Business Development and Marketing Specialist job at The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA)

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Vacancy title:
Business Development and Marketing Specialist

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture(IITA)

Deadline of this Job:
07 April 2022  

Duty Station:
Within Tanzania , Morogoro , East Africa

Summary
Date Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2022 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed


JOB DETAILS:
Linder IFAD -SSTC Project the Business Development and Marketing Specialist (Project Coordinator) will ensure the structured components are well coordinated by ensuring the boosted resilience of smallholder farmers through enhancing the productivity of cassava in drought-prone areas. Increased linkages between smallholder farmers and domestic and export markets in the cassava, beans, and sunflower value chains and manage the project, coordination of IITA-CIAT project activities, facilitate South-South collaboration, align the project activities with AFDP, gender integration, and M&E. Subsequently, under the BASICS-II project, s/he will ensure Integration of Breeding and Seed System Activities, Development of Early Generation Seed Enterprises, Development of Commercial Seed Entrepreneurs, Development of the Processor-Associated Seed System Model, Quality Control and Disease Management and Catalysing Scaling and Replication through Partners. The coordinator will ensure the team’s approach to achieving these outcomes is a continuation and strengthening of the innovative approaches undertaken during the current phases of BASICS-I and BEST but enhanced with changes informed by lessons learned over the past 5 years.

Responsibilities:
• Provide overall leadership and coordination of projects teams to ensure that project targets are achieved within the set timelines and corresponding budgets.
• Develop elaborate work plans for all actions and activities of the projects including preparation of planning, implementation, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation studies.
• For the IFAD-SSTC project, create efficient mechanisms for synergies and extensive sharing of knowledge between the project and the IFAD-funded Agriculture and Fisheries Development Programme (AFDP)
• Managing successful relationships with the government, donor agencies, the business community, related donor-funded projects, and other stakehold­ers as required
• Prepare the periodic financial and technical reports which include- quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports.
• Establish and strengthen productive partnerships with the public (district)and private sector partners to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing.
• Organize coordination-planning and review meetings with the project implementing partners
• Work closely with the MEL officer to develop a performance management plan for the projects and monitor the implementation processes to track milestones.
• Ensuring daily management of the projects and assuming full accountability of projects results.
• Responsible for day-to-day operational coordination of partner activities,
• Contribute to the publication of action research results and success stories.
• Ensuring effective and efficient management of project’s compliance with planning, monitoring, evaluation, performance, and reporting.
• Work closely with the projects Finance Administrator to ensure monitoring and strict budgetary adherence.
• Work closely with the projects Finance Administrator to review and ensure timely submission of regular financial reports
• Perform other activities as may be assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification and Experience
• The candidate should have a master’s degree relevant to general agriculture, agribusiness, and seed systems or its equivalent from a recognized university with experience in agricultural technology transfer, marketing, and management of partnerships.
• A minimum of five years of senior level field experience in cassava productivity and seed business system
• Experience of at least 5 years as a project manager/ coordinator of large-scale agricultural development projects, in East Africa and Tanzania in particular.
• Having experience and a good understanding of production, markets, sustainable seed systems development, marketing challenges, and opportunities in Tanzania
• Demonstrated ability to integrate gender, youth, and private sector engagement issues into development projects
• Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural environment.
• Demonstrated communication, networking, computer, and organizational skills and ability to prepare high-quality reports.
• Proven experience with engaging with public and private sector stakeholders
• Experience in marketing and business development skills is an added advantage
• Demonstrated ability in stakeholder and partner engagement and policy dialogue with an emphasis on district engagement.
• Excellent leadership, interpersonal and team-building skills.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Excellent resource mobilization skills

Work Hours: 8


Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure
Applications including curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, telephone number, email address, and names and addresses of two referees should be sent to the Country Representative, IITA-Tanzania, Plot No. 25, Mwenge – Coca-Cola Road, Mikocheni Industrial Area P.0. Box 34441, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or by email to [email protected]  

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