Project Site Coordinator at The World Vegetable Center

Position Announcement
Project Site Coordinator - Tanzania
for Homegarden Scaling Project
Arusha, Tanzania

The World Vegetable Center is a nonprofit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and regional offices around the globe. The Center conducts research and development programs that contribute to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health- promoting vegetables. The World Vegetable Center’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office located in Arusha, Tanzania conducts vegetable research and training and provides information services for the benefit of its stakeholders in the sector in eastern and southern Africa.

The Center is seeking a talented, diligent, ambitious and reliable person who places importance on team-work and diligence for the position of Project Site Coordinator Tanzania to coordinate the in-country activities of the project “Deploying Vegetable Seed Kits to Tackle Malnutrition in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda” (in short, Homegarden Scaling Project) funded by the USAID. The target is to scale up and enhance widespread and rapid adoption of the Center’s validated homegarden concept and associated production and processing technologies by target households in Tanzania. Through deployment of vegetable seed kits with complementary training and technical backstopping across the entire value chain, over 10,000 target beneficiaries in Tanzania are expected to improve their household nutrition, diversify their incomes and improve their social capital. The position will be based at the regional office in Arusha, Tanzania and will report to the Project Manager. The position is open for Tanzanian nationals only.

Key responsibilities
• Lead a team of colleagues, implementing partners, consultants and local government partners in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Homegarden Scaling Project in Tanzania. 
Day-to-day supervision of project activities.
• Coordinate the contribution of sub-contracted partners in the project:

  • Co-develop partner workplans and expected output and outcomes.
  • Monitor the progress of agreed partner workplans; oversight of demonstration gardens, farmer training, seed distribution, surveys.
  • o Build synergies among partners in the implementation of project activities; facilitatecommunication among partners.
  • Organize regular planning and progress team meetings.
  • Identify areas for capacity building of partners on the basis of observation, interaction andevaluation of partners, plan training activities, and coordinate the execution of trainingevents.
  • Resolve minor conflicts among partners when they arise.

• Plan and facilitate workshops.
• Coordinate the development of training manuals for trainers.
• Coordinate the development of dissemination materials for farmers.
• Evaluate outputs, outcomes and impact of the project; keep track of Feed the Future indicators through the year for timely yearly reporting. Coordinate technical progress reports in accordance with donor reporting schedules. Write success stories for submission to the Project Manager.
• Synthesize lessons from project implementation and document lessons in reports. Identify research questions arising from project implementation for discussion with the Project Manager and follow up through the research associate or other scientists or students
• Liaise with Country Site Coordinators for Kenya and Uganda and the Project Manager to
harmonize project activities, share lessons learnt and represent the Project Manager on in-
country project-related issues.
• Represent the project in national fora and give presentations when required.
• Liaise with the Center’s colleagues on areas of interest to the project, and on areas that are of general interest to the Eastern and Southern Regional Office, particularly but not restricted to Tanzania.
• Promote gender equity within the project as well as in its outcomes and impacts.
• Identify options for improving vegetable seed access to smallholders by building and strengthening partnerships with the public and private seed sector for impact at the household level.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Project Manager or his/her appointed representative.

Skills, knowledge and qualifications
• Applicants must have a minimum of M.Sc. in preferably social or agricultural science disciplines, with a minimum of 2 years of extensive project coordination experience in food (nutrition) and agriculture. Good agro-economic background with focus on horticultural value- chains is a plus.
• Strong written and spoken English language skills.
• Extensive knowledge of and work experience in Tanzania.
• Ability to oversee development/implementation of work plans, reports and presentations; ability to write clear and concise technical documents; strong organizational and networking skills. Experience with national partners is a plus.
• Capacity for strong teamwork, partnership building and project management skills as well as supervisory and mentoring skills.
• Proven skills to work independently.
• Proven interpersonal skills and ability to interact with public, private, and civil society leaders and groups on data collection and surveying for project monitoring is an advantage.
• Excellent computer skills in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
• Flexibility to travel extensively within the five focus project regions of Tanzania.

Application Procedure
Applicants should submit (i) a letter of application indicating qualifications, suitability to the outlined deliverables, expected salary, earliest joining date and; and (ii) a curriculum vitae with three names of professional referees including contact address, phone number and e-mail. Applications should be sent by e-mail only to with the title of the position in the heading before 4 December 2016. Only applications sent by e-mail will be considered.

Information on the position can be requested by phone (+255 272553093, +255 272553102). Only applications from short-listed candidates will be acknowledged. The World Vegetable Center offers an attractive working environment in a multi-cultural setting with staff members from different countries and diverse backgrounds. The World Vegetable Center is an equal opportunity employer. 
Closing Date: Closing date for applications is 04 December 2016.

Source: The Guardian 16 November, 2016

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