Local Government Relations Officer

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Industry: Nonprofit/International Development/Agriculture/Microfinance
Job Vacancy: Local Government Officer
Employer: One Acre Fund
Job Location: Mbeya, Tanzania

Commitment: Long Term Career Position

Organization Description
One Acre Fund is an agricultural NGO in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi that is innovating a new way of helping farm families to achieve their full potential. One Acre invests in farmers to generate a permanent gain in farm income. We provide farmers with a "market bundle" that includes education, finance, seed and fertilizer, and market access. Our program is proven impactful – every year, we weigh thousands of harvests and measure more
than 50% average gain in farm income per acre. We are growing quickly. In four years, we have grown to serve over 17,000 farm families with more than 250 full-time field staff in Tanzania.

Job Description
One Acre Fund is a rapidly increasing the number of regions, districts, and members we serve each year. We are seeking a local government officer to act as: a point of contact for local Ministry of Agriculture officials; an administrator for reports and meetings; a resource for risks and issues involving officials. They would begin engaging with local government through regional and district meetings and forums (RAA, DAICOs, DCs, WAEOs
and VAEOs) in Mbeya and Iringa. They will also and develop relationships that support the field activities of One Acre Fund.

This role would report to the national government relations officer and demonstrate a strong understanding of local government structures, have an interest in agriculture, be prepared to travel regularly within Mbeya and Iringa, and be an effective communicator. The role requires someone with IT skills and an undergraduate degree.

Primary Duties of the Local Government Officer

• Build and maintain relationships with local government authorities as a focal person for communication between the organization and local government administration
• Ensure timely submission of all required letters to village, ward, district and regional authorities.
• Attend district and regional sectoral meetings called by LGAs and facilitate learning visits for LGAs to areas of operation.
• Drafting quarterly reports for dissemination to district and national partners
• Supporting the expansion of One Acre Fund’s activities both inward in increasing client density and outward into new villages, districts and regions
• Addressing and resolving conflicts arising in field program implementation.
• Ensure compliance of One Acre Fund operations with legal and regulatory requirements at local levels
• Arranging and/or facilitating relevant inspection and testing for seeds, fertilizer and premises in line with regulatory requirements
• Keeping track and advising on changes in local regulatory platform
• Conduct regular training and knowledge sharing for frontline staff on building and maintaining relationships with local government as well as mitigating and managing risks in operations.

If you have skills and experience in these areas please highlight them on your cover letter and resume. One Acre Fund invests in building management and leadership capacity. We provide constant, actionable feedback delivered through weekly mentorship and regular career reviews. We also have regular one-on-one meetings where we listen to and discuss career goals, and work collaboratively to craft roles that each person can be passionate

We are seeking professionals with a minimum two years of work experience, some of which will have been in or with government institutions. S/he will demonstrate a long-term passion for agricultural development in Tanzania and will be familiar with the challenges faced by smallholder farmers in Southern Tanzania. 

We are looking for extraordinary candidates that are organized and proactive; please only apply if you fit these criteria:

- Undergraduate degree from a recognised academic institution
- Work experience in a demanding professional environment such as government, business or NGO’s
- Demonstrated computer skills in email, internet usage, Microsoft Office
- Strong written and oral communicator with good attention to detail
- A willingness to commit to living in Mbeya/Iringa for a long-term position
- Leadership and management experience at work or outside of work
- Proven ability to set and meet targets
- Fluent in Kiswahili and English
- Passionate about serving smallholder farmers

Please highlight the following skills if you have them
✓  Experience working in agriculture and/or rural development
✓  Experience in dealing with government officials at local and national levels
✓  Experience in producing neat and timely reports for internal and external audiences
✓  Experience in communications across project teams, including coordination of meetings and memos


Resumes should be submitted by Friday 15 January, 2016. We will begin interviews in January and plan to make an offer in February to begin immediately.
Compensation: Competitive salary with performance based incentives

NSSF, airtime and transportation allowances Career development: Twice annual career reviews and constant feedback. Your manager will invest significant time in your career development.

One Acre Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume only to local.government.tanzania@oneacrefund.org  

(Subject line: Local Government Officer + the place you heard of the position) and include salary expectations.

Applicants who do not comply with this requirement will not be considered.

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