Job: Executive Director

Organization: Realising Education for Development
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 29 Jun 2016

Job Title: Executive Director
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – with occasional travel to project sites
Duration: Permanent contract (6 month probation period)
Pay: TZS 61,391,112 gross per annum (5,115,926 per month)
Expenses Budget will be provided for reasonable out of pocket staff expenses e.g. telephone, mobile internet and travel and health insurance (Resolution Insurance).
Reporting to: Chairman and Board
Introducing Realising Education for Development
This is a unique and special opportunity to lead and develop a dynamic, student-led charity and to play a central part in supporting the education of thousands of Tanzanian students, giving young people inspiring volunteering opportunities.
Realising Education for Development is a student-led charity that works to improve access to educational resources in Tanzania. Working with university-student volunteers we set up libraries in secondary schools. We raise funds from corporate partners in Tanzania and trusts in the UK to carry out our library refurbishment, promote reading and purchase books (Library Refurbishment Programme). Our university-student volunteers spend up to 4 weeks running a library refurbishment, which includes painting, minor repairs, referencing books and setting up library rules and a rota for library teachers.
Realising Education for Development (known as Realising Education) was legally established in 2015, and took over the programmes previously implemented by READ International. READ International which was set up in 2004 worked to distribute UK textbooks to Tanzanian schools and first piloted the library refurbishment programme. In 2014, READ International made the decision to close operations but supported a Tanzanian Board to set up Realising Education. We maintain a close relationship with READ International.
Our Board is currently in transition and is made up of:
Ketan Shah – Treasurer
Lau Masha
Theophilus Mlaki –Chairman
Faraja Nyalandu
We are in the process of recruiting additional Board members.
Strategy 2014 - 2017
We are currently implementing our 2014-2017 strategy. We will begin to review this strategy in-house this year and will begin a longer strategy review in early 2017.
The Impact
In READ’s ten years of operation and since we established Realising Education, we achieved impressive results and galvanised the goodwill and energies of young people both in the UK and in Tanzania, of supporters from the corporate and grant making worlds, and those in official posts. To-date we have:
  • Distributed over 1.4 million books to more than 1,000 Tanzanian secondary schools
  • We have refurbished 82 school libraries, which provide access to 50,000 secondary school students in Tanzania, to help maintain reading and literacy
It is important to point out that all of this was made possible by our pool of volunteers.
For more on our work, please go to
Our office
Tanzania’s main office is in Dar-es-Salaam
  • We have a small office in Oysterbay.
  • We currently have a staff office of three and one intern.
  • Executive Director
  • Programmes Manager
  • Finance and Logistics Assistant
Realising Education in 2016 and beyond
As we take Realising Education forward we want to build on that immense success, while at the same time focusing on building new programmes and supporting our libraries to thrive.
Our main programmes are:
  1. Library Refurbishment Programme
  2. Top-Up Programme
We are also piloting some smaller initiatives that could be scaled up in the future.
In 2015, we:
  • Refurbished and created 12 new libraries
  • Carried out a top-up at 3 libraries originally refurbished in 2009 and 2010
  • Implemented our reading programme at 2 secondary schools in Dar-es-Salaam
  • Piloted a training programme for library teachers on reading promotion at 5 schools (in partnership with BookAid International)
  • Were funded by 5 corporates, 3 Tanzanian charities and 3 UK Charities
  • Moved towards a model of purchasing locally published books
In 2016, we aim to:
  • Create and refurbish school libraries in secondary schools across Tanzania. We plan to r**efurbish and create 15 new libraries**
  • Continue to develop and solidify our corporate partnerships
  • Develop a training programme to support textbook use by teachers for classroom instruction
  • Develop and pilot new programmes
  • Measure the impact of our work. We will continue to strengthen our monitoring framework and data collection process which allows us to talk confidently about what we do and the difference it is making.
  • Continue to work with Tanzanian volunteers and build their capacity. We should extend our support beyond the lifespan of their involvement in the library refurbishment with corporate mentoring opportunities.
  • Develop relationships with corporates to sponsor the work that we do.

Role specification

You will be direct responsibility for strategy development, M&E, governance, and human resources and will oversee, finance, communications and programmes. This is a senior management post and requires someone with considerable experience of successfully managing a small team and support the development of new programmes. You will need to be a results-driven, persistent, hands-on manager capable of strategic thinking and networking at a high level, but also available to support training. You will be working from the Dar-es-Salaam office with some travel to the regions.
Your role includes:
· Developing and implementing yearly operational plan in accordance with strategic objectives for 2014-2017 and develop the next 3-year strategy
· Representing the organisation at a senior level at external meetings, events, and networking opportunities and act as main point of contact with media and corporate sponsors
· Revisit the fundraising strategy and lead fundraising efforts. Developing our supporter base in East Africa with major donors, corporate, and individuals and continue to fundraise in the UK in conjunction with our UK partner.
· Ensure appropriate and timely communication: pre and post-project.
· Managing human resources
o Manage the staff and provide oversight over programmes/communications and finance.
o To take overall responsibility for recruiting new staff
o To give regular supervision/performance management for staff
· In conjunction with the Finance and Logistics Assistant and developing the yearly budget
· Participate in programme implementation as appropriate
· Manage the monitoring and evaluation data for and provide information for website publication
  • Report to the Board on a quarterly basis.
· Develop relationships within the Ministry of Education and work with other organisations to advocate for better resourcing of libraries in secondary schools.
· Develop the organisation’s knowledge of and relationship with the wider educational development community in East Africa and contribute to donor discussions
· Prepare for and coordinate Board meetings
Candidate Profile
· You must have experience a minimum of 5 years’ experience of working in the NGO sector including programme management and development
· You must have experience working in Tanzania.
· Experience of fundraising techniques and proposal development is essential
· You must hold at least an undergraduate degree, preferably a masters’ degree in international development, or education
· You must have experience in staff-management.
· You must have experience in volunteer-management
· You must be an astute networker with proven experience of building contacts to support an organisation
· You must have a well developed ability to control and manage a budget, keeping within financial limits, monitoring and forecasting income and expenditure, identifying possible shortfalls or overspends and taking timely and appropriate action.
· You must have excellent organisational skills with the ability to organise and plan own work and the work of others to deliver objectives on time.
· You must be willing and comfortable to work and travel alone, managing your own time and priorities
· You must be hard-working, committed and self-motivated with strong inter-personal skills
  • You should be interested in development, global citizenship, volunteering, and the power of education
  • You must be IT proficient with experience in working with Microsoft Office and Outlook
Personal attributes
  • Passionate about developing and growing Realising Education
  • Sound track record of demonstrating initiative and creativity to achieve desired outcomes
  • Willing to take on the challenge to support the expansion of our East African team and programmes
· Confident and dynamic
  • Someone who influences and can leave a lasting impression on all our stakeholders
  • A positive and effective communicator
  • Self-assured, determined and reliable
  • Patient and prepared to deal with unexpected events and changes of plan
· Willing to take on a challenge to support the development of sustainable funding strategy
  • Self-assured, determined and reliable
  • Patient and prepared to deal with unexpected events and changes of plan
  • Passionate about volunteering and development
  • Willing to travel within to the regions in Tanzania

How to apply:

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter to [email protected] bu June 29th