Job: Tanzania Country Director and Clinical Training Project Manager

Organization: SolidarMed

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 11 Oct 2017

Contract Type

Fixed term appointment (minimum three years)

Job Location:

Ifakara, Tanzania (with regular dislocations to the project sites in Ulanga, Malinyi, Mbulu District)

Start of duties: as soon as possible, with a certain flexibility


SolidarMed is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of people in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. We combine clinical and public health interventions in favour of socio-economically disadvantaged rural populations We work with national partners to strengthen health systems and community capacities. Scientific evidence and policy dialogue are the foundation and objective of our work.

Program Tanzania:

In Tanzania, SolidarMed implements a thriving health program consisting of three pillars: (1) Quality of care at hospitals and decentralized health facilities with focus on maternal and child health, HIV and TB; (2) Human resources for health: preservice and in-service training, upgrading, retention measures; (3) Community based health program focusing on pregnant women and children.

Within its country program, SolidarMed promotes implementation research to inform policy dialogue and knowledge exchange.

The position comprises both the management of the project “Support to Edgar Maranta School of Nursing” (ca. 50% of working time) and the coordination of the country program (ca. 50% of working time).

Key responsibilities as country coordinator:
  • Assume overall responsibility for the coordination, monitoring, budgeting, reporting and annual planning of the country program
  • Provide strategic and public health guidance and leadership to the program
  • Support and supervise the project managers
  • Oversee SolidarMed’s administrative support team (human resources, logistics, accounting)
  • Contribute to program and project development
  • Engage in local fundraising
  • Coordinate and link with partners, donors, stakeholders as well as with the SolidarMed head office; proactively seek potential new collaborations
  • Promote, support and participate in public health best practices, evidence-based interventions, implementation research and policy dialogue
  • Collaborate with national and international project and research partners: Ministry of Health Tanzania, Tanzania Training Center for International Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ifakara Health Institute, Saint Francis University College in Health and Allied Sciences
  • The position does not include clinical work; however, options of part time clinical collaboration do exist for qualified candidates
Key responsibilities as project manager
  • Assume overall responsibility for the implementation, management, monitoring, budgeting and reporting of the SolidarMed project “Edgar Maranta School of Nursing”
  • Actively contribute to the introduction of Clinical Instructors into the national training schedule
  • Actively contribute to the development of the next phase of the project
  • Identify research questions and conduct research activities as part of project implementation
To best fit into our interdisciplinary team, we expect the following qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in health (medical or nursing) and a Master in Public Health
  • Good understanding and clinical experience of issues related to maternal and child health, and infectious diseases such as HIV, TB and malaria
  • Experience in a public health context in Sub-Saharan Africa, ideally at district level
  • Sound knowledge and experience of management and administration.
  • Accustomed to using project cycle management and project development tools
  • Good writing and reporting skills (in English)
  • Knowledge of and interest in principles and methods of operational research
  • Ability to assume leadership and responsibility in a team
Language skills
  • Excellent English (written and spoken)
  • Basic Kiswahili. If not spoken: readiness to learn
  • German would be an asset
  • SolidarMed offers an attractive benefit package commensurate with Swiss standards, professional development opportunities and stimulating linkages with competence networks
  • A professionally run, innovative health program in a rural African setting with a committed team
  • Semi-urban African setting; family posting possible; English Medium Primary and Secondary School
How to apply:

  • Please send your application with CV and a short letter of motivation to: [email protected]
  • Deadline for application: 11 October 2017
  • Applications are accepted in electronic format only, and with the reference “Tanzania Country Coordinator and Clinical Training Project Manager”
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview
  • Further information can be obtained by calling Dr. Pfeiffer at SolidarMed or sending an email to [email protected]
  • Please also indicate how you heard about the job posting (if internet please mention which site)

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