Field Project Manager, Tanzania

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Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada (MEDA)


Brief Description: 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 

 

Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada (MEDA) invites applications for the senior post of Field Project Manager (FPM) for a large scale, long term economic development project in (“the Project”) in Tanzania. More detailed information on “the Project” can be found following the position posting. Conditional upon MEDA signing a contract for recently awarded funding, the successful FPM candidate will ideally be able to assume duties in April-May 2015. MEDA is an association of Christians who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities. Visit www.meda.org to learn more about MEDA and our work. 

 

Field Project Manager, Tanzania (2 year contract, renewable to 4 years) 

 

Leading a team of field staff and HQ specialists, the FPM ensures effective implementation of project strategies, adjusting course as needed based on interim performance, to achieve life-of-project performance targets. Responsibilities include: relationships management with the Government of Tanzania, donor agencies, the business community and other stakeholders; project implementation partnerships; field staff recruitment, management; performance contracting of service providers; project financial management and general administration; project performance tracking M&E/MIS systems; security; and potentially assuming MEDA’s ‘country representative’ role in Tanzania. The FPM also assists MEDA to cultivate new business opportunities in-country and regionally. Subject to negotiation, the duty station for this position will ideally be Morogoro, or potentially Dar es Salaam, and involves frequent travel to project locations across the eastern half of the country. The FPM will report to and work closely with MEDA’s North America-based Senior Project Manager tasked to supervise this Project.

 

Qualifications 

  • A minimum of ten years’ (fifteen preferred) experience leading and managing complex, large scale economic and enterprise development initiatives (or similar private sector experience) 
  • University degree (ideally Master’s) in business, international development, economic development or related field 
  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Swahili is desirable 
  • Strong understanding of: business decision making in competitive market environments; inclusive subsector development and value chain development facilitation methods 
  • Functional experience in marketing, business planning, enterprise finance and investment, business growth advisory service or related areas 
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders into partnerships and alliances, lead and facilitate collaborative processes 
  • Experience in using commercial business development services (BDS) providers to upgrade farmer, entrepreneur and enterprise competencies 
  • Sector experience: agriculture/agribusiness, construction, services to the extractives sector, logistics, manufacturing, financial services 
  • Experience in support services (e.g.: input supply; supply chain logistics, supply consolidation, grading/packing operations; food safety and traceability systems; industry standards and certifications) is desirable 
  • Direct private sector experience is desirable 
  • Prior work experience in Tanzania or comparable country context is preferred.
  • Appreciation and support of MEDA’s faith, values, mission and purpose 

 

To apply, please send your resume by COB on Friday, March 13, 2015 to: [email protected].

 

 

The Project 

 

The Project will advance equitable economic growth in economic sectors with strong potential to substantially increase small supplier incomes, employment and achieve equitable distribution of new wealth created in selected locations in eastern Tanzania. It focuses on key Tanzanian growth sectors offering scope for broad-based citizen participation (as suppliers, entrepreneurs, employees): agriculture/agribusiness, the extractives industry, the construction and related trades services sector, manufacturing and financial services. The Project is closely aligned with the Government of Tanzania’s wider economic growth strategies and associated initiatives. Assistance is expected to include a mix of business and technical advisory consulting services, matching grants for business upgrading, concessionary finance and facilitation of value chain development and marketing. Raising productivity, reducing barriers to trade, establishing efficient value chains and mobilizing finance particularly for small entrepreneurs (SEs) and small, growing businesses (SGBs) is essential to achieve more equitable and inclusive economic growth. Focusing attention on a specific set of high demand and growth-oriented commodity chains creates opportunities to leverage market demand/opportunity to reduce business risks for small, growing businesses (SBGs) and ‘crowd in’ 3rd party resources (such as buyer commitments, finance) to spur and support SBG growth. Expansion of SBGs sales in domestic/regional/export markets will make it commercially feasible to strengthen and expand backward linkages along each commodity supply chain to engage small entrepreneurs (SEs). A blend of matching business plan grants, business development consulting services, value chain development facilitation and financial services linkages will be applied to spur the growth of the SGBs, SEs and value chains assisted. Business plan competitions will identify attractive SGB clients. MEDA will ‘build out’ from these to strengthen the supply capabilities of associated SEs downstream and team up with key buyers in upstream end markets to expand opportunities for SGBs and the associated SEs in the value chains serving them. All participating private sector stakeholders will be expected to make matching financial commitments against project grant resources extended.

 

Project Quick Facts 

  • Budget: $19 million. Duration 6 years 
  • Sectors: agriculture/agribusiness, construction/allied, extractives, manufacturing, finance 
  • Geographic Scope: eastern half of Tanzania. 
  • Goal: contributions to equitable economic growth through profitable, competitive, and sustainable beneficiary small entrepreneurs (SEs) and small, growing businesses (SGBs). 
  • Objectives: (1) Improve business performance of male and female SEs supplying goods and services to SGBs in value chains in selected subsectors and locations; (2) Improve business performance of SGBs supplying goods and services in response to market opportunities in value chains in selected subsectors and locations; (3) Improve business environment fostering growth of SEs, SGBs and value chains 
  • Core activities: client skills/knowledge capacity-building, enhancing availability of productive technologies, fostering business trading alliances, SGB strengthening through business plan matching grant competitions and wrap-around consulting services, strengthening essential supply chain capabilities, enterprise finance and SGB investment linkages. 

 

 

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