Care International Jobs | Project Officer-VSLA and Community Mobilization
CARE Tanzania is implementing a four years’ project in Mkinga District –Tanga (Innovating the Cashew Value Chain Project-DMDP) with the overall development objective of accelerating inclusive and sustainable locally driven economic growth in the Tanzanian cashew value chain through local processing, collective investment and green value addition. The Project Officer-VSLA and Community Mobilization will provide technical and operational leadership to support VSLA and similar saving groups who are the main producer of cashew increase financial resilience and that invest into profitable and environmentally sustainable enterprises.
PROJECT OFFICER - VSLA AND COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice with a special emphasis on women and girls. CARE Tanzania is part of CARE International, whose vision is to seek a world of hope, tolerance, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security. CARE International is a global force and a partner of choice within a worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We are known everywhere for our unshakable commitment to the dignity of people. CARE Tanzania and partners contribute to the empowerment of the most marginalized and vulnerable rural women and girls to exercise their rights.
CARE Tanzania is implementing a four years’ project in Mkinga District –Tanga (Innovating the Cashew Value Chain Project-DMDP) with the overall development objective of accelerating inclusive and sustainable locally driven economic growth in the Tanzanian cashew value chain through local processing, collective investment and green value addition. CARE and Out-Growers will work together, alongside cashew smallholders and DUGA AMCOS (the Mkinga cashew cooperative), to addressing all related supply and demand side barriers, and coach the value chain into fruition. Establishment of sustainable, accountable and user-owned value chain, that continues to strengthen and grow long beyond CARE’s exit is one of the major expectation of DMDP project. The development outcome of this project is to see farmers enjoying an inclusive, green, profitable and sustainable value chain through improved farm productivity, and green and climate safe farming production while the commercial objective is that farmers and Out-Growers Company Limited benefit from equitable and transparent co-ownership of a commercially viable local processing and enabled local and international market system
CARE Tanzania seeks to recruit dynamic qualified Tanzanians for a new project to be implemented in Mkinga district and all positions to be based in Tanga.
The Project Officer-VSLA and Community Mobilization will provide technical and operational leadership to support VSLA and similar saving groups who are the main producer of cashew increase financial resilience and that invest into profitable and environmentally sustainable enterprises. S/he will be responsible to train VSLA or similar groups on Inclusive financial and business models that promote sustainable economic development and incomes particularly women. Facilitate awareness creation and registration of key service providers, including agro-dealers, financial service providers, input suppliers and outlet markets, and registering on Chomoka. S/he will provide support to VSLA groups in developing business plans and creating linkages with key service providers, with a focus on financial service providers. Introduce Collective Investment to VSLA groups and support its roll out for group input purchase and investment in small scale pre-processing equipment. The position will report directly to the Project Team Leader.
The ideal candidate will have a BSc or B.A. in Community Development or business administration, agribusiness, agriculture extension or relevant field from an accredited university. Proven experience in VSLA or other Savings Groups methodology is mandatory. s/he has proven experience in collective investment innovation /Model and working with Digital Applications is an added advantage. Has a minimum of 3 years’ field experience in related saving and credit groups and or sustainable investment or related activities.
SUCCESS FACTORS FOR THE POSITION
- Must be innovative and resourceful in creating an awareness of new initiatives which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate, take direction, assume leadership, and make rational decisions while working remotely from country leadership.
- Knowledge of livelihood and/or food security programming
- Ability to train and facilitate dialogue among a diverse group of individuals with various skill sets and work styles.
- An ability to work successfully in remote and challenging settings with limited resources.
COMPETENCIES FOR BOTH POSITIONS
Planning and Organizing; Initiating Action; Communicating with Impact; Strengthening Partnership; Stress Management; Adaptability; Contribute to Team Success; Facilitating Change; Adaptability and Stress Tolerance.
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 TZAHumanResourcesDepartment@care.org by CoB 19th August 2021 at 17:00 hours.
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 and vulnerable people from abuse.