facility will provide a window to de-risk and incentivize SME investments in products and services value chains for export in agriculture, mining and tourism, with special focus on greening the target value chains thereby contributing to improvements in Uganda’s readiness for the AfCFTA.
The facility will support firms in seizing the trade and investment opportunities of the emerging climate regime and carbon market, promote green trade through certification and labelling schemes that will help producers and traders fulfil internationally agreed social and environmental standards, and thus contribute to increased employment, improved livelihoods and increased incomes. The SMEs4Trade Facility will also facilitate the integration youth and women enterprises into regional value chains by leveraging the ongoing Youth4Business initiative and will also promote South to South co-operation between and amongst African countries.
It is against this background that UNDP-Uganda is seeking the services of a Grants Manager SMEs4Trade Facility”. He/she will be responsible for establishment, operationalization and management of the facility.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and direct supervision of the Team Leader Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, the Grants Manager will be responsible for coordination and management of activities related to the grant and in compliance with UNDP Grant Management guidance.
Lead the Grant-management processes:
Provide technical support in Grant-making:
Provide technical inputs into Reporting and Knowledge Management:
Provide technical support to Capacity Development of grantees:
Required Skills and Experience