Deputy Country Director, Programs, Tanzania
Helen Keller International
Deputy Country Director, Programs
(Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee, Helen Keller International (HKI) works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City, HKI currently conducts programs in 21 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. HKI is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency and the highest level of technical expertise in fighting and treating blindness and malnutrition. To accomplish its work, HKI builds the capacity of local governmental, civil society and private sector systems and infrastructure, and promotes the development of sustained, large-scale programs that deliver effective preventative and curative services for nutrition, eye health and neglected tropical diseases. The hallmark of the organization’s work is its proven effectiveness in developing, testing and scaling-up health interventions, and integrating them within government and community structures.
Established in 1984, the HKI Tanzania office was the organization's first in Africa set up to provide primary eye care services in central Tanzania. HKI has since expanded its role and currently supports programs in nutrition and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs -- trachoma, in particular). HKI’s nutrition programming started in 2002 and is supported various grants including AED’s USAID-funded A2Z Micronutrient Project, the Canadian DAFTD (Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Irish Aid, UKAID (DFID), and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the International Potato Center (CIP). NTD programs have been supported by many donors over the last twenty years including the Conrad F Hilton Foundation and Heart to Heart. HKI is an active member of the NGDO Coalition for NTDs, the Development Partners Group for Nutrition, the Technical Working Group in Nutrition, the Vitamin A Task Force and the National Food Fortification Alliance.
HKI Tanzania currently conducts programs in Vitamin A supplementation, Orange Flesh Sweet Potato, Food Fortification, Enhanced Homestead Food Production, Assessment and Research on Child Feeding and NTDs, nationwide and/or at regional and district level, in collaboration with the Tanzanian government, local NGO’s and other national and international development partners. The office has roughly 32 employees, 22 in the Dar office and 10 in the sub-office in Mwanza.
Scope of the Position:
HKI is seeking a Deputy Country Director (DCD) to oversee programs under the supervision of the Country Director (CD). The primary responsibilities are project design and proposal writing, program planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting to ensure timely, effective and compliant programming in accordance with HKI programming principles and donor requirements. The position requires close cooperation with the government of Tanzania, partner NGOs, donors and UN agencies. As an evidence-based organization, HKI places great importance on operational research and impact evaluation. The DCD plays a key role in identifying research opportunities and overseeing monitoring and evaluation, including operations research.
The DCD is a member of the country senior management team together with the CD and the Operations and Finance Manager. S/he leads and directly coordinates and supervises the programming team. The DCD undertakes field travel to project sites throughout the country on a regular basis to ensure program quality and compliance. The DCD serves as acting CD when the CD is absent.
- Identify and seek funding opportunities that support the country program objectives.
- Participate in operational and strategic planning of the country senior management team; supporting the development of the Annual Program Plan, including ensuring this is in alignment with the agency’s strategic plan, and budget.
- Coordinate and develop terms of reference and supervise consultants and other technical support resources needed for program-related activities.
- Strengthen staff and partner capacity in project development.
- Coordinate project design and proposal development processes by working with field, regional office and headquarters technical, development, and operational staff.
- Play an active role in identifying and obtaining support for new initiatives that foster and improve the strategic objectives of the country office.
- Oversee the design and implementation of effective work plans that allow for timely and ongoing progress review of all key outputs.
- Ensure that project implementation is in accordance with HKI established plans, policies and procedures and HKI core values.
- Work with staff and partners to ensure strong M&E systems are in place for the development of regular project monitoring systems, the agency’s shared indicator system, as well as for project evaluations, including baseline, mid-term and end-line evaluations and any operational research needed.
- Conduct field-level monitoring; providing timely and constructive feedback and support to HKI and partner project staff.
- Continuously monitor and identify necessary technical assistance or other project inputs that may be needed including recommending actions to obtain technical assistance or inputs from local consultants, Africa Regional Office or headquarters.
- Work with project and finance staff to review all budgets on a monthly basis to identify either over or under spending trends, and if significant trends are noted to alert the CD for appropriate action.
- Review all budgets, in collaboration with Operations and Finance manager, on a regular basis to ensure adherence to HKI and donor requirements.
- Manage the performance of direct reports; Mentor staff regularly and contribute to an atmosphere conducive to professional growth and development. Undertake annual performance planning and evaluation for supervised staff;
- Work closely with the CD to address all issues raised by HKI staff, donors or respective line ministries regarding program implementation.
- Work with project staff to ensure all financial and narrative reports are submitted to donor and Regional and HQ office (as required) in a timely and compliant manner.
- Work with project staff to ensure the proper maintenance of all files, records and documents relating to HKI activities of the project.
- Ensure all projects are properly closed in accordance with HKI and donor requirements
Coordination with Partners
- Work with project staff to ensure partners are knowledgeable of HKI’s technical and financial policies and procedures, and donor compliance requirements.
- Ensure that project staff has the skills and tools necessary to build partner capacity.
- Coordinate with respective line ministries/officials and other organizations working in the sector to build strategic partnerships.
- Ensure that HKI programs are recognized/promoted and implemented in accordance with national agendas.
- Participate in meetings and seminars within HKI, nationally, and internationally as requested by CD.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, nutrition, science, or another closely related field, plus a minimum 7 years working for an international organization in public health (including nutrition) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience in project management.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including spoken and written fluency in English
- Strong budget management skills.
- Substantial experience with a variety of donors. Specific experience with DFID, USAID, and CIDA is an advantage.
- Demonstrated ability in project design and proposal writing.
- Experience with monitoring and evaluation tools and systems.
- Proven track record with institutional strengthening and partnership building.
- Ability to work independently, but also coordinate effectively as part of a team.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills.
- Excellent inter-personal skills; demonstrating diplomacy and tact.
- Proven ability to effectively manage people and to build teams.
- Demonstrable respect for all persons regardless of religion, ethnicity, class or gender.
- Willingness to travel within rural Tanzania, as well as the Africa region.
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HKI.Recruitment@hki.org noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
No calls, please.