TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. We are a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Our work is rooted in the idea that given the opportunity, hardworking men and women in even the poorest places can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, we believe in the power of private enterprise to transform lives.
The Small Commercial Farmer (SCF) approach was developed by TechnoServe Mozambique in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the “Dutch”) in 2012 in the context of increasing calls for models that catalyze positive changes for smallholder farmers by changing their capabilities to engage with private sector interests in ways that align the incentives of all actors. The TechnoServe model enables small commercial farmers to educate neighbouring smallholders on improved techniques in order to sell them improved seeds, inputs and services in profitable ways, while providing valued linkages to markets.
The initial SCF network was established specifically as a seed multiplication operation designed to increase the availability of affordable, high quality seeds in Mozambique. That three year project (2012-15) strategically focused on soy seed to link the new small farmer network to the rapidly growing demand for poultry feed. The network of individual SCFs has been commercially strengthened through the formation of a producer’s cooperative (‘COPAZA’) that conducts buy/ sell operations with private sector parties and has attained a 20% shareholding in a new purpose-built seed processing plant and the related distribution network.
A field-level third party evaluation of the SCF model was conducted in June 2016 to document its successes as well as the key learnings and assess its prospects for expansion and replication. That evaluation is detailed in a report entitled Evaluation of TechnoServe Small Commercial Farmer Model. Since 2016, TechnoServe has continued to work with these SCFs with Dutch funds, incorporating the findings from this evaluation in order to improve the model.
Linked to the work funded by the Dutch Government, TechnoServe was awarded a program with AGRA to test threshing technology as a way to decrease post-harvest losses. This program entails working with 20 women owned threshing businesses, providing access to equipment and know-how; in addition, it foresees working with women associations to improve production and sales of soy derivative products.
Lastly, a third program financed by Fintrac through the USAID funded Partnering for Innovation, is working with the seed company SBS to help them develop a seed production and marketing strategy.
Under the direction of the Program Director, the Program Coordinator will oversee the implementation of activities in three projects (Dutch II, AGRA, SDAP), be responsible for donor reporting (technical and financial), plan and coordinate program close-out activities, which includes Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) activities. The Project Coordinator will support the management and implementation of new project activities in all three above mentioned programs. He/she will coordinate the logistics and onboarding for consultancies that need to be carried out across all programs during 2018. The Project Coordinator will also be responsible to ensure timely and accurate donor reporting (both technical and financial).The Project Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Program Director and will oversee activities carried out by the field team in accordance with the detailed work plans. Please note that this is a full time, eight month long position.
Donor Reporting (Technical & Financial)
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