JISHINDIE ZAWADI YA GARI, CAMERA, SPEAKER NK KILA MWEZI, BONYEZA HAPA KUJISAJILI BURE KISHA FUATA MAELEKEZO

Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) Coordinator at Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania

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Job title: Micro Small Medium Enterprise (MSME) Coordinator (2)
Reporting to: Project Manager, Alizeti Maendeleo
Location: Lindi (1), Mtwara (1)


Background:
Aga Khan Foundation Tanzania is working towards strengthening market systems for the productive poor in Lindi and Mtwara regions, with a focus on a range of cash and food crops including rice, sesame, horticulture, pulses, sunflower, poultry, and maize. AKF implements programs across these value chains on access to inputs, production training and agriculture practices, collective marketing and aggregation for producer groups, post-harvest management and value addition, and market linkages. Each component requires specific focus and engagement with a range of stakeholders ranging from public to private sector. The overall objective is to increase income and market opportunities for local producers and entrepreneurs, including youth and women.

The role of the MSME Coordinator is to lead on capacity assessment and development of local Micro, Small, Medium and Growing Enterprises (MSMEs) in terms of business growth, marketing, operations, technical/agronomic development, and strategy. The MSME Coordinator will work closely with Project Managers and the Market Development team s to engage new and existing enterprises and fill gaps along the value chains as lead firms. This Coordinator will also work closely with a business acceleration partner to roll out the coaching and mentorship. The Coordinator must also advise on technical support for the businesses in terms of operations (predominantly for processors, abattoirs, traders, transporters). 

Specific responsibilities include:
Map out, identify, and assess existing MSMEs and capacity
Maintain and update a database of MSME’s with their respective roles in the value chain
Develop work plan and action items together with team to engage MSMEs in a conducive and empowering manner, while also including the marginalized
Engage MSMEs across Lindi and Mtwara to address key gaps within value chains (transportation, trade, processing, packaging, branding, labeling, distributing). Ensure MSMEs have ownership and sustainable approaches to growth
Build capacity, advise and guide MSME’s to ensure adoption of promoted business practices
Design and advise the project team on innovative and catalytic interventions targeting MSME’s
Lead in knowledge seeking and sharing on the trends and issues in the MSME’s so as to enhance organizational awareness and ensure being on track with current developments.
Work with Financial Inclusion Advisor to identify access to finance opportunities for MSME financing
Report on activities progress, impact, business development to Project Managers and senior management
Support Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning team to learn from experience and improve programming
Support other market related activities as required


Qualifications/Experience:
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in business management, operations, advisory, private sector development; desired experience in agri-business
Minimum of Bachelor Degree in Business Management or related field.  Preferably a Masters in Business Administration but candidates with experience will be looked at closely.
Commitment to teamwork.  Must have a good sense for efficiency and effectiveness, and an eye for innovation
A strong work ethic, energetic, creative, and willing to learn
Strong understanding of market systems (market development) and how to pursue marketing opportunities for sunflower oil, fruits, vegetables, pulses, rice, and poultry
Must be willing to live in Mtwara or Lindi, Tanzania and spend long periods in rural areas
Speak fluent Swahili and English

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV (not exceeding four pages), and the contact information of three referees to the Country Director, Aga Khan Foundation, Tanzania or by e-mail to recruit.akftz@akdn.org before the close of business on 20th April 2017. If applying by email, please write the title of this position in the subject line and in your email. Do not attach any document other than the CV and cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Guardian 07 April 2017

JISHINDIE ZAWADI YA GARI, CAMERA, SPEAKER NK KILA MWEZI, BONYEZA HAPA KUJISAJILI BURE KISHA FUATA MAELEKEZO

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