Job: Sr. Country Representative, Tanzania

Organization: Pathfinder International
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 01 Apr 2017

Position Purpose

The Sr. Country Representative coordinates, manages and increases visibility and funding for Pathfinder International programs in Tanzania. S/he prominently positions PI as a leader in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and as a successful partner in the development and cost effective implementation of bilateral, foundation and privately funded programs. The Sr. Country Representative works closely with Pathfinder International’s in-country and Headquarters staff to conceptualize and plan program development activities, diversify funding resources, and build on country and international best practices.

The Sr. Country Representative also provides strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the administrative, programmatic, technical, financial and operational aspects of Pathfinder International’s Tanzania Program**.

** S/he ensures that program objectives are met, all activities are responsive to the needs of the host country, and the program continues to advance and play a key role in contributing to Pathfinder International’s development within Tanzania.

Pathfinder International’s Tanzania program activities, in 7 regions of Mainland Tanzania and in Zanzibar include extensive community and clinical programs for family planning (including post-partum and post-abortion family planning), maternal and newborn health programs, population, health, and environment programs, prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, and advocacy programs to establish the centrality of family planning in enabling Tanzania to harness the demographic dividend.

Key Responsibilities

Organizational Representation
  • Serve as the primary representative for Pathfinder International on all matters related to the Country Program. Meet regularly with donors, partners, local Government agencies, and other key stakeholders to share progress, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • Be a vigilant voice for justice for reproductive rights and health.
  • Work to remove policy impediments in reproductive health and rights and to foster and forge improvements.
  • Use Pathfinder’s Strategic Plan to guide the development of country-specific strategies, create a timeline to implement strategy; contribute to organizational strategic goals, and continuously evaluate country level progress for achieving organizational strategic goals.
  • Provide periodic updates to the Pathfinder staff worldwide on the progress made, technical direction, approaches, challenges, successes, and lessons learned in managing the country Program.
  • In all matters, develop and foster a strong partner relationship with Headquarters to build a unified organization working in concert to achieve organizational goals
  • Leads the development and execution of an integrated country strategy.
  • Use a participatory approach to developing and updating the Country strategic plan, ensuring that programmatic directions are technically sound, evidence-based and consistent with Pathfinder’s country priorities.
  • Ensure local organizations are developed and strengthened to become successful, sustainable bodies to promote RH/FP in their respective communities and countries.
  • Implement administrative and financial operations of the country program, ensuring compliance and ethical standards, corporate philosophy, local laws and with Pathfinder International’s policy and contract provisions.
  • Develop management policies and procedures to ensure efficiency, quality, and all resources are in place, adhered to, and in compliance with local laws, donor rules and regulations.
  • Contract and manage local individuals/organizations for identified tasks according to donor and Pathfinder International procedures. Negotiate consultancy agreements, provide training and/or develop capacity of local partners in mandated program areas.
  • Ensure that security guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the Country team. Monitor the security situation and provide leadership for staff in emergencies.
  • Protect the organization’s resources and assets and ensure that they are used efficiently in furtherance of PI mission and programs.
Human Resources Management
  • Build a culture and a work environment where every employee regardless of role/title feels s/he contributes to the larger purpose of reproductive health and rights.
  • Build a high performing team focusing resources on employee retention, professional development, organizational culture and staff morale.
  • Manage the HR function in the country ensuring Pathfinder policies and standards are maintained.
  • Hire and supervise the HR Manager in the development of local Handbooks, staff morale, customized policies, HR reports, procedures, systems, maintenance of personnel files and other legally required documentation.
  • Ensure compliance with local labor laws and practice.
  • Select, hire and supervise staff and subcontractors; assign roles and responsibilities, manage performance and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work.
Program Management
  • Directs the successful programmatic, technical and financial implementation of the country’s programs and awards including the timely completion of high quality reports, work plans, performance objectives and other mandated deliverables.
  • Monitor the country program progress and achievements vis a vis the goals and objectives utilizing tools and methods developed by Pathfinder and in alignment with donor requirements.
  • Undertake travel within the Country as necessary for the development of new projects and monitoring of ongoing Program activities.
  • Partner successfully with PI’s Senior Program Director and Headquarters financial, technical, and program operations backstop officers by providing accurate and timely reporting and updates on the Program progress and difficulties.
  • Contribute to other country programs, provide technical assistance, support and foster cross country collaboration and fertilization. In addition, may provide regional support/oversight to neighboring countries/programs.
  • Serve on the Country Representative Council.
  • Promote and enable in-country staff to travel and assist other countries in service of professional growth and development as well as organizational capacity building.
  • Oversee all subgrantee relationships to ensure that subgrantees are accomplishing programmatic objectives and that both PI and the subgrantees comply with applicable rules and policies.
  • Document technical components of materials and Program achevements for communications materials such as annual reports, brochures, and website updates.
Financial Management
  • Develop and prepare the budget and manage expenses within approved budget.
  • Maintain all internal controls and ensure that the controls are operating effectively.
  • Report on financial results. Approve the monthly operating report.
  • Maintain close working relationships with the Headquarters Director of Business Development and Director of Foundation Relations to implement regional program development strategies and to diversify funding resources.
  • Gather information/intelligence from the field on future and current funding opportunities and communicate these to Headquarters.
  • Monitor, identify, pursue and negotiate funding opportunities with various donors and partners to expand Pathfinder's in-country activities in close colaboration with New Business and Resource Development.
  • Maintain an awareness of the programs conducted by other international NGOs including but not limited to RH/FP, MNCH, and HIV/AIDS.
  • Promote Pathfinder International by attending meetings, delivering presentations and cultivating positive, productive relationships with donors, partners, Ministry of Health, and other governmental agencies.
  • Assist with the creation of proposal teams, and lead, manage and/or respond to proposals.
Basic Requirements
  • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences or related field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience managing mid-large scale donor funded Reproductive Health projects in developing and transitioning countries including operations and financial management experience in developing countries. Previous experience managing multiple projects, minimum of 3, with project budgets totaling $10 million or more.
  • Demonstrated capabilities in high level strategic visioning and leadership.
  • Proven record of successful fundraising from diverse public and private sources.
  • Strong business development expertise, including proposal writing and negotiation skills.
  • Hands-on experience working effectively with local, regional and central-level government authorities.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully fulfilling performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities.
  • Proven experience working with a variety of donors and the diversity of requirements (regulations and administrative procedures) including USAID, multi-laterals, bi-laterals, and U.S. foundations.
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development and intervention activities in the health sector.
  • Direct senior staff supervision experience required.
  • In-depth knowledge of public and/or private health systems and decentralization of services in Reproductive Health.
  • Excellent diplomatic, interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills in English.
  • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relations with senior Government personnel, international organizations, NGO partners, host country governments, and U. S. Government Agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, motivate, mentor and direct all levels of staff while creating a positive team environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of working in Tanzania
  • Strong presentation skills including the ability to present results and products to USAID and other key stakeholders.
  • Proven track record in advocating for rights based approaches in reproductive health.
  • Thorough understanding of and ability to analyze finanical documents, projections, expenditures and accruals.
  • Expert computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Must be fluent in English and Swahili
  • Position requires up to 25% in-country in-county travel depending upon project needs.
  • Occasional travel to the US Headquarters may be required.
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