Training Specialist

Published by Jobstanzania on 11:02:00 am

Job Title: Training Specialist
Reporting Unit/Supervisor: Program Manager
Location: Mbeya, Tanzania
Travel: Frequent Domestic Travels within the target regions

I) General Information:
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 more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.

II) Project Description:

The Storage and Proper Post-Harvest Improvements for Resource Efficiency (SAPPHIRE II) project is a five year, US$5 Million project funded by DFID.  SAPPHIRE is designed to enable 40,000 smallholder farmers, including female farmers, in the southern highlands of Tanzania to increase their incomes by 10-20% annually.  This impact will be achieved via a series of interventions that catalyze improvements to Tanzania‘s Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) in tandem with those that reduce smallholder post-harvest grain losses and increase yield.

Project activities begin at the farm level–working on improved agronomy for sunflower, maize, and rice farmers with a focus on increasing yield and minimizing losses.  The commodities are then consolidated–maize and rice are stored in warehouses using a receipt system.  From there, the commodities are sold into a variety of marketing channels, enabling farmers to achieve higher prices for their products. Project staff train farmers and warehouse staff on financial literacy and techniques and warehouse management for operating their farms and warehouses more like businesses.

III) Primary Purpose

· The Training Advisor will be responsible for overseeing SAPPHIRE II training program
· Update existing training curricula and develop new curricula when necessary;
· Work together with Business Advisors, assigning tasks as needed through incorporation of responsibilities into project training calendar;
· Participate as an integral member of the project’s senior management team;
· Facilitate training of TechnoServe trainers and as needed;
· Provide quality assurance of the training delivered;
· Evaluate the performance of project staff with regards to training;
· Collaborate with the project management team to ensure success of the project as a whole (achieving goals/targets, motivating team members, establishing schedules, etc.).

IV) Duties and responsibilities
· Oversee SAPPHIRE II training program implementation focusing on agronomy, post-harvest handling and storage management and access to finance

· Oversee SAPPHIRE II training material revisions i.e. develop and organize training manuals, translation and production, as well as other educational materials;
· Maintain SAPPHIRE II training calendar;
· Oversee SAPPHIRE II training logistics in partnership with SBA and BA’s (e.g., attendance and completion tracking, scheduling);
· Conduct Training Needs Assessment
· Analyze training needs to develop new training skills or modify and improve training;
· Gather training data required for monitoring and evaluation in a timely and accurate manner;
· Any other duties assigned by the Supervisor.

V) Requirements :
· Bachelor’s Degree in related field with a minimum of 5+ years’ experience delivering and supporting training programs’
· Experience facilitating/delivering training curricula to a variety of audiences;
· Experience developing and producing training curricula;
· Ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a rapidly growing and changing international organization;
· Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
· Oral and written communication skills that are clear and concise in both English and Swahili;
· Ability to lead via influence and to communicate effectively across a range of seniority levels;
· Business acumen and keen attention to detail;
· Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
· Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills;
· Committed, friendly, flexible and adaptable;
· Willingness to spend 50% or more of the time travelling to different SAPPHIRE II Program locations to deliver, or observe and evaluate training.

All interested candidates may send their CVs to TZ-info@tns.org.  The deadline for receiving applications is Friday 9th May 2014. TechnoServe is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.



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