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VACANCY Number 2019-02
Job Title Technical Assistant Program
SAGCOT Integrated Knowledge & Information for Agriculture –SIKIA
& Iringa – Mitigation, Adaptation, Productivity for Climate Smart
Agriculture – Wehubit Program
Job Grade KT5
Reports To Program Officer
Direct Reports None
Employment Category One year – renewable
Duty Station Mbeya – Tanzania
Purpose of the Job
To reach most of smallholder farmers in the rice value chain in the SAGCOT area (Mbeya, Iringa, Morogoro, etc.) enabling them to increase yields, incomes, improve access to insurance services and micro-financing and using climate smart technologies
a) In liaison with the Program Team, develop detailed project activity work plans and budgets
b) Provide technical input in new project proposals
a) Disseminate information and crop advice acquired from the satellite geodata on weather conditions, crop management, variable inputs, and availability of water for irrigation, market information, agriculture credit and insurance for value chain actors using various communication channels.
b) Monitor the functioning of all demonstration sites and learning sites established in the project implementation areas
c) Develop knowledge products from the analysis of data collected for the value chain actors.
d) Use ICT to promote climate smart technologies among various Value Chain Actors
e) Implement project plans and track progress against key milestones and deliverables
f) Conduct regular field/site visits to manage, guide, review and evaluate project progress
g) Implement a system of compliance assessment to ensure adherence to project standards and requirements
h) Assist the Project Team to establish resource need and examine alternative implementation strategies/approaches/methodologies.
Project Finance and administration
a) Comply with project financial controls and all laid out operational procedures
b) Run basic administration activities of the office e.g. ensuring that there are enough supplies, the equipment is in good condition, the office is well maintained and clean, attending to guests, running errands, filing of key documentation including financial documents, Project Monitoring & Evaluation
a) Implement monitoring and evaluation strategies and processes in liaison with the M & E Officer
b) Ensure accurate data capturing and analysis
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Information and Communication
a) Maintain relationships will all stakeholders and partners
b) Coordinate communications between Project Team and relevant stakeholders
c) Prepare documentation of best practices including writing/editing articles, press releases,
d) Support in Preparation of training materials and manuals for use during project activities
e) Review data and information generated by the projects’ activities and produce knowledge products with quantifiable indicators.
f) Perform accurate data analysis and interpretation of results.
Technical Competence Requirements
a) Understanding of Geographical Information Systems
b) Experience in Agricultural Extension work
c) Excellent ICT Skills
d) Expertise and experience in establishing and nurturing partnerships (Value chain expertise in the development of Partnerships with village-based agents is essential for the achievement of project objectives and deliverables).
e) Experience in introduction of new technologies, approaches, models, resources and processes to ensure that value chain actors and smallholder farming communities when operationalize would lead to increased competitiveness;
f) Expertise in effective capacity building approaches for village-based agents to increase
volumes traded and ensure profitability;
g) Expertise in project execution especially donor-funded projects in the agri-business sector
h) Ability to effectively manage stakeholders and other value chain actors to effectively reach beneficial agreements at project outset and throughout the life of the project.
i) Ability to identify, document, track and control issues and implement change according to lessons learnt where necessary and make other decisions to ensure the project is on track
j) Ability to use standard project management tools and techniques to plan, schedule, track, correct and manage project performance against deliverables.
Problem Solving & Decision Making
Ability to analyze, define, evaluate alternatives, generate solutions and understand when to make decisions.
Relationship / Interpersonal skills
a) Ability to consult, seek advice, facilitate discussions, support others, solve conflicts and
establish trust, credibility and respect among colleagues and partners and stakeholders
b) Ability to build mutually beneficial relationships with rice value chain actors in a consortium
so that the entire chain works in a cooperative way
Educational Qualifications and Experience Required
a) Bachelor’s degree in any field of agriculture, or agricultural economics.
b) Good understanding of Information Technology.
c) A minimum of two years of progressive project implementation
d) Experience in the use of Information Technology in agriculture related activities
e) Must be able to speak and write English and Swahili very well
f) Flexibility in working and living in rural areas where projects are implemented
How to Apply
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If you are the right candidate, please send your application letter plus the following:
✓ An up-to-date CV, highlighting relevant skills and experience (presented in relation to each of the
Responsibilities and each of the experience areas listed above);
✓ The names and contacts of three referees, and a daytime contact telephone number of each of them;
✓ Copies of Academic Certificate and Transcripts for O’ level, A’ level – where applicable, UnderGraduate and Post-Graduate qualifications
✓ The names and contacts of your immediate supervisor(s) in the current job and two of your immediate previous jobs;
✓ Your daytime contact telephone number; and
✓ A statement and proof of current remuneration package
Please submit your application electronically to:
The Human Resource & Administration Manager
Plot No. 42, Princess Anne Drive
Bugolobi P.O. Box 71782,
Tel: ++256 392 264 980/1, 0200 926 498
Closing Date:12th July 2019
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted