Are you a policy and institutions specialist passionate about driving results in private sector development in Africa?  Do you understand business, public policy decision-making processes and the roles that sector-level institutions have to play and how they can be strengthened? Would you like to support the transformation of Tanzania’s cotton industry, benefitting more than 350,000 farmers?
The Cotton Sector Development Programme is a Gatsby Africa initiative jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.
The Senior Manager Policy & Institutions has a critical role to play, working closely with the Tanzania Cotton Board to ensure an effective policy environment, provide evidence to senior officials in support of proposed policy changes, and identify opportunities to build the capacity of critical sector institutions.  This role will report to the Cotton Programme Director and be part of the Programme’s Senior Management Team.
This is a technical role and requires some exposure to private sector development. The successful candidate will likely have some programme implementation experience, as well as experience engaging with political economy and institutional governance issues. They should have had exposure to coordinating advocacy work and managing consultants, and must be self-aware and professional in all engagements.
The ideal candidate will therefore be a strategic thinker with sound judgement, private sector DNA and the ability to rapidly understand new industries/sectors or companies, coupled with strong policy and analysis skills.  S/he will have at least eight years’ experience in some combination of private sector and/or public policy analysis in Africa. Specialist knowledge of cotton, in-depth experience of working in East Africa and fluent Swahili would be a significant advantage.
Please note that this is a re-advertisement and previous candidates need not apply. 

Application Instructions

To apply for this post, please download and read the candidate pack, Candidate-Pack-Cotton-Programme-Senior-Manager-Gatsby, then complete our online application form below. Please complete the form in sentence case – there is no need to use block capitals.
You will be asked to submit the following information:
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the person specification and make you suitable for this particular role, and your motivation: why are you interested in Gatsby Africa and why is this the right job for you? (Please look at Help for Candidates for hints on how to write a successful statement).
The documents should be saved in Word in the following format:
Your First Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.:
Applications will not be accepted without a completed application form or statement. 
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