Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Consultancy: Program Coordinator - ABA ROLI Advancing Freedom of Expression in Tanzania

Theme: Programmatic/Operations

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Contract Type: Consultant

Period of Performance: 12 months (renewable)

Anticipated start date: October 2023

Applications to: [email protected] with subject line “Tanzania Program Coordinator application”

Deadline: September 25, 2023

Organization Overview:

The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) is a non-profit organization that implements legal reform programs. ABA ROLI has worked for over 25 years in more than 100 countries to promote the rule of law, advance human rights, strengthen judicial institutions, support legal professionals, and advance understanding of the law and rights of citizens by the public. To this end, ABA ROLI has established partnerships with a wide range of actors, including institutions in the justice sector (judges, prosecutors, public defense offices, mediation offices and national human rights institutions, investigators, and police), civil society organizations, bar associations, legal aid organizations, and lawyers, among others.

ABA ROLI’s work in Africa spans a variety of programing around the rule of law, access to justice, atrocity prevention as well as human rights protection and promotion. It works closely with the justice sector, law societies, law schools/universities and civil society. Its programs focus on institutional strengthening, enhancing legal service delivery, capacity building and the provision of technical and financial assistance to local partners. ABA ROLI’s Africa Division has country offices across the region including Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, eSwatini, Gambia, Liberia, Niger, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.

Program Overview:

ABA ROLI is hiring a Program Coordinator (PC) to support an anticipated program on Advancing Freedom of Expression in Tanzania, which is aimed at reducing restrictions on freedom of expression (FOE) in Tanzania and bolstering the safeguarding of related fundamental rights for media, civil society, and the public at large. Its principal objectives are to: (1) Enhance the capacity and coordination of media, civil society, and legal sector actors to advocate for the right to free expression, and (2) Promote policymakers to increase their understanding of and support for democracy-affirming freedom of expression policy and legal frameworks.

ABA ROLI plans to work in partnership with several multi-sector local partners to contribute sustainably to project objectives and facilitate inclusion of stakeholders from underrepresented areas of Tanzania. The Program Coordinator will support these civil society partners to promote advocacy, policy formation, and capacity building activities across sectors to achieve the program’s targeted outcomes.

Job Summary:

The Program Coordinator (PC), who will be located in Dar es Salaam, will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day operations, program activities, managing local subgrantee partners in Tanzania, and overseeing collection and quality assurance of program data. They will report directly to the Senior Program Manager located in Kampala, Uganda.

Principal Duties/Job Responsibilities:

• Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Advancing Freedom of Expression in Tanzania project and ensure all programmatic requirements are met/exceeded according to ABA ROLI and grantor requirements.

• Accountable for all timely, accurate, and compliant in-country programmatic monitoring and reporting.

• Oversees and is accountable for the development and deployment of substantive programming and activities, including, but not limited to, project work plans, managing/assisting volunteer legal specialists and consultants, and convening, organizing and participating in training opportunities within the host country.

• Establishes and enhances effective collaboration and relationships with local entities and other development partners (e.g., local bar association, law schools, NGOs, governmental agencies, etc.) to fulfill program objectives within cost constraints and garner additional funding from partners.

• Maintains proactive communications with the Senior Program Manager (Kampala), Program Manager (D.C.) and other ROLI leadership to ensure timely and accurate updates on program activities, achievements, and shortcomings. In areas where program shortcomings are identified, creates and implements corrective action plans to improve performance against standards.

• Assists in identifying best practices derived from lessons learned.

• Collaborates with local authorities to ensure that all program activities and operations are compliant with all local laws/regulations and, if required, have received all regulatory licensing/registrations prior to offering the activities.

• Ensures compliance with all donors, ABA, federal, state, and local laws/regulations while managing the program. Ensures personal and program compliance with the FCPA.

• Performs other related duties as required.


• Relevant university degree (Law, Political Science, or other International Development-related field).

• Minimum 3-5 years of experience in project management and managing programmatic, operational and financial duties for USG-funded projects or other donor funded projects with similar complexity.

• Proven experience establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations, including overseeing the preparation and submission of project deliverables, stakeholder and risk management processes, cost and schedule controls, and sustainability planning and implementation.

• Demonstrated experience overseeing implementation of Monitoring & Evaluation systems from project initiation to closeout stages.

• Experience working with and managing subgrantee organizations.

• Proven success in building and maintaining working relationships with all project stakeholders; engaging in coalition building; and empowering stakeholders to take ownership of key project outcomes for post-project sustainability of progress.

• Strong facilitation, communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.

• Experience working in Tanzania and/or elsewhere in Eastern Africa, and strong understanding of political and operating context in Tanzania.

• Fluency in English (written and spoken) required.

• Tanzanian citizen

How to apply

Expression of Interest: Please submit the following by email to [email protected] by September 25, 2023.

Email subject line: “Tanzania Program Coordinator application ”

● Motivation letter

● Curriculum vitae

● Three professional references