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Organizational Description

Tanager is an international nonprofit that connects smallholder producers and private businesses to co-create new ways of realizing life-changing economic and social opportunity. Our process builds on years of technical expertise, on-the-ground presence and public/private partnerships to unite economic growth with social innovation. Together, we are ushering in an era of equitable market systems that combine profitability with the power to address urgent challenges in poverty, malnutrition, and gender inequity.

Tanager provides a full range of services to co-create healthy markets that benefit all participants:

Connect: Tanager connects people and partners to bridge stakeholder divides, expand market access, and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities. We bring the right people to the table and make sure every voice is heard, linking smallholder producers to major consumer brands and everyone in between.

Analyze: Tanager combines technical expertise and business perspective to assess markets, analyze supply chains, and pilot new technologies and tools. We test promising business models and shed light on issues critical to market success. We advance research vital to emerging economies. Our analytical approach helps us identify variables early on, which saves time and money in the long run.

Implement: Tanager is a flexible implementing partner with a track record of delivering results in complex, dynamic environments. We drive ambitious initiatives to the finish line with a clear roadmap and the right resources at the right time and place. Our global expertise and on-the-ground presence brings last-mile experience crucial to sustainable market solutions. Clients know they can count on us to keep our word and see things through.

People & Values

It takes bold hearts and resourceful minds to change the world. Our mission attracts high-caliber professionals who are dedicated to the work we do and the way we do it. We take risks, roll up our sleeves, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We listen, learn, and adapt rapidly, without losing sight of our end goal or the momentum needed to reach it.

We are a networked team that supports each other. We live our mission and exhibit and embrace the following values:


  • Make choices using sound thinking, intelligence, and experience.
  • Be honest and ethical in everything you do and say.
  • Set high standards and learn from your mistakes to continually improve.
  • Trust your teammates’ capabilities and intentions.


  • Build strong connections with our partners and communities to achieve results.
  • Work as a team with everyone at the table and reach out for input as well as advice.
  • Measure success, not by the boxes we tick, but by the real difference you make in people’s lives.


  • Strive to achieve equilibrium in all you do.
  • Exercise perspective and prioritize what is important.
  • Align the interests, expectations, and needs of those we work with.
  • Balance seriousness with humor and levity, and our work with our personal lives.


  • Ask, evaluate, innovate, and apply to deliver the best result for all.
  • Be agile, efficient, and adaptable in your relationships, processes, and work.
  • Take what we’ve learned and adapt to each new situation.

Project Description

In India, Farmer Producer Organizations hold enormous opportunity to alleviate poverty and improve gender equity in smallholder farming communities. Although the Government of Odisha has established agricultural policies that create opportunities for FPOs to achieve profitability and sustainability, FPOs are very nascent in the state and lack the capacity to operate effectively in the FPO ecosystem.

Through the PSFPO project, Tanager will support the Government of Odisha to roll out its FPO policy. Tanager will work to build an inclusive, collaborative ecosystem through the application of integrated strategies targeting both the enabling environment and FPOs directly. The approach will serve as a replicable model to scale up the effectiveness of FPOs as viable economic actors in that ecosystem.

Position Summary

Tanager is seeking a Team Leader based in Odisha, India, to be responsible for leadership and successful implementation of a donor-funded program focusing on improving the profitability and sustainability of farmer producer organizations. The Team Leader will execute a vision for establishing FPOs as a viable business model in India. The Team Leader will be responsible for ensuring the project is delivered on time, on target, and on budget. The Team Leader will ensure that all project activities are carried out in accordance with the donor contract and proposal, and in alignment with all donor and Tanager regulations and policies. The Team Leader will also be responsible for recruitment, training and retention of project staff, budget management, monitoring of project activities, developing and strengthen linkages with private enterprises and collaborating with appropriate government departments.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Program Management:                                                                                                                                                     

  • Serve as Program Manager for a donor-funded program. Responsible for strategic leadership, day-to-day quality control, technical oversight, employee management, and the overall implementation of the program in accordance with the awarded contract and approved proposal. Guide the entire project with a clear, consistent, and committed vision.
  • Oversee relationship and contracts with subaward partners responsible for support to government agencies.
  • Review and ensure quality content and quality writing of annual program reports outlining progress towards meeting activity deliverables and targets as well as any lessons learned, success stories and upcoming activities.
  • Ensure that the program submits regular reports, work plans, and any other deliverables to the donor and HQ according to agreed-upon formats, in a quality manner, and on a timely basis. Responsible for implementing these plans in a timely fashion while maintaining quality work standards and ensuring that deliverables are met.
  • Provide technical leadership on the development of sustainable farmer producer organization models.
  • Maintain positive and dynamic relationships with the donor, program participants, and local partners.
  • Lead the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of appropriate training materials/ training modules for project staff and project beneficiaries on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Marketing, Farmer Producer Organization/Company (FPO/FPC)
  • Develop, maintain and adapt project workplans along with other Tanager India team members and Tanager Headquarters staff based on proposals, contracts, and project implementation results

Administration and Supervision:   

  • Recruit, develop, and manage all staff and consultants working on the program, in accordance with sound management practices, Tanager employee manual, and in compliance with Indian Labor laws. Promote a productive, professional, and safe working environment.  
  • Conduct annual performance evaluation process for program staff and conduct evaluations for direct reports under the guidance of the Director of Human Resources. Ensure that salary and promotion decisions are conducted fairly and in accordance with Tanager’s Employee Manual and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Ensure that all program contracts are competed, issued, and managed in accordance with Tanager’s Procurement policies and practices.
  • Coordinate with Tanager HQ-based Technical Director and Program Coordinator on a regular basis to discuss program accomplishments, activities, potential issues, as well as identify synergies with the program and other Tanager initiatives for new business development.
  • Foster a team culture that embodies Tanager’s values and strives for shared success, joint accountability, and commitment to achieving project deliverables – on time, on target, and on budget.
  • Review and approve time sheets, travel authorizations, TGERs, leave requests and advances.

Monitoring & Evaluation:                                                                                                  

  • Develop in coordination with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) department, an M&E system to track indicators on the program’s results framework and ensure quality and timely data collection, interpretation and reporting. 
  • Oversee the timeliness and quality of baseline, mid-line and end-line surveys, whether conducted internally or externally.

Networking & Linkages:                                                                                                              

  • Establish and maintain linkages with community organizations, local agencies and service provider 
  • Cultivate relationships with government departments to coordinate project participants’ access to various government support schemes
  • Identify and assist in coordinating relevant workshops for project staff and project participants to participate in that are relevant to and would contribute to the success of the program.

Establishing/Strengthening FPO/FPC: 

  • Build FPO/FPC capacity to provide better market access, services and price realization for its membership.
  • Build the capacity of FPO/FPC board members and committee members to improve governance, business planning, financial management, marketing etc.
  • Support FPO/FPCs to explore alternative business opportunities for increased and diverse revenue streams.

Financial Management:                                                                                                                  

  • Review monthly financial and project reporting and advance request before submission to HQ, ensuring strict adherence to Tanager’s Field Financial Manual, contract stipulations, and other relevant policies and regulations.
  • Monitor program budget and projections to ensure that expenditures are within approved budget parameters.
  • Contribute to preparation of as-needed budget revisions as well as forecasts of expenditures with support from field-based Accountant and in coordination with HQ.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor. 


Minimum education: 

  • M.S., M.B.A., or other post-graduate degree in agricultural economics, business administration, rural development, agriculture, or other relevant technical fields


  •  Minimum 8 years of relevant and progressive work in Odisha, with at least 4 years in a supervisory role 


  • Demonstrated leadership of a gender balanced and ethnically inclusive professional environment.
  • Experience working with agricultural market systems, rural producers, farmers’ associations, agribusinesses, private sector agricultural production, marketing, or sales, and/or governments.
  • Demonstrated experience building organizational capacity of FPOs and government counterparts alike
  • Knowledge of donor-funded project management is required


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written, strong negotiation, diplomacy, and teamwork skills.
  • Fluency in English, written and oral, required
  • Proven management skills in complex environments, with a large staff from variety of ethnic backgrounds. 
  • Adaptable and innovative. Collaborative and open to feedback. Able to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Advanced computer skills in a Windows based environment including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Must be willing and able to travel to project sites as needed. 

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