Vacancy at Dorcas (Arusha): Country Director Tanzania

Dorcas is a Christian relief and development organisation active in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In these regions Dorcas works together with local partner organisations through the Dorcas field offices. Dorcas is committed to fulfil the command Jesus Christ gave to His followers to take care of the poor and oppressed (Matt. 25.31-46), irrespective of their race, religion, gender or political conviction, by encouraging self-reliance through development, providing social care and assisting in emergency situations.

Since 1995, Dorcas has been active in Eastern Africa. Tanzania is one of our focus countries. Our vision is to expand our project portfolio in order to assist more local communities to flourish. For our field office Tanzania we are looking for an experienced:

Country Director
Employment: 1.0 FTE
To be stationed at Usa River (Arusha area), Tanzania

The Country Director will be responsible for:
  • Representing Dorcas in Tanzania.
  • Expanding the portfolio of development & relief projects, mainly by local and institutional fundraising.
  • Overseeing the logistical, financial, HRM and administrative management of the projects implemented by Dorcas and local partners.
  • Maintaining strong relations with the Dutch and other embassies and establishing new relations with international donors, INGOs, local government bodies, UN coordination structures, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Providing security, technical advice and support to field staff and partner organisations.
  • Training and support in implementation standards, guidelines and reporting.
  • Timely submission of reports to headquarters and other (institutional) donors according to their requirements.
Job Requirements:
  • University degree in International Development studies, Disaster Management or other relevant related studies.
  • Minimum of five years relevant management experience in an international setting.
  • Expert in Community Development and Humanitarian Aid.
  • Experience in writing proposals, capable to pursuit, set goals and to achieve them.
  • Leadership skills, proactive attitude, flexible personality, strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience in representing a non-profit organisation.
  • Knowledge of the Tanzanian culture, background, politics, diversity and history.
  • Fluent command of English and preferably Swahili.
  • Ability to travel and work in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Adherence to the mission and vision of Dorcas.
  • Active membership in a church.
At Dorcas you will:
  • Become part of an international and dynamic team.
  • Receive a suitable salary and good employment conditions.
  • Have ample opportunity for personal growth.
Information and application

For questions about this vacancy, please contact Dirk Jan Otte at +31(0)228 595900 or by email at [email protected].

You can send your application letter and CV at the latest by 11 September 2016 to: [email protected].

We invite you to explicitly write about your Christian motivation in your application letter.

Click here to download the vacancy (pdf)

Call for applications: Queen’s Young Leaders Award

The Queen’s Young leader award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged between 18 – 29 from across the Commonwealth who are taking lead in their communities and using their skills to transform live.

Winners of this prestigious Award will receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen. With this support, Award winners will be expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.

Applications are now open. Apply now for this once in a lifetime opportunity (

Kurasa za mbele na nyuma za baadhi ya magazeti ya Tanzania leo Agosti 11, 2016

Taarifa ya NHIF ya utaratibu sahihi wa kuandikisha wanachama

Taarifa ya habari ChannelTEN Agosti 10, 2016

TembeaTanzania: Picha kutoka hifadhi ya Mikumu

Picha hizi na nyingine nyingi zinaptikana kwa kupekua blogu ya Tembea Tanzania kujionea mengi ya mazuri ya asili, yaliyomo nchini Tanzania.

What you didn't know about 19-year-old Simone Biles - The World's Best Gymnast

Simone Biles performs on the floor during the artistic gymnastics women's qualification, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 7th, 2016
American gymnast Simone Biles became the first woman to win three straight all-around titles at the World Championships. She led the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, nicknamed "The Final Five," to win gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.


Born in Ohio in 1997, Simone Biles has become one of America’s top gymnasts. After dominating at the junior elite level, she won her first U.S. and world all-around titles in 2013. In 2015, she claimed a record third straight world all-around title. After winning the all-around at the Olympic trials, she was named to the 2016 Olympic women's gymnastics team. With an impressive performance on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, she led the team to win gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Early Life

Born on March 14, 1997, in Columbus, Ohio, gymnast Simone Biles has emerged as a champion in her sport. She and her sister, Adria, were raised by their grandfather Ron and grandmother Nellie, after their mother’s struggle with substance abuse problem.

Ron and Nellie eventually officially adopted the two girls, and Biles calls her grandmother “Mom.” Nellie has been a constant source of support through Biles’s rise in the world of competitive athletics; as the gymnast told CNN, “She encourages me and never lets me feel down about something for too long.”

Biles discovered her abilities at an early age. According to the official USA Gymnastics website, she visited a gymnastics center on a field trip with her day care group, noting, “While there I imitated the other gymnasts, and Coach Ronnie noticed. The gym sent home a letter requesting that I join tumbling or gymnastics.” Very soon, Biles was on her way to developing those natural gifts.

Top U.S. Gymnast

Simone Biles began competing as a level 8 gymnast in 2007, and by 2011 she had cemented her standing at the junior elite level. That year, she took the top spot in the vault and balance beam events and finished third in the all-around at the American Classic. She followed with an impressive series of showings in 2012, winning the vault and the all-around events at the American Classic, the Alamo Classic, the Houston National Invitational and the Secret U.S. Classic.

Biles soon emerged as a force to be reckoned with at the senior elite level, bursting into the spotlight as the all-around winner at the 2013 U.S. P&G Championships. Also that year, she delivered a historic showing at the World Championships by becoming the first female African-American athlete to win gold in the all-around. As she explained to The Hollywood Reporter, this impressive victory likely served as an example to other young gymnasts: "I think it inspires a lot of the little girls out there to go in the gym and train harder," she said.

Biles continued to build on her successes in 2014, again taking the U.S. and world titles in the all-around competition. She also won gold in the vault, floor exercise, balance beam and all-around at the Secret U.S. Classic that same year. During her floor routines, Biles often executed what has become her signature move: a double-flip with a half-twist.

In 2015, Biles became the first woman to win her third consecutive world all-around title, giving her a record 10 gold medals at the international competition. Considered one of the country’s top Olympic hopefuls, she then resumed training for Rio 2016 at World Champions Centre, which is owned by her family, in Spring, Texas.

In July 2016, Biles wowed gymnastics fans with an impressive performance, winning the all-around title and first in the floor exercise and vault. She earned a spot on the 2016 Olympic team along with fellow gymnasts Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Madison Kocian.

2016 Olympic Games in Rio

On August 9, 2016, Biles led the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win the gold. She earned an impressive 15.933 in the vault, a 15.3 on balance beam, and 15.8 for a crowd-pleasing floor routine in which she performed “the Biles,” her signature move comprised of a double layout with a half twist. The powerhouse gymnast shared the victory with Raisman, Douglas, Hernandez and Kocian, a team which calls themselves “The Final Five.”

Raisman explained the meaning behind the team nickname on the Today Show: “We're the Final Five because this is [coach] Marta [Karolyi's] last Olympics and without her none of this would have been possible . . .We wanted to do it for her just because she's there with us every single day.”

She added: "This is the last Olympics where there's a five-girl team. The next Olympics is only going to be a four-person team."

The Final Five are the third American women’s gymnastic team to win gold, following team victories in 1996 and 2012. After taking the team gold, Biles tweeted “dreams DO come true” and a photo of the U.S. team on the medal podium.

Simone Biles of the United States competes in the floor event during the women's team final, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2016

Call for applications: Chairperson to Board of Directors of Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority





9th AUGUST 2016

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Tanzania, the Ministry of Energy and Minerals hereby invites qualified competent Tanzanians to apply for consideration to the appointment as Chairperson to the Board of Directors of the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA).


Pursuant to Section 17 of the Petroleum Act, 2015, the appointment as Chairperson to the Board of Directors of the Petroleum Upstream Regulatory Authority (PURA shall take into consideration the following qualifications:
  1. Citizen of Tanzania and graduate of accredited University; 
  2. Person of moral character, proven integrity, and professional competence; 
  3. At least ten (10) years experience in petroleum geosciences or engineering; health, safety and environment maters; law; business administration and management; and finance and economics or chemical processing or refinery engineering; 
  4. Knowledge of the petroleum industry and regulation in different fields of the economy; 
  5. No conflict of interest with the Authority’s activities; and 
  6. Available for service as and when required. 
Applications from suitable candidates enclosing certified copies of relevant certificates and Curriculum Vitae (CV) should reach the undersigned within fourteen (14) days from the date of this advertisement. The CV should include names, addresses, and contact telephone numbers and e-mails of three references. The envelope should be marked on to “APPOINTMENT AS CHAIRPERSON TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF PURA” 

Prof. J. W Ntalikwa
Permanent Secretary 
Ministry of Energy and Minerals,
5 Samora Machel Avenue,
P.O. BOX 2000,

NW Amsimamisha kazi Mku wa CHuo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii Bunamhala

NW Stella Manyanya (kushoto) akitoa maelekezo kwa Kaimu Mkuu wa Chuo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii Bi. Levina Mrema (kulia).
Naibu Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi Mhandisi Stella Manyanya amemsimamisha kazi aliyekuwa Mkuu wa Chuo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii Bunamhala kilichopo Halmashauri ya Mji wa Bariadi Mkoani Simiyu Bw. Ramadhani Said, kutokana na utendaji usioridhisha na kumteua Bi. Levina Mrema kushikilia wadhifa huo kwa muda, wakati taratibu zingine zikiendelea.

Mhandisi Manyanya amechukua uamuzi huo alipopokea taarifa baada ya kutembelea chuo hicho alipokuwa katika ziara yake Mkoani Simiyu, ambapo amesema hajaridhishwa na utendaji kazi katika chuo hicho kikongwe kilichofunguliwa rasmi mwaka 1978 ambacho kwa sasa kina watumishi 10 wanaolipwa mshahara na Serikali kwa kuwahudumia wanafunzi 8 tu.

“Nimepata taarifa kuwa kuna wakati chuo hiki hakina wanafunzi kabisa lakini watumishi mpo na mnaendelea kulipwa mshahara na Serikali, kwa nini vyuo vingine vina wanafunzi hiki cha kwenu hakina wanafunzi?Wewe kama Mkuu wa Chuo umefanya jitihada gani kuhakikisha chuo kinakuwa na wanafunzi wa kutosha? Maana chuo siyo majengo tu”, alisema Manyanya.

Manyanya amesema amemteua Levina Mrema kuwa Kaimu Mkuu wa Chuo hiki, kwa kipindi cha matazamio kwa miezi sita ili atumie uzoefu wake kuja na mawazo mapya akishirikiana na uongozi wa Mkoa na wilaya kukifanya chuo kinarudi katika hadhi yake.

Akitoa taarifa kwa Naibu Waziri, aliyekuwa Mkuu wa Chuo hicho Ramadhani Said amesema amefanya jitihada za kukitangaza chuo lakini wanafunzi wanapofika chuoni wanaondoka baada ya kukutana na changamoto ya miundombinu chakavu ya majengo,ukosefu wa vifaa vya kujifunzia na kufundishia na ukosefu wa umeme.

Aliyekuwa Mkuu wa Chuo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii, Bunamhala Ramadhani Saidi (Aliyesimama) akitoa maelezo juu ya chuo hicho kwa Naibu Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi, Mhandisi Stella Manyanya (hayupo pichani) wakati wa ziara yake.

Naibu Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi, Mhandisi Stella Manyanya (katikati) akizungumza jambo na Mkuu wa Mkoa wa Simiyu, Mhe. Anthony Mtaka (kushoto) wakati alipokuwa akikagua miundombinu ya Chuo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii Bunamhala Mjini Bariadi, wakati wa ziara yake Mkoani humo, (kulia) ni Mkurugenzi wa VETA Kitengo cha Masoko, Ajira na Mipango Enock Kibendera

Watumishi wa Chuo cha Maendeleo ya Jamii Bunamhala Mjini Bariadi wakimsikiliza Naibu Waziri wa Elimu na Mafunzo ya Ufundi, Mhandisi Stella Manyanya (hayupo pichani) wakati wa zira yake ya siku moja mkoani humo

Prof. Marjorie Mbilinyi: What arethe alternatives to early marriage for young girls in Tanzania?

Tanzania has the shameful distinction of having one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. According to the 2010 Demographic and Health Survey, two out of every three girls in Tanzania is married before 18 years.

There is a growing campaign to stop child marriage in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa, led by local, national, regional and global organisations. While fully endorsing the stated objectives of the campaign, I believe that more attention is needed on the contextual factors that sustain child marriage.

Girl child marriage is now illegal

On July 8, 2016 the High Court of Tanzania took a giant step forward by declaring that early marriage is illegal, that it violates the Constitution, and that anyone married at a younger age than 18 years is breaking the law.

The case was brought to the High Court by a Tanzanian NGO, Msichana Initiative, which works closely with the Girls Not Brides alliance. This follows the earlier launching of the government's 'Child Marriage Free Zone' national campaign to end child marriage on August 25, 2014, with support from UNFPA, Graca Machel Trust, Tamwa and the Children's Dignity Forum. Moreover, both the Central and Local Government have adopted punitive measures to stop child marriage, including the recent decision to imprison men who impregnate underage schoolgirls for 30 years.

The main arguments for banning child marriage are straight forward, combining human and women's rights issues, the removal of early pregnancy risks (including death in childbirth, fistula, and injury), enhancement of female education enrolment and reduction of the high population growth rate. The mainstream assumption is that child brides are married without choice; therefore banning child marriage is necessarily and obviously in their interests. The driving factors are reportedly poverty, patriarchal traditions and customs, and gender inequality, with rural and poor girls being the most vulnerable. But why are poor and rural girls more "vulnerable" to child marriage than wealthy and urban girls? And what are their alternatives?

Structural factors

There is wide regional variation in child marriage on the mainland, even among "rural" regions - more than half of girls are married in Shinyanga (59 per cent), Tabora (58 per cent), Mara (55 per cent), Dodoma (51 per cent), compared to less than a third in Tanga (29 per cent), Arusha (27 per cent), Kilimanjaro (27 per cent), Kigoma (26 per cent), Dar es Salaam (19 per cent), and Iringa (8 per cent). Why the differences?

Will the ban on child marriage give all girls everywhere equal access to quality education? According to research evidence, a large number of girls and boys do not perform well in school, based on Standard VII Examination results as well as tests of student competency in reading, writing and numeracy by Uwezo, HakiElimu and other organisations. Rural poor children have high failure rates in both kinds of measurement and are least likely to be selected for secondary and high education. Moreover, there is a high level of sexual and other abuse of girls in many primary and secondary schools, as well as male bias in and out of the classroom and an unfriendly school environment for girls - making school an unattractive if not dangerous place to be.

Third, many girls are working. According to the recent Mainland Tanzania Child Labour Survey 2014, nearly 60 per cent of children aged 5-17 were working, and probably not in school. Some 84.2 per cent of these working children were girls working in vulnerable environments; and only 15.8 per cent were domestic workers. They may not be married although it is likely that many are already mothers of one or two children. Many of these children are rural; their families are impoverished without adequate public programmes to help sustain small-scale family agriculture.

Under present circumstances, a young rural girl may rationally decide that it is in her own best interests to get married. She escapes the drudgery of unpaid work as a child for a more powerful position as a wife [even a junior wife] and mother; escapes the boredom, oppression and mediocrity of public schooling; gets more access to independent sources of income (cash and kind) however contentious it may be; and more mobility in many if not all areas. Ending Girl Marriage campaigns need to call for a more inclusive, equitable and just development strategy, which provides girls with a reason not to marry - namely quality education, and dignified employment and sustainable livelihoods.
  • By Prof Marjorie Mbilinyi

Perception of citizens regarding health workers’ presence and quality of service since 2015

  • But lack of medicine and other essential supplies continues to be a major challenge
10 August 2016, Dar es Salaam: Just one out of five citizens (18%) say that doctor absenteeism has been an issue in their local health facility in the past three months. When asked whether the presence of doctors was a problem in 2015, almost half (43%) of the citizens said it was. Similarly, 3 out of 10 citizens (27%) feel that they did not get attention or respect from staff in 2016, compared to 42% complaining about this in 2015. The cleanliness of health facilities also seems to have improved: in 2016 11% saw this as an issue compared to 29% in 2015. Complaints about cost have also decreased: in 2015 34% of citizens felt that services were too expensive or that they were unable to pay whereas in 2016 19% thought that this was a problem. At the same time, there are still significant shortages of medicine and other supplies: in 2015, more than half of citizens (53%) reported this compared to 59% in 2016.

These findings were released by Twaweza in a research brief titled Signs of recovery? Citizens’ views on heath service provision by the new government. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey. The findings are based on data collected from 1,836 respondents across Mainland Tanzania (Zanzibar is not covered in these results) between 2 and 17 May 2016.

Most citizens (61%) seek treatment from government health facilities in 2016 compared to 47% in 2015 who reported visiting a government health facility the last time they were sick. At the same time there has been a reduction in the number of citizens visiting the pharmacy (from 19% in 2015 to 13% in 2016) or doing nothing (from 8% in 2015 to 2% in 2016) when they are sick.

Once at the health facility, three out of four citizens (73%) waited up to an hour to be seen. Once they were seen, the vast majority (92%) report that health professionals explained both their diagnosis and the medicines being prescribed (81%). Seven out of ten citizens (70%) report that they were able to get at least some of the medicine they needed at the health facility itself.

Alongside shortages of medicine and supplies in health facilities generally, citizens also report other significant problems in public hospitals. Of the citizens who have been admitted or accompanied someone to the hospital in the past year, 3 out of 10 said that there were not enough beds (31%), bed sheets (27%), or mosquito nets (29%) in the ward to which they were assigned. And 36% of citizens report that they witnessed bed-sharing in hospitals compared to 30% in 2015.

In addition, policy states that treatment at government health facilities should be provided for free to pregnant women, children under five and those aged over 60 years. However, many citizens report that these groups appear to be paying for treatment: 41% of citizens know of elderly patients who paid for treatment, 35% know of children under five who were asked to pay and 27% know of pregnant women being charged for treatment.

Aidan Eyakuze, Executive Director of Twaweza, said 
“These data hint at some positive changes in the health sector in a fairly short space of time. Citizens are noticing that health workers are more present, more attentive to and more respectful of patients. Facilities appear cleaner too. Yet shortages of medicine and supplies, including beds in hospitals, continue to be a challenge. In the long run we will need a holistic approach to reforming health care to ensure that both staff and supplies are readily available. We will need to carefully consider the evidence – what has worked where and why, what we can learn; incentives – of all those in the chain to deliver health services from the frontlines of doctors and nurses, to the people who order medicines and deliver them, to the staff in the Ministry who make policy decisions; and monitoring – making sure we independently know what is really going on and what citizens are experiencing. For now, these signs of improvement are worthy of praise.”
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Mandhari inayozunguka uwanja wa Taifa, Dar es Salaam...

Licha ya kujengwa uwanja mzuri wa soka wa kisasa wenye hadhi ya kimataifa, matunzo ya uwanja huo yamekuwa hafifu. Minazi iliyofanya mandhari ya uwanja huo kupendeza na kuvutia sasa hivi ni tofauti kwani ni hafifu hasa eneo la nje la maegesho ya magari ambapo awali palikuwa na nyasi zinazovutia na miti. Nyasi zimekauka, minazi nayo imekauka na kung'olewa kabisa.

Kwenye nyasi hizi ndipo panakoegeshwa magari. Kwa kutumia miundombinu ya maji iliyopo uwanjani hapo, nyasi hizo zingeweza kustawi na kupendezesha eneo la nje.

Moja ya mabomba ya maji ambayo yametengenezwa kwa ajili ya kujazia maji magari ya zima-moto ambayo yangeweza pia kutumika kumwagilia maua na nyasi katika eneo hilo.

Maeneo ya kupandia minazi ya urembo

Moja ya mabomba ya maji ambayo yametengenezwa kwa ajili ya kujazia maji magari ya zima-moto ambayo yangeweza pia kutumika kumwagilia maua na nyasi katika eneo hilo.