Business Development Manager – Tanzania Tree Growers Associations Union (TTGAU)

The Business Development Manager of the TTGAU will undertake the following activities:
Stocktaking of the TTGAU’s trees and timber market assessment Prepare TTGAU members and TTGAU for wood trade
Conduct a survey of local market requirements for wood products, preparing a summary to share with TTGAU members
Organize meetings to share information about the benefits of aggregating wood products offered by the individual producers and to compare these benefits with the situation of an individual producer who faces problems of isolation and a lack of market information and opportunity
Organize trainings on tree products value chains
Capacity development to members of the TTGAU on harvesting best practice, good plantation management, insight of cost structures and negotiation skills
Legal establishment of the business branch of the TTGAU (e.g. cooperative)

Oversee a TTGAU tree inventory
The TTGAU will carry out a tree inventory in 2020/21, to provide estimates of current volumes and forecasts for the TTGAU business plans. The product of these activities are (1) a tree inventory at farmer level of all the TTGAU members in the selected region and the aggregated information at association level, (2) capacities in TTGAU to replicate and conduct these trainings in other regions of Tanzania, (3) Forest information system (FIS)

Business Plan Development
Business Development of the Tanzania Tree Growers Associations Union(TTGAU) and its affiliate members
Facilitate meetings to determine and decide on the products to be offered by TTGAU
Identification of potential markets for the products and meetings with potential commercial partners.
Develop a business plan for TTGAU with its board
Implement the process for selection of five(05) business initiatives of TTGAU members that will receive grants for the preparation of bankable business plans (e.g. call for proposals).
Support the preparation of five bankable business plans from the selected five (05) TTGAU affiliate members
Marketing, networking and communication Preparation of business brochure of TTGAU with information products and linkages with potential buyers
Preparation of a business brochure for the TTGAU and for the TTGAU members
Meetings with potential buyers to share the business brochure
Meetings and building links (visits) between the Association/new business branch/arm and partners interested in “fair business”
Facilitation and technical backstopping to strengthen commercial partnerships.
Favourable contracts and commercial venues established with buyers of the TTGAU products

REQUIRED COMPETENCES Academic Qualifications
Degree in Business/Agri-business, Cooperatives, Marketing /Forestry/ Natural Resources/Rural development or related field including, Agricultural economics, Commerce (Management Science option)
Technical Competencies and Experience Requirements
At least 5 years of experience in business and value chains development with forest products
Excellent written and oral communication in English, Swahili, and capacity to write a full project document
Excellent IT skills
Knowledge of local context will be an added advantage

Method of Application
Qualified and motivated applicants should submit a resume and covering letter with two referees in English to
( subject line “Application Business Development Manager of Tanzania Tree Growers Associations Union (TTGAU).” by 23rd November,2020.