Senior Manager, Farmer Support Services

Gatsby Africa
Mwanza, Tanzania
Full time Staff

Gatsby Africa is seeking a Senior Manager, Farmer Support Services for their Cotton Sector Development Programme (CSDP) to be based in Mwanza, Tanzania.

The Cotton Sector Development Programme (CSDP) works with the Tanzania Cotton Board and other public and private stakeholders to improve the incomes and livelihoods of 360,000 small-scale farmers in Tanzania’s Lake Zone by transforming the country’s entire cotton sector.

The CSDP uses a market systems approach to sector development.  It is working with government agencies and ginners to develop a competitive, resilient and inclusive cotton sector, based on smallholder production.  A core component is developing and strengthening systems whereby smallholder farmers can access, through the private retail sector, the necessary inputs, services and knowledge they require to farm cotton and other crops successfully, sustainably and profitably.

CSDP is a Gatsby Africa programme with co-funding from the UK’s Department of International Development and support from Tanzania Gatsby Trust.

The Senior Manager, Farmer Support Services will play a key role in leading the implementation of CSDP’s existing farmer-facing support, including farmer access to inputs, output markets, service markets, finance and knowledge.

She/he will provide strategic leadership on the development and implementation of strategies aimed at creating changes in market systems surrounding smallholder farmers’ access to vital goods and services.  This will involve working to develop a sustainable network of village-based agro-dealers and service providers (tillage and spray service providers) supported by private sector input supply chains, and with the necessary supporting functions. 

The role reports to the Cotton Sector Development Programme Director.  The role is based in Mwanza, with regular travel to Dar Es Salaam and around the Lake Zone.

Gatsby Africa has a long-term outlook and flexible approach. This gives our staff huge scope for innovation, creativity and the use of a range of different partnerships, financial tools and intervention strategies.  For a high-calibre person this should be an exciting and rewarding position, with the opportunity to develop new thinking and make a real impact.

The closing date is 20 Nov 2017. For more information and application instructions:

Closing date: 
20th November 2017