Job Opportunity at CRS, Horticulture Production Manager – Tanzania Kilimo Tija Activity

Job Opportunity at CRS, Horticulture Production Manager – Tanzania Kilimo Tija Activity


Job Title:  Horticulture Production Manager – TanzaniaKilimo Tija Activity Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP)
Department:  Programs Location: Dar es salaam

*This position is contingent on receipt of donor funding

About CRS  

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Country Background

CRS in Tanzania works in very close collaboration with the catholic Churches and implements programs through both Churches and secular local partners. CRS has been helping poor, vulnerable families improve their lives through orphans and vulnerable children, agriculture, health, microfinance and WASH programming in Tanzania since 1962.

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to oversee the production component of the chosen horticultural value chains in the in Kilimo Tija Activity (KTA)’s Zone of Influence (ZoI) regions of Morogoro, Iringa, Mbeya, Njombe, and Zanzibar.

Description of Duties

  • In collaboration with the DCoP and other KTA team members, support CRS in developing a sustainable strategy for increasing production of selected horticulture value chains.
  • Lead the development and implementation of the agricultural component of KTA (work plans, budget, activity implementation, monitoring and evaluation) aimed at increasing employment and income from horticulture particularly for women and youth.
  • Develop and implement strategies that improve market access and SME development for horticulture farmers in the target regions.
  • Identify individual farmers / farmer groups to be targeted based on prioritized horticultural value chains and / or other participation criteria.
  • Oversee production capacity development of selected farmers using CRS’ and / or Ministry of Agriculture training curriculum.
  • Support formation of farmer groups / cooperatives for the purposes of aggregating horticultural produce to attract major off takers, increasing access to financing, and improving collective bargaining power.
  • Formulate and implement strategies that improve horticultural farmers’ access to farm inputs such as seeds/seedlings, other services, and technologies.
  • Work closely with the Financial Inclusion Manager to facilitate access to financial products for target farmers and value chains
  • Support introduction / adoption of practical production and processing technologies that reduce workloads particularly for women while increasing yields and quality of horticultural produce.
  • Assist the Policy Manager is advancing policies that enhance horticultural productivity along the value chain that eliminate hurdles faced by women and youth in the horticulture industry.
  • Oversee coordination and collaboration with other livelihood interventions by USAID, other donors, and stakeholders in the zone of influence.
  • Work with the selected research partner to conduct market analysis research of horticultural value chains to iteratively inform project design and implementation
  • Create and enhance linkages with private sector partners, financial institutions, and other service providers to improve production, processing, and marketing services to horticulture farmers

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • An undergraduate degree in horticulture, general agriculture, agronomy, agricultural economics and or other related subjects. A master’s degree is a plus.
  • At least 5 years hands on experience in managing donor funded agricultural projects/programs
  • Extensive experience supporting diverse partnerships and collaboration with the government agencies, private sector entities, educational /research institutions and non-profits.
  • Computer proficient especially use of MS Office applications including spreadsheets, word processors and databases.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and solve problems in a consultative manner.

Horticulture Production Manager – Tanzania Kilimo Tija Activity Vacancy at CRS

Personal Skills 

  • Strong relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and ability to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings
  • Good strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Strong data collection and research skills and ability to interpret and analyze data
  • Presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Excellent command of English and Kiswahili required.

Travel Required: More than 60% travel in the program areas.

Key Working Relationships: 

Supervisory: DCoP 

Internal: CoP, other technical advisors, and project team

External:  Sub-contractor Staff and other project stakeholders, similar activities in the target regions

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff): 

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Serves with Integrity Models Stewardship
  • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
  • Promotes Learning

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


  • Interested qualified candidates should submit their letter of application together with their CV in PDF or Word format in a single attachment which outlines their experience and sustainability of the position applied to email address not later than 1st July 2022.
  • The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Female candidates, people with disability and people from other recognized marginalized backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.  CRS Tanzania recognizes many people do not have access to university education, limited capacity to travel, women take career breaks to care for family, and physical access for people with disability is limited in some workplaces including in the field.  In all recruitments, CRS Tanzania uses a competency-based selection process.  This ensures that if a candidate does not have a university degree or many years of experience, their competencies and existing expertise is assessed and valued.

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