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Grassroots Tanzania

Grassroots Tanzania

Grassroots Tanzania

Grassroots TZ is a local NGO working to prevent environmental destruction in the remote regions of Tanzania. To support this, Grassroots TZ also provides assistance to local schools as well as incr...


Moshi, Tanzania

3 Feb 2014

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Directors' Assistant

Seeking travel-ready individual to lead administration

Moshi, Tanzania

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

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Grassroots Tanzania is a local NGO working to prevent environmental destruction in the remote regions of Tanzania. To support this, Grassroots Tanzania also provides assistance to local schools as well as increasing the future generation's awareness about the impact of environmental degradation.

Founded in 2013 by husband and wife partnership, Martin & Charlie Hopley, Grassroots Tanzania is seeking a Director’s Assistant (volunteer position) to join the Team.  Working with the Directors, this is a varied role which requires someone with an adaptable and flexible approach to their work with the ability to multi task.  At this stage, the organisation is unable to pay a salary.  This role is suitable for someone with the ability to self fund for the first year, seeking to develop their career in International Development.  A passion for the Environment is a must as is a willingness to travel to remote parts of Tanzania.

Grassroots Tanzania Company Limited is a registered not-for-profit company, no. 95586, incorporate under the Companies Act, 2002 of Tanzania on the 22nd Jan 2013.

Job Purpose: To support the Director’s in a range of activities including Fundraising & Communications, Accounting & Finance as well as Administration and Project Management including volunteer programs.  Please note this is predominately an administrative role.

Terms: 1 year (volunteer position, self funded) with a 3 months probation period.  A review will be made after the completion of 1 year, where after a stipend/housing allowance may be paid.  Suitable accommodation will be recommended as well as support given during the visa application process.  Hours of work: 9 – 5.30pm, 4 weeks holiday.


Job Description:

  • Support strategic development of conservation and education programs for Grassroots Tanzania
  • Support Director’s requirements (e.g. record keeping, minute taking at meetings)
  • Undertake financial record keeping of monthly spending for Grassroots Tanzania as well as maintain organisational budgets
  • Undertake fundraising for the organisation including grant proposal writing, individuals and local events
  • Support the management of donor communications and report writing
  • Design, develop and implement volunteer programs
  • Other tasks including administration as required by the Directors


Personal specification:

You must have the ability to commit to a minimum of 1 year.  There is the potential for this role to be extended after the completion of this period. 



      • Degree educated (or equivalent)
      • Fluent in written and spoken English
      • Previous experience undertaking administration
      • Basic knowledge of accounting and budgeting process
      • Fundraising & communications experience
      • Willingness to work with limited resources
      • Ability to multi-task with an adaptable/flexible approach to one’s work as well as cope with ambiguity
      • Ability to travel to remote parts of the country and the willingness to live simply (without running water and electricity, simple diet)
      • Self funding (see below for further information)



  • Knowledge of web management, Facebook and Twitter
  • Project Management methodology and implementation
  • Entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Willingness to learn Kiswahili
  • Experience living/travelling in Africa


Living in Tanzania:

In order to undertake the role, you will need to be self funding.  At the current time, the position will be located in Moshi, Moshi-Kilimanjaro (northern Tanzania); however, a willingness to travel to remote parts of Tanzania is essential.  Our first location is at Itumba Hill Singida, 5 hours south of Manyoni (central Tanzania, Singida).  There is no running water or electricity at the Farm, nor any western luxuries. When travelling to the Farm (or equivalent locations) you will be in tented accommodation with meals provided.  These are local dishes.


Supporting your living costs in Moshi, you will need to consider:

  • Flights to/from home destination
  • Visa application process USD 550 p.a
  • International medical insurance (essential)
  • Accommodation and food.  Hostel accommodation, shared room with shared bathroom facilities with meals cost in the region of USD 15-20/day
  • Funds for personal travel, holiday time and entertainment


In addition, a yellow fever certificate is essential as well as being up to date with your immunisations.  Anti-malarials are recommended.

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