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Project Coordinator – Agronomy at CARE

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice and places a particular emphasis on women and girls, their dignity and empowerment to lead their communities out of poverty.

In 2020, CARE worked in 104 countries, reaching 90 million people through more than 1,300 programs, with an annual budget of $650 million. Every single one of those 90 million people has a story of resilience, community, strength, and hope—all things that bind us together, across every corner of the globe.

CARE began working in Tanzania in April 1994, in response to the crisis in Rwanda and the subsequent influx of refugees into the Kagera Region of North-western Tanzania.

Over the subsequent years, CARE Tanzania developed innovative education, health, microfinance, and environmental programs across most regions of the country.

In Tanzania CARE works with the Government both in mainland and Zanzibar and other stakeholders to transform communities and ensure financial inclusion and independence, health and nutrition, climate-smart development resilience, especially for women and girls.

CARE Tanzania seeks to recruit self-motivated, results driven, dynamic, suitably qualified, competent and dedicated Tanzanians to fill various new positions in the organization in agricultural sector to implement solutions for our beneficiaries in the food production and farming industries.

About Scale Up FFBS Project

Scale FFBS Project funded by Anonymous donor seeks to supports women to become successful farmers, businesspeople, leaders and agents of change.

This holistic approach expects to teach women farmers good agricultural practices to improve yields in an environmentally sustainable way, incorporating climate-smart tools and techniques to help them adapt to climate change.

It will also enable farmers to access markets and sell at competitive prices, collaborate with one another a, and engage in beneficial and efficient decision – making.

JOB SUMMARY

This role will examine, research, and solve problems related to crop management, output, and quality. The position in collaboration with LGA officials, input companies, research institutions will also develop tailored agronomic approaches and oversee interventions. The agronomist will focus on developing and promoting better farming practices.

Through VSLA, saving groups and producer groups within the implementation area, the Project Coordinator ensures all interventions implemented by partners and market actors are based on evidence of success and best practices.

S/he will provide leadership for engaging the private sector company (BDS) which will facilitate robust and equitable market linkage; Increased productivity and adaptive capacity among target small-scale women farmers, results in increased production, reduce food loss and waste, improve market access, resilience, adapt to climate change, and boost nutrition.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Facilitate and provide guidance to VSLAs and producer groups to advance collective investment ideas into actual market-driven investments around viable agriculture technology, infrastructure, inputs, and working capital
  • Developing better planting, cultivation, and harvesting techniques, improving crop yield, and solving problems for clients.
  • Build and strengthen technical capacities of VSLAs and producer groups for developing alternative agriculture business development options including technology, infrastructure and input capital to be earmarked for collective investments
  • Researching and promoting agricultural strategies to counter the effects of changes in soil, climate, weather, and pest damage.
  • Generating reports and presenting findings to management, farmers, or other interested parties.
  • Conducting training on products and techniques through educational presentations.
  • Developing planting schedules, budgets, and timelines for farming activities.

EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in agronomy, agriculture or a related field.
  • Further education and experience may be preferred.
  • Additional certifications as added advantage.
  • Valid class D driving license.

EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

  • At least 4 years of strong experience on agriculture market systems development for growth using Making Markets work for the poor (M4P) approach
  • 4 years’ experience in strategic engagement with private sector partners including input dealers, financial institutions, processors and off-taker
  • Knowledge of agri-food chain processes
  • Ability to drive a motorcycle in rural areas

COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to work outside, stand, walk, kneel, and stoop for extended periods.
  • Exceptional active listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent planning and time management skills and ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong research, decision making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Awareness of industry trends, technology, and developments.
  • Presentation skills
  • Organization and planning capabilities
  • Knowledge of legislation applicable to the agricultural technology sector
  • Proficiency with computers, especially with hands on usage of Microsoft Office suite and ability to prepare report

MODE OF APPLICATIONS

Only a letter of application and updated CV including names of at least 3 reputable referees from previous jobs (preferable line Managers) with reliable contacts should be sent by email to Human Resources

Department [email protected] by Closure of Business, 5th September 2022 at 1700hrs. To apply, please indicate the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your e-mail. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

CARE is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from us

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