Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Program Operations Director Jobs in Tanzania at Room to Read

Job Title: Program Operations Director, Tanzania

Employer: Room to Read

Duty Station: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Application Deadline: 16th May 2014

Job Description:

Duties & Responsibilities:

Direct and ensure efficient, effective and timely management of all designated program development, implementation, budgeting and internal controls per the design created by the technical programs staff.
Supervise, coach and mentor the Field Operation Managers who are responsible for overseeing the implementation of program activities in specified geographical areas, including budgeting, scheduling, reporting and other project implementation related tasks for their assigned schools.
Responsible for overseeing and facilitating the completion of donor reporting and timely and accurate data entry in Room to Read’s Global Solutions Database.
Responsible for timely reporting on the status of implementation to the Country Management Team and Regional and Global Office.
Responsible for the coordination and leadership on procurement, inventory management, and distribution.
Facilitates communication between the technical team at the Country Office level and the field level implementation team, and ensure utilization of research, monitoring and evaluation data to inform implementation.
Develop Country Office program implementation calendar and budgeting processes in coordination with the Country Office Field Operations Managers and Programs staff.
Collaborate with Human Resources to handle recruitment and training of staff according to need.
Conduct Field Operations Managers appraisals.
Prepare terms of agreement for outside program consultants and oversee the non-technical aspects of their work.
Visit project sites to support and supervise program implementation.
Develop and implement ideas that address program priorities in collaboration the technical program staff, provide input into strategic and operational planning exercises.
Collaborate with relevant in-country, regional, and global office staff to strengthen and improve program impact and sustainability.
Ensure high quality achievement of annual goals.
Collaborate with the Programs, and Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RM&E) team to support RM&E of all programs.
Prepare the annual project permission and fund release documents and persuasion to obtain such permission from the NGO affairs bureau, Directorate of Primary Education and with the other government bodies both at the national and district level.
Identify, track and document program trends, lessons learned and best practices and report to Country Office Program technical staff to consider in improving program designs.
Ensure that organizational, governmental and donor reports are high quality and provided on a timely basis.
Explore shared-learning and networking opportunities.
Ensure government approval and legal compliance of the programs implemented directly or through Room to Read partners.
Develop and manage relationships with government, NGOs and appropriate educational bodies as related to program implementation.
Represent Room to Read at relevant meetings and assist in planning and hosting donor visits.
Provide regular updates on program implementation and plans to the Country Director.
Participate in any other activities as required to fulfill the objectives of the organization.
Manages Admin team and Field Manager(s).


Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management or other related field
A minimum 10 years of professional experience, including 3 years working in a senior managerial role
Working knowledge and understanding of project management methodology and software
Experience in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization
Strong planning, budgetary, supervising, and project implementation skills
Ability to travel regularly to project sites and Province or District offices throughout the Country
Strong English verbal and written communication skills
Proven track record of achieving results
Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people
Effectiveness in working or volunteering in a non-profit organization that is focused on maintaining high quality work and low overhead
Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
Prior experience living and/or working in rural areas,
Prior experience working with schools, teachers, administrators and government officials
Experience in successful implementation of a wide range of tasks as well as developing and implementing improvements in a prior position
To be successful as a member of the Room to Read team, you will also:
Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization
Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
Work well independently as well as part of a team
Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment


Room to Read offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits. Benefits including 13th month bonus, provident fund, medical allowance and check-up, health and accidental insurances for staff and their family; leaves and staff professional development. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing, transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume in the subject line, by post to:

Associate Director Africa,
Room to Read Tanzania,
Post Box 105459,
Ileje Street, Mikocheni B,
Plot No 36,
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

If you do not hear from Room to Read within one month of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Please note that late applications will not be considered and correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.