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Assistant Technician, Tanzania

Trees for the Future

Trees for the Future

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

About Trees for the Future

At Trees for the Future (TREES), we train farmers in sustainable land use so that they can build vibrant regional economies, thriving food systems, and a healthier planet. As a global leader in agroforestry training for over 30 years, TREES provides hands-on education and support, encouraging farmers in developing countries to work with nature, not against it.

Our signature methodology, the Forest Garden Approach, helps farmers transform their land with thousands of trees and dozens of crops, creating new possibilities for themselves, and their communities. By embracing sustainable land practices, farmers are reclaiming their agency, breaking the cycles of climate change and generational poverty, and rebuilding our food systems from the ground up. Learn more at

There are eight Assistant Technician positions available. Two positions will be based in Magu (Mwanza Region) and six positions will be based in Bariadi and Busega (Simiyu Region).

About the Opportunity

The role of the Assistant Technician, in collaboration with the Lead Technician, is to implement Trees for the Future (TREES’) Forest Garden Approach with smallholder farmer. The Assistant Technician will mobilize and train farmers, contribute to project success through effective monitoring and extension, write monthly project reports, supervise Lead Farmers, and coordinate events and activities in relation to the actualization of the organization’s mission to improve the livelihoods of farmers by revitalizing degraded lands.

In this role, you will…

  • Commit to learning and building your expertise on all of TREES’ technical resources and methodologies;
  • Conduct scoping missions and stakeholder meetings to identify project areas;
  • Identify and mobilize farmer groups, farmers, and lead farmers for participation in the project;
  • Develop project plans for all participating farmer groups that account for all project activities, material acquisition and distribution, training events, monitoring & evaluation, reporting, etc., and effectively manage all activities in accordance with the schedule and project budget;
  • Organize and execute training events pursuant to TREES training program approach and design;
  • Communicate with lead farmers and participating farmers regularly to organize and accomplish training and extension activities, provide technical support, and collect M&E data;
  • Mentor participants and lead farmers, through training and regular on-site support, on TREES technical/best practices;
  • Ensure timely data collection and report submissions on all program activities, per TREES reporting requirements and deadlines;
  • Assist in managing project finances and administration of activities according to organizational policies and standards;
  • Ensure that the project effectively and efficiently meets milestones and goals per the project scope, timeline, and budget;
  • Assist with the development and translation of locally appropriate training materials;
  • Assist the Lead Technician in developing their monthly and annual project plan and budget.
  • Together with Lead Technicians, make regular follow-ups with farmers to ensure they are properly implementing project activities.
  • Perform any other task assigned by direct report personnel from time to time that corresponds to the role.

You’ll be a great fit if you have…

  • Educational background diploma/degree and experience in regenerative agriculture, forestry, agroforestry, social science, and experience working with smallholder farmers
  • Excellent training, facilitation and extension skills and experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work with individuals from across different social groups
  • Organized, punctual, and good with time-management
  • Basic computer and smartphone utilization skills
  • Forest Garden Training Certification preferred
  • Ability and willingness to study and master organizational technical resources and methodologies