Job at Jhpiego (Tanzania) for a Project Director

Job ID 2016-2426
Location Tanzania
Posted Date 3/8/2016
Category: International Positions

Project Director will collaborate with government and non-governmental organizations to ensure overall programmatic and technical leadership and managerial oversight to carry out high quality interventions, and be responsible for achieving the planned results set out for the project and meeting DFATD grant terms.  This position will be based in Mwanza, Tanzania

Program Overview
With the ultimate goal to improve the health and well-being of women and children in the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania, The Canadian Government (DFATD)-funded More and Better Midwives for Rural Tanzania (MBM-RTz) initiative will make significant contributions to ensuring that women and children in these areas have greater access to skilled midwifery care now and in the future. From 2016-2021, Jhpiego and its partners, Amref Health Africa in Canada (Amref) and the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM), will support the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (henceforth referred to as MOH) to fulfill national priorities for maternal and newborn survival and address inadequate numbers and inequitable distribution of human resources of health for midwifery care.
  • Provide programmatic leadership for, and oversee the strategic planning of activities in support of the program goals and objectives, including the determination of program priorities and appropriate technical initiatives
  • Coordinate the work of all team members with their designated counterparts within DFATD, the MOH, as well as private sector partners and other key stakeholders in Tanzania such as NGOs and professional associations, to ensure effective technical assistance and the smooth implementation of activities
  • Advise Tanzanian counterparts on technical issues and participate in relevant advisory and/or working groups with counterparts and partner institutions
  • Provide leadership in the design of RMNCH interventions to ensure that interventions are technically sound, evidence-based, include high impact practices and are sustainable
  • Represent Jhpiego and MBM-RTz in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations Coordinate and monitor all human, financial and material resources of MBM-RTz to ensure successful implementation
  • Lead the annual work planning process in close collaboration with DFATD, MOH, Project Team and program partners
  • Guide the analysis, synthesis and reporting of MBM-RTz outputs and results in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor.
  • Mentor, support, supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff and align their efforts in concert with program goals to ensure rapid and sustainable results
  • Provide guidance and capacity building activities in collaboration with key staff specialists, to subcontractors and subgrantees and coordinate activities with other agencies
  • Oversee the development of training curricula and quality improvement systems in RMNCH
  • Write and/or review technical components of materials and publications related toMBM-RTz and its development
  • Ensure resources for program implementation are available
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets
  • Work closely with Jhpiego home office staff to ensure effective, timely and coordinated project implementation
  • Ensure technical compliance with DFATD policies and procedures 
Required Qualifications:
  • Clinical and/or advanced degree in public health
  • 10+ years of experience in successfully managing other foreign government-funded projects, ideally in the targeted regions of Tanzania
  • Ability to successfully manage staff in a multi-district setting as demonstrated in past experience
  • Ability to work in a professional environment and serve as a representative of Jhpiego and the project
  • Demonstrated experience managing DFATD or other foreign government donor-financed projects
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively negotiating with host governments, regional institutions, donors, other DFATD projects, local organizations and partners
  • Demonstrated ability in institutional capacity building, including in pre-service education and in-service training, especially in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health
  • Articulate speaker and communicator (oral and written) in English and Kiswahili
  • Effective multi-tasker with proven track record of directing, motivating and managing project teams composed of multiple partners’ technical experts, program managers and administrative staff
  • Experience designing and supervising quality improvement activities with Health Training Institutions
  • Understanding of DFATD’s regulations and compliance, reporting requirements and health strategic framework
  • Experience in leading annual work plans and budget development, incorporating national technical working group directives and collaborating on local action plans
  • Strong decision making and results oriented approach
  • Ability to interact skillfully and diplomatically with numerous counterparts such as networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Comfortable with a team approach to programming and the ability to manage several major activities simultaneously
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time