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The African conservation Tillage Network (ACT) has built a high performance professional team which works with the network stakeholders towards attainment organizational objectives. Opportunities to be part of this team are open to all in line with ACT policies.

Qualification & Criteria

  • ACT is particularly interested in candidates with expertise, experience or interest in conservation agriculture.
  • Applicants should either be recent graduates or students in a recognized university or graduate school programme and have completed at the very least two years of undergraduate studies in a field relevant to the work of ACT
  • All volunteers and interns would need to demonstrate that they are fluent in written and spoken English, French, and or local national languages and be computer literate.
    Interns would preferably bring their own laptops.

We've posted a selection of vacancies under each category. For details on engagement opportunities please visit the links below:

Volunteering is a great way to participate in skills and knowledge exchange and be a part of ACT Network activities and development. We rely on the valuable support of volunteers with a range of professional skills and experience. Placements are from 3 months up to one year for qualified professionals with at least two years' post qualification experience.

Current Positions

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ACT provides students from all parts of the world with the opportunity to be part of its operations at the headquarters and sub-regional offices as interns. The internship programs are geared to enable students get practical experience which complements their field of study and creates a better understanding of global issues and cultural diversity. Placements are for 1-3 months for students currently enrolled at a higher learning institution/university or graduates of not more than 12months.

Current Positions

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Duty Station: DAR ES SALAAM

The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) is a Pan-African not for profit organization
built on and driven by the values and principles required to harness indigenous African
energies, inspiration and commitment to lead and contribute to Africa’s own development.
The thrust of ACT is to add value through strategic partnership in the identification,
adaptation and scaling up of conservation agriculture principles and practices.
Job Profile:
The Accounts Assistant role is to provide accounting support and assist in ensuring
compliance to financial and operational policies and procedures of the organization. The
accounts assistant shall contribute to effective management of financial and accounting
systems, timely reporting and compliance to international financial reporting standards
and best practices.
Responsibilities:
The incumbent will:
• Provide accounting support to project staff while assuring compliance with
internal control, donor regulations and budget restrictions.
• Register all financial transactions in the accounting system and maintain accounting
records according to agreed standards.
• Liaise with procurement in ensuring all documentation is in compliance with budgets
and procurement policies and procedures.
• Posting of creditors invoices after confirmation of proper supporting documentation.
• Assist in the daily financial accounting procedures of projects including recording all
cash, cheque and bank transfer transactions, maintain cash and bank ledgers, monitor
cash advances and field expense reports and reconcile cash-on-hand.
• Update and maintenance of the Fixed Assets Register.
• Invoicing as per agreement and contracts with donors and implementing partners.
• Process and make payments as provided in the approved budget and ensure that
proper authorization is obtained for all disbursements and proper financial
documentation is used.
• Ensure timely processing and remittance of statutory payments
• Undertake some of the monthly closing procedures including bank reconciliations,
creditors’ reconciliations, staff accounts, Petty cash audit and submitting of monthly
returns to head-office.
• Maintain efficient, accurate, timely, proper and transparent financial filing system of all
documents relating to finance. Ensure complete documentation and audit trail for each
transaction is maintained.
• Undertake any other related duties as may be required by the sub-regional coordinator
and head of department.
Qualifications/Experience:
• Degree with a bias in accounting/finance or equivalent and professional
qualifications (CPA/ACCA).
• Have at least 3 years experience in a busy accounting environment preferably
INGO.
• Be proficient in computerized accounting systems and strong spreadsheet
skills. Knowledge in QuickBooks will be an added advantage.
• Must be a self starter who requires minimum supervision and ready to work
under pressure.
• Integrity, commitment to service and respect for diversity;
• Good interpersonal skills and ability to work productively in a multicultural team
• Must be a National
Tenure of Appointment:
• The initial appointment will be for 12 months including a 3 months probation period.
• Contract extension will be subject to performance and availability of funding.
How to apply:
Submit your application including your CV/resumé stating your salary expectation via email
not later than 18th March 2014 to: hr@act-africa.org ACT is an equal opportunity
employer.

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INTEGRATED PROJECT TO INCREASE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY IN THE BREADBASKET AREA OF SOUTHERN TANZANIA

TERMS OF REFERENCE SOIL SAMPLING AND ANALYSIS


The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) is a Pan-African not-for-profit organization that has evolved into a neutral platform stimulating, facilitating and challenging for mutual sharing of information and knowledge on experiences or lessons on promotion of conservation agriculture. ACT brings together stakeholders and players who are dedicated to improving agricultural productivity through sustainable utilization of natural resources of land and water in Africa’s farming systems.
ACT received funding from The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to implement integrated project to increase agricultural productivity in the breadbasket area of southern Tanzania. The goal for this project is to contribute to the increase incomes and food security for the smallholder farmers in the Southern Highlands in Tanzania. This initiative seeks to achieve the following specific objectives of the project:
(i) To strengthen the capacity and efficiency of farmer organizations in the target districts
(ii) To increase smallholder market led agricultural production
(iii) To enhance smallholder farmers’ access to structure produce markets
(iv) To improve access to extension and advisory services among smallholder farmers and the private sector


Complete Terms of Reference can be downloaded from the following link:home3/actafric/public_html/image/ToR%20%20for%20%20soil%20sampling%20and%20analysis-III.pdf


How to apply: Interested consultants or consulting firms are requested to submit hard and soft copy of the proposals to the address below by 20th March 2015. The consultant will be selected on the basis of their proven experience, qualifications and ability to deliver a quality product in time and in efficient manner.

Terms of Reference for Technical support towards development Entrepreneurial Conservation griculture Services Provision to Medium and Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania

1.0 Introduction

The African Conservation Tillage Network (ACT) web www.act-africa.org is a Pan-African not for profit organization built on and driven by the values and principles required to harness indigenous African energies, inspiration and commitment to lead and contribute to Africa’s own development. The thrust of ACT is to add value through strategic partnership in the identification, adaptation and scaling up of conservation agriculture principles and practices. ACT has received funding from FAO to implement a CA project in Tanzania. Part of this fund will be used to develop a CA investment Plan (Entrepreneurial Conservation Agriculture Services Provision to Medium and Smallholder Farmers Program).

A number of problems are affecting smallholder and medium farmers in Africa, including Tanzania. They include:

Declining food production per capita: Achieving food security and reducing poverty in the Africa has been a major challenge for both Governments and development agencies. Smallholder agriculture, mainly dominated by manual labour force provided by women, is the predominant form of farm organization in Africa. According to the Africa Human Development Report (2012), cereal production in sub- Saharan Africa has tripled since the early 1960s, rising from 38 million tonnes in 1961–1963 to 116 million tonnes in 2008–2010. The food production per capita is nevertheless declining in the region. When compared with other regions cereal output per capita fell 13% in sub- Saharan Africa while increasing 44% in Asia and 48% in South America. A similar picture emerges for other food groups. The main staples of SSA are unirrigated maize, cassava, millets, sorghum, yams, sweet potatoes, plantains and rice. There are many challenges that need to be overcome in order to improve food production per capita. Several factors have contributed to this unfortunate situation, including the vulnerability of countries of the region to climate change; the poor nature of soils in a number of zones; rapid population growth; low utilization of modern technologies to improve crop varieties, and poor implementation of policies.

Declining or low soil fertility: Large areas of sub-Saharan African soils are affected by various types of degradation, including fertility decline. Land degradation is an important global concern because of its adverse impacts on agricultural production, food security and the environment. Inappropriate land management further increases loss of productivity of resource poor farmers. This in turn affects their food security and livelihood. Persistent use of conventional farming practices based on extensive tillage, especially when combined with removal or in situ burning of crop residues, have magnified soil erosion losses and the soil resource base has been steadily degraded. Consequently, yields are relatively low despite the high potential for improvement. As the main source of economic activity in SSA is the agricultural production, declining soil productivity means not only less food is grown but also that production of cash crops and income are endangered. Thus, rectifying land degradation and enhancing productivity through appropriate soil management and conservation can play a major role in achieving farm household food security and agricultural development.

Poor access to value chain CA inputs and services by producers: One of the major constraints to scaling out of CA is lack of availability and access to CA inputs and services including the ones for land preparation, planting, spraying, threshing, shelling and transportation by smallholder farmers hence leading to a decline in production and consequently farm output. (FAO, 2011). Smallholder farmers will be propelled faster towards mainstreaming CA practice if they have access to such implements and services as the jab-planters, herbicide sprayers, animal and tractor drawn direct–seeders, cover crop seed and other inputs. Incentives systems are required to support initial investments in equipment and inputs particularly for small-scale/ poor farmers. Despite several decades of significant investments in the sector, access to or usage of formal financial services remains low, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). According to the Microfinance Handbook of 2013, Tanzania still have low access to financial services (for example credit, deposit avenues, insurance, money transfers, and pension) within the sub-Saharan region. More than half of the population (56%) is excluded from the financial system ‒ from formal, semi-formal and informal financial institutions. Only 12% of population in Tanzania have access to financial services from commercial banks. Access to financial services including credit by smallholders can promote the uptake of CA and also lead to thriving local economies. Agricultural production is typically a risky business. Farmers face a variety of price, yield, and resource risks, which make their incomes unstable from year to year. In many cases farmers are also confronted by the risk of catastrophe. Crop and livestock may be destroyed by natural hazards such as hurricanes, floods, fire, and drought. The farmer or his family can also be disabled by accidents, sickness, or death. Crop insurance can lessen the risk of farmers’ exposure to external shocks (Meinzen-Dick et al., 2004). A system approach in crop insurance is needed incorporating a public-private partnership between the government, the farmers and the insurance industry.

What business models to kick-start and sustain adoption of mechanised CA? Government supported schemes for provision of mechanisation services to smallholder farmers in the form of mechanisation farm centres, rural development centres, or subsidised tractors for villages have failed. Yet, we have privately financed, owned and operated grain milling machines in almost every village in Tanzania. Given the small farm sizes (typically 2 ha) of smallholder farmers and high acquisition costs of farm machinery, the farmer-ownership model, whereby individual farmers are targeted and supported to own and use farm machinery can be declared obsolete. Entrepreneurial CA service provision by traders and farmers for farmers holds promise for smallholder farmers to access a range of small-scale farm machinery services. Beside the CA services (direct seeding, herbicide application, combine harvesting and straw/stover spreading) other services include irrigation water pumping, threshing, shelling and farm transportation have the ability to diversify incomes and create profitability. But where do we start and which are the proven or best-bet business models that can light the spark to create the massive CA adoption desired?

Poor market led capacity of producers and farmer organisations: Farmer organisations are important communities of practice (FOCoP) in addressing the market constraints. The market constraints faced by producers (farmers) include lack of information on market requirements, limited skills and knowledge of improved agricultural technologies, limited reliable and knowledgeable rural input suppliers for genuine inputs, lack of organised and strong farmer groups, financial constraints, limited participation of farmers in the marketing chain and inefficient and costly transport systems. Farmer organizations play an important role in tackling the systemic causes of poverty, because they give farmers—men and women—a legitimate voice in shaping pro-poor rural policies. By articulating farmers’ interests to public and private institutions, farmer organizations encourage those institutions to tailor their strategies, products, and services to farmers’ needs. Agricultural producers who are organized into farmer’s organizations (cooperatives or producers’ associations) have greater access to resources and inputs needed in producing and marketing their produce. This allows them to buy their agricultural inputs and sell their produce collectively, transport it in bulk, etc. for more efficient operations and larger returns to scale. Being organized into farmer groups will also give them stronger bargaining power to command better prices for their produce. The project will use innovative ways of using farmer organizations community of practice (FOCoP) at different levels and related trade associations as entry points towards expanding the supply base and developing farmer-friendly crop value chains. A critical intervention will therefore involve investing in strengthening these organizations and associations and their affiliates to be able to provide technical and commercial services to their members and serve as credible partners to banks, traders, processors, input dealers, and other actors along the value chain

Limited awareness and sensitization among producers (farmers), private sector and policy makers on CA and its potential: Limited awareness of CA and its potential benefits is cited as one of the causes of producers or farmers poor uptake and scaling up of CA in SSA. CA is not fully mainstreamed into respective rural development policies, programmes and strategies or implemented due to the lack of awareness among policy makers and stakeholders about the technology benefits. It is evident from a number of studies that climate information and forecasts are important in ensuring farmers appropriate engagement in agricultural production. The mechanisms to produce and disseminate information on the weather are however weak. The data and information produced and disseminated by meteorological institutions are highly aggregated and global in outlook, and do not address the specific needs of localized agro-ecological zones. Both proven traditional and ICT based methods will be employed to raise awareness and sensitise farmers, the public and private sector to scale out the famer valued CA technologies in the project countries. The methods used by farmers, policy makers, private sector and other stakeholders to access and sensitise on CA, climate forecasts, market information and agricultural technologies in a realistic time are such as village meetings, extension services, and ICT methods including internet, mobile phones, emails, community radio and TV.

2.0 The purpose

The main purpose of the contract is to develop a project proposal that will operationalise the First Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture delegates’ declaration to have 25 million farmers in Africa practice and benefit from Conservation Agriculture by 2025 from the Tanzanian perspective. The products will be developed in the backdrop of the ACT strategic plan at http://bit.ly/1GKOMTQ and particularly the six interlinked thematic areas of focus.

ACT is seeking the services of an agribusiness consultant with expertise in conservation agriculture and mechanisation to study the status of entrepreneurship, conservation agriculture and mechanization in the hot-spot adoption areas of CA in Tanzania. The study will be guided by the following objectives:

Objectives:

1. Define the extent to which CA has been adopted in Tanzania, status and challenges towards wide-scope and massive adoption by millions of farmers in the next few years.

2. Expound the market pull (as opposed to technology push) opportunities and innovations that could be engaged to benefit entrepreneurs and investors (including farmers) as a vehicle to scale out adoption of conservation agriculture for sustainable production intensification

3. Create a detailed understanding of status of mechanization for enhanced CA adoption in terms of technological, industrial and institutional support to access and adoption of appropriate mechanization services by smallholder farmers.

4. Make recommendations regarding best-bet and farmer-typology sensitive business models to use in scaling-up CA among medium and smallholder farmers in Tanzania.

5. Define the strategic and validated public-private partnerships and how they could be coordinated to deliver services to smallholder and medium scale farmers as per the proposed models (in 4 above).

Specifically, the consultant, under supervision of the ACT East and Horn of Africa Coordinator in close consultation with the ACT Executive Secretary, will undertake the following:

1. Acknowledge receipt of the call for consultancy services and express interest to tender by due date

2. Develop and present to ACT the consultancy implementation methodology, work plan and budget

3. Conduct literature review and field surveys geared to substantiating key hypothesis as to how smallholder conservation agriculture should be mechanized and up scaled

4. Develop a full project proposal for Tanzania, with the buy-in of key public and private sector stakeholders titled: Entrepreneurial Conservation Agriculture Services Provision to Medium and Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania.

5. Present and defend the proposed interventions to a multi-discipline CA stakeholders’ forum – supported by visual/audio aids including a Brochure “Investors Forum: Entrepreneurial Conservation Agriculture Services Provision to Medium and Smallholder Farmers Program”

6. Produce and submit a brief consultancy report

3.0 Deliverables and Outputs

Deliverables should reflect the objectives above. Specifically

I. Develop and present to ACT the consultancy implementation methodology, work plan and budget – by 10th April 2015

II. Develop a full project proposal for Tanzania, titled: Entrepreneurial Conservation Agriculture Services Provision to Medium and Smallholder Farmers in Tanzania – By 30th July 2015 (Annex 1)

III. Develop a Brochure “Investors Forum: Entrepreneurial Conservation Agriculture Services Provision to Medium and Smallholder Farmers Program” – By 30th July 2015 (Annex 2)

IV. Produce and submit a brief consultancy report - By 30th July 2015

V. Participate in Investors forum – First or second week of August 2015

4.0 Nature of Consultancy

This will be a short term consultancy to be undertaken in and outside the ACT Dar Es Salaam office. ACT will provide the consultant with access to required ACT information, literature, contacts of host persons/institutions to work with for undertaking the work. The Consultant will also be required to share and agree with ACT any additional people or organisations to be met. The consultant will be expected to work within the stipulated duration and submit the desired products of the documentary and final report to the organization.

5.0 Period of assignment

The contract period is from 1st April 2015 - 15th August 2015. The Consultant is expected to complete this assignment by 15th August 2015. The following milestones are anticipated:

SNo.

Activity Description

Due Date

1

Expression of Interest to tender to ACT

1st April 2015

2

Presentation of consultancy proposal – for shortlisted consultants

10th April 2015

3

Signing of consultancy contract

15th April 2015

4

Literature review, field work

15 April – 15 May

5

Develop the full project proposal

18th May – 18 June

Presentation of finding and proposed interventions to ACT

19th June 2015

6

Presentation of full project proposal to investors forum

6th August 2015

7

Incorporation of feedback and submission of final report

15th August 2015

6.0 Competencies

The ideal candidate should have proven combination of experience in Project Proposal Development, Agricultural Business, Mechanisation as well as Agriculture and Rural Development. The candidate must demonstrate possession of research and survey skills. The candidate should have an excellent command of written and spoken English.

7.0 Qualification & Experience

  • Advanced Degree in Agribusiness, Agronomy, Mechanisation and Project Development from recognized institutions
  • Work experience of more than 10 years in key areas
  • Excellence in the English language, both written and oral is required.
  • Current CV of the applicant is attached.

    8.0 Evaluation Method

    Assigning the Consultant and evaluating the performance is the responsibility of African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT will conclude a contract and evaluate performance of the Consultant on the basis of agreed upon terms of reference.

    9.0 How to apply

    The deadline for submission of the technical and financial proposals has now been extended to 25th April 2015.

    Interested consultants or consulting firms are requested to submit their consultancy proposals (technical and financial) to the appended email by 25th April 2015. The consultant will be selected on the basis of their proven experience, qualifications and ability to deliver a quality product in time and in efficient manner. Email: info.tz@act-africa.org

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