Internship Opportunity in Mbeya-Tanzania

Internship Opportunity in Mbeya-Tanzania


Job purpose

The intern will support the senior Agribusiness Advisor to perform the following activities

  • Training and coaching farmer organizations (FOs) from Iringa and Mbeya regions on the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) Standard;

  • Training extension workers from all over the country on SRP;

  • Building the capacity of food system entrepreneurs to develop BDS, including SRP Assurance, Internal Control System (ICS) and financial services;

  • Generating convincing evidence on the profitability of SRP rice production for rice farmers to influence more farmers to adopt the use of the standard;

  • Assessing and coaching farmer organizations (FOs) on business and management;

  • Brokering long-term contract farming agreements between FOs and rice buying companies;

  • Generating convincing evidence on the profitability of SRP verified rice processing and retailing and sharing with other companies to influence their sourcing policies;

  • Facilitating processors with retail outlets to design effective communication strategies that promote production and consumption of sustainable;

  • Facilitating youth entrepreneurs to deliver innovative services in the rice value chain;

  • Linking youth in incubation programmes;

  • Establishing a national SRP Chapter in Tanzania;

  • Preparing policy proposals based on evidence from the SRP and climate-smart lending model pilots to influence rice-related policies of government and lending policies of financial institutions respectively;

  • Engaging with financial institutions to convince them to include sustainable or climate financing requirements into their loan terms.

Number of positions

  • 1

Reports to

  • Rice Senior Agribusiness Advisor


  • Mbeya (Rikolto office) stationed in Mbarali District

Duration of the assignment

  • 6 months with the possibility of an extension


  • Establish and manage a new database of profiled farmers participating in Rikolto’s rice programme in Mbeya. Support with mobilization and logistics during the training of trainers for Farmer Organizations (FOs) and Rikolto partners (financial institutions, public extension workers, community-based trainers, …) in the use of the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) Standard and sustainable agriculture.

  • Provide technical backstopping to community-based trainers in delivering Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) training to farmers

  • Organize field days and learning visits for farmers

  • Engage in SRP data collection and cleaning

  • Organizing logistics during multi-stakeholder meetings and/or partner meetings

  • linking FOs to private companies (off-takers, agro-input providers, …)

  • Document success stories and failures from the field


At least a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant field (Agriculture, Agri-business, Environment, cooperative management and Natural Resource Management).


Below 35 years


  • High level of fluency in speaking and writing English and Swahili


  • Strong affinity with Rikolto’s mission and uncompromisingly adheres to Rikolto's ethical values

  • Vibrant, efficient, and well-organized person who can work with minimum supervision Reliable to deliver commitments.

  • Prepared to work extensively in rural areas

  • Eager to learn and share lessons learned

  • Trustworthy

  • Is accurate and has attention to detail.

Mode of Application

Interested candidates should send a one-page application letter, a detailed CV and copies of relevant certificates by 10th August 2023 via eastafrica.recruitment [at] Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interviews.