Microfinance Officer

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify the implementing partners their capacity building and training needs and recruit, coordinate and train “Saving and Credit” trainers and data collectors. Ensure that project implementation is in compliance with the stipulations of the selection of Women and Youth Empowerment to at least 60%.
  • Form, support and strengthen and build capacity to Savings and credit groups of Horticulture producers’ other actors in the value chain are not necessarily excluded including provision of VICOBA materials on areas related to the project.
  • Supervise and mobilize continuous data collection from the groups to be entered in the SAVIX MIS to monitor the progress of saving groups and compare performance of different trainers or different geographical information.
  • Monitor trainers and data collectors and groups that they collect all necessary data, measured by using a checklist, group constitution are adhered and all recordings of passbooks are properly attended to, so as to assure sustainability and activities are conducted as planned.
  • Identify the implementing partners, their capacity building and training needs, particularly as they relate to micro-finance and cooperative development.
  • Conduct an assessment of the identified Microfinance partners and, if necessary, develop an organizational plan with the assistance of TRIAS Microfinance advisor if there is need for trainings on the cooperative act, on leadership and governance, on product development and on accounting and financial management.
  • Strengthen the capacity of SACCOS and MFIS(Microfinance Institutions) through trainings and on-job support, including bi-annual data collection through the TRIAS’ MF factsheet to assess which support is needed.
  • Promote and disseminate TAHA Market Information System through TAHA groups, TAHA Knowledge hub and government extension workers.
  • Analyze members feedback data to determine whether trainees and ToTs are satisfied with TAHA/TRIAS products and services according to the project’s context and identify the gaps to be filled for successful deliverables; Formulate plans to provide trainings needed at various levels and different phases of the programme.
  • Provide insights into horticultural development and ensure all other micro-finance programme activities are implemented according to the annual work plan whilst maintaining the flexibility to shift priorities according to the changing context; and undertake any other related duties arising within the context of the project.
  • Facilitate the development of linkages of horticultural producers, traders, processors and other actors and networks with sectoral institutions such as banks, MFI/MFBs and other related institutions to assist TAHA beneficiaries to acquire loans. Provide support in overall coordination, management & implementation of the microfinance component of the project.
  • To bring together all horticultural value chain actors, with Banks, SACCOS, MFI/MFB and other financial institution for networking, peer-to-peer learning, and strengthening their and expanding their business.
  • Reporting and documenting project implementation status on a monthly and quarterly basis and participate in the establishment of mechanisms to collect appropriate information of the monitoring and evaluation system of activities under the outcome of the project. Ensure key lessons and best practices from the project are shared with all key stakeholders.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Management or Development studies, Agribusiness and Agriculture economics, Business administration, Economics or any other related field.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in working in a business role. Experience in microfinance or equivalent will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in project management and networking activities or similar with, demonstrated knowledge of the Agriculture sector.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders including Government institutions and Regional and Local levels; private sector, Agri-inputs suppliers, research institutions and Producers groups /Market Associations.
  • Demonstrated experience on preparing documentation and reporting.


Competencies:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and reporting skills
  • Sound leadership and mentoring skills and experience.
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
  • Knowledge in computer (MS word, excel and PowerPoint)
  • Fluent written and oral communication in English and Swahili is required
  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially with primary stakeholders;
  • A team player and self-starter able to inspire and influence action;
  • Ability to work independently and most importantly as part of a multi-cultural team
  • Broad geographic experience of Tanzania Isles (Unguja and Pemba)

 

Mode of application:

Please send your detailed CV and application letter to  [email protected]  or by post to  TAHA, Kanisa Road, Plot No. 49, P. O. Box 16520, Arusha . Envelopes should be clearly marked with the Job Title. Applications should reach us not later than  June 26th 2020.

 

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