Position: Cluster Coordinator
Tracking Code 603-752
Job Location Mbeya, Tanzania, United Republic of
Position Type Full-Time/Regular
Job Level To Be Determined
Client Non U.S. Based Locations
Closing Date 2/7/2019 Job Description
Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.
The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Cluster Coordinator, under the guidance of the EAYIP Social Capital and Cluster Manager, will provide leadership on hub business and will be responsible for managing and providing technical guidance to the business operations of the agricultural value chain enterprises in the Cluster for the EAYIP. S/he will ensure increased production and productivity in the agribusinesses which are the key outcome of the project. Leading and working through a team of Cluster personnel and other consortium staff, he/she will provide technical guidance and support to producer organization boards, staff and farmers on dairy production and productivity issues.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS
Energetic, Positive, Collaborative
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DELIVERABLES
Program Effectiveness (50%)
- Lead the Cluster team including consortium staff to develop practical strategies to increase income production and productivity within the respective cluster through use of relevant input on poultry, horticulture, staple crops, animal health & husbandry, feed/nutrition, water management system etc.
- Develop/Review systems, procedures, methods and formats to monitor production, quality, pricing, expenses and income associated with dairy production, poultry, horticulture, staple crops at farm level and at the producer organization level.
- Lead the development of a farm business model as a profitable sustainable and growth proposition to small holder farmer, which could be used to replicate and advise interested farmers particularly youth to adopt dairy, poultry, horticulture, staple crops farming.
- Lead and support the Cluster team in designing a system and implement plans to support Producer organizations to setup robust business leadership extension systems and link producer organizations to input and service providers.
- Support the design and implementation of appropriate curricula to help the cluster office plan and implement training programs that relate to the poultry, horticulture, staple crops farming and dairy enterprise management.
- With the guidance of the Social Capital and Cluster Manager, design and lead systems to streamline gender and youth activities which promote production and productivity within the cluster
- Lead the Cluster team in designing a program that can select and support the development of model farms and put in place strategies to upscale adoption of productivity enhancement technologies.
- Productivity analysis & market assessments in the Cluster EAYIP program conducted to determine the value chains for new youth hubs and complementary value chains for existing dairy hubs twice in a year
- Facilitate the formation of youth associations and preparation of articles of incorporation, bye laws and facilitate registration of the Associations throughout the project life, upon the formation of youth self-help groups
- Participate in the development and dissemination of hub development toolkits, hub business models by March 2019
- The hub board members trained in leadership, group dynamics and good corporate governance By april 2019
- Work with the hubs to develop and implement the graduation strategy by June 2019
- Knowledge and know how transfer to the hubs management
- Coordinate and support recruitment and training of community facilitators
- Social Capital Development (SCD) structures developed and well-functioning. This includes Community Facilitator, Community Agro-vet Entrepreneurs, Project Management Committees and Mentoring Teams, throughout the project life.
- Organizational standards for SCD have been followed throughout the program project life time.
- Groups are dynamic and vibrant with self-directed plans and carrying out PSRP on Quarterly basis
- Model farms established depending on crop calendar.
- Review and coordinate the compilation of weekly, monthly, quarterly reports and ensure that a robust data base is maintained at Cluster level to track productivity and use of inputs and services
- Working closely with the Regional Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) Manager; and MLE Officer create, execute and monitor action plans to support Cluster office value chains namely poultry, horticulture & livestock data bases at youth farmer business associations with a view of the enterprises to use the data for improving management and profitability of the enterprises.
- Ensure compliance with contractual obligations and procedures of donors
- Submit timely reports to Country Program Manager as required i.e.
- Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly and Annually
- Ensure periodic project reviews are conducted, with learnings documented and shared on quarterly basis.
Partnership and Engagement (20%)
- Coordinate cluster team and external partnerships to bring best farm practice to the project
- Provide leadership to the Cluster team in strategy development and creative initiatives to nurture and build linkages between producer organizations, local governments, private sector BDS providers and other development players.
- Represent EAYIP in various local stakeholder meetings, workshops, conferences and shared learning events.
- All develop and implement quarter plans for multi-stakeholders’ engagement and learnings.
- Continuously develop relationships with local partners working with youth in agribusiness to facilitate access to best farming practices and market linkages.
May perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Animal Science or other related field, with five (5) years’ managerial experience in dairy production, dairy value chain management, agriculture development with at least three (3) years’ experience of how cooperatives work.
- Master’s degree in Agriculture, Animal Science or a related field, plus at least five (5) years’ experience in crop and or dairy production management with a background in dairy and poultry enterprise management.
- Experience in developing private public partnerships especially at country level working in matrix reporting environment.
- Possess the experience and ability to inoculate dairy as a financial viable business proposition at both the farm and producer organization
Most Critical Proficiencies
- Clear understanding of the dairy and poultry value chain and Heifer’s Value based model.
- Proven team leadership, project management, motivational and supervisory skills with ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the latest developments in advancing good/best practices in value chain development that reaches youth, and underprivileged.
- Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions and design catalytic activities within the production dairy value chain (e.g. the concept of business development services provision).
- Demonstrated experience in setting robust and sustainable extension systems for producer organizations. This requirement is in line with the need to have built-in exit strategies within the project as a measure of ensuring that there are self-sustaining businesses by project’s end.
- Having a business approach to dairy farmer with a passion for farmer development and being completely farmer centric.
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in facilitating development of farm-level business plans and feasibility studies including the computation of the associated key financial ratios and benchmarks.
- Experience in implementing supply promotion/stimulation strategies in the context of dairy sub-sector and other agricultural sub- sectors.
- Computer literacy, including facility with Word, Excel, and other relevant Microsoft Office Suite applications, as well as any other databases.
- Proficient in communicating in English and local languages, oral and written.
- Proven interpersonal and communication skills with ability to relate to individuals and groups diplomatically and tactfully.
- Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the general public.
- Sensitivity to the needs and priorities of disadvantaged populations particularly women and children.
- Excellent oral and written reporting skills with the ability to prepare and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
- Working in a multi-cultural setting and commitment to promoting teamwork, gender equality, and sensitivity to hunger and poverty issues.
- Ability to work under tight deadlines with minimum supervision.
- Ability to work under pressure in response to changing needs and ability to work well in a team.
- Ability to travel domestically and internationally, occasionally on short notice.
- Sound judgment, professionalism and a positive attitude with the ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and in sometimes difficult circumstances.
- Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms) floor to waist.
- Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.