Education Specialist &; Project Coordinator- Job Opportunities at Save the Children Tanzania
TITLE: Project Coordinator
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Operations
LOCATION: Full time based in Dodoma Region, Tanzania
GRADE: Grade 3 CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year, renewable
Level 3: √ the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
He/she will support the established child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis. The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.
The transition to becoming a parent for the first time is a time of major life changes. At the same time that young mothers are removed from family, school, and social support networks, they must navigate caring for their own health while learning to care for a newborn. Young mothers (ages 15-24) are vulnerable to poor health outcomes and are also less likely than older women to access reproductive and maternal health services, including family planning. In Tanzania, the youngest mothers have the lowest use of modern postpartum family planning (FP) and the shortest intervals between births. Low use of effective methods of FP makes young mothers vulnerable to unintended pregnancies and rapid repeat pregnancies. Both younger age at first birth and closely spaced pregnancies contribute to increased risk for maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Yet this transition to becoming a parent for the first time offers opportunities to improve life-long health and wellbeing for young parents and their families.
In September 2019, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the Connecting young parents to PPFP through diverse platforms (Connect) project to Save the Children. Connect will complement the USAID-funded Lishe Endelevu project led by Save the Children, which aims to reduce stunting in children under five and improve nutrition for women and children. Over 4 years, Connect will develop and test additional activities (called “program enhancements”) to enhance Lishe Endelevu’s reach of young parents, and increase young parents’ knowledge and FP practices. In Tanzania, the project will be implemented in two phases. Phase One will entail formative research, then development and testing of the program enhancement at a small scale over 18 months. In Phase Two, Connect will expand implementation to additional regions and districts. Throughout, Connect will document and share results and implementation challenges and lessons learned.
Connect seeks a dynamic Dodoma-based Project Coordinator to oversee the design and implementation in Tanzania. The Coordinator will work closely with the Health and Nutrition Specialist and Lishe Endelevu Regional Manager in Tanzania, for development and implementation of the activities, and documentation of project results and lessons.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 with an initial presence in Zanzibar then extended to the Mainland with multi-sector programming. Currently, the Country Program is implementing development and humanitarian programming in 11 regions within the thematic areas of: child rights governance, child protection, education and health & nutrition.
Reports to: Regional Manager
Staff directly reporting to this post: None
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
• Contributes to the development of the program and activities in close collaboration with Lishe Endelevu staff and the SCUS Connect Project Director.
• Lead implementation of the program enhancement in collaboration with civil society organizations and Lishe Endelevu staff. Contribute to efforts to improve design and implementation based on challenges and learnings.
• In collaboration with district MOH counterparts, conduct follow-up and supportive supervision visits to ensure quality implementation.
• Coordinate with Government of Tanzania stakeholders and other relevant partners for design, implementation, and scale-up of program enhancements.
• Represent Connect and Save the Children at regional and national meetings.
• With the Connect MEAL Officer, supports documentation and sharing of project successes, lessons, and results. Support management of a local qualitative research agency. Support implementation of quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation led by an external research partner.
• Contribute to the development of annual work plans and budgets, training plans, quarterly reports and other reports as needed.
• Ensure the timely and quality completion of program technical deliverables and reports in accordance with donor guidelines.
• Maintain regular collaboration/communication with the Save the Children Tanzania Health & Nutrition team, Lishe Endelevu leadership, and HQ Connect Support Team.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
• holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values;
• holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved;
• sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same;
• widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale;
• builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters;
• values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength;
• approachable, good listener, easy to talk to;
• develops and encourages new and innovative solutions;
• willing to take disciplined risks;
• honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity;
• Flexible, innovative, creative, adaptable, and open to new ideas, comfortable with change and uncertainty (a must!)
• Personal and professional commitment to adolescent sexual and reproductive health and family planning
• Masters-level degree in Public Health, Development, Social Science, or other relevant field;
• 5-7 years of professional experience working with communities and health facilities to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes among young people;
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate with regional and district MOH staff;
• Familiarity and relevant work experience with evidence-based reproductive, maternal, and newborn health interventions and best practices, specifically for adolescents and youth;
• Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a large team-oriented setting;
• Strong experience with Microsoft Office applications;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;
• Highly organized and able to work successfully in a team that is geographically dispersed;
• Ability to travel to Dar es Salaam and to other project regions as needed for meetings and oversight of activities.
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures;
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Safeguarding our Staff:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
Date advertised: 23 Oct 2019
Closing date: 7 Nov 2019 – 23:59 EAT
Location: Dodoma, Tanzania, United Republic of
Education Specialist – Tanzania Country Office
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development and Quality LOCATION: Dar-es-Salaam with frequent travel to the field
GRADE: Grade 3 POST TYPE:
Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Director of Programme Development and Quality
Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania (starting in Zanzibar) since 1986. It is currently in it’s first year of the 2019 to 2021 strategic plan period. Tanzania Country Office implements projects in 5 broad thematic areas namely Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Education and Child Rights Governance. The Education Specialist is part of the program development and quality department, providing education technical support in proposal development, program implementation and advocacy. The Education Specialist ensures that all education projects at the Country Office are of high quality and develops parameters to measure and improve quality of delivery.
Staff directly reporting to this post: to be determined
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Strategic Planning and Programme Development
• Be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of country strategy and thematic programme plans. Specifically lead the development and implementation of the Education strategy in collaboration with other technical sectors.
• Build on technical knowledge, personal understanding of education policy and services in Tanzania, and current/previous programming to develop projects for funding in close coordination with the programme quality team (including monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning). Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children strategic and thematic objectives in both development and humanitarian contexts. Maintain a gender sensitive lens and work towards gender equity in programmes. All programming must reflect the Government of Tanzania’s priorities (or influencing updates in policy) and be aligned to building their capacity to effectively provide education services to all Tanzanians, particularly adolescent girls and the disabled.
• Analyse donor priorities and positions on issues related to education; identifying institutional funding opportunities and developing/maintaining contacts with potential donors, partners and key technical agencies. Ensure that new partnerships in this technical area reflect the programme quality we expect of ourselves.
• Ensure that programme strategy supports and demonstrates good practice in child safeguarding and gender mainstreaming.
• Using a child rights programming lens, ensure that our Education programming is built around the Theory of Change and aligns with Global Initiative strategic directions for Education, including Education in Emergencies (where appropriate).
Advocacy and Policy Development
• Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by the Government of Tanzania and other stakeholders relating to Education (especially early childhood development and primary education), and critical intersections with child protection, health and nutrition, and child poverty. Regularly assess and communicate the implications for Save the Children’s programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to this theme in close collaboration with the relevant Specialist(s).
• Help to clearly articulate the Education advocacy messages for the Tanzania country office. Develop an advocacy plan (with timeline and key outcomes) and ensure its implementation at national, county and community level, particularly aligned to ending corporal punishment and elimination of child marriage.
• Develop policy briefs and position papers when required related to the Education programme in coordination with the Child Protection, Health and Nutrition, Child Rights Governance and Senior Campaign and Advocacy Manager. This may require technical collaboration with other Technical Specialists within the country office or within the SC Members.
• Represent and advocate for Save the Children with UN agencies, donors, Government of Tanzania, NGOs and others at the highest levels in both verbal and written communications to ensure Save the Children is seen as the lead international agency in terms of innovation and quality of implementation that focus on education and child protection issues. Specifically ensure the following:
- Participation in regular working groups and technical meetings.
- Ensure presence at relevant Education partner coordination meetings, especially with the Government of Tanzania and key donors
- Advise field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through attendance at technical meetings at regional and district level.
- Ensure active dissemination of programme findings and lessons learned through the production of high technical quality lessons learned documents and their effective dissemination to key stakeholders
- Participate in and contribute to SC Global Initiative activities for Education, as relevant.
• Monitor and provide timely, relevant, accurate input on overall technical aspects of Save the Children Education programme work in Tanzania. The position will be required to travel 30-40% of the time to Save the Children field locations.
• Liaise with the Programme Operations department to ensure all Education and other programme staff receive the necessary and appropriate technical support. In consultation with staff and project managers agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required from you to facilitate high quality programming and ensure it is delivered in a timely fashion. This will involve regular visits to Save the Children operational areas.
• Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of Education work. Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (e.g. newborn child survival focus, community health workers, care and support, monitoring tools, programme quality tools, etc.).
• Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines.
• Review relevant monitoring reports to donors to ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission. Provide support where necessary to improve report writing skills.
• Provide input on partner selection and coach partners in Education programming principles.
• Analyse and provide feedback on programme implementation to ensure gender equity and adequate child participation.
Monitoring and Evaluation
• Ensure the development of an MEAL framework and key indicators for Education that helps each project improve quality of reporting, clearly articulate progress and impact of projects, identify issues for advocacy and new programmes/projects in the future.
• Participate in the design of baseline, mid-term and end of project evaluations for all education projects. Monitor the evaluation process and provide input and clarification as needed. Review evaluation findings and ensure that lessons and recommendations are captured in the Lessons Learned database.
• Regularly review and monitor education programmes for child safeguarding issues. Take corrective action in modifying programme activities and/or report incidents.
• Participate actively in PDQ programme meetings, planning and review activities, providing enhanced insight into Education programming.
• Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Quarterly Programme Review Meetings, Award review meetings and Field office meetings as required. Participate in any Donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.
• Ensure the recruitment and training of education programme staff in technical areas of expertise as appropriate and ensure availability of appropriate professional development opportunities.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
• Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
• Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
• Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
• Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• Future orientated, thinks strategically
• Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
• Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
• Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
• Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
• Willing to take disciplined risks
• Honest, encourages openness and transparency
• Models child safeguarding standards and ensures others in the agency do as well
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelors’ degree or equivalent in education or related field. At least 5 years of professional experience (not limited to teaching experience alone).
• Demonstrated experience in designing technical strategies around education, specifically early childhood development and primary education.
• Experience with early grade reading/literacy and numeracy.
• Prior experience at a senior level.
• Technical expertise in education, specifically pre-primary and/or primary education.
• Demonstrated experience of developing and managing relationships and funding from donors such as DFID, USAID, NORAD, World Bank or other development partners.
• Demonstrated experience working with national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the government to deliver services.
• Ability to work with local structures to plan and effectuate change in behaviour around teacher training, pre-primary and basic education and community mobilisation. Demonstrated ability to work at a community level.
• Strong English communication and interpersonal skills, especially working with multicultural teams.
• Experience in building personal networks, resulting new opportunities for the organisation.
• Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in of others.
• Commitment to the Save the Children values and willingness to abide by Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
• Ability to read, write and speak in Kiswahili.
• Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required.
• Exposure to NGO project design and delivery: 3+ years with education development projects.
• Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets
• Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
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Date advertised: 21 Oct 2019
Closing date: 4 Nov 2019 – 23:59 EAT
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of