Project Director – ACHIEVE Tanzania project

Other Dodoma District Dodoma

Position Title: Project Director – ACHIEVE Tanzania project

Office Location: Dar es Salaam or Dodoma, Tanzania

Supervisor: ACHIEVE Global Deputy Project Director and Pact Tanzania Country Director

New or Replacement: New Position

Full or Part-Time: Full-Time

Expected Project End Date: 30th September 2024

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.

Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance, and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance, and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Project Overview

ACHIEVE is a five-year, USAID-funded global cooperative agreement with the dual objectives of attaining and sustaining HIV epidemic control among at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children, and youth, as well as to mitigate the impact of HIV/ AIDS and prevent HIV transmission among these populations; and supporting the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners.

ACHIEVE has been funded by USAID in Tanzania to implement a four-year activity which aims (1) to improve national- and community-level social welfare systems in order to sustain support for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and families affected by HIV and (2) to strengthen the capacity of local organizations to deliver OVC services. ACHIEVE will begin activities in Tanzania in October 2020.

Position Purpose

The Project Director (PD) will provide overall technical leadership and operational oversight for the project and will serve as the primary liaison with USAID, the GoT, Pact headquarters in DC, and relevant project stakeholders. The PD will ensure that the project’s goals, objectives, and strategy are achieved and that contractual requirements are met on time and within budget. S/he is responsible for directing the entire project team and managing the critical relationship with local and international partners and other key stakeholders in coordination with partners, USAID and HQ.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide overall management, strategic direction, and leadership to the project to achieve expected project goals and results within budget and timeframe.
  • Serve as the principal liaison with USAID in Tanzania, responsible for reporting program results and cultivating and maintaining a positive relationship with USAID staff.
  • Act as a liaison to relevant ministries within the Government of Tanzania to ensure smooth implementation of the project while laying the groundwork for sustainability.
  • Ensure compliance with Pact policies and procedures, USAID, USG, and local laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Manage project budget to meet expected results, ensuring cost-effective use of donor and Pact resources.
  • Ensure that Pact provides high-quality technical assistance to the GoT and local partners; conduct regular monitoring and mentoring visits to partners.
  • Provide or ensure the provision of technical leadership for social welfare workforce systems strengthening and capacity development for local partners to guide program implementation.
  • Provide executive-level coaching and mentorship for local prime implementers of USAID projects, being supported through the ACHIEVE capacity development activities.
  • Coordinate with ACHIEVE HQ staff in the successful programmatic and technical implementation of the project including the timely completion of high-quality work plans, accurate reports, and other mandated deliverables.
  • Ensure close coordination with other relevant in-country initiatives.
  • Hire, supervise, and mentor project staff.

Basic Requirements

  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in a relevant field such as public health, social work, etc.
  • At least 10 years of senior-level management experience managing and implementing public health or service delivery assistance programs in developing or transitional countries, with strong preference for candidates with experience in Tanzania or other sub-Saharan Africa contexts.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully building and effectively managing diverse teams of employees.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ethical management practices.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with government and civil society partners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID’s objectives and Journey to Self-Reliance.
  • Previous senior-level management experience working on USAID-funded systems strengthening, technical assistance, and/or capacity-building projects
  • Tanzanian work experience necessary; Tanzania National preferred.

How to Apply:

If you believe you are the ideal person we are looking for, please submit your application letter describing why you are the right candidate for this position, a curriculum vitae detailing your experience and three (3) professional referees from previous and current place of employment. Please send the application online as only applications sent online will be reviewed.

Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

The closing the date for applications will be Monday: 31st August 2020

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To learn more about Pact Tanzania visit:

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