Team Lead

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Lusaka, Zambia
Apply by 5 January 2019
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 December 2018

Job Description

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a non-profit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital, and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs, and wealth for their families and communities. With five decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

TechnoServe is looking for experienced Team Lead candidates for an anticipated donor-funded project focusing on support to agribusinesses in Zambia. The program will support smallholder farmers by identifying effective intermediaries, and award grants to improve adherence to food quality standards, post-harvest handling and management, thereby integrating them into efficient supply chains.

The Team leader will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Provide dynamic and strategic leadership to for the program being responsible for overall program management and meeting the targets and objectives set forth by the project’s logframe
  • Oversee all aspects of program implementation including overall management of the program, fund management and coordination of local grant recipients, finances and operational procedures
  • Determine the strategic direction of the program
  • Donor progress reporting and communication
  • Develop and foster relationships with key stakeholders including but not limited to government counterparts, beneficiaries, and market actors

REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in agronomy, economics, agricultural development, business, international development or similar
  • At least 10-15 years’ senior international management experience in the agricultural sector from projects, private sector, government, and/or civil society in Africa, preferably including Zambia
  • Comprehensive experience from managing large donor funded projects, programs, budgets, including interventions funded by the European Union, DFID, or USAID
  • Background in agricultural lending, fund management, familiarity with forms of alternative bank collateral
  • In depth knowledge of agricultural development using market-based approaches in an African context
  • Excellent track record in management of multiple stakeholder relationships in a political and multicultural context
  • Strong communication and reporting skills
  • Citizens of the EU or African countries preferred
  • Fluency in English required

About the Organization

TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses, and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With five decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

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