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Jobs in Tanzania at Land O’Lakes Venture37 – Grant Specialist

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping communities around the world build economies by strengthening agriculture from farm-to-fork, helping businesses grow, and linking farmers to markets.

Since our start in 1981, we have been leveraging nearly 100 years of expertise in crop inputs, agricultural insights, dairy and animal nutrition from our close affiliate, Land O’Lakes, Inc., a farmer-owned agribusiness committed to fulfilling its purpose of feeding human progress.

Our team is made up of nearly 350 employees who are committed to market-led approaches, and passionate about collaborating locally to create lasting inclusive economic growth.

By unlocking the potential of agriculture for the last 36 years, the lives of more than 3 million people have been transformed through nearly 300 programs in more than 80 countries.

Land O’Lakes Venture37 has extensive dairy experience in Tanzania having implemented high impact projects including the Tanzania Dairy Development Program (2010 to 2013), Public Private Partnerships for Artificial Insemination Delivery (2015 to 2021), and is rolling out the Dairy Nourishes Africa (DNA) initiative, a 15-to-20-year public private partnership to spur economic grow and livelihoods across the dairy value chain.

Project Description:

The Tanzania Inclusive Processor-Producer Partnerships in Dairy project (TI3P), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), is a three-year dairy development project implemented by the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank Limited (TADB) in partnership with Land O’Lakes Venture37 and Heifer International.

The TI3P project aims to contribute to inclusive agricultural transformation goals in Tanzania by enabling public-private partnerships to (a) increase the incomes of small-scale producers (b) sustainably increase on-farm production, productivity and income of small-scale dairy producers (c) increase women’s economic empowerment and, (d) increase equitable access to improved quality dairy nutrition.

Land O’Lakes Venture37 will implement the project in established dairy markets in Tanzania under the auspices of Dairy Nourishes Africa (DNA), a public-private partnership that includes the Global Dairy Platform (GDP), Land O’Lakes Venture37, and Bain & Company.

DNA takes a market-led, systems approach, where farmer-allied dairy processors are the linchpin for accelerating transformation, working to drive optimal outcomes from farms to consumers and across the operating environment.

TI3P aims to achieve specific dairy transformation goals by implementing activities in six key Outcome Areas of which Land O’Lakes Venture37, under the auspices of DNA, will focus activities in established dairy markets under Outcomes 3, 4, 5 and 6.

  • OUTCOME THREE: Enterprise Acceleration – Increased capacity utilization and improved growth and profitability at high-potential dairy enterprises
  • OUTCOME FOUR: Farmer Production – Sustainable Increase in Farmer Production and Revenue in Established Markets
  • OUTCOME FIVE: Demand Generation – Increase in Consumption
  • OUTCOME SIX: Strengthened Operating Environment

Summary of the Position:

The Grants Specialist is responsible for administering and monitoring TI3P grants and service contracts with a high degree of organization.

They facilitate development and implementation of the grants program from conducting due diligence and facilitating selection of grantees to monitoring progress and reporting on achievements in line with the TI3P grants manual.

Reporting and Supervision:

  • This position reports to the Finance Manager.
  • This position has no supervisory function.

 Primary Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain grant management policies, procedures and practices to carry out a fair and transparent award process.
  • Collaborate with TI3P leadership to develop the grantee selection process.
  • Coordinate the grantee selection process and participate in review of applications.
  • Conduct due diligence on shortlisted grant applicants, including pre-award visits to prospective enterprises to assess their capabilities, weaknesses, prospects for performance, and capacity-building needs.
  • Develop performance-oriented grant agreements using standard templates.
  • Develop grant monitoring plans.
  • Maintain excellent, audit-ready records in a grants management database, including due diligence documentation, signed grant agreements, monitoring reports, deliverables, amendments, and closeout letters.
  • Assist grantees in finalizing performance-oriented budgets, monitoring of spending and management of milestone approval process.
  • Coordinate periodic grantee meetings to review implementation status and update TI3P leadership on grant matters.
  • Create grants closeout plan and lead the closeout process for all grants issued by the project.
  • Manage procurement of goods and services.
  • Manage TI3P service provider contracts and service level agreements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree in Grants Management, Business, Accounting, Commerce, or related field
  • A minimum of three (3) years’ of progressively responsible, relevant experience.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and written and oral skills.
  • Relevant computer software skills, including standard applications within MS Office.
  • Detail oriented, proactive and flexible.
  • Fluency in oral and written English and Swahili.
  • Experience developing grants program procedures preferred but not required.

Applications accepted through January 14, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

 Only the preselected candidates will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted.

Land O’Lakes Venture37 is an equal opportunity employer and an organization striving to help global communities thrive through agriculture.

We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status, among other factors. Our culture values a diversity of voices.

So, bring us your unique experiences, your workstyle and your dreams — they’ll only make us stronger.

Land O´Lakes Venture37 does not request candidates for payment at any point during the recruitment process.


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