Umoja Tanzania Incorporated (Umoja) aims to break inter-generational cycles of abuse, unemployment, and vulnerability in Tanzania by providing a safe space for young people to gain a holistic education while receiving psycho-social and medical support.
This is achieved by providing an intensive bridging course, including a wide range of extra-curricular activities (including sports and arts) and social welfare support, based out of The Umoja Centre in Arusha. Youth are then supported through further education until they gain meaningful employment.
Umoja’s target group are vulnerable Tanzanian youth, (aged 13-19 when joining the Foundation Programme) who lack other opportunities for education or employment. Our target area is the Arusha region and we are based in Arusha city, Northern Tanzania.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME
For the Umoja Centre, the goals of the Social Enterprise Programme are to (a) To provide employment opportunities for Umoja graduates, (b) To increase the share of Umoja’s activities that are self-sustaining, (c) To extend Umoja’s impact to the broader community, (d) To bring in revenue that can support wider programming.
Umoja has partnered with Days for Girls International to develop a Social Enterprise that produces low-cost reusable sanitary pads for girls and women. This Days for Girls Enterprise is our major social enterprise currently. The business is in an intermediate stage, with room for development and further recruitment of staff. The business has attracted seed capital and is projected to impact over 3000 women and girls in 2020.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Social Enterprise Manager is responsible for all aspects of the day to day operation of The Umoja Centre’s Social Enterprise Programme with the majority of time currently being spent on the Days for Girls Enterprise. The position is responsible for the overall health of the business, management of the staff team, and working with the broader Umoja organisation.
The Social Enterprise Manager is responsible for developing a successful and sustainable social enterprise programme that will continue to generate meaningful employment for Umoja graduates and deliver measurable impacts on the wider community.
This is an exciting new role and the right candidate will be able to grow with it. Remuneration and professional development opportunities are available contingent upon the success of the business.
• Overall management of the Social Enterprise Programme with the majority of time spent on the Days for Girls Enterprise.
• Maximise the productivity of the business by improving process flow, creating a positive team environment, and reducing costs where possible.
• Development and management of business systems and practices, including (but not limited to) – quality control procedures, inventory management, and productivity tracking.
• Marketing, business development, and relationship building activities.
• Manage subcontractor relationships.
• Strategic and growth planning.
• Expense tracking and budgeting.
• Procurement of key materials and supplies.
• Compliance with relevant legal and regulatory needs (e.g. TBS).
• Compliance with key Umoja practices, including weekly plans, weekly meetings, and monthly reports.
• Attendance at other key Umoja events as needed.
· Research and potentially develop further social enterprise projects
The successful candidate must believe in the core values of Umoja Tanzania and be driven by our vision and mission. We are seeking a Tanzanian citizen who has the flexibility, intelligence, and passion to take this already successful enterprise even further. Enthusiasm and a willingness to learn are more important than experience for this role.
We are looking for someone who is:
• Creative, flexible, and able to learn new skills quickly.
• Attentive to detail and a willingness to work with floor staff to maximise productivity.
• Able to manage and respond to a variety of challenging situations.
• Self-motivated and able to independently prioritise and carry out tasks.
• Passionate about women’s issues.
• Possesses a basic understanding of business practices (e.g. quality control, inventory management, reporting, monitoring and evaluation, sales and marketing, etc.).
• Experience in managing a small business.
• Excellent people skills and comfortable working with people from many different backgrounds.
• Competent with Microsoft Office programs.
• Fluent business English.
• Experience managing a small staff team.
• Undergraduate degree in Business.
• Sewing experience.
• Experience with social enterprises and/or working with NGOs.