Since 1945, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) has worked with vulnerable communities to end poverty, injustice and human suffering. LWR supports agriculture, climate change, and emergency response programming in 28 countries each year. LWR works in Tanzania with an emphasis on capacity strengthening of farmer organizations and long-term food security. Lutheran World Relief is implementing a project entitled “Pareto ni Pesa” (“Pyrethrum for money”) from January 2020 to September 2022. The project aims to strengthen market linkages and business relationships between smallholder pyrethrum farmers in the Iringa Region (Kilolo, Mufindi and Iringa Rural Districts). The project works across the value chain, focusing on crop production and post-harvest processing at the producer level and selling/buying at the processor level. The overall goal of the project is to improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers through increased incomes from pyrethrum activities.
LWR intend to expand the project to Mbeya Rural and Ileje Districts with the objectives of;
Improve productivity and quality of pyrethrum through strong business partnership with buyers.
Pyrethrum farmers increase their income earned through partnership with private buyers.
Strengthen capacity of farmer organization to provides sustainable services that benefit its members.
LWR is looking for experienced individual for a short-term assignment with an understanding of implementing agriculture programs to provide short term service of organizing farmers and youth groups in Mbeya for the Pareto ni Pesa project
This is short term assignment from December 1st to 30th , 2021. Consultancy will be responsible for planning and leading the implementation of the pyrethrum project in Mbeya. This will include playing a leading role in the implementation of the project, monitoring and evaluation of the project activities, outputs and impacts, and ensuring that all stakeholders at the project area are fully engaged especially farmers, youth and women. Also, to ensure projects are implemented in accordance with contractual obligations and meet the highest standard of implementation. The post-holder will be based in Mbeya Region and will be reporting to the LWR Senior County Program Manager, Tanzania (Sr. PM).
SCOPE OF WORK
The candidate will be responsible for the following:
To train and coach youth entrepreneurial on business management and group dynamics to ensure they run the group as a business entity.
Support youth entrepreneurial group to start providing services for fee ie weeding, harvesting etc
Support youth to negotiate with NMB Bank (Agriculture window which has been released in October 2021) on the loan amount, time of repayment and interest rate
Support youth on formation of agro-input shop and seek certification from Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI)
Support youth to collect order from farmers and ensure timely supply of inputs
Connect with the District Council to access loan for youth
Train youth entrepreneurial groups on providing extension information to farmers
Support farmers to use Record Keeping tools to engage in cost of production analysis.
Train groups on quality control and bulk selling of pyrethrum
The duration of the consultancy will be from December 1st to 30th 2021. LWR will orient the lead consultant on the scope of the work. The consultant will provide his/her own working space, associated resources, and equipment. The main contact in planning and finalizing midterm evaluation methodology, data collection, analysis/interpretation and finalizing main deliverables will be LWR Tanzania’s Senior Program Manager Moses Kabogo.
QUALIFICATIONS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Qualification of the Consultant
The required qualifications of consultant(s)
Graduate(s) or equivalent in fields of community development, agribusiness, sociology, or organizational development.
Demonstrated experience working with farmer organization, youth, and women.
Excellent English writing skills and fluent in Swahili
Strong experience working in Mbeya Region.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with local government, private companies, non-government organizations, farmers groups and other grassroots organizations.
Demonstrated experience in working independently with minimal supervision.
Proven experience in facilitation skills in conducting meetings, training, workshops and conferences with Youth, farmers, and communities.
Willing to work over 80% in a field.
Proficiency in using Word, Excel, e-mail and web browser software and apps.
Interested consultants should include the following components in their application:
Latest curriculum vitae
Contact information of three references.
Complete applications containing elements a) through b) should be submitted as attachments to an email to: email@example.com
The subject line should read: “individual for a short-term assignment”
Deadline for the submission is on November 25th, 2021, by 5pm Tanzania time.
Applicants who do not follow application instructions will be rejected. ONLY short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.