Value Chain Lead Facilitator at Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) (6 posts)

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 Lead Facilitator (6)
Reports to: Value Chain Coordinator
Location: Districts in Lindi & Mtwara regions, Tanzania
Reporting to the Value Chain Coordinator, the Lead facilitator is responsible for mobilisation, training, routine monitoring and supervisory support to small holder farmers, Producer businesses and MSMEs to enable them meet the standards and quantities of rice, horticulture, pulses and poultry products demanded by caterers 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 closely with the Market Development and VC Coordinators to design, develop and roll out training packages, develop linkages with identified market actors to connect production to the market. S/he is responsible for progress on targets and quality of the project interventions in the field
Key Responsibilities
 Mobilise, train, follow up and organise all field activities including PBs and MSMEs in the respective district.
 Responsible for direct supervision of PB Managers
 Lead in technical agronomic advisory services in the value chains
 Seek and share information on crop trends, disease, treatments, new varieties, breeds with farmers/MSMEs
 Ensures compliance and quality assurance in the selected value chains
 Ensures smooth information flow between PBs and project office
 Responsible for routine data collection and monthly reporting
II. Core Competencies
 At least Diploma in Agriculture from reputable training institute
 Training and/or experience on market led producer group engagement
 Possesses social organization skills and experience in any of the supported value chains
 At least 3 years of successful work with producer groups in agriculture in relevant value chains, private sector experience will be an advantage
 Willingness to work and live in Lindi and Mtwara regions
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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