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Program Manager, African Alliance for Improved Food Processing, Dar es salaam, Tanzania Job Vacancy

TechnoServe is an international non profit development organization whose mission is to build businesses that create jobs, income, opportunity, and economic growth in developing countries across Africa, Latin America and India with a future view of expanding into new regions.
Our strategies are based on a market-driven, business-oriented approach employed and refined over the past 40 years.
Primary purpose & function of the role:
TechnoServe seeks a Program Manager (PM) for a potential USAID-funded alliance for improved food processing in Africa. This program will be implemented in partnership with one of the world’s leading food companies.
The overall goal of the program is to build the capacity of African food processing companies to meet food safety standards and be profitable, competitive suppliers in food sector value chains.
The objective is to build the capacity of food processing companies in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya (and potentially other countries) to meet national food safety and quality standards and to be competitive suppliers into local and regional markets.
TechnoServe and the global food company will replicate a delivery model they are already implementing in Tanzania.
Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Regional Director, East Africa,  and working closely with the global company HQ in the US, the incumbent will be responsible for the following:
  • Overall program and financial management
  • Provide guidance and oversight to field teams across the five countries on the strategic approach to be refined
  • Manage and provide support to teams doing SME landscape scans and strategy development in Kenya, Ethiopia, Malawi and Zambia (and potentially others)
  • Outreach to local missions and development of additional activities to secure funding for expansion of activities in the initial countries and identify new opportunities in additional countries
  • Lead M&E and knowledge sharing;Lead communications with global food company on all aspects of program delivery
  • Liaise with USAID, PEPFAR in the field and US (in conjunction with TechnoServe USG key account manager)
Knowledge & Expertise:
The incumbent will possess the following knowledge and expertise:
  • Advanced degree in Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, or other relevant degree
  • At least 3 years of experience managing relevant international SME development programs, with a minimum of one year managing USAID programs AND/OR
  • At least 3 years experience managing projects in agro-processing
  • Experience living and working in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Strong private sector market orientation, entrepreneurial and innovative thinker
  • Strong leadership/management experience with an international development contractor or international NGO, as a manager of programs
  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience in managing complex, multi-disciplinary, and challenging field operations in developing countries, Africa preferred
  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving, consensus building, and coordination of diverse stakeholders
  • Knowledge of USAID regulations and procedure
  • Verbal and written fluency in English
  • Previous successful experience mentoring and building capacity of local staff
Qualified candidates should submit their applications by email (letters and CV’s as one document- not separate attachment) addressed to the Country Director.
Your application should include your current monthly/previous salary and benefits as well as your expected salary.
Submit your application to admin@technoserve.or.ke so as to reach us by 16th July 2010.
TechnoServe is an equal opportunity employer.

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