Job Title: Country Director, Mwanza, Tanzania
Closing Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2013
OVERVIEW PCI began operations in Tanzania in 2008. In cooperation with its local partners, PCI implemented a comprehensive and sustainable water and sanitation and hygiene education program in the northern region of the country. The program directly impacted over 30,000 people in vulnerable communities of Manyara's Babati District through the construction and/or rehabilitation of water points; construction of latrines; improvement of hygiene and sanitation practices; and empowerment of the target communities, in particular women. In 2010, in partnership with the Tanzanian government and local communities, PCI initiated a USDA-funded, three-year school feeding (Food for Education) program aimed at increasing enrollment and attendance of pre- and primary school children through the provision of school-based meals; improving healthy learning environments; and improving quality learning environments. The project is benefitting nearly 75,000 children and teachers as well as reaching 169,000 community members in the districts of Musoma Rural and Bunda located in Mara Region, which suffers from some of the highest levels of chronic poverty, persistent drought and food insecurity in the country. USDA recently awarded PCI a three-year follow on Food for Education program that will further expand PCI's impact.
In partnership with Kansas State University (Prime), PCI will also implement a research program to test the nutritional efficacy and consumer acceptance of novel, high-protein micronutrient fortified blended foods that can be used for nutritional programs in Tanzania among children 6-59 months of age. If acceptable, the products could diversify the bouquet of processed food aid commodities and lead to greater demand for drought resistant/tolerant sorghum, soybean, and cowpea crops in Africa, and help reduce the dependence on corn that is protein deficient and vulnerable to drought.
The Country Director will serve as the Chief Representative and Fiduciary Officer for PCI Tanzania. S/he will be responsible for the effective management and development of the PCI Tanzania country program in line with PCI's Strategic Plan, policies and procedures. S/he will lead the organization's integrated development program portfolio which includes education, food security and food aid, HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal and child health and nutrition, women's economic empowerment, water and sanitation, and research. Programs in development include capacity strengthening of local NGOs, sexual and reproductive health for adolescents, child rights and agriculture.
The leadership responsibilities of the position include ensuring quality program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; overall financial management and operations; new program development; human resource management; and representation and liaison with relevant Government of Tanzania ministries, donors, partners, and other national and international agencies and stakeholders.
Duties & Key Responsibilities:
Program Management and Implementation:
Ensure optimal quality of PCI Tanzania's programs, in line with PCI's Gold Standards for Program Quality
Ensure effective implementation of programs in line with program objectives, monitoring & evaluation plans, budgets, detailed implementation plans, and timely reporting.
Continually improve program quality through effective monitoring and evaluation systems and the integration of best practices and lessons learned
Provide and/or coordinate effective technical support to programs
Ensure effective management of food commodities
Monitor program quality and implementation through supportive supervision and field visits
Financial Management & Administration:
Ensure the financial stability and effective financial management of PCI Tanzania
Ensure effective financial management systems, processes and internal controls, in compliance PCI's Gold Standards for Financial Management, Finance Accounting Manual, and local law
Ensure effective administration systems and procedures to maintain efficient and transparent operations
Prepare annual budget for PCI Tanzania and supervise effective execution of the budget
Ensure compliance with donor and PCI rules and regulations for PCI's cooperative agreements/grants in Tanzania Ã¢â‚¬Æ’ Human Resource Management:
Ensure effective HR systems, structures, and policies are in place to ensure qualified and competent staff is recruited, on-boarded, trained, developed, and compensated for their roles, in line with PCI's Gold Standards for HR.
Direct the recruitment and effective onboarding of employees, consultants, and volunteers for PCI Tanzania
Ensure consistent and effective implementation of PCI Tanzania's Human Resource Manual for National Staff, and review and update annually.
Build capacity of an effective Management Team to promote participatory decision making and accountability
Ensure staff morale and engagement, and demonstrate effective supportive supervision and leadership
Ensure compliance with all local Tanzanian laws and regulations governing INGOs, employment law and taxation
Resource and Program Development:
Lead efforts for program development and secure funding for new and existing programs in Tanzania
Develop key relationships and partnerships among potential donors, partners, and stakeholders
Position and promote PCI Tanzania as a high performing international health, development and relief organization
In coordination with PCI's new business development unit (NBDU) develop in-country fundraising strategies, new program initiatives and preparation of proposals
Provide effective leadership of the PCI Tanzania team
Fully participate as an organizational leader, locally and globally, serving as a member of PCI's Global Leadership Team
Actively participate in the execution of PCI's Strategic Plan
Represent PCI to the Government of Tanzania, donors, media, and other appropriate bodies
Represent PCI in negotiations and coordination with Government of Tanzania
Represent PCI in negotiations and coordination with the various departments and agencies of the U.S. Government and other international donor agencies operating in Tanzania
Negotiate and sign agreements as appropriate to PCI projects in Tanzania
Graduate degree in public health, social science, international development, business or non-profit management or relevant field
10+ years of professional experience with a minimum of 5 years in a similar role at similar organizational level
5+ years of professional experience in the management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of complex community-based health and development programs in developing countries
Experience in food aid and commodity management required
Proven experience in engaging, leading and motivating a diverse team of professionals including local national staff
Excellent people management skills, experience in facilitating cross-functional teamwork, and providing feedback to senior management teams
Excellent financial management and administration skills including internal controls, experience in managing multi-million dollar budgets
Experience in building strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including senior government officials in a developing country setting
Experience developing new sources of funding from a variety of public and private sources
Experience in managing funds from US Government (USAID, USDA preferred) and other international donor agencies
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively within field and head office settings, in a variety of contexts
Strong interpersonal skills including effective conflict management and negotiation
Fluency in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili a plus.
Excellent time management skills to cope with a high pressure environment and broad range of priorities
Excellent computer skills and strong command of MS Office
Willingness to live in Mwanza and make regular visits to program sites and Dar es Salaam
Some international travel required
The successful Country Director will skillfully represent programmatic priorities of PCI to donors and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the PCI program team. S/he will have high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills, and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will have strong analytical skills and adept at problem solving. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. The Country Director should have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environment, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority. S/he will demonstrate very strong people management skills, as well as experience with distance management.
How to apply:
Please visit our website at www.pciglobal.org and click on the 'Careers' tab to apply for this and our other worldwide opportunities. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.