United Republic of Tanzania: Senior Manager, Farmer Support Services

Organization: Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 20 Nov 2017

The Cotton Sector Development Programme (CSDP) works with the Tanzania Cotton Board and other public and private stakeholders to improve the incomes and livelihoods of 360,000 small-scale farmers in Tanzania’s Lake Zone by transforming the country’s entire cotton sector.

The CSDP uses a market systems approach to sector development. It is working with government agencies and ginners to develop a competitive, resilient and inclusive cotton sector, based on smallholder production. A core component is developing and strengthening systems whereby smallholder farmers can access, through the private retail sector, the necessary inputs, services and knowledge they require to farm cotton and other crops successfully, sustainably and profitably.

CSDP is a Gatsby Africa programme with co-funding from the UK’s Department of International Development and support from Tanzania Gatsby Trust.

The Senior Manager, Farmer Support Services will play a key role in leading the implementation of CSDP’s existing farmer-facing support, including farmer access to inputs, output markets, service markets, finance and knowledge.

She/he will provide strategic leadership on the development and implementation of strategies aimed at creating changes in market systems surrounding smallholder farmers’ access to vital goods and services. This will involve working to develop a sustainable network of village-based agro-dealers and service providers (tillage and spray service providers) supported by private sector input supply chains, and with the necessary supporting functions.

Core Competences

The ideal candidate will need to have:

  • A strong commitment to, and demonstrated understanding of, market development solutions (M4P and similar) to address rural poverty.
  • The ability to build trusted business relationships in a multi-cultural environment.
  • The ability to provide the necessary reasoned analysis and development of strategy.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to design and pilot market interventions.
  • An understanding of smallholder agriculture and, ideally, the private sector input supply industry.
  • Excellent work planning and communication skills.

Personal Skills

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for improving the livelihoods of the rural poor and be extremely results-oriented towards that goal.
  • Commitment to a high standard of professional performance and integrity.
  • Initiative and the ability to work independently, taking a high degree of personal responsibility for results.
  • A private sector outlook on development, and be enthusiastic about promoting private sector investment to drive change.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity.

Qualifications, Experience and Expectations

  • 10 years’ relevant post-graduate experience – ideally at least some of which will have been in the private sector.
  • Some experience of working in international development, ideally in Africa.
  • Extensive experience of developing analytical solutions to strategic problems, in either a public or private sector context.
  • Experience of working with senior management and engaging with the private sector.
  • Experience in establishing or developing commercial entities serving smallholder farmer customers would be a significant bonus.
  • Experience in managing the performance of individuals and teams, including coaching and mentoring subordinates.
  • Higher education qualification at Bachelor’s Degree level or above.


  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is essential, with knowledge of Swahili an advantage.
  • At least intermediate skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.

The role reports to the Cotton Sector Development Programme Director. The role is based in Mwanza, with regular travel to Dar Es Salaam and around the Lake Zone.

Gatsby Africa has a long-term outlook and flexible approach. This gives our staff huge scope for innovation, creativity and the use of a range of different partnerships, financial tools and intervention strategies. For a high-calibre person this should be an exciting and rewarding position, with the opportunity to develop new thinking and make a real impact.

How to apply:

If you are interested and meet the requirements, please complete our online application form: http://oxfordhr.co.uk/job/senior-manager-farmer-support-services/.

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United Republic of Tanzania: Energy Access Expert – Tanzania

Organization: Practical Action
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 18 Oct 2017

With 50 years of expertise, Practical Action has a strong heritage, and track record of bringing communities and experts together to find practical, sustainable solutions to enable people to meet their needs, which work for both people and the planet. Technology features in everything we do.

Since 2014, Practical Action with the support of DFID and other donors has been producing our flagship publication, the Poor Peoples Energy Outlook (PPEO). The PPEO is a research based report that attempts to bring out the energy needs of poor people using empirical evidence from rural communities. It attempts to challenge governments and other policy makers to rethink energy planning and delivery from the perspectives of the energy poor. The most recent publication was based on research done in three countries – Kenya, Bangladesh and Togo.

Over the next year, we propose to disseminate the PPEO whilst simultaneously investigating how it can best be used to facilitate positive impacts to the complex energy access landscape in Tanzania.

In view of the above, we are looking for a Tanzania Energy Access Sector Expert based in Tanzania who will be responsible for the contextualizing the PPEO findings and dissemination of the same.

The consultant will report to the Practical Action Consulting project manager and will lead and/or support on the following key activities:

  1. Undertake a mapping exercise of the existing actors who can support the dissemination of the PPEO findings;
  2. Contextualise the findings to the Tanzania energy access situation;
  3. Organise a series of events aimed at disseminating learnings and evidence from the PPEO publication to national and regional stakeholders; and
  4. Explore pathways to achieving energy access as a result of the dissemination

The consultant should possess:

  • • A Masters’ degree in engineering, economics or other technical discipline related to the assignment.
  • • At least 7 years of relevant experience in a professional environment delivering results to clients

For a detailed job description visit: https://practicalaction.org/energy-access-expert-tanzania

How to apply:

Interested applicants may send their applications including detailed CV with at least 3 contactable references and their suggested daily fee rate in USD to: recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke by 18th October 2017. Please indicate: “Energy Access Expert, Tanzania” in the email subject line.

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United Republic of Tanzania: Call for Consultants

Organization: Abt Associates
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 06 Nov 2017

Abt Associates, a major U.S.-based research, technical assistance, and international development company, seeks a highly qualified technical specialist to support the Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance – Tanzania (GHSC-TA-TZ) Program. GHSC supports the development of agile, robust, and sustainable health supply chains that will improve the availability of medicines and the health status of Tanzanians through the following objectives:

· Objective 1: Provide strategic planning and implementation assistance

· Objective 2: Improve delivery of health commodities at service sites

· Objective 3: Broaden stakeholders’ understanding of and engagement in the supply chain system

· Objective 4: Strengthen enabling environments to improve supply chain performance

Minimum Qualifications

· University degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Healthcare Management, Business Administration, or related field.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;

· Minimum of five years’ professional experience in one or more of the technical areas outlined below;

Technical Areas of Interest

Abt is seeking technical specialists with experience in Public Health Supply Chain and Private Sector Engagement.

The following skills and/or experience are desirable:

· Private Sector Health Programming

· Public-Private Partnership Development in Health Sector

· Pharmaceutical Management and Commodity Supply Chain Experience in Tanzanian Public Health Sector

· Financing of Commodity Supply Chains Systems

· Experience in consulting on donor-funded public health programs.

Country Expertise

· Tanzania

How to apply:

To be considered for this position, an applicant must submit each of the following:

· Updated CV

· Cover Letter that describes how the candidate meets the minimum qualifications

· In the subject line of the email, write the title of the position (Technical Consultant / GHSC) for which you are applying.

Tanzanian nationals strongly encouraged to apply. Please send these documents to: IHDjobs@abtassoc.com.

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