Job: Country Director - Tanzania, Search for Common Ground

Organization: Search for Common Ground
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 30 Apr 2017

We are Searchers.

We are over 600 strong worldwide. We believe in our mission to end violent conflict.

It’s our purpose- our call to action.

A Searcher understands our vision of a world where:
Differences stimulate social progress, rather than precipitate violence

Respect for and cooperation with those we disagree with is considered the norm

A Searcher is a dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individual, committed to our values.
Shared Humanity. Empathy. Impartiality. Inclusivity. Courage. Hope. Humility. Audacity.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, we implement projects from 55 offices in 34 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. You will be joining other highly motivated Searchers with a good team spirit and through commitment and dedication, have opportunities to grow.

Search Tanzania

SFCG has been working in Tanzania since 2010 to support community coexistence, promote good governance, encourage constructive and responsible media programming on key issues, and overcome the differences that divide Tanzanians. Our program employs a multi-pronged approach focused on conflict sensitive and inclusive engagement to incorporate the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including vulnerable groups such as women and youth. Through our engagement, we support the process of building local capacity for conflict transformation and protection, empower women and youth and foster peaceful coexistence among communities in both mainland and Zanzibar.

We are searching for…**

The Country Director manages the overall program in Tanzania from a programmatic and operational perspective, as well as leading on fundraising and donor relations. This position reports to the Regional Director for East Africa and collaborates closely with various Washington-based divisions of SFCG, including the regional and global Program Development Teams, the Institutional Learning Team, Communications, Finance and Operations. The position is located in Dar es Salaam, with periodic travel to other areas of Tanzania as part of program implementation and oversight.

Your contribution

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Program Development and Implementation
  • Define program priorities, plans and long-term strategy (in close collaboration with the SFCG Regional Director)
  • Oversee implementation of funded projects, collaborating with donors, partners, and other staff
  • Manage the country program with the highest quality standards and well-documented results
  • Ensure that program planning and management reflects the available resources, and respond to gaps with fundraising and/or operational adjustments as needed
  • Report to donors based on a credible monitoring and evaluation system for overall program results as well as for specific projects
  • Contribute analysis and programmatic capacities to the implementation of programming in Tanzania and other countries in the region as appropriate
  • Stay abreast of the international conflict resolution field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and professional
  • Be directly engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff, through the sharing of experience and knowledge, particularly contributing to its Institutional Learning efforts
  • Strengthen existing funding relationships and identify and pursue new potential donors in collaboration with headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium
Financial Management
  • In partnership with the Country Finance Manager, ensure financial compliance both with Tanzania laws, donor requirements and SFCG procedures across the organization.
  • Identify potential shortfalls and strategize with the organization’s senior management as necessary to ensure the program’s financial sustainability.
Staff Management and Development
  • Develop and manage a team of diverse staff members (national and internationals) and partners, modelling the kind of interethnic and multi-stakeholder cooperation that SFCG aims to promote widely
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of highly qualified staff, providing information on living and working conditions as well as security briefings
  • Strengthen the capacity of national staff and partners, contributing to SFCG’s legacy strategy of conflict transformation in Tanzania
  • Ensure compliance with SFCG Operations Manual policies and procedures
  • Ensure that country policies, contracts, and disciplinary procedures and processes conform to local labor laws
  • Ensure an updated security and evacuation plans are in place
Organizational Representation
  • Serve as SFCG’s country representative
  • Develop and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with partner organizations, other NGOS, donors, clients, key government officials, civil society groups, etc.
  • Maintain responsible media coverage of program events and issues related to SFCG mission
  • Maintain regular written and oral reporting to Washington and Brussels on key country, regional, program, security and staff issues
  • Establish a direct line of communication with other African Country Directors in the region for program guidance toward strategic initiatives
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
You are…
  • Minimum skills and experience:
  • Degree in relevant field (eg. conflict transformation, security studies, media and communications, sociology, political science, or related fields)
  • Experience in managing large projects, with multiple grants and donors in a fragile state
  • At least five years experience living overseas, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Knowledge of the context and dynamics of Tanzania
  • At least ten years experience in managing a program, both programmatically and operationally, preferably on conflict transformation-related issues
  • Track record in successful fundraising
  • Experience with donor regulations
  • Experience in capturing results and overseeing reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Experience in managing multi-cultural teams, preferably in Africa
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • A problem-solving approach to challenging situations
  • Ability to multi-task while leading a complex team
Salary: Commensurate with experience and education, with excellent benefits

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This position will close on April 30, 2017. We are looking to fill this position with the right candidate. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.