Job: Team Leader, SOSA Project (Tanzania)

Organization: TechnoServe
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 24 Jun 2017

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

The Sunflower Optimization for Smallholder Advancement (SOSA) Program is designed to facilitate sustainable market change among sunflower permanent market actors (e.g. processors, farmer associations, service providers) to improve efficiency in the value chain, building a well-functioning, resilient, inclusive, higher value market system in which productive, poor women, men and youth can sustainably increase their incomes. SOSA will support the increase of sunflower yields and enable pro-poor contractual arrangements across farmers, small-scale processors, and large buyers, while working collaboratively on sectoral initiatives enhancing capacity of service providers to provide services.

The Team Leader is expected to supervise the day-to-day activities of the Sunflower Optimization for Smallholder Advancement (SOSA) Program. The Team Leader will be responsible for providing the overall strategic leadership of the program, leading the overall delivery of impact of the current phase of SOSA, as well as building the parameters of any future work. The Team Leader is expected to manage relationships with key stakeholders and donor, monitor the overall program budget and work plan, and ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results as agreed upon with the donor.

As Team Leader you will:

Strategic Leadership and Team Management
  • Develop and implement vision for enhancing the market system around Dodoma's sunflower sector Responsible for all SOSA program deliverables
  • Ensure that the scope and projected impacts of the program strategy are clearly defined and understood by all team members
  • Develop detailed work plan which identifies, prioritizes and sequences the activities required for successful delivery
  • Ensure sufficient resources are mobilized (e.g. financial, human and information) to deliver on the work plan activities
  • Ensure each member of the program team has clarity as to their role, responsibilities and short-term activities and goals
  • Provide oversight of program team members, coordinating and troubleshooting as required to achieve program objectives
  • Ensure the team is executing to the workplan and meeting targets / milestones associated with all program work streams
  • Proactively raise issues of concern with country leadership
Marketing and Finance Support and Outreach
  • Manage negotiations where required with current or interested buyers or financiers in the sunflower sector
  • Support program opportunity development, where required, in building the business case for sunflower production
  • Liaise with TechnoServe experts from other value chains to understand the approach and business model that has had success in driving scalable impact
  • Use research to understand what drives impact for the farmer and value to the supply chain, and build the model that will achieve scalable sustainability and improved quality
Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Understand all reporting requirements (donor as well as internal to TechnoServe)
  • Support the M&E Manager and Manager, Technical Specialty Areas in ensuring that all necessary data is accurate and gathered in a timely manner
  • Review data being gathered to make suggestions for course correction to country leadership, as necessary
  • Reporting, Compliance, Budget Management
  • Lead preparation of narrative reports for submission to the donor
  • Ensure spending is in line with the donor-approved budget
  • Ensure activities carried out are in accordance with TechnoServe, as well as donor, requirements
Stakeholder Management
  • Lead interaction with important stakeholders at the national level, ensuring that communication is consistent and aligned with the program's approach
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with key personnel in government
  • Develop and sustain trust-based relationships with the processors, seed companies, financial institutions, NGOs, farmers and other industry stakeholders in the areas of operation
Other Duties as Assigned

You will have;
  • A bachelor's degree and at least 7 years of experience. A master's degree and at least 5 years of experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with international nonprofits
  • Experience working with M4P approach preferred
  • Prior value chain experience in area of seed crops (e.g., cotton) preferred
  • Exceptionally strong project management and analytical skills as evidenced by leading roles on engagements of significant scale
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively service clients, particularly in the for-profit sector
  • Demonstrated passion for assisting clients in building profitable and sustainable businesses that benefit the rural poor
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
  • Excellent oral & written presentation skills required
  • Proven ability to build rapport among internal and external stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel up to 50% within Tanzania and 5% internationally
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