Agri-Business Development Expert – YLA Activity - Uganda Learning Activity

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 28 February 2020

Job Description


Uganda sits at a critical juncture between a period of economic strain or demographic “dividend” with an economy reliant on agriculture for growth and food security. Uganda’s path forward therefore lies in creating opportunities for rural youth, given that 75 percent of the workforce is engaged in the agricultural sector. Of this 75% agricultural focus, Ugandan youth represent 55 percent of this sub-population, where 70 to 80 percent of this group are women.

It is against this background that USAID/Uganda’s Economic Growth Office designed the flagship Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity (“YLA” or “the Activity”). The purpose of the Activity is to increase economic opportunities for approximately 350,000 youth (aged 10 to 35) in agriculture-related fields in order to increase their incomes through building entrepreneurship, leadership and workforce readiness.

The YLA performance evaluation is estimated to begin in February 2020 and be completed no later than June 30, 2020 with an estimated LOE of 45 days.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The YLA performance evaluation focuses on learning. Its purpose is to provide the Government of Uganda (GoU) and USAID/Uganda with insights and lessons learned regarding the relevance and effectiveness of the various approaches towards youth economic empowerment implemented under YLA. To this end, the evaluation will systematically examine how the Activity contributed towards CDCS result (IR 2.4) - Improving Economic Opportunities for the Youth. Furthermore, the evaluation will trace the pathways of change to ascertain how and why certain results were achieved. The insights and lessons learnt from the evaluation will be instructive for designing subsequent interventions that contribute both to CDCS IR 2.4 as well as the GoU’s priority objective of Enhancing the Availability and Quality of Gainful Employment (particularly for the youth), under the National Development Plan II.


  • S/he will contribute to the design of data collection tools, collect and synthesize data, prepare and participate in presentations and writing the report.


  • Master’s degree or higher in agri-business development, agriculture economics or a related field
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in researching agriculture or agricultural value chains or in evaluating or implementing development activities to develop agricultural value chains in Uganda

About the Organization

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. QED has a 20 years history of evidence based development, which includes more than $3.5 billion in programs evaluated and work in 96 countries around the globe. We are determined to provide all our clients with best-value services so they increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world.

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