Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Catholic Relief Services,Project Director - Soya ni Pesa, Tanzania

Closing date: 23 Jun 2016

Job Title: Project Director, Soya Ni Pesa
Dept/Location: EARO/ Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Band: D
FSLA: Exempt
Reports To: Head of Programs, Tanzania
Length of Assignment: 18-24 mon

ths with possibility of extension
CRS seeks a qualified candidate for Project Director (PD) to provide overall direction and leadership to the USDA/Food for Progress funded Soya Ni Pesa program in Tanzania. This 5-year year program is working to increase incomes for smallholder farmers and build strong foundations for economic growth by promoting the cultivation and marketing of soybeans in the Southern Highlands and SAGCOT region to potential buyers in the poultry sector. The PD will be responsible for the achievement of strategic objectives, intermediate results, and performance expectations through adherence to high standards of programmatic and management quality.
The program, with a value of over $11 million, increases livelihood opportunities by strengthening soybean cultivation and market access for smallholder farmers; builds resilience and market readiness among the farmers through the promotion of the Five Basic Skills Set; and strengthens rural enterprises through collective bargaining and better access to market information and business skill enhancement.
Major Responsibilities:
Technical Leadership, Quality Assurance, Supervision, Mentoring/Training, Administration, Finance, Monitoring/Evaluation, Report Writing, Program Growth.
Specific Job Responsibilities (not exhaustive of the skills, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position) include:
Program Quality:

  1. With key CRS program staff and other stakeholders, ensure program’s strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards.
  2. Ensure that vision and plans for the program are innovative and are in line with CRS agency and country program strategies.
  3. Oversee periodic technical reviews, ensuring best practices are followed and managing changes in program direction and focus.
  4. In collaboration with program staff, provide guidance and technical oversight to ensure that lessons are documented and disseminated.
  5. Ensure effective engagement with all stakeholders including private sector entities (buyers, processors, storage and transportation enterprises, credit providers, business services, etc.) and facilitate high-level relationships
  6. Oversee program’s monitoring and evaluation system, using data analysis as the basis for measuring performance. Ensure that M&E learning is incorporated into evolving program plans.
  7. Ensure integration of program interventions with other CRS programs (notably Farmer-to-Farmer); coordinate with other ongoing (non-CRS) projects to ensure consistency and avoid duplication.
  8. With program staff, ensure the delivery of quality training, technical assistance, and administrative and financial support to all partner agencies and government, including the selection and coordination of sub-grantees and consultants.
    Management and Administration:
  9. Manage program budgets, including tracking of financial and material resources.
  10. Ensure accurate and timely reporting of program finances and progress status, review actual financial performance against the budget, and explain variances on a regular basis.
  11. Ensure staff compliance with all CRS administrative and operational procedures and policies, as well as applicable donor regulations.
  12. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to donors.
    Representation and Advocacy:
  13. Provide leadership and oversight of project, ensuring staff and partners adhere to scopes of work and sub-award terms, and that all implementing partners work cooperatively and productively to achieve project objectives.
  14. Act as primary project contact to donor, taking responsibility for addressing all program matters, collaborating with the Head of Programs and the CRS Country Representative on overall donor relationships.
  15. Strengthen linkages with existing and potential partner agencies, in collaboration with CRS Country Representative and Head of Programs.
  16. In collaboration with CRS Country Representative and Heads of Programs, manage relationships with the Government of Tanzania, especially the Ministry of Agriculture.
  17. Oversee program communication strategies, in collaboration with CRS Country Representative and Head of Programs, including compliance with donor’s branding and marketing requirements as well as CRS’ marketing and communication procedures.
    Human Resource Management:
  18. Lead, manage, and supervise a team of CRS and partner staff to meet program objectives.
  19. Conduct periodic reviews of staff performance in keeping with CRS’ performance management system and mentor staff to ensure high levels of motivation, commitment, capacity, and teamwork.
  20. Manage recruitment portfolio for the program, in collaboration with Tanzania country program management, to ensure optimum service delivery through recruitment of competent and qualified staff.
    Program Growth
  21. Seek opportunities to leverage and expand project interventions to increase production and trade in soybean.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
Supervisory Responsibilities: CRS Soya Ni Pesa staff members (approximately 4 managers)
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Tanzania Country Representative, Head of Programs, Finance Manager; Management Quality Coordinator, EARO Program Quality and Management Quality staff; Africa and Headquarters Technical Advisors.
External: Partner agencies, USG representatives, Tanzania government representatives and agencies (national and regional levels); private sector stakeholders; UN and international community representatives, and other stakeholders.
Qualifications and Skills:

  1. MS or MA with a focus on Agribusiness and value chains or other related fields.
  2. Minimum 5 years of progressively increasing management responsibility in developing countries; 10 years preferred.
  3. Prior management of significant USAID or USDA funding required.
  4. Experience working in Africa required. Experience working in Tanzania preferred.
  5. Proven leadership and inter-personal skills and ability to build and motivate diverse and talented teams.
  6. Proven experience in managing complex partnership relationships in a participatory way.
  7. Public relations skills required.
  8. Ability to work well both in a team and independently.
  9. Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
  10. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.
  11. Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
Physical Requirements/Environment: Based in Dar es Salaam with 30-40% travel time.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Equal Opportunity Employer
How to apply:
Apply online: http://bit.ly/25bCpNq

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