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Position: COMMUNICATIONS LEAD
DUTY STATION: ARUSHA
Job Description
Under the broad guidance of the Chief Development Manager, the Communications Lead assumes primary responsibility for planning, developing and implementing communication strategies to promote TAHA’s Visibility and Outreach Agenda. The incumbent will also be responsible for developing partnerships with other relevant organizations and to disseminate information and create awareness about horticultural issues and progressions in the horticulture sector

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Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Communication Lead will be in charge of the Communication & Information  team, therefore he/she must demonstrate strong  leadership skills.
  • The Communications Lead will work closely with TAHA’s Program Department, Production Department and MEAL Unit to ensure relevant program materials such as Human Interest Stories, success stories, factsheets, infographs etc. are developed, shared and stored through relevant media and network channels. The Communications Lead will assist TAHA’s program office in the proposal development stage to identify appropriate communication activities for the projects.
  • Media Relations: Develop and maintain contact information, materials and relationships with journalists and media outlets (print, TV, radio, web etc.) within and outside TAHA to increase coverage of horticulture issues in the media (print, broadcast and digital). Specific activities may include:
- Draft and edit articles, press releases, human interest stories and other advocacy/information materials.
- Collaborate with the media by organizing project site visits, facilitate photo coverage and TV footage and utilizing both web-based and traditional media as appropriate.
- Monitor and evaluate the use and effectiveness of media materials. Maintain a library of media coverage, clippings etc. 

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  • Digital Communications/Social media: Maintain TAHA’s website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) including daily monitoring, posting and content development and management.
  • Communications Lead will ensure timely and quality production of advocacy and branding materials such as periodicals, annual and donor reports, supplements, calendars, briefing notes, success stories, picture stories, videos, posters, etc.
  •  The Communications Lead will develop and archive communication materials such as publications, press releases and clippings, photographs, audio-visual materials, web resources etc.
  • Assist in developing donor visit schedules/brochures. Support preparation of background materials, briefs and information kits for visiting donors and high profile guests/visitors. The task includes travel planning, logistics and administrative arrangements.
  • Events/campaigns: Assist in organizing and generating public support for special events and campaigns to promote strategic horticulture goals. Support organization of workshops, seminars, campaigns, events and project review meetings including agendas and meeting minutes.
  • Monitoring and evaluation Monitor and evaluate impact of communication materials and advocacy events/campaigns to target audiences.
  • The Communications Lead will have to work closely with program officers on a daily basis. He/She will maintain close interaction with communications and program staff of the TAHA network, and with entities associated with communications and horticulture work within and outside the government, including the local media and horticulture partners.

The incumbent Values and Ethics:  The candidate must have high level of integrity, accountability, and punctuality and be willing to work beyond normal working hours. He/she must also demonstrate and be exemplary in portraying TAHA’s values and ethics. He/she must be a good team player.
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Minimum Qualification and other Requirements:
Education: Bachelors Degree in communications, journalism, public relations or a related field.
Experience: At least five years of similar work experience is required. Candidate should be able to work independently – with minimum supervision and guidance from supervisors. Demonstrated and extensive social media experience is an added advantage. Leadership and team management experience is a desired attribute. 

Skills: Must have an eye for editing and attention to detail. Excellent written and oral English/Kiswahili communication skills and proficiency are required. Knowledge of other languages/dialects is an asset. He/she should have advanced working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Publisher). Candidates with creative pop up design and layout skills and adept in using Adobe Photoshop and Pagemaker are an added advantage. TAHA has a lot of creative design to be done including the magazine therefore the incumbent must have a good technical understanding. Demonstrative and extensive social media experience is an added advantage.

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Mode of application:
Please send your detailed CV and application letter to hr@taha.or.tz 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 July 29th 2020.

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Nutrition Specialist
Job Description
Key Responsibilities:
· Lead the Nutrition component of the program; will be responsible for the overall design, implementation, oversight, and reporting of the program’s Nutrition activities, including design of behavior change and communication interventions and integration of nutrition interventions in the production and market components of the program.

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· Identify and recruit Community Health Volunteers and conduct Social and behavior Change Communication (SBCC) kits on dietary diversity and hygienic practices in food preparations and handling. Ensure that project implementation is in compliance with the stipulations of the selection of Women and Youth Empowerment to at least 60%.
· Promote consumption of vegetables, fruits, spices and herbs to improve local markets as well as emphasizing best feeding practices to infant and young children and hygienic practices in food preparations, so as to overcome micronutrient deficiency and stunting.
· Study and record severe malnutrition among stakeholders’ children between 1-5yrs and follow up their progress through feeding regime advices; Build capacity trainings on nutrition and diverse diets for reproductive child health officers from health centers according to project target.
· Promote the seed-kit for kitchen gardens, sensitize horticulture producer households about nutritious diversified diets and hygienic practices in food preparations; and hence crop diversification.
· Link TAHA extension services especially on establishing kitchen gardens to increase the availability of vegetables, improve uptake of Vitamin A and Iron. Hence promote vegetable bag farming for leafy vegetables.
· Promote healthy nutritious practices through radio, social media, ICE materials and sms’; and disseminate voice and video messages through different platforms.
· Promote and disseminate TAHA Market Information System through TAHA groups, TAHA Knowledge hub and government extension workers.
· Must be up to date on the latest research relating to nutrition and health; analyze the information; and use it to shape recommendations and actions on behalf of our project beneficiaries. Clarifying information to beneficiaries and explaining the effects of nutrients on overall health condition.
· Examine the process of nourishment and the association between diet, disease and health and provide health advice and promoting healthy eating.
· Work as part of a multidisciplinary team/supporting the work of other Team members in providing services to the horticulture sector within the project geographical areas. Develop, revise, and update activity workplans accordingly.
· Attends conferences and engage in educational opportunities. Make presentations on a variety of topics such as how nutrition affects performance in sports, schools etc.
· Contribute to high level project implementation by working closely with the Horticulture stakeholders and Nutrition department of Ministry of Health, school health teachers, and other key health and nutrition sector stakeholders.
· Collaborate with production team (including agriculture extension officers) to integrate nutrition messages within agriculture platforms, to promote crop diversification.
· Reporting and documenting project implementation status on 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 Nutritional Science, Home Economics& Nutrition, Horticulture or food sciences, public health or related field as well as specialized training in Nutrition are required or any other related field.
· At least 5 years of work experience progressively responsible experience in Nutrition, and/or at least 1-year experience implementing nutrition-sensitive or nutrition-specific interventions particularly in managing community-based nutrition programming will be an added advantage.
· Experience in Instructing, Coaching, and Motivating, demonstrated knowledge of the horticulture 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.
· Solid knowledge and understanding of global evidence-based approaches to school-based and community-based health and nutrition interventions; ability to articulate and operationalize best practices.
· Training in and/or experience implementing social and behavior change interventions; understanding of core behavior change principles.
· Experience in designing and implementing nutrition sensitive agricultural, dietary diversity, and social and behavior change communication projects. Experience with food and equipment quality standards would be an added advantage.
· Demonstrated experience on preparing documentation and reporting. 

Competencies:
· Excellent verbal and oral communication skills, 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).
· Critical Thinking Skills; Good Decision-Making Skills; Great Presentation Skills; Time Management Skills; Self Motivated and Service Oriented;

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Microfinance Officer
Job Description
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. 
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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)

Junior Agronomists
Job Description
Key Responsibilities:
  • Working with TAHA in the project areas to facilitate the adoption of Climate Smart Agriculture for improved horticultural production and post-harvest loss management.
  • Provide support and facilitate farmers, Community based farmers and extension officers, member farmers to provide on farm demonstrations and promotion of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and approved TAHA technologies tailored to improved horticultural production and post-production technologies.
  • Actively foster the active participation of women and youth in the project activities at least 60% of the target populations.
  • Coordinating field activities that involve public and private extension officers that focus on improved horticulture production.
  • Taking lead in documenting cases for changes occurring in the production level of the horticulture value chain.
  • Developing an inventory of all project supported horticulture producers in all project villages for the aim of tracking and documenting changes in their horticulture production activities.
  • Facilitating access to horticultural markets and extension information for horticultural products through the value chain through TAHA kilimo App, through the TAHA Knowledge Hub and TAHA Market Information system.
  • Establishment of Demonstration plots, with TAHA proven technologies and oversee they are highly maintained by the project target farmers. Coordinate horticultural related demonstrations, farmer field days, exposure visits for peer-to-peer learning in sheia, districts, regions and zones basing on the demand and feasibility.
  • 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.
  • Undertake any other related duties arising within the context of the project.
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Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Extension and Agronomy.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in agricultural production with at least 1 year in supporting farmers to increase crop productivity.
  • Experience in horticulture production will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Agriculture sector, particularly participation of Smallholder farmers through the value chain.
  • 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.
  • Practical knowledge of agronomy and agriculture extension
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing documentation and reporting
Competencies:
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and reporting skills
  • Knowledge about climate change adaptation, climate-smart agriculture techniques, horticulture production etc.
  • Knowledge in the 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 a self-starter able to inspire and influence action;
  • Broad geographic experience of Tanzania Isles (Unguja and Pemba)

Communication Assistant
Job Description
Key Responsibilities:
· Manage the creation, production and the distribution of digital and print contents, overseeing office activities, brainstorming ideas and developing newsletters and other publications. Draft and edit communications copy (e.g. press releases, publications, social media posts).
· Creating marketing materials, managing by supporting Communications Team in creating, editing and posting creative content on social media networks i.e TAHA’s Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn platforms using translated technical content and program updates, creating databases for managing clients, events, communications, and marketing data; Update databases and media lists.
· Regularly monitor website and social media metrics and analyze monthly, and attend both external and internal events
· Provide administrative support to various teams and programs. Track projects and media exposure; helping to execute communications projects and strategies and dissemination of high-quality tools and materials, ensuring style and branding compliance and represent communication Team policies and guidelines across all materials.
· Assist in maintaining web content and executing social media strategies ensuring clear communication of TAHA messages across all channels.
· Responsible for supporting strategies that increase the project visibility to diverse global audiences, expanding digital information sharing capacity, and strengthening internal communication systems.
· Offer support to all teams in designing and editing materials for a range of audiences and contexts, including research and meeting reports, case studies, briefs, toolkits, peer-reviewed articles, training curricula, presentation design and critical eye for data visualization communication; also contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and experience of the project through participation in the related events.
· Liaise with graphic designers and other vendors to develop and produce materials for visibility activities. Offer administrative support to the Communications Team in tracking products and materials according to deadlines.
· Coordinate or lead communication related trainings or events for staff or partners and other horticulture stakeholders; Support in executing events such as farmer field days, AGM, Producers-Buyers high level market access forums, Participation in the local trade fairs, media campaigns on nutrition and gender perspectives in horticulture.
· Support Communications Team in repurposing and creating fresh content for monthly E-newsletters and other direct communication.
· Support Communications Team in maintaining a collection of photos, graphics, icons, infographics, data bites videoclips to use in various digital content; Expand digital dissemination outlets for information sharing such as websites, webinars, social media, videos, data visualizations, infographics, emails list servs, etc.
· Promote and disseminate TAHA Market Information System through TAHA groups, TAHA Knowledge hub i.e. maintaining digital database and support the physical library of horticultural tools and resources and government extension workers, and other stakeholders.
· Reporting and documenting project implementation status on 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.
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Qualifications:
· Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with at least 3 years’ experience or a post graduate diploma in Communications or Journalism, Media, Public Relations or a related field from a recognized university.
· Background in communications, media relations, and/or knowledge management preferred.
· Communication and facilitator- editing, writing, policy communication, community engagement, Internet tools and skills, information management, process facilitation, reporting and administration.
· Excellent knowledge of modern communication tools and approaches, and solid experience in knowledge management including ICT and web 2.0 tools applications like Wiki, Flickr, slideshare, Youtube, Dropbox and blogging; Use of social media dashboards/management tools
· Excellent organization and time management skills, including ability to juggle multiple tasks and respond rapidly to new events and competing priorities.
· Demonstrated ability to understand and present technical information to nontechnical audiences, and a passion to bridge the gap between research and lay audiences.
· Creative problem-solver with an eye for good design; on the cutting edge of emerging media trends and technologies.
· 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).

Business Development Services Officer
Duty Station: Zanzibar
Key Responsibilities:
· Identify and recruit potential producers, processors, traders and other actors in the horticultural value chain for the agri-business training B|U|S. Ensure that project implementation is in compliance with the stipulations of the selection of Women and Youth Empowerment to at least 60%.
· Support and coordinate all B|U|S activities with AHA and the farmer-trainers (ToTs) to reach its objective of facilitating delivery of the Business Development services (BDS) Cycle interventions for traders and processors in Tanzania Isles (Unguja and Pemba). S/he will also take part in building capacity of the ToTs which includes selecting and making regular contacts, facilitating training and coaching on areas related to the project.
· Mobilize and organize the ToTs for B|U|S trainings methodology (Module 1,2 and 3) consisting of an in-house training, practical, roll-out periods; Mentor and monitor the ToTs through the project period till they graduate.
· Identify Horticultural processors and traders who need and want assistance in strengthening or expanding their business, and conduct a situational analysis while establishing strategies for pursuing these new opportunities in the value chain.
· Develop and sustain supportive, solid relationships with TAHA members and stakeholders, analyzing portfolios to identify new opportunities, and stimulating environment for entrepreneurs by providing mentorship and advisory services about TAHA services.
· Promote and disseminate TAHA Market Information System through TAHA groups, TAHA Knowledge hub and government extension workers.
· Promote and increase entrepreneurial development through awareness programs, surveys, B|U|S workshops and market research.
· Organize along with the Zonal Marketing Development Officer farmers and buyers forum.
· Analyze members feedback data to determine whether trainees and ToTs are satisfied with TAHA/AHA/TRIAS products and services according to the project’s context and identify the gaps to be filled for successful deliverables.
· Provide insights into horticultural development and undertake any other related duties arising within the context of the project.
· Reporting and documenting project implementation status on 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.
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Qualifications:
· Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Agribusiness and Agriculture economics, Business administration, Business management or any other related field.
· At least 3 years of work experience in working in a business role. Experience in the agriculture sector will be an added advantage.
· Proven experience working as a Business Development Officer or similar role, 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
· 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;
· Broad geographic experience of Tanzania Isles (Unguja and Pemba).
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Mode of application:
Please send your detailed CV and application letter to hr@taha.or.tz 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.