Job Opportunity at Solidaridad – Project Officer ,Solidaridad is a global civil society organization (CSO) that provides market driven solutions for sustainable production practices across different supply chains. We envision a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Our mission is to bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all stakeholders.
Project Officer – Leather Sector
Solidaridad is a global civil society organization (CSO) that provides market driven solutions for sustainable production practices across different supply chains. We envision a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Our mission is to bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all stakeholders.
Title: Project Officer (PO)
Duration: 1-year contract (extension based on performance)
Reporting line: Project
Manager Position level: Junior level Location: Arusha
Main objective of the function
Promoting a Competitive, Inclusive, and Sustainable leather sector in Tanzania and Zimbabwe is a 2-year initiative funded by SADC to promote green innovative solutions in the leather sector of Tanzania and Zimbabwe and create market linkages for leather products at a domestic, regional and international level. The project seeks to build the capacity of SME tanneries to implement green tanning technologies and introduce new leather products.
The Project Officer reports to the Project Manager. The Project Officer is responsible for the day-to-day design and implementation of the action and project deliverable. S/he is responsible for the coordination of interventions with Partner beneficiaries and related processes to ensure that the project is delivered in time and produces the desired results within the scope and allocated resource envelope. We are recruiting for one position based in Arusha/Moshi- Tanzania
Position in the Organization
The Project Officer reports to the Project Manager. S/he will also be expected to work closely with the national and regional programming team, as well as the regional innovation team.
- Support the preparation of project work plans, budget and time schedules for implementing the project activities.
- Support the identification and planning of technical activities and requirements to implement the project as per organizational standards.
Project Implementation Follow-up
- Coordinate and implement day to day project activities with partners and beneficiaries in the field ensuring that technical quality and standards are considered and respected during project(s) implementation.
- Ensure project activities are on time, target, and budget, using effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems to reach desired impacts.
- Assist the Project Manager to troubleshoot any project challenges during project implementation.
- Provide regular and timely updates on progress and challenges to the Project Manager and other team members.
Beneficiary Engagement and Accountability
- Adhere to Solidaridad’s Code of Conduct and treat all beneficiaries with respect and without any distinction or discrimination based on nationality, race, ethnicity, tribe, gender, religious beliefs, political opinion or disability.
- Communicate Solidaridad’s Complaints and Response Mechanism target communities and participate in solving complaints related to the project in coordination with the Project Manager.
- Keep records of all the project activity documents, in a particular beneficiary list, completion certificates, attendance sheets etc.
- Help maintain a beneficiary master database containing all beneficiary registration and baseline information, as well as the project activities from which the beneficiaries benefitted ensure the data is protected from misuse in line with Solidaridad’s data protection policy.
Internal and External Coordination
- Participate in project coordination meetings with the project team.
- Support to develop project communication materials for internal coordination.
- Ensure that project lead farmers understand and are able to perform their roles and responsibilities.
- Follow-up the work plans and day-to-day activities of the lead farmers.
- Ensure a positive working environment and good team dynamics among project team members.
- Undertake communication and liaison activities to actively consult and involve beneficiaries, key informants, actors, partners and stakeholders in all stages of project design and implementation.
- Cultivate good relations with key actors – local, regional, international, including government authorities and non-government organization actors, through regular attendance at technical meetings, and bilateral meetings.
- Identify opportunities to collaborate and coordinate efforts with other organizations to ensure our activities build upon – rather than replicate – the work of others.
- Provide support to partners in project implementation and ensure timely and qualitative implementation of projects by partners in line with Solidaridad’s and donor requirements.
- Participate in review meetings with partners, with particular attention given to the relationship aspects of partnership collaboration, and ensure that any issues or disputes are resolved in a timely manner.
Logistics and Security
- Contribute to the development of project plans (e.g. procurement, logistics etc.), when assigned.
- Send accurate and precise order forms in a timely manner to the quality function team.
- Ensure proper management and use of the project assets and stocks.
- Plan field team movements based on available fleet and applicable policies.
- Ensure that each member of the project field team is aware of security issues, policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and they follow them accordingly.
Finance and Quality Control
- Forecast monthly cash requirements for the month’s project activities and submit to the Project Manager.
- Assess the project activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of resources.
- Undertake regular field visits to provide technical guidance and supervision, as well as regularly monitor the progress of the project activities.
- Assist with monitoring project activities implemented by lead farmers and partners (if any).
- Document lessons learned and best practices and share them with the Project Manager and the Regional Communications Officer, so they can be reflected in project planning, communication materials and decision-making.
- Ensure adherence to donor procedures.
- Support the Project Manager in the preparation of progress and final reports, ensuring the quality and accuracy of technical information for activities.
- Participate in communication activities through the regular collection of pictures and stories related to project activities.
- Participate in business development processes through the provision of expert programmatic advice related to contextual knowledge.
Knowledge and Experience
- Relevant academic level education- Undergraduate degree or higher – in relevant field (e.g. Agriculture, Development Studies, Animal Science, Livestock development, Social Science, Project Management, Strategic Management, etc.).
- In-depth knowledge and experience of the entire leather value chain-from the skin/hides to the finished leather
- At least one (1) years’ experience working with projects funded by international agencies or development partners.
- Demonstrable experience in project design, planning, and implementation.
- Experience with proposal writing and technical report writing.
- Experience in designing and facilitating workshops and seminars would be desirable.
- Experience in mobilizing, organizing, and training.
Specific Job Requirements
- Thorough understanding of the leather sector in Tanzania
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to implement projects and local partners to effectively meet project needs.
- Ability to work effectively with governmental and non-governmental organizations and local communities in carrying out project objectives.
- Excellent reporting skills and ability to relate sensitively to diverse groups.
- Self-driven and able to deliver results with minimum supervision.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills (in English and Swahili).
- Excellent critical, creative thinking and analytical skills.
- Experience in program administration, operating procedures, oversight and monitoring.
- Ability to work with database applications.
- Knowledge of project funding procedures and guidelines.
- Ability to work in diverse situations.
- Experience in the leather sector
- Demonstrate experience in a similar position
How to apply
Interested candidates that meet the above qualifications should send their cover letter, CVs, and salary expectation to:
Subject: “Project Officer – Leather sector in Tanzania and Zimbabwe”
The CVs will be evaluated as they are received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Note: This position is open to Tanzanian nationals and/or candidates that can prove they have the right to work in Tanzania at the time of their application.
The deadline for submitting the application is 15 April 2022.