Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) Officer

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Malawi

Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

Job Type: Contractor (37.5 hours/week)
Contract duration: 1 year with an option to renew for a further 2 years
Fees: Competitive based on skills and experience
Rest Days: ETP has a Rest Days Policy that relates to additional time off work over and above the weekly rest periods built into a contractor’s work on a week-by-week basis.
Location: Mulanje
Equal Opportunities: ETP is committed to equal opportunities and diversity and this commitment extends to our contracts. We encourage female candidates to apply.

Position is subject to funding availability

Overview
The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is collaborating with Lujeri Tea estate and Taylors of Harrogate on a
Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) scale-up, which was initiated under Malawi Tea 2020.

The overarching goal is to establish approximately 555 VSLAs over a 3-year period. ETP is therefore looking for an experienced and self-motivated Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) Officer to work as part of a small team on the development and implementation of this VSLA project that seeks to build the economic resilience of tea estate workers in Malawi. We are looking for someone with excellent project implementation and stakeholder engagement skills gained from implementing a similar project.

About the Ethical Tea Partnership
The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) is a membership organization of 50 tea packing companies who are all committed to the same mission of a tea industry that is socially just and environmentally sustainable. The members range from large multinational firms to specialist importers. ETP has a small staff base in the UK and a network of regional teams based in the key tea producing regions.

We work with tea producers and smallholder farmers in our members’ supply chains. We help them meet internationally recognized social and environmental standards. We also provide training on topics such as factory health and safety, safe use of agrochemicals, human resource management, and environmental management.

In addition, we run projects that tackle sensitive, complex, and deep-rooted issues that cannot be addressed sufficiently well through auditing and certification. These focus on farmer empowerment, equal opportunities, improving living conditions and nutrition on tea estates, working towards living wage and benefits, and increasing climate change resilience.

Role Specification

The Village Savings and Loans Association Officer will be responsible for:

  1. Establishment of new VSLA groups among workers at Lujeri Tea Estates
  2. Supporting ongoing functioning of the groups once they have been set up, including distributing materials and delivering high quality training including:
    1. Capacity building on the VSLA principles and group dynamics
    2. Record-keeping for group leaders as well as entrepreneurship training to all members
    3. Identifying VSLA members who show aptitude for business development and keen interest in further support and then providing business mentoring to those people.
    4. Work with the line manager and other stakeholders to keep the training relevant and up-to-date.
  3. Ensure continued commitment of a network of VSLA Agents (VAs) that support the VSLA groups in their day-to-day functions
  4. Monitoring progress through visits to individual VSLAs as well as regular interactions with the VA, updating programme spreadsheets with M&E data on KPIs agreed on quarterly basis
  5. Collating case studies, capturing of impact of VSLA participation on group members
  6. Resolving tension and conflicts in VSLA groups if required and seeking advice from their line manager.
  7. Regular meetings or calls with their line manager to discuss progress and discuss any issues that may arise.
  8. Working closely with the estate management, and other stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of the project

Person specification (qualification and skills)

  1. Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, agriculture, social sciences, rural development or other related fields
  2. 3-5 years’ experience in community mobilization
  3. Experience in project implementation and monitoring
  4. Experience facilitating discussions with external stakeholders
  5. Strong ability to write concise and accurate reports
  6. Excellent Communication (fluency in English and Chichewa)
  7. Good level of competence in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, Sharepoint)

Closing date for application: 9pm Sunday 20th June 2021

Please send applications to: Alex.Perham-Marchant@ethicalteapartnerhip.org and
thwango.ndalama@ethicalteapartnership.org

The application should contain:
– Curriculum Vitae – max 3 pages
– Covering letter describing your suitability for this role and why you want to work for ETP – max 1 page

We regret that non-adherence to the above-mentioned page limitations will automatically disqualify
you.

Interviews are expected to be held towards the end of June in Blantyre, Malawi, and virtually if this is not possible.

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