Monday 29 April 2024

Business Plan Development and Training for Sunflower Farmers in Geita region at IESC May 2024

  AjiraLeo Tanzania       Monday 29 April 2024
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The International Executive Service Corps (IESC) Jobs 2024
Business Plan Development and Training for Sunflower Farmers in Geita region of Tanzania
Department Programs
Employment Type Volunteer
USAID-Funded Farmer-to-Farmer Access to Finance Program
Scope of Work
Business Plan Development and Training for Sunflower Farmers in Geita region of Tanzania

Description of the Program:
Improving Economies for Stronger Communities (IESC) serves as the lead implementer for the Farmer-to-Farmer Access to Finance Program (F2F A2F) to address deficits in the financial ecosystem hindering investment and growth in agriculture for individual farmers, as well as micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises through the delivery of volunteer technical assistance. IESC has designed a thematic F2F program to generate sustainable, broad-based economic growth and create jobs in the agricultural sector with a special focus on assistance to women and youth. Focusing on Kenya, Tanzania, and Liberia, the F2F A2F Program will work with local partner organizations and volunteer hosts to field pro bono experts from the U.S. agriculture, corporate, and banking sectors to address systemic capacity constraints for farmers and lenders in each targeted country and unlock finance for improved agricultural production leading to utilization of agricultural technologies and increased sales and incomes.

Problem Statement:
Smallholder farmers are the most vulnerable group of farmers in Tanzania. Their growth is restricted by limited access to finance, lack of farming knowledge, lack of market information, and the use of local farming technologies. In 2020 and 2021, sunflower farmers in the Lake zone Tanzania regions were trained in sunflower production techniques by F2F A2F volunteers. These previous F2F A2F volunteer assignments strengthened the farming skills of the sunflower farmers, however, the farmers lack the financing needed to fully implement the new farming practices. The sunflower farmers need funds to invest in their farms and purchase higher quality seeds and other inputs, but previous attempts to receive agricultural loans from banks have failed. One of the requirements to receive a loan is the existence of a business plan.

F2F A2F is recruiting a U.S citizen or permanent resident volunteer expert to help sunflower farmer groups in Tanzania develop a strong business plan to support the farmers ability to qualify for and receive business loans.

Objective of the Assignment:
1. Train sunflower farmers on business planning skills
2. Develop business plans with the trained groups and standard business planning tool for the rest of sunflower farmer groups.

1. Training report and training list
2. Business plans and standard business plan tool
3. PowerPoint presentations
Anticipated Schedule for Assignment:




Estimated Days   


  • Review: Volunteer Manual, Country Guide, Host Profile, Environmental Materials 

Home country 


Day 1

  • Depart from the US 



Day 2

  • Arrive in Tanzania 

Dar es Salaam 


Day 3

  • Briefing meeting with F2F A2F Team and USAID in the morning 

  • Travel to Mwanza and kick off the meeting with the host 

Dar es Salaam 

Dsm to Mwanza 


Day 4- 5

  • Drive from Mwanza to Geita  


  • Meet with sunflower farmer groups to understand their gaps which will help the VE to design the training materials according to the farmer’s needs. 


Mwanza to Geita 



Day 6-7

  • Development of business plan training materials/manuals  



Day 8 

  • Test the training materials and the business plan tool with a few farmer groups and review the materials. 



Day 9

  • Rest 



Day 10-12

  • Train sunflower farmers in business plan development 


  • Travel from Geita to Mwanza on day 12 




Geita to Mwanza 



Day 13

  • Preparation of the reports (training report and business plan tool) 



Day 14

  • Submit the report. 

  • Debriefing with Host, F2F A2F team and USAID 

Mwanza/Dar es Salaam 


Day 15

  • Depart to US  



Day 16

  • Arrive in US 






17 days (15 days in country)

Volunteer Outreach:
USAID and IESC encourage all F2F A2F volunteers to participate in public outreach. An important objective of the program is to increase awareness of Americans’ good work in developing countries. Volunteers should select at least one outreach activity from the list below, to be completed within one month of return to the US: 
  • Write an entry for the IESC website. 
  • Post a photo, video, or text related to the F2F A2F assignment on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or other social media site, and send a link to IESC staff. 
  • Send a press release to a local newspaper in the volunteer’s hometown. (IESC can provide a template) 
  • Write something for an alumni or professional association newsletter, or other publication. (IESC can help as needed). 
  • Give a presentation about the F2F A2F assignment to colleagues, students, religious group, rotary club, etc. 
  • Send an email about F2F A2F to friends, family, or colleagues. 
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Requested Expertise of Volunteer Expert:
  • A Master's or Doctoral degree in Business Administration.
  • At least 10 years of experience working in farmer training and business management.
  • A good understanding on agricultural business planning techniques.
  • Hands-on experience in sunflower farming business in African Countries.
  • A good understanding of fundraising strategies.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills and capacity to plan strategically and flexibly.  
  • Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance.
  • Writing Skills: reporting requires good computer skills including, but not limited to, working, and generating reports with MS Word. Experience with PowerPoint presentations is desirable.   
  • Good writing and analytical skills, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills (adult education skills) 
  • All F2F A2F volunteer experts must be US citizens or permanent residents.
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