We’re looking for an Team Lead, Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center Project (Zambia)

We’re looking for an
Team Lead, Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center Project (Zambia)

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 more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

China has invested in Agriculture Technology Demonstration Centers (ATDCs) across Africa to share Chinese experience, models, and technologies for the benefit of African smallholder farmers (SHFs). The project will provide technical assistance to the Zambia and Mozambique ATDCs to drive organizational change management and partnership building between the centers and local government and non-government stakeholders; demonstrate and scale-up technologies in rice and poultry value chains; and develop the centers’ capacity for technology sourcing and evaluation. The project will require significant stakeholder management between Chinese, Zambian and Mozambican private sector stakeholders, government agencies, the ATDCs and smallholder farmer representatives to ensure alignment on the future of the ATDCs and position them for success. This is a high profile opportunity to lead an international, multi-sectoral team and align multiple local and international stakeholders to ensure the ATDCs develop into sustainable centers making a significant impact at a national level.

 

The Team Leader is expected to supervise the day-to-day activities of the ATDC Project. The Team Leader will be responsible for providing the overall strategic leadership, leading the overall delivery of impact, and building the parameters of any future work. The Team Leader is expected to manage relationships with key stakeholders, provide direct advisory to the ATDCs as appropriate, monitor the overall program budget and work plan, and ensure timely and cost-effective delivery of results as agreed upon with the donor.

 

As Team Leader you will:

Strategic Leadership and Team Management

  • Develop and implement the vision of strengthening the ATDCs and embedding ATDCs in the local market context
  • Ensure that the scope and projected impacts of the program strategy are clearly defined and understood by all team members
  • Develop detailed work plan which identifies, prioritizes and sequences the activities required for successful delivery
  • Ensure sufficient resources are mobilized (e.g. financial, human and information) to deliver on the work plan activities
  • Ensure each member of the program team has clarity as to their role, responsibilities and short-term activities and goals
  • Ensure the team and each team member is executing to the work plan and meeting targets/milestones associated with all program work streams
  • Proactively raise issues of concern with country leadership
  • Support program opportunity development, where required, in building the business case for rice and poultry production in particular
  • Use research to understand what drives impact for the farmer and value to the supply chain, and build the model that will achieve scalable sustainability and improved quality

 Stakeholder Management

  • Lead interaction with stakeholders at the national and international level, ensuring that communication is consistent and aligned with the program’s approach
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with key personnel in local and Chinese governments, Chinese operators, research institutions, and the private sector including processors, seed companies, financial institutions, NGOs, farmers and other industry stakeholders in the areas of operation

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Understand all reporting requirements (donor as well as internal to TechnoServe)
  • Oversee that all necessary data is accurate and gathered in a timely manner
  • Review data being gathered to make suggestions for course correction to country leadership, as necessary

Reporting, Compliance, Budget Management

  • Lead preparation of narrative reports for submission to the donor
  • Ensure spending is in line with the donor-approved budget
  • Ensure activities carried out are in accordance with TechnoServe, as well as donor, requirements

Other Duties as Assigned

You will have:

  • A bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience. A master’s degree and at least 7 years of experience strongly preferred
  • Proven ability to conceptualize and lead the implementation of complex multi-stakeholder change management processes at systemic and organizational level
  • Exceptionally strong project management and analytical skills as evidenced by leading roles on engagements of significant scale
  • Proven ability to build rapport among internal and external stakeholders, particularly government and private sector stakeholders
  • Experience working in China and/or with Chinese organizations preferred
  • Understanding of agricultural dynamics in Southern Africa preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively service clients, particularly in the for-profit sector
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
  • Excellent oral & written presentation skills required
  • Willingness to travel up to 60%
  • Fluency in Mandarin and/or Portuguese preferred
  • Fluency in English required
  • This position is contingent upon funding

Instructions

We welcome hearing from qualified and interested applicants. Click https://technoserve.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=239to complete a short application and upload your resume and cover letter. Due to a high volume of applicants, please understand that we are able to contact only those who meet the minimum qualifications. No phone calls, please.

TechnoServe encourages diversity in all levels and across all facets of our organization. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, HIV/AIDS status, protected veteran status, disability and all other protected classes.

 

 

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