Operations Manager (OM) at Heifer international Tanzania

HEIFER INTERNATIONAL
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Job Title: Operations Manager (OM),EADD II
Reports to: Country Project Manager (CPM) - East Africa Dairy Development {EADD)
Location: East Africa Dairy Development Project Office, Mbeya, Tanzania

EADD is an ambitious five-year program designed to transform the lives of resource poor farming families through a competitive and inclusive dairy value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. EADD II in Tanzania is targeting to reach 35.000 farm families, about 210,000 dependents and 200,-000 dairy stakeholders in the dairy value chain in Tanzania. The program is implemented in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
The OM will provide overall compliance guidance and coordination of field based activities (constituting of consortium partners) in the implementation of the EADD2 project in Tanzania. To this end, S/he will take the overall responsibility of increasing dairy production at farm level, sustainable functioning of hubs and gender equity. S/he will also ensure that the project is implemented in compliance with the donor (BMGF) and Heifer policies and that it meets all compliance standards consistent with conventional good project management practices.

Responsibilities

1. Coordinate and ensure a robust facilitative support to Cluster leads and team leaders to guarantee quality and timely implementation and achievement of the set project outcomes. Support cluster I field based teams to ensure quality and timeliness in the :execution of project.
2. In close collaboration with the CPM and Technical Leads supervise, manage and oversee activities of cluster teams (including partners) to ensure that maximum output is achieved.
3. Provide leadership to teams on implementation and project operations including enhancing compliance standards among POs in areas such as developing SOPs, different codes of practices, SOPs, registration of groups and businesses. Support the CPM in ensuring full compliance to financial and other internal controls in all project sites and at the country level.
4. In close collaboration with the MLE coordinator, lead planning and implementation processes of project interventions. With the MLE Coordinator and consortium partner identify trends and take relevant action to address related gaps and/ or challenges.
5. In collaboration with Dairy Production and Business Teams, ensure training of farmers on production and productivity, business skills
and financial literacy including farm level business planning and economics.
6. Support the project to mainstream gender, youth and social capital activities and ensuring there is increased women and youth participation in dairying within the project area by facilitate training programs that enable farmers to achieve sustainable development and to increase percentage household incomes realized from dairy and other related enterprises.
7. Working in close collaboration with the CPM, ensure EADD creates and maintains good public .relations with farmers, processors, like-minded development agencies, relevant government entities and other stakeholders.
8. Work closely with the MLE coordinator to ensure timely preparation and submission of monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports as per the project reporting templates and 'deadlines.

Minimum Requirements

• Masters Degree in livestock Production.
• Agriculture Economics, Project Management or other related field with seven (7) years hands-on experience (5 years at managerial level} in a mix of dairy production.
• Value chain competitiveness and project cycle management.
• Understanding of dairy value chain of Tanzania; experience setting up producer/ market groups, cottage industries to process locally branded dairy products (such as cheese, butter, fortified milk and yoghurt) for onward supply to niche and other markets).
• Hands-on experience managing agricultural related projects in consortium arrangements.
• Other requirements include understanding and experience hands-on general project cycle, planning and budgeting.
• Demonstrated ability to design and implement strategies aimed at providing institutional capacity building' to key partner institutions with a view to build a more efficient, competitive, and sustainable dairy industry.


Mode of Application

Potential candidates are encouraged to apply by sending application letter with enclosed CV and certificates/ testimonials. Application should be channelled by mail to:
Country Director, Heifer international Tanzania
East Africa Dairy Development Project (EAOD)
P.O.BOX 344
MBEYA

OR
Electronically through: Benedict.Kayombo@heifer.org.
All applications should be marked "APPLICATION FOR OM" on the envelope or as subject if sent electronically.
Remember, Heifer international is an equal employer and recruitment is by merits.
Deadline for this application Is 13th February. 2016.

Source: The Guardian 4th February, 2016
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