Inputs & Production Technical Director, Tanzania Horticulture Development Activity


PROGRAM SUMMARY:

Winrock is seeking a qualified Inputs & Production Technical Director for an anticipated USAID-funded project that aims to increase the commercialization, inclusiveness, and competitiveness of horticulture market systems in Tanzania. The project will follow a systems approach to transform the organization of horticulture markets – transforming the relationships between end-market buyers and smallholder suppliers, on the one hand, and agro-dealers and smallholders, on the other. As a result of strengthened systems relationships, it is expected that end-market buyers and agro-dealers will provide technical services and in-kind credit to smallholders as well as more efficient transactions in output and input markets. This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Inputs & Production Technical Director will oversee facilitative interventions that:

  • Support input suppliers and last-mile service providers to expand their networks of horticulture producer organizations and smallholder farmers;
  • Encourage investment in distribution, marketing, and retail infrastructure for improved technologies, equipment, and infrastructure
  • Promote agronomic best practices horticultural production, irrigation, and postharvest management

QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:

Education:

  • Master’s degree required in agriculture, agribusiness, agronomy, horticulture, irrigation, or related fields of study.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of practical experience in facilitating market systems partnerships.
  • Practical experience as a senior agronomist, farm manager, outgrower manager, or extension officer.
  • Demonstrated experience in building partnerships with the private sector – including suppliers of agricultural inputs, equipment, and services.
  • Experience with both formal and informal mechanisms for engaging smallholder producer organizations and facilitating market linkages with last-mile service providers.
  • A nuanced understanding of agricultural policy, economics, and market dynamics
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams.

Skills:

  • Technical understanding of key principles of business development, financing, and entrepreneurship.
  • Ability to build coalitions and networks that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions for the project.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written, to fulfill the diverse technical and managerial requirements of the initiative and to effectively coordinate with a wide range of regional stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili required

EOE STATEMENT We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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