Project Manager (FVC) at Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)

Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania
Coastal Rural Support Programme-CRSP (T)
Employment opportunities in southern Tanzania, Lindi & Mtwara.

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been implementing its Coastal Rural Support Programme Tanzania, CRSP (T) in Mtwara and Lindi regions since 2009. CRSP(T) is a multi-input area development initiative of AKF with interventions in market driven agricultural production, access to finance, health, education and civil society strengthening. The programme’s overall goal is to improve the quality of life and social well-being of people in Lindi and Mtwara Regions. Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania is now launching the Food Value Chain Project under CRSPT focusing on horticulture, rice, pulses and poultry value chains. The FVC project has a budget of Euro 3.1 million granted by the Skills for Oil and Gas Africa program of GIZ. The project will be implemented from April 2016 to March 2019, with the potential to be extended. The overall objective of the project is to increase the income of 5,000 local producers and entrepreneurs, including from marginalized groups such as youth and women, through sustainable food supply businesses to the targeted markets of oil, gas, mining, and other external markets in Lindi and Mtwara regions and beyond. AKF is therefore recruiting for a number of positions for this project, if you are looking for an exciting challenge to make a difference in the lives of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs, here is your chance.

Job Title: Value Chain Coordinator – Food Value Chain Project
Reports to: Project Manager (FVC)
Location: Mtwara, Tanzania
Reporting to the Project Manager, the Value Chain Coordinator is responsible for leading the Value Chain team
with a market driven focus to significantly improve rice, horticulture, pulses chicken and eggs production to
meet the catering standards and demand of oil, gas and mining industries in Mtwara and Lindi Regions as well
as other markets within and beyond the two regions. S/he will work very closely with the Market Development
Coordinator to design, develop and roll out training, capacity building and establish networks with market
actors with focus on small holder farmer engagement, growth of entrepreneurs and job creation for the local
population. S/he is responsible for ensuring training in GAPS, progress on targets, quality, cost effectiveness
and efficiency of the project interventions under her/his portfolio
Key Responsibility Areas
Activity Planning, Implementation and Monitoring
 Develop with the team quarterly plans for desired project outcomes of the rice, horticulture, pulses,
poultry and egg value chains
 Lead the mobilisation, formation and training of producer business groups on GAPs with a market
focus. Coordinate capacity building initiatives for farmer organizations and collective actions
 Ensure provision of technical advice to PBs regarding production techniques in specific value chains
and update information on new relevant technologies
 Provide on-going technical capacity-building for project staff and development of training products and
materials for project beneficiaries/clients
 Collaborate with the Market Development Coordinator on matters related to field implementation by
the Producer Businesses and SME’s in the value chain
 Liaise and coordinate with relevant stakeholders including government, private sector in LMR.
 Ensure collection of project data in collaboration with M&E team and provide any required support for
surveys and studies in the project as may be required.
 Organizing regular staff meeting to review progress for improvement
 Participate in identification of key value chain actors and support the facilitation of appropriate backward and forward linkages in the selected value chains.
 Ensure approaches and mechanisms chosen have a sustainability bearing and make an effort to identify and use existing opportunities from CRSPT’s previous and existing projects
 Responsible for monthly and quarterly project reports and documentation of learning
 Participating in the development of AKF annual budgets and narratives for CRSP(T)
 Ensures compliance and quality assurance in selected value chains
Human Resource Management
 Undertake staff performance management, coaching and mentoring for field staff for delivery of results.
 Ensure staff develop work plans and coordinate their different roles to enable them understand the relationship of their role to those of others in the team.
 Ensure staff have access to project resources for effective implementation of project activities
Stakeholder Relations
 Effectively represent the project to relevant local authorities and organizations in LMR
 Develop effective relationship with district, regional governments and stakeholders for programme implementation, ownership and sustainability
 Any other Responsibilities assigned by the Project Manager
Core Competencies
 A Bachelor’s degree in agriculture from a reputable university
 A qualification in market development
 At least 5 years’ experience managing a market driven agricultural intervention in an NGO and/or private sector with multiple value chains
 Proven experience in mobilizing, training and facilitating producer groups with a market focus
 Good communication and strong people management skills
Interested applicants are requested to submit their CVs (not exceeding 3 pages), including contact details for three professional references, and a covering letter explaining why they are best suited for the particular position directly to the Human Resource Manager through email at before the closure of the business on Friday 15th July 2016. Please clearly indicate “the title of the position you are applying” in your email subject. We respect all candidates but we can only respond to shortlisted candidates.
AKF is an equal opportunity employer
Aga Khan Foundation is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network

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