Monday, 9 December 2013

THRIVE Program Quality (PQ) Officer Careers at CRS Tanzania

Job Title: THRIVE Program Quality (PQ) Officer

Employer: CRS Tanzania

Duty Station: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Application Deadline: 21st Dec 2013


CRS Tanzania is implementing the THRIVE Program - an Early Childhood Development (ECD) program, targeting vulnerable children under 5 years of age in three regions: Mwanza, Geita and Tanga.
The THRIVE program is being implemented through three local organizations with already existing Vulnerable Children and ECD programs. The goal of the program is to support children under 5, affected by HIV/AIDS, to thrive in a sustainable culture of care and support. This will be achieved by educating parents and caregivers so they are able to help children meet their development needs and building strong community based organizations that will deliver quality early childhood development services.

Key Responsibilities:

THRIVE Program Quality (PQ) Officer is responsible for ensuring high quality implementation, meeting established standards of quality, and reaching donor targets. S/he will work closely with partners to ensure that the right approach is used during implementation. The Program Quality Officer will frequently travel to the field to monitor performance against targets and to assess progress and quality in implementing project.
S/he works closely with the Program Manager and Senior Project Officer during implementation process.

Specific Responsibilities:

1. Program Quality:

• Collaborate with Program Manager and Senior Project Officer to thoroughly review, analyze and disseminate findings/recommendations from data and information generated by the Thrive program including but not limited to: trip/training reports, institutional capacity assessments, and quarterly/progress reports.
• Collaborate with Thrive partners to ensure report findings/recommendations are implemented.
• Facilitate refresher training to partners on monitoring and evaluation (SMILER) tools
• Monitor closely the implementation of partners’ monthly/quarterly implementation plans.
• Travel to the field regularly to monitor the implementation plan and outcomes to improve program quality. Propose recommendations to the Program Manager for quality improvement.

2. Learning:
• Analyze data from the field and identify key findings to be shared with the team for learning and future plans.
• Facilitate opportunities for exchange visits and other means for partners to share their project experiences and ideas
• Support partners to ensure they identify opportunities for learning as a means of improving program quality through other ECD stakeholders in their regions and outside.

3. Documenting
• Take the lead on coordinating the monitoring and evaluation (SMILER) operating system and ensure that it is being applied
• Work very closely with M&E partner staff to provide support on using SMILER tools
• Ensure use of SMILER tools during reporting period including monthly and quarterly reports.
• Work closely with the Senior Project officer and M&E partner staff to document case studies, best practices, and lessons learned.
• Work with the Program Manager to identify innovative tools to be used as means of data collection by partners.

4. Annual Planning and Reporting:

• Collaborate with the Program Manager, Senior Project Officer and partners to facilitate quarterly meetings
• Support Program Manager to review project approach and adjust as necessary on a regular basis.
• Participate in the preparation and submission of the Annual Implementation plan and budget.
• Participate in the review of monthly and quarterly reports submitted by partners.
• Support the Program Manager in coordinating and facilitating Program Review meetings.
• Work with regional technical advisor on M&E to organize and facilitate SMILER review meeting.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Degree in nutrition, children related issues or sociology or related field
• In-depth understanding of Early Childhood Development, OVC issues, HIV/AIDS related issues in the
Tanzanian context
• Professional experience in M&E programming
• Familiarity with principles and current approaches to M&E of development programs using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
• Proficiency in database development/management, Excel and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders; experience using ICT for data collection is a plus
• Experience with organizing documentation and sharing best practices
• Prior experience in organizing & facilitating trainings, workshops and meetings

Working Conditions
 Ability to travel within rural Tanzania approximately 75% of the time
 25% will be spent performing other duties including SMILER operating manual, report analysis and documenting, or other assignments from the supervisor.

How to Apply:

If you meet the above qualifications, please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources Officer,
P.O. Box 34701, Catholic Relief Services,
Dar es Salaam.
Email address: