Field Project Manager, Tanzania

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th May, 2017

Job Description

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) invites applications for the senior post of Field Project Manager (FPM) for our SSBVC project in Tanzania. MEDA is an association of compassionate women and men who invest in people living in poverty around the world so they can unleash their potential to earn a livelihood to provide for their families and enrich their communities. To learn more about MEDA and our work, please visit

Field Project Manager - Tanzania (2-year contract, renewable for 1 year)
Start Date: July 1, 2017
Location: Dar es Salam, Tanzania

Strengthening Small Business Value Chains (SSBVC) project is a six year, $30.82 million initiative funded and implemented by MEDA (supporters and partners) with funding ($15.75 million) from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) which will run from 2015 to 2021.

The project aims to contribute to Tanzanian economic growth and increase job creation by improving the business performance of small, growing businesses (SGBs) and small entrepreneurs (SEs) within the following five sectors: Agri-food; Logistics; Construction; Manufacturing; and Extractives.

The project activities will be serving 14 regions and Dar es Salam through the following three targeted corridors: Mtwara Corridor (Mtwara and Lindi); Morogoro Corridor (Njombe, Mbeya, Songwe, Singida, Dodoma, Iringa, Morogoro, and Pwani); and Arusha Corridor (Arusha, Manyara, Kilimanjaro, and Tanga).

MEDA will work primarily through providing matching grants to SGBs and Business Alliances. Over the life of the project MEDA will provide:
Sustainability Innovation Grants to 25 SGBs selected as Lead Firms, who can each improve the businesses of hundreds of SEs, for a total reach of 10,000 SEs;

Business Development Services (BDS) to SGBs with BDS provision to 225 SGBs;

Mobilize 70 business alliances fostering sector-wide collaboration; and

Partnering with stakeholders to improve business environment for SEs and SGBs by co-piloting innovative business environment solutions grants.

In addition to the above, MEDA will utilize its extensive experience in Financial Services to enhance SSBVC activities. Working with Financial Institutions SSBVC will leverage a CAD $1 million loan guarantee fund to encourage Financial Institutions to lend CAD $4 million to the SEs and SGBs.

SSBVC is an exciting project in Tanzania as it mobilizes macro-economic development through partnerships with small and medium growing businesses whom can empower their supply chain in both directions. Through these business partnerships, we can facilitate economic growth that can spur social improvements in the communities surrounding our partners.

The project involves periodic regional and international travel and close coordination with MEDA’s North America-based Senior Project Managers tasked to supervise these Projects.


Project Management

  • Acting as MEDA’s in-country representative
  • Ensuring daily management of the project and assuming full accountability of project results
  • Ensuring project performance tracking
  • Implementing security protocols

Project financial management

  • Maintaining strict budgetary adherence and monitoring
  • Ensuring review and timely submission of regular financial reports

Project compliance

  • Ensuring effective and efficient management of project’s compliance with planning, monitoring, evaluation, performance and reporting and with established financial management and procurement policies and procedures
  • Ensuring adherence to local legal requirements

Management of field staff

  • Overseeing the management of all field staff, including recruitment, selection, supervision and ongoing performance evaluations

Relationship management

  • Managing successful relationships with the host governments, donor agencies, the business community and other stakeholders
  • Managing successful relationships with project implementation partners and subcontractors; ensuring positive relationships are maintained and project targets are achieved.

New business development

  • Supporting, as time allows and as directed, the Senior Director’s new business development efforts in-country and regionally


  • Minimum of ten years of senior level experience leading and managing complex, large scale, multimillion-dollar economic development initiatives (or similar private sector experience); specific technical expertise may also be an asset depending on the project such as investment, women’s economic empowerment, agricultural development, market systems and financial inclusion.
  • University degree (ideally Master’s) in international development, business administration or related field.
  • Fluency (written and verbal) in English is required. Working knowledge of regional languages is desirable.
  • Proven field building and field team leadership abilities in a field office environment and demonstrated collaborative relationships with North American-based HQ specialists and management.
  • Functional experience in marketing, business planning, business growth advisory service or related areas.
  • Demonstrated private sector experience is desirable.
  • Demonstrated donor relations reporting and relationship management.
  • Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders into partnerships and alliances, lead and facilitate collaborative processes.
  • Appreciation and support of MEDA’s faith statement, values, mission and purpose.

Project specific requirements for SSBVC include:

  • Experience in using commercial business development services (BDS) providers to upgrade farmer, entrepreneur and enterprise competencies.
  • Strong understanding of business/financial decision making in competitive market environments.
  • Understanding of inclusive subsector development and value chain development facilitation methods.
  • Demonstrated experience working with vulnerable populations, youth, women, gender, value chain, agriculture, financial services, market solutions, lead firm models, small enterprise development, economic engagement and/or areas of project specific technical expertise required.
  • Prior work experience in Tanzania or similar country context is preferred.

*Only the most suitable applicants, according to project requirements and timelines will be contacted.

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