Job: Gender Officer - Hivos, Tanzania

Hivos EA seeks qualified candidates for the position of:

Vacancy Name: Gender Officer

Number of hours: 40

Region: East Africa

Office:  Same, Tanzania

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Twin & Twin Trading Limited together with Hivos through funding from Comic Relief are working with Vuasu Cooperative Union in Same, Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania. Vuasu Cooperative Union, like many East African coffee POs, faces two main challenges: improving its productivity to bridge the gap with other origins (225 - 250 kg/ha against 600kg/ha in Ethiopia or 800-1000 kg/ha in Peru, Guatemala or Honduras) and improving its quality to capture part of the growth of the specialty coffee market. By increasing the visibility of women and youth along the value chain, enhancing their decision-making power and control over assets and ensuring equal access to income and extension services, we will positively affect VCU’s coffee quality and productivity and thereby secure their position as a strong market player in the specialty coffee industry. It is estimated that around coffee farmer 5,104 (518-fe) who are members of VCU and 11,000 non-active members will benefit.

The 5 year Gender and generational empowerment with Vuasu Cooperative Union programme will build on the achievements of Hivos’ work with Vuasu and integrate Twin’s 6 pillars of development for smallholder organizations: Gender Justice, Sustainable Agriculture, Business Management, Governance, Quality and Processing and Market Access. It will draw on existing global and regional expertise, including Hivos Head office, Hivos Regional Office in Nairobi, locally-based GALS and sustainable agriculture consultant, Hivos Programme Coordinator in Tanzania.
Job context

Hivos and Twin are seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Gender Officer. The job is part of the Gender and Generational Empowerment programme team and will focus on supporting smallholder farmers of Vuasu Cooperative Union to produce high quality coffee as per specialty coffee standards and involvement of youth and women. Gender Officer will be responsible for supervision of all gender activities within the programme.

The Gender Officer will report to the Regional Gender Officer-Hivos and will work closely with the Hivos Programme Coordinator in Tanzania and the Twin team.

The position will be based at the Vuasu Cooperative Union, Same Office with extensive travel within Same and Mwanga districts.
Your responsibilities

Gender in coffee value chain
  • Supervision and delivery of the gender components of the programme.
  • Plan and execute gender workshops for champions at union and AMCO level.
  • Together with champions prepare quarterly gender programme plans and reports.
  • Develop a follow-up action plan for champions and for the gender aspects of the programme.
  • Coordination with consultants, Agronomist, Quality and Field Officers to include gender materials into GAPs, business, governance and quality.
Programme management
  • Supervision of the gender champions.
  • Program work planning and monitoring gender activities against agreed plans.
  • Providing support to associates/consultants.
  • Collecting key data to track the performance of this coffee programme.
  • Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned that is consistent with the nature of the job and its level of responsibility.
  • Knowledge and Experience
  • Diploma or Degree in Gender, Community development, Sociology or relevant fields.
  • Proven ability to plan, coordinate and monitor gender programme activities.
  • Proven ability to work with financial information, preparing and tracking budgets.
  • Professional skills in IT including Microsoft Office, email etc.
Languages: Working knowledge of Swahili and English (essential).


  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in strengthening the gender capacity of producer organizations (preferably in coffee).
  • Proven experience in project/program management.
  • Experience in program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Highly developed, demonstrated teamwork skills.
  • Ability to travel within the two districts and East African region
What we offer
Hivos offers a competitive package based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Like to apply?

To apply, kindly send your CV and cover letter explaining why you are the suitable candidate for this position to[email protected]. Your letter should state your current and expected salary. Deadline is 16th September, 2016.