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Country Director Tanzania Job Opportunity - Farm Africa

Job Title:          Country Director
Organization: Farm Africa
Duty Station: Dar er Salaam, Tanzania
Salary: £52,000 - £56,000 (inclusive of £10,000 flexible benefits allowance)

About US:
Farm Africa is an international non-governmental organization working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa. We work to increase the incomes and improve food security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in East Africa. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our interventions are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic integration of market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our ability to scale our interventions cost-effectively.

Job Summary: The Country Director is a key role in the Farm Africa global senior management team which comes together every quarter to share progress and review the strategic direction of the organisation.  In country he/she is pivotal in driving funding opportunities and ensuring a healthy pipeline for the country programme. The pipeline would build on existing initiatives but should also include projects that expand our geographical and technical foot print in country. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Set the strategic direction of the programmes in Tanzania
·         Develop a strategic direction for the Farm Africa Tanzania programme based on the Farm Africa vision, mission and technical specialist approaches developed within the organisation
·         Develop innovative programmes that build on our core competencies of productivity increase, farmer organisation and natural resource management to help smallholders gain improved access to markets and maximise post-harvest values
Ensure a healthy programme pipeline
·         Work with Business Development to develop a proactive funding strategy based on the donor opportunities
·         Grow the pipeline by 25% in 2 years
·         Key contact with Business Development team in UK. Responsible for updating pipeline and keeping team in UK up to date with progress as well as soliciting their help and advice on identifying opportunities.
·         Explore new opportunities to deliver Farm Africa’s strategic objectives including active partnerships with the private sector, service contracts as well as grants, consultancy etc
·         Develop new opportunities for Farm Africa to assist our core communities - farmers, and forest communities - through supporting the planning and development of new Farm Africa initiatives. This will include preparing proposals for submission to donors, in close collaboration with other country programmes and relevant departments in London (especially the Head of Programme Funding).
Management and delivery
·         Ensure that Farm Africa’s programmes attain the highest standards of delivery, effectiveness and value for money
·         Working closely with the global programmes leadership, be responsible for the programme cycle in Tanzania from beginning to end working to improve still further the efficiency and effectiveness of our contract management, project delivery and compliance
·Manage, develop and support the Tanzania programme team with particular focus on staff development and proactive performance management
Monitoring, evaluation and impact
·         Working closely with Farm Africa’s Head of Programme Quality impact, ensuring a focus strongly on the design and implementation of M & E plans to enable Farm Africa to measure the impact of our work so that we can maximise our effectiveness (including programme design) and provide evidence to influence external stakeholders
·         Working closely with Farm Africa’s Head of Programme Quality and Impact to develop knowledge products from our projects that can showcase our results
·         Ensuring that Programme Participatory review meetings take place on bi-annual basis to track project indicators
·         Ensuring that Programme Quarterly reviews take place to track progress against activities and budget
Relationship management, funding and dissemination
·         Strengthen relationships with partner organisations including donors, governments, private sector organisations and other NGOs to achieve the strategic goals of Farm Africa in Tanzania
·         Lead key relationships with donors and other strategic partners in Tanzania and in the region, with particular focus on our relationship with AMDT, DFID and the EU
·         Oversee key partner relationships (RUDI, VECO, SEGUCO) 
·         With the Programmes SMT and technical managers (Agriculture and Market Engagement), lead our external influencing of policy and the dissemination of learning and knowledge to ensure Farm Africa is seen externally as an expert in our chosen sectors of crops and forestry
Corporate leadership
·         As a key member of the Farm Africa senior management team, provide broader leadership across the organisation, contributing to the overall strategy and future growth of Farm Africa
·         Chair the senior management team in Tanzania providing support, development and performance management to the team
·         Ensure outstanding communication of programme information across the organisation, working closely with the other directors and senior managers on internal learning and knowledge management
·         Represent Farm Africa externally in Tanzania and internationally, providing thought leadership and influence to help achieve our mission and goals
Other Duties: Carry out any other duties as assigned by the Director of Programmes.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant should preferably hold a Degree in a relevant discipline
·         Country Director in an International NGO with 3 years of experience with clear evidence of having made a strategic contribution to the organisation’s aims and objectives. Previous experience as Country Director in Tanzania is desire
·         Strong track record in the developing of and the fundraising for new programmes with a range of stakeholders including governments, institutional funders and private sector, governments and NGO’s
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of the socio-political and economic climate and institutions in Tanzania and the region
·         Extensive knowledge of key donors in agriculture, climate change, resilience, market engagement.
·         Experience in ToC, log frame design and designing M & E frameworks
·         High level of expertise in agriculture, agricultural economics, natural resource management or closely related field in a developing country context
·         Broad knowledge and experience of M4P approaches to value chain
·         Significant experience of managing operational teams in complex environments, including a profound understanding of operational and delivery risk
·         Significant demonstrable experience of delivering projects to time and budget in Sub Saharan Africa
·         Significant demonstrable experience of delivering projects to time and budget in Tanzania
·         Experience in working with multiple partners including grass roots communities, private sector, governments and NGOs
·         Commercial experience in agriculture in Sub Saharan Africa
·         Proven track record as thought leader and influencer
·         Experience of working in Sub-Saharan Africa in a rural context
·         Experience in gender analysis and ability to design projects with a gendered lens
·         Languages: Swahili and English

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV and a cover letter that explains how your experience fits this role to

Deadline:  Tuesday 2nd January 2018 by 9:00am

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