Job vacancy at Rikolto in East Africa (formerly known as VECO)

By | September 17, 2018


Rikolto in East Africa (formerly known as VECO) is part of the Rikolto network, an international NGO with more than 40 years of experience in partnering with farmer organisations and food chain actors across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rikolto aims to contribute to the development of a dynamic, sustainable and inclusive agricultural sector with family farmers providing quality produce for own consumption and for diverse markets (national, regional and international markets).

Job purpose

To develop networks and partnerships that deliver more sustainable food systems in horticulture, grains and pulses. This includes enhancing the inclusion of **Tanzanian **small-scale farmers in durable and fair trading relationships with private companies in national, regional and export markets and mobilizing the forces of regulatory and consumer power to provide incentives for changes in production and trading practices.
Reports to: Regional Director
Staff/Partner Management: Manages up to 8 staff. Supports up to 10 partner relationships.
Budget Management: Manages annual budgets of up to USD 1,000,000
Geographic scope: National for policy work.
RIKOLTO Grade: BG-11-GEN: Manager / Authoritative Specialist


  • As part of the Regional Management Team contribute to RIKOLTO in EA strategy development
  • Work with the Tanzania team to develop and improve the Tanzania programme so it contributes strongly to the delivery of the RIKOLTO EA Strategy, with a focus on policy/structural changes
  • Support the Tanzania team to deliver innovative pilots which contribute to a growing evidence base for policy work.
  • Provide technical leadership in helping Tanzania team members identify value chain-wide business improvement strategies
  • Ensure value chain improvement initiatives are inclusive and aligned with the actors business objectives. Directly manage key projects as required by the Regional Representative.
  • Initiate learning exchanges between chain actors and stakeholders to promote policy dialogue on strategic issues
  • Work with the Tanzania Programme Coordinator, Senior Advisor and Regional Representative to design and implement East Africa Regional initiatives to address policy/structural issues
  • Represent RIKOLTO East Africa in the country in a leading and visible way
  • Ensure donor requirements for projects and grants are met in a timely manner
  • Ensure internal planning, learning and reporting processes are of high quality
  • Ensure effective financial management of resources and risks are minimized
  • Support development of RIKOLTO staff and partner capacity

Expected Outputs

  • High quality analysis of trends and opportunities
  • Strong network with key stakeholders
  • High performing, motivated and accountable staff and partners
  • Significant and sustainable benefits for farmers working in the pilots
  • Innovative pilots that contribute strongly to policy/structural change work
  • Effective learning processes which lead to improvements in programme design
  • Effective multi-stakeholder platforms which strengthen smallholder farmer voice
  • Pipeline of funding opportunities and expansion of work in Tanzania
  • RIKOLTO programme in Tanzania is well known for its excellence

Education and Experience:

Master Degree in Agriculture, Economics, Rural Development Sociology or equivalent by experience At least 10 years in value chain development, working with a variety of stakeholders. Program management and lobby/advocacy experience would be appreciated.

Knowledge and skills

  • Strategic thinker who is able to see problems from different angles.
  • Results orientated
  • Deep understanding of Tanzania context for agribusiness and farmer organization development
  • In depth knowledge of the institutional environment and how to bring about policy changes
  • Understands national, regional and global market dynamics of high value crops and grains
  • Experience in facilitating Multi-Stakeholder Processes
  • In-depth understanding of VCD approaches including gender empowerment approaches
  • Good understanding of sourcing policies of companies, and able to work in an entrepreneurial way
  • Experienced in developing business models and business plans for farmers business organizations and SMEs.
  • Technical expertise to see possibilities of fostering innovation, challenging stakeholders and providing leadership for innovations.
  • Good understanding of sustainability /environment including food safety issues in high value crops and grains
  • Vast experience working with farmers business organizations and facilitation of collective action
  • Good understanding of Program Cycle Management including monitoring and reporting
  • Communicates clearly in a variety of settings and styles and has good networking skills
  • Good computer operation Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Good proficiency in English (speaking and writing)
  • Licensed and able to drive a manual car

Application Mode

Qualified individuals should submit their applications and Curriculum Vitae to the Regional Director, Rikolto in East Africa through by 30th September, 2018.
Qualified Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply