Chief of Party

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TechnoServe is a leader in harnessing the power of the private sector to help people lift themselves out of poverty. A nonprofit organization operating in 29 countries, we work with enterprising men and women in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. By linking people to information, capital and markets, we have helped millions to create lasting prosperity for their families and communities.

Job Summary:

TechnoServe seeks a dynamic and motivated Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded horticulture activity in Tanzania. The COP will have the exciting opportunity to help increase the commercialization, inclusiveness, and competitiveness of horticulture market systems in Tanzania.

Please note that this opportunity is contingent upon donor approval. 

Primary Functions & Responsibilities:

  • Lead overall implementation and management of the anticipated program, from inception to close-out, ensuring that the program achieves established goals, objectives, and targets.
  • Provide strategic guidance, leadership, management, and general technical oversight of the program.
  • Continuously develop operational efficiencies and drive innovations in delivery.
  • Oversee development and submission of project deliverables on time and within budget.
  • Recruit, lead, manage, and supervise delivery teams comprising long- and short-term team members and consortium partners.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with USAID/Tanzania, the Government of Tanzania, and all counterparts, implementing partners, and stakeholders involved with the program.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the program and present its work regionally/globally.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 12 years of experience or a Master’s degree with at least 8 years of experience, with a background in agricultural economics, international development, business, economics, public policy, or other relevant areas.
  • At least 8 years of experience in relevant private sector or development programs.
  • Prior Chief of Party/Program Lead experience, with a minimum of three years of experience managing large international donor programs.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience working in Tanzania and/or Sub-Saharan Africa strongly preferred.
  • Experience implementing USAID-funded programs and knowledge of USAID regulations and procedures.
  • Build win-win partnerships between multiple agriculture sector stakeholders, including agribusinesses, public sector, financial institutions, technology providers, and others.
  • Experience successfully implementing youth and gender-integrated programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate a high-level strategy to internal and external stakeholders, while driving execution of a work plan and achievement of short-term milestones.
  • Demonstrated ability to use adaptive management principles to make strategic, data-driven decisions in the face of uncertainty and complexity.
  • Results-oriented, with demonstrated experience achieving project targets.

Required Languages :

  • Fluency in English with excellent oral and written communication skills required 
  • Basic proficiency in Swahili at a minimum

Travel:  Extensive travel across Tanzania, particularly Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe, and Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam, at least 50%. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience in managing complex, multi-disciplinary, and challenging field operations in developing countries, in Tanzania, or Eastern Africa preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and ability to effectively motivate and manage teams in a multicultural environment.
  • Strong private sector market orientation, entrepreneurial and innovative thinker.
  • Demonstrated skills in problem-solving, consensus-building, and coordination of diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines while managing multiple tasks and activities.
  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  An estimated 4-7 senior-level staff including Deputy Chief of Party, technical specialists, financial director, and M&E staff. Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams desired.

Please note that this opportunity is contingent upon donor approval. 

We encourage all qualified individuals who share TechnoServe's vision of improving the lives of others through proven business solutions to apply.

With our commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and   affirmative action employer  and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability, and all other protected classes.

We are also proud of our commitment to protecting staff, partners, and beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation and thoroughly vet all final candidates through rigorous background and reference checks.

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