9 Mar 2021

Market System and Value Chain Development Coordinator at CARE International

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Job Description


CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on women and girls. CARE Tanzania is part of CARE International, whose vision is to seek a world of hope, tolerance, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. CARE International is a global force and a partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We are known everywhere for our unshakable commitment to the dignity of people. CARE Tanzania and partners contribute to the empowerment of the most marginalized and vulnerable rural women and girls to exercise their rights.

CARE-WWF Alliance in Tanzania aims to support smallholder farmers, particularly women, to acquire knowledge, access, and control of productive resources for increased productivity, income, and autonomy, to leverage the accumulated capital and revolving credit held by VSLAs, CARE-WWF Alliance will support collaborative engagement in agricultural value chains in Iringa and Mufindi districts through Common beans, Irish potatoes and nature based value chains to strengthen market position, reduce transaction costs and risks, and create incentives for collective enterprise investments. Group-wide and multi-group investments will enable VSLAs to make bulk purchases of agricultural inputs and capital equipment, support group training on good agricultural practices and conservation of natural resources, and build sustainable models of eco credit for smallholder farmers. CARE-WWF Alliance will launch the Investment model within existing value chain interventions (including common beans, Irish potatoes and nature based value chains) and then integrate it into future value chain projects.

CARE Tanzania seeks to recruit self-motivated, results driven, dynamic, suitably qualified, competent and experienced Tanzanian for the position of the Market systems and Value Chain Development Coordinator to be based in Iringa

The position of the Project Coordinator – Market systems and Value Chain Development will serve as the key technical lead for the CARE–WWF Alliance’s Value Chains and market intervention within the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT). S/he will lead technical and field-based project activities, including but not limited to market linkages, expansion of production and processing aspects of target value chains, engagement of the private sector, and capacity building for local partners. S/he will be responsible for sustainable production systems and in collaboration with other project staff, organize small-producers and processors to take advantage of potential growing market.

S/he will provide technical and operational leadership and support activities that ensure that Smallholders produce food and access markets in ways that are resilient to climate and market shocks and improve their net income, food and nutrition security without reducing key ecosystem functions. S/he is expected to maintain effective working relationships with other CARE-WWF Alliance staff, and those working with other CARE and WWF program initiatives and impact groups.

The position will report directly to the CARE Tanzania Program Director and to the CARE-WWF Alliance Manager.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead development and implementation of the equitable business models for selected value chains and ensure inclusive and equitable benefits shared among the SSPs particularly women and girls.
  • Develop and support strategies to strengthen chosen value chains, engagement, contribution and execution of support from technical service providers to the value chains that are inclusive of women and youth and nutrition sensitive.
  • Facilitate the promotion of commercially viable linkages among smallholder farmers, larger businesses, service providers, private financiers and development partners through contracted service providers
  • Ensure the value chain approach is inclusive of women and youth, and is sustainable, with supported access to weather, market & price information, inputs, finance and technology
  • Identify technical assistance needs for the development of market and value chain tools, training materials and facilitating the conduct of pro-poor market and value chain studies;
  • Promote strategies that increase land tenure and water permits security for women and youth, in addition to improved access to inputs, finances and appropriate technology
  • Supervise value chain assessments, including developing scopes of work for any consultants who may be required to help carry out these assessments. Provide leadership and mentoring to the local technical team on analysing data from the assessments;
  • Technical support of staff under supervision and where necessary partner staff on the implementation of the VSLA model and other business models
  • Design activities to increase smallholder agricultural production and market linkages that lead to increased profitability of on-farm and off-farm enterprises. This includes the development and implementation of upgrading plans in targeted value chains with a focus on improving smallholder productivity, processing and net revenues without reducing ecosystem functions;
  • With initial mentorship from the Value Chain consultant, facilitate the signing of formal agreements for value chain actors and small-scale producer/processor associations committed to IGG principles.
  • Support the organization and strengthening of SSPP associations with demonstrated awareness and adoption of sustain-able agriculture best practices and improved processing & business skills
  • Liaise with other development partners and projects to create leverage for Alliance SAGCOT and a coordinated approach;
  • Provide technical guidance in the process for selecting value chain cluster drivers, evaluation of business proposals and finalization of cluster formation agreements among cluster actors;
  • Coordinate with IGG specialists in the SAGCOT to promote integration of IGG principles into the key actor’s business models along the value chains, and the Land and Water Resource Lead to ensure overall integrated approach

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, agricultural economics, agribusiness development or related field from an accredited university is required. Master’s degree in agriculture, agribusiness development or related field is an added advantage
  • Minimum 5 years’ field experience in agricultural or value chain development and markets for poor (M4P) particularly in targeted value chains in the SAGCOT region
  • Experience in identifying opportunities for value chain development which promote market linkages, improve sustainable access to productive inputs, resources and services at the processor, collective and household level, and positively impact the entire value chain.
  • Experience with agricultural and rural development conditions in emerging markets, especially eastern Africa and other comparable markets.
  • Experience training communities and other stakeholders.

SUCCESS FACTORS FOR THIS POSITION:

  • Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, take direction, assume leadership, and make rational decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
  • Knowledge of livelihood and/or food security programming
  • Ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and work styles.
  • An ability to work successfully in remote and challenging settings with limited resources.

COMPETENCIES:

Planning and Organizing; Initiating Action; Communicating with Impact; Strengthening Partnership; Stress Management; Adaptability; Contribute to Team Success; Facilitating Change; Adaptability and Stress Tolerance.

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Method of Application

Only a letter of application and updated CV including names of at least 3 reputable referees from previous jobs (preferable line Managers) with reliable contacts should be sent by email to Human Resources Department [email protected] by CoB 20th March 2021 at 17:00 hours.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children and vulnerable people from abuse

The deadline for submitting the application is 20 March 2021






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