Kurasa za mbele na nyuma za magazeti ya Tanzania leo Julai 2, 2016











Ufa mwingine ulioongelewa na Mwalimu...

Julius Kambarage Nyerere
Julius Kambarage Nyerere

Ufa mwingine ulioongelewa ni ule wa suala la katiba na sheria. Mwalimu alitahadharisha suala la kupuuza, kutoijali na kuchezea chezea katiba. Huu ufa aliouona Mwalimu mwaka 1995 wa viongozi kupuuza, kuchezea katiba na kutoijali kwa sasa hali ikoje? Tulipokuwa tunajitafakarisha tukaiangalia hali tuliyo nayo kwa sasa kwenye eneo la katiba.

Bila kuangalia suala la mchakato wa katiba ambao umesimama kimya tena kimya kikuu, tunaangalia hata hii katiba iliyopo kwa sasa. Kwa kiasi gani inaheshimiwa na haipuuzwi au kuchezewa kama Mwalimu alivyoonya.

Nilipata kuangalia kifungu kimoja tu katika katiba yetu na kufanya uchambuzi kidogo sana. Ibara ya 3 ibara ndogo ya 1 ya Katiba ya Jamhuri ya Muungano 1977 inasema kuwa ‘Jamhuri ya Muungano ni nchi ya kidemokrasia na ya kijamaa isiyokuwa na dini, yenye kufuata mfumo wa vyama vingi vya siasa’.

Iwapo tunaweza kusema ufa wa kupuuza katiba umefutwa inabidi tuangalie hii ibara ambayo inatuonyesha Jamhuri yetu ni nini. Je hii Jamhuri ni kweli ni nchi ya Kidemokrasia? Misingi mikuu ya demokrasia nikiitaja kwa uchache tuanze na msingi wa ushiriki wa wananchi, usawa, stahamala za kisiasa kwa uchache. Kwa kuwa demokrasia ni utawala wa watu uliowekwa na watu kwa ajili ya hao watu, sisi raia wa Tanzania ndio hao tulioweka watawala kwa ajili yetu.

Tunajisikia kuwa ndio tuliowaweka na wapo kwa ajili yetu? Huo utawala uliopo ni wetu? Kila mmoja ajibu kwa jinsi anavyojisikia kuwa sehemu ya utawala wa nchi hii. Nchi hii ni ya Kijamaa, ni nini kinachoashiria ujamaa katika nchi yetu hadi katiba kusema nchi ni ya kijamaa? Nilikuwa nakumbuka jinsi ambavyo nchi ilikuwa imejengwa katika hiyo misingi ya kijamaa moja wapo ikiwa ni utu na undugu. Hivi ni nini kilitokea tukaacha kuitana ndugu na uheshimiwa ukaanza tena kwa kasi? Sikatai kabisa watu kuitwa waheshimiwa lakini najiuliza tu swali dogo.

Huu utawala wa watu unawaweka watu kuwa viongozi kwa niaba yao. Ajabu ni kuwa sisi ambao tunampa mtu kazi ya kutuongoza ghafla tunageuka na yule tuliyemtuma anakuwa mheshimiwa sisi tuliempa kazi tunakuwa wakumpigia saluti na tusipofanya hivyo huenda tukanyimwa mshahara.

Hii hali ya watu kuchinjana kwa kasi bila huruma inatokana na nini? Utu uko wapi? Tumeielewa vizuri hii katiba yetu? Ni kweli kuwa hatufahamu kuwa waliompa mtu kura ndio wakuu na si vinginevyo? Ujamaa ndio ulipoanza kuzimika. 
  • Sehemu hii imenukuliwa kutoka kwenye makala iliyochapishwa kwenye gazeti MTANZANIA

Mahojiano na Dk Mponda kuhusu mgomo wa madaktari: Sijakosea popote nikiwa Waziri wa Afya

Rais Magufuli na Dk Mponda
Sehemu ifuatayo ni ya mahojiano ya baina ya gazeti la MTANZANIA na aliyekuwa Waziri wa Afya na Ustawi wa Jamii, Dk. Hadji Mponda (bado ni Mbunge wa Malinyi (CCM)) baada ya kukumbana na mgomo wa madaktari uliodumu kwa awamu mbalimbali zaidi ya miezi mitatu ukimtaka yeye na Naibu wake, Dk. Lucy Nkya kujiuzulu, ambapo Rais Jakaya Kikwete aliridhia na nafasi zao kuchukuliwa na Dk.Husein Mwinyi na Dk. Seif Rashid.

Tangu alipojiuzulu nafasi hiyo, Dk Mponda hajapata kuzungumzia mgomo huo wa madktari uliosababisha akapoteza nafasi hiyo hadi mwaka huu na ifuatayo ni sehemu kama ilivyonukuliwa kutoka kwenye chapisho lenye mahojiano kwa kina...

MTANZANIA: Ulipata kuwa Waziri wa Afya, unadhani ulikosea wapi mpaka ukang’olewa katika nafasi hiyo?
MPONDA: Hapana sijakosea mahali popote wakati nikiwa Waziri wa Afya ilikuwa katika kutekeleza majukumu yangu ya uwaziri.
Aidha, sijang’olewa kwa nafasi hiyo bali mimi mwenyewe ndiye nilimwomba aliyeniteua nijiuzulu katika nafasi hiyo baada ya mwendelezo wa mgomo wa madaktari mwaka 2012. Rais alitekeleza ombi langu baadaye katika mabadiliko aliyofanya katika baraza lake la Mawaziri.
MTANZANIA: Ni kweli kwamba ulishindwa kutatua kero za madaktari mpaka ikasababisha ukapoteza uwaziri?
MPONDA: Kwanza naomba niseme wazi kwamba si kweli kuwa nilishindwa kutatua kero za madaktari na ndio ikawa sababu ya kupoteza uwaziri. Kero za madaktari ni za muda mrefu ni mwendelezo wa madai ya muda mrefu kama utakumbuka tangu ule mgomo wa mwaka 2005.
Maelezo ya kina kuhusu suala la kuondoka kwangu katika nafasi ya uwaziri yalishatolewa na Rais Jakaya Kikwete wakati alipofanya mabadiliko katika Baraza la Mawaziri Mei mwaka 2012.
Sioni sababu ya kurudia aliyosema kiongozi wangu. Lakini kwa Kifupi kwa mazingira yale ya mgomo wa madaktari ilipaswa busara zitumike kwa faida ya Watanzania.
MTANZANIA: Pengine unadhani ulionewa au nini kilikuwa kikwazo kikubwa mpaka ikafikia hali ile?
MPONDA: Nafikiri haikuwa sahihi sana kwa madaktari katika mgomo wao kuweka sharti kwamba Waziri na Naibu wajiuzulu kwa kuwa sisi hatukuwa chanzo cha kutotimizwa kwa madai yao.
Haya ndio yalikuwa madai ya Madaktari mwaka 2012
(a) Posho ya Kulala Kazini (on Call Allowance)
(b) Posho ya Kufanya Kazi katika Mazingira Hatarishi (Risk Allowance)
(c) Posho ya Nyumba
(d) Posho ya Kufanya Kazi katika Mazingira Magumu (Hardship Allowance)
(e) Kupatiwa posho ya usafiri
(f) Nyongeza ya Mshahara.Wanadai mshahara wa Sh 700,000 kwa Daktari anayeanza kazi ni mdogo sana, hivyo wanapendekeza Daktari anayeanza kazi alipwe Sh. 3,500,000 kwa mwezi.
(g) Kupatiwa Bima ya Afya
Inapendkezwa Madaktari pamoja na familia zao wapewe kadi za kijani za Bima ya Afya.
(h) Kutaka wenzao warudishwe Muhimbili. Dai hili linahusu Madaktari waliokuwa katika mafunzo katika Hospitali ya Taifa ya Muhimbili na baadaye kurudishwa wizarani, warejeshwe Muhimbili bila masharti yoyote.
(iI) Kutaka Waziri, Naibu Waziri, Katibu mkuu na Mganga Mkuu wa Serikali wajiuzulu
MTANZANIA: Ulikuwa unajisikiaje pale madaktari walipokutaka wewe na Naibu wako kujiuzulu lakini hamkufanya hivyo mpaka pale mlipong’olewa?
MPONDA: Nilijisikia kawaida tu kwa kuwa kila kitu kina mwanzo na mwisho wake. Aidha, ninamshukuru Mungu kwa kuniwezesha kumaliza kazi yangu ya uwaziri kwa ufanisi na ubunifu katika changamoto, mfano uboreshaji wa mfumo wa usambazaji dawa, uhaba wa watumishi nakadhalika.
Lakini pia kuondoka kwangu nafasi hii imenipa nafasi zaidi ya kuwatumikia wananchi niliowekeana nao mkataba kwa kupitia kura zao kwa kuwawakilisha bungeni katika utatuzi wa kero zao.
Vinginevyo ningekuwa na wakati mgumu kurudi tena bungeni awamu ya pili. Tumeshuhudia mawaziri wengi wameanguka au kupata wakati mgumu katika chaguzi zilizopita. Kuna changamoto kubwa kuwatumikia mabwana wawili kwa wakati mmoja.

Taarifa ya habari ChannelTEN Julai Mosi, 2016







Job: CODESRIA Executive Secretary

Vacancy Announcement : CODESRIA Executive Secretary

Deadline : 15th September 2016

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified senior African scholars for the position of Executive Secretary in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. This position, which will fall vacant in 2017, is the most senior management post in the Executive Secretariat and the successful candidate will be expected to function as the leader of the institution and a diverse team of staff under the overall supervision of the Executive Committee of the Council.

Established in 1973 as a pioneering, independent, pan-African and not-for-profit organisation for the development of social research in Africa, CODESRIA is today widely recognised as the premier institution on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary research knowledge in the social sciences and humanities. The position of Executive Secretary is a key one both in the development of the programme mandate of the Council and the realisation of the strategic institutional objectives set by the triennial General Assembly of its members. The successful candidate will be required to :

• Be responsible for the day-to-day management of the affairs of the Council to the highest professional standards on behalf of the Executive Committee ;
• Lead the Secretariat in implementing the scientific programmes and intellectual agenda of the Council ;
• Serve as the Secretary to the General Assembly, the Executive Committee, and the Scientific Committee ;
• Be responsible for the development and implementation of the Council’s fundraising strategy ;
• Negotiate and sign all contracts on behalf of the Council ;
• Undertake representational duties on behalf the Council ;
• Raise funds and manage them efficiently
• Manage existing donor relations and expand the core donor base and secure new sources for the funding of the intellectual agenda and strategic plan of the Council ;
• Coordinate the production of activity and financial reports for the funders of the Council ;
• Enhance the membership base of the Council and structure a system of accountability to its members ;
• Mobilise the members of the Council to participate fully in its programme of activities ;
• Recruit and manage staff for the effective implementation of the Council’s work programme ;
• Take a lead role in the development of new programmes and activities, and in the mobilisation of researchers across Africa to participate in them in accordance with existing institutional rules and strategy ;
• Manage relations with other organisations in the interest of the Council ;
• Promote contacts with researchers, universities and other research institutions, professional associations and regional organisations within Africa, across the global South and in the rest of the world ; and
• Play a lead role in the realisation of the scientific mission and mandate of the Council.

Qualifications
Applicants must :

1. Have a sound university education and at least ten years of post-doctoral working experience in a reputable research and/or research training environment ;
2. Have a good knowledge of CODESRIA, its institutional mandate and programme strategy ;
3. Possess a demonstrable ability to mobilise and promote the work of African researchers ;
4. Be familiar with the African social research environment and be recognised by the African social research community ;
5. Have a first-hand knowledge of the African higher education system in general and the African university context in particular ;
6. Have a strong personal track-record of research ;
7. Demonstrate multidisciplinary research experience on development issues ;
8. Have a good grasp of trends in international social science research and programming ;
9. Have proven experience of institution and programme management in an academic environment ;
10. Be experienced in fund-raising, resource management and the preparation of reports for funding partners ;
11. Have a distinguished record of publications ;
12. Have demonstrable skills in the leadership and management of personnel in a diversified, multi-cultural environment ; and
13. Knowledge of ICTs and their applications
14. Be fluent in English, French, Arabic, or Portuguese and have a good working knowledge of at least one of the other languages.

Working Conditions

The salary level that will be offered will depend on the successful applicant’s experience and qualifications, and will be broadly comparable to those of similar posts in other international organisations.

Additional Information

More information about CODESRIA can be obtained from the Council’s website : www.codesria.org. It is CODESRIA policy to reflect the disciplinary, gender, generational and linguistic diversity of the African social science community in its structures. In this connection, female candidates meeting the required qualifications are especially encouraged to send in their dossiers for consideration for this position.

How to Apply

All applicants wishing to be considered for this position are required to supply the following documents :

1. A written application ;
2. A detailed CV describing the candidate’s professional experience ;
3. Three reference letters, two of which must come from people living in African countries other than the applicant’s country of residence ; and
4. Four of the candidate’s recent publications.

The application letters and other supporting documents of candidates should be sent in a sealed envelope marked “Application Documents”, or sent by email to the address below.

The reference letters in support of candidates must be sent by the referees themselves directly and should be marked “Confidential Reference”.

Applications and the reference letters should be addressed to :


The President
CODESRIA
Av. Cheikh Anta Diop x Canal IV
BP 3304, CP 18524
Dakar / SENEGAL.
(Tel : +221338240374)
Email : [email protected]
[email protected]

Closing Date

All applications must be received by Thursday 15th September 2016. Any application received after this date will not be considered.

Utaratibu wa kujiendeleza ama kwenda masomoni kuanzia Julai Mosi 2016




Taarifa ya TRA ya ufafanuzi kuhusu VAT

TAARIFA KWA VYOMBO VYA HABARI

UFAFANUZI KUHUSU KODI YA ONGEZEKO LA THAMANI KWENYE

HUDUMA ZA KIFEDHA (VAT ON FINANCIAL SERVICES)

Bunge la Tanzania limepitisha marekebisho ya Sheria ya Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani (VAT) ya mwaka 2014 kuanzia tarehe 1 Julai 2016 kwenye huduma za kifedha kwa kurekebisha kifungu cha 13 cha Jedwali la Msamaha wa kodi.

Lengo la tamko hili ni kufafanua utozwaji wa Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani kwenye huduma za kifedha kwa-

a) Kujulisha umma, Benki, Taasisi za Fedha na wadau wote kuhusu maudhui na utekelezaji wa sheria hii inayolenga kutoza Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani kwenye huduma za kifedha;

b) Kuondoa utata na upotoshaji unaohusu utekelezaji wa sheria hii inayoanza kutumika kuanzia tarehe 1 Julai 2016; na

c) Kuelezea ukweli kuhusu utekelezaji wa sheria iliyopitishwa na Bunge la 11 la Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania katika kikao chake cha 3.

Sheria hii inalenga kutoza Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani (VAT) kwa kiwango cha asilimia 18 kwenye ada (fees) ambazo benki inatoza wateja wake kwenye huduma mbalimbali zitolewazo na benki au taasisi za fedha.

Kuna taarifa ambazo si za kweli zinazoenezwa kupitia mitandao ya kijamii kuwa VAT itatozwa kwenye amana ya mwenye fedha kwenye benki. Hii siyo kweli. Ukweli ni kuwa kiasi cha VAT kitakachotozwa ni asilimia 18 ya kiasi cha gharama ya huduma iliyotolewa na benki au taasisi yoyote ya fedha.

Mfano: Ada (fees) ya huduma ya benki ambayo mteja ametozwa ni Shilingi 1000/=, Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani itakayotozwa kwenye kiasi hiki ni shilingi 152.50 tu na benki kubaki na shilingi 847.50. Kiwango hiki cha shilingi 152.50 ndicho kitakachorejeshwa serikalini na benki au taasisi ya fedha baada ya kupunguza Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani iliyolipwa kwenye manunuzi ambayo yamefanywa na benki au taasisi ya fedha husika. Kwa mujibu wa sheria hii, Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani (VAT) haitatozwa kwenye riba inayotozwa na benki kwenye mikopo.

Aidha kuna maelekezo yametolewa na moja ya benki hapa nchini kuwa mtumiaji wa huduma za kifedha atatakiwa kulipia kwa fedha taslimu kama muamala husika haukupitia kwenye akaunti. Taarifa hii si sahihi kwa kuwa ukusanyaji wa VAT husika utafanywa kwa njia ile ile ambayo gharama za huduma za kifedha zinakusanywa sasa.

Mamlaka ya Mapato Tanzania itatoa maelekezo ya namna utoaji wa risiti za kielekroniki utakavyofanyika ili kuiwezesha benki au taasisi ya kifedha kutimiza matakwa ya kisheria ya Kodi ya Ongezeko la Thamani ya mwaka 2014 kama ilivyorekebishwa mwaka 2016.

Hivyo, kupitia taarifa hii, tunazitaka Benki na Taasisi za Fedha zilizoamua kwa makusudi kutoa taarifa zisizosahihi kwa umma kuacha mara moja vinginevyo hatua kali za kisheria zitachukuliwa. Kimsingi, benki na taasisi za fedha zinazohusika zinaagizwa kurekebisha mara moja taarifa walizokwishazisambaza ili zibebe maudhui sahihi ya marekebisho ya Sheria hii.

“Pamoja Tunajenga Taifa Letu”

A. J. Kidata
KAMISHNA MKUU
MAMLAKA YA MAPATO TANZANIA.

Kenya's Safaricom appoints Vodacom Tanzania's CFO as its top boss

Press Release

Safaricom has today announced the appointment of Sateesh Kamath as it’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Board Member of Safaricom Ltd., effective August, 2016.

Kamath joins Safaricom from Vodacom Tanzania Ltd, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director on the board of Vodacom Tanzania.

With over 19 years’ experience in both mature and emerging markets across Asia, Europe and Africa, Kamath has a strong background in strategic performance management and building robust operations across the telecoms, FMCG and manufacturing sectors.

Prior to his former position at Vodacom, Kamath has held senior roles for the last 12 years at both a global and local level for Vodafone operations in London, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Fiji.

He is also non-executive Director in other group companies and investments.

Kamath succeeds current CFO and Executive Director John Tombleson, who took up the position in 2011.

As Tombleson comes to the end of his five year term, he will be returning home to Vodafone New Zealand to take up a new opportunity as the Integration Director of the recently announced merger between Vodafone New Zealand and Sky New Zealand.

A senior Vodafone resource, Tombleson joined Safaricom from Vodafone Qatar, where he held the position of Ag Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

Tombleson first joined Vodafone in his home country of New Zealand in 2003, and has since held progressively senior financial roles in both mobile and fixed telecommunications operations.
“Kamath will join the company to steer its next phase of development as we work towards becoming ensuring our business continues its sustainable growth,

“As Tombleson’s tenure comes to its close, we are pleased that he will leave the company to return to his home town leaving behind a strengthened investor relations portfolio and strong relationships with our shareholders,

“As a seasoned financial executive, Tombleson leaves the company having steered the company through its most robust and fruitful years. He has been an invaluable resource to the executive team,” said ,” said Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO.

Statement by TRA on Application of VAT on Financial Services


[video] Hotuba ya WM Majaliwa akiliahirisha Bunge la XI, Mkutano wa 3


Suspected MH370 debris to be analysed in Tanzania

(image source jeffwise.net accessed by wavuti.com 01.07.2016)
Aircraft debris found off the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar was handed over to the authorities on Friday for analysis to determine if it is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Fishermen who found the suspected wing fragment last month refused to hand it over until they were given two million Tanzanian shillings ($909; 816 euros) as a reward from aviation officials.

"The debris will be ferried... to Dar es Salaam on Monday as we wait for experts from Malaysia to investigate whether it is part of the lost airline," said Valley Chamulungu of the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority.

Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2013 between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 passengers onboard. The plane has not yet been located but confirmed or suspected debris has been found across the Indian Ocean, including in Reunion, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa. [via english.astroawani.com]

Job: AgriFin Accelerate is looking for a Country Director – Tanzania

GENERAL PROGRAM SUMMARY:

AgriFin Accelerate seeks to address the inclusion gap for smallholder farmers who lack access to affordable, accessible, demand-driven products and services that drive higher productivity and income for farm families. The AgriFin Accelerate program utilizes a market ecosystem approach, working with carefully selected partners to build sustainable models, where farm and crop management tools and financial services are “bundled” in affordable, unified platforms leveraging digital channels to promote mass uptake commercially.  The program involves three interrelated components that seek to address low farmer productivity and capability, and improve institutional ability to deliver appropriate products and build ecosystems to drive scale. We work with farmers, banks, mobile network operators, MFIs, research institutes and other ecosystem players in well-defined partnerships to sustainably bundle services, leveraging the offer and outreach of all partners, while increasing the range of services, access points and value for farmers. The program works with partners to identify, prototype, test and scale successful digitally-enabled services for smallholders, with a key focus on expanding access to financial services, using a rapid iteration approach to product development and client-centric design techniques.

Our project goal is for smallholder farmers to gain full access to impactful, demand-driven, technology-enabled financial products, tools, channels and knowledge that significantly increase farm productivity and family income, delivered by vibrant ecosystems of diverse service providers.  Program operations will take place in three countries anchored around a central “Hub” officeKenya, expanding to serve Tanzania and Zambia over a two year timeline.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Agrifin Accelerate Tanzania Director (AATD) will be responsible for the implementation of the overall country program in Tanzania, including formulating and managing the program inception/research phase, establishing the country office, hiring and managing well qualified staff and consultants, followed by establishing program partnerships, conceptualizing and leading project development with program partners to fulfill program objectives and targets.  The AATD will be responsible for overseeing performance of all country projects, supported by technical teams from the Hub office in Kenya, as well as coordinating with other country programming and ensuring that a strong cross-learning, monitoring and evaluation stream of activities is consistently applied.
The AATD will take the lead role in developing and managing private and public sector partnerships for the program, including core partnerships with leading banks, mobile network operators, insurers and technology providers focused on service to smallholder farmers, as well as with other ecosystem partners including farmer unions, MFIs, agricultural buyers and suppliers and insurance providers.  The AATD will provide both technical and project leadership on all program engagements with program partners and ensure adequate internal and external resources are provided to ensure their success.  The AATD will be responsible for managing program budgets and developing country-level program reports to the donor, as well as taking a leading role in overall program thought leadership, contributing to program publications, representation and events.   The AATD will take the lead in communicating country activities and learning within the AFA program.  The AgriFin Accelerate program will align and coordinate the original AgriFin Mobile program and other AgriFin and relevant programming efforts throughout Mercy Corps.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Manage Program Inception & Ongoing Development
  • Lead establishment of the Tanzania office, including country registration, securing premises, operational setup and full hiring, aligned with Mercy Corps policies and procedures.
  • Lead initial country research, including ecosystem, payment and farmer-centric research with strategic partners Dalberg Strategic Advisors. Work with the AgriFin senior management team to develop AgriFin Accelerate program strategies for Tanzania which establish maximize internal and external resources and partner relationships in order to achieve program goals and objectives.
  • Develop and maintain a clear vision and country strategy for the program that can be clearly communicated to team members, government, partners, investors, media, Mercy Corps colleagues and program clients, as well as strong strategic links and cross learning with other AgriFin programming within Mercy Corps, with the support of the AgriFin Accelerate team.
  • Hire and supervise a diverse team, working to build staff skills, and provide leadership on the implementation of the program and provide accountability to the deliverables, objectives and workplan.
  • Lead origination, implementation and ongoing oversight of all contractual relationships with consultants, partners and vendors.
  • Provide strong leadership to staff, promoting teamwork, honesty, efficiency and a commitment and joy for the job.
 
Develop and Lead Partner Engagements
  • Identify opportunities, conceptualize and strategize business models for bundling of mobile financial and agricultural mobile bundled services.
  • Lead on targeting core and secondary partnerships in Tanzania and take the lead in building and managing key relationships among partners, donors, ecosystem players and other support agencies in a collaborative manner, building and leveraging overall AgriFin and Mercy Corps programming.
  • Work with program partners to structure technical engagements, including digital financial product development, distribution channel development, farmer capability platforms and technology start up support, which build and expand bundled digital services for farmers, ensuring that they meet AgriFin standards and align with the program learning agenda.
  • Serve as technical lead on all Tanzania-based program engagements, leveraging the AgriFin Accelerate matrix team and program consultants, ensuring highest standards of project implementation and building out potential for follow on projects to increase program impact.
  • Lead the process of product development including technology requirements, pricing, and a value proposition for program partners, drawing on technical support from Hub team and consultants, as needed.
  • Develop and write business plans for each of the countries program and partners.
  • Update business plans annually based on new opportunities, including products, financial and outreach projections with the support of technical teams and consultants as needed.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Work closely with Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and Communications Manager to ensure that program learning is well documented, communicated and aligned with program MEL strategy.
  • Take the lead in country thought leadership linked to program learning goals.
  • Actively engage with Director for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to document all lessons learned from the program and prepare periodic case studies, beneficiary stories and annual e-books for publication.
  • Lead the process of writing, editing, assembling, and submitting country-level program reports as well as publishing all program related case studies, ebooks and lessons learned.
  • Oversee process of MEL with assistance from program staff.
  • Ensure easy public access to MEL reports and data and make sure they are widely distributed.
  • Facilitate workshops and regular internal and external learning events for effective work planning and capturing of lessons learned.
 
Program Representation and Communications
  • Develop close and productive working relationships with all project participants and stakeholders – including the primary private sector stakeholders and other ecosystem players, working to establish a shared vision of the project and achieve objectives;
  • Establish and maintain good working relations with the relevant government ministries, as well as other higher-level stakeholder groups.
  • Represent Mercy Corps and AgriFin Accelerate at public events, conferences and workshops to promote the AgriFin Accelerate program and disseminate learnings.
  • Build strong constituencies to include Mercy Corps headquarters and regional teams, national and international investors and partners, government officials, donor community officials, vendors, media and the general public.
  • Lead country level implementation of Mercy Corps’ AgriFin Accelerate’s communication plan in program countries and abroad with the media, donors, colleague NGOs, local partners and the government.
  • Work closely with the Program Director and Regional Program Director to ensure that the AgriFin Accelerate program and its complicated set of activities are woven into overall country and regional strategies so that at no time does it become a stand-alone initiative separated from the broader strategies in which it was intended to function.
Administrative and Operational Responsibilities
  • Establish the country office legal registration, structure, procurement and recruitment and training of staff.
  • Maintain operational systems that ensure proper administrative support for programs and coordination with overall regional programming, as well as segregation of duties while ensuring effective, transparent use of resources in compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies/procedures.
  • Lead contracting and budget management of contractors and consultants for the country program based on Mercy Corps procedures, with support from AgriFin Accelerate operational team. Ensure all consultant and subgrant agreements are properly structured, ensure that detailed specifications are prepared in a timely, objective, fair and transparent manner, including the reporting responsibilities and administration of terms and awards.
  • Prepare and ensure timely submission of country-level donor and internal Mercy Corps reports.
  • Direct and supervise the day-to-day operations of the country program, working in close coordination with the Program Director and guided by the program planning and workplan.
  • Maintain an adequate human resource plan consistent with Mercy Corps’ policies, including current position descriptions for all positions, personnel orientation and professional development plans, personnel evaluation systems.
  • Manage all aspects of the country program budget within approved spending levels and oversee program cash flow plan to ensure a steady and adequate supply of funds for program activities. Ensure all program funds are spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations including private funds.
  • Maintain strong operational relationships with Mercy Corps finance, administration and logistics teams to ensure clarity and full support of program activities.
Organizational Learning  
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
 
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Tanzania Program Officer, Logistics/Admin Assistant, Finance/HR Assistant, Finance& Reporting Officer and relevant consultants

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: AgriFin Accelerate Program Director (Kenya)

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: AgriFin Accelerate Advisory Committee, Zambia Country Director, Regional Program Director, Director for MEL, Finance Manager, Digital Farmer Capability Hub Manager, Technology Product Manager, Agriculture Manager, Financial Services Manager, Program-Related Consultants and other Program Stakeholders

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE:
  • Minimum MA/Sc/MBA or equivalent in business administration, information technology, agriculture, finance or related field required;
  • Minimum ten years’ relevant working experience required; preference for experience in both private and public sector and a strong working knowledge of IT, financial services and agriculture;
  • Demonstrated experience in development of digitally-enabled products and services for low income markets, including extensive development of products, pricing, marketing strategies, delivery channels, SWOT analysis, financial projections and building value propositions;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop sustainable and socially actionable business models through partnerships, including private sector, development agencies, advocacy groups and government;
  • Strong experience in developing, working within & maintaining complex programs, organizational relationships & partnerships in the international context;
  • Proven track record of ability to lead and manage projects including workplans, budgets, reporting, HR management and commitment to deliverables and timeframes; with international country office start up experience in Africa preferred,
  • Strong written, oral communication and presentation skills;
  • Full proficiency with MS Office software (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), mobile phone applications (i.e. iPhone, Android, USSD, SMS, MMS, WAP, IVR, STK) and project management software (i.e. MS Project) required.
SUCCESS FACTORS:
  • Innovative, decisive and inclusive leadership approach
  • Demonstrated technical skills in technology, financial services and/or agriculture
  • Proven experience managing teams
  • Proven experience working within diverse teams
  • Highest sense of responsible financial stewardship
  • Demonstrated self-starter and problem solver
  • Excellent communication and team-building techniques
  • Cultural knowledge, sensitivity and respect
  • Ability to manage ambiguity, frustration and stress in self, partners and others
  • Ability to travel frequently nationally and internationally
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor throughout.

LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
The position will be based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania and may require minimal travel to other urban centers (less than 10%).  Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city and is the largest city in Eastern Africa by population. It is also the most populous Swahili speaking city in the world. It is situated on the East coast of Africa with an international airport that has flights to most hubs around the world. There are hospitals, supermarkets and international schools available. This is an accompanied post for partners and children.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in country venues.

India's Prime Minister to visit Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya

Statement from "Media Center" of India's Ministry of External Affairs website reads as follows:

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will be visiting Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya from 7th to 11th July, 2016.

On 7th July, in Mozambique, the Prime Minister will have bilateral discussions with President Nyusi to strengthen our bilateral ties and enhance our development cooperation.

From 8th-9th July, in South Africa, the Prime Minister will have meetings with President Jacob Zuma and other senior leaders across the political spectrum to further enhance our historical relations with South Africa. With South Africa we cooperate and work closely, also in multilateral fora like BRICS, IBSA, G-20 and BASIC. The Prime Minister is also expected to visit Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and Durban during the visit.

On 10th July, in Tanzania, the Prime Minister will have meetings​​ ​with President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli to further enhance mutual cooperation and understanding on major issues of common interest.

On 11th July, the Prime Minister will be in Kenya and have bilateral discussions with President Kenyatta. Prime Minister will also address students in the University of Nairobi during the visit.

The visit of the Prime Minister to the African mainland reflects India’s desire to further strengthen and reinvigorate bilateral ties with our African partners which were renewed at the successful IAFS-III in October last year. The visit will provide opportunities to build on close contacts at the highest political level and enhance mutual cooperation and understanding on major issues of common interests.

New Delhi
July 01, 2016

Tamko la Chama cha Wanasheria Zanzibar kuhusu kauli ya Jeshi la Polisi



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