Other Mwanza District Mwanza

REPORTS TO: Board of Trustee

REPORTING TO POST HOLDER: Finance and Resources Manager and Project Manager,

LOCATION: Mwanza with occasional national travel and some international travel

DURATION & HOURS: Full-time, fixed-term (2 years) reviewed annually.

ANNUAL SALARY: TZS 29M – 30M depend on the experience and skills

DEADLINE: The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm EAT on 14 September 2020.

INTERVIEWS: 24 – 26 September 2020

START DATE: Immediately

Cheka Sana Tanzania is a vibrant national NGO that strives to advance street-connected children's rights and equality in Tanzania. We help every street-connected child to become who they want to be. Based in Mwanza City, Cheka Sana Tanzania (CST) works toward providing the basic needs of children, such as care and support for their education, health, child rights, environment, protection and sports.

Our mission is to enable and create positive, sustainable change for the lives of children living alone and of children at risk of being on the streets in Tanzania. We do this by meeting the immediate needs of children living or working on the streets, recognizing the power and potential of every single child.

The Director will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Tanzania programme in line with the Cheka Sana Foundation's international strategy and national development plans. To help us achieve this objective, the Director will lead the organisation to be the first choice for donors, private sector partners, and communities in Tanzania. On the three pillars of Protecting Children on the Streets and meet the immediate needs, Shifting Local Perception and Holding Government Responsible.

The Director position is a key role in the Cheka Sana Tanzania and the Senior Management team to design, share progress and review the strategic direction of the organisation. The Director is responsible for identifying and securing new funding opportunities to grow and diversify the portfolio by working closely with the Cheka Sana Foundation UK. The pipeline would build on existing initiatives but should also include projects that expand our national geographical operation and technical footprint in the Country. The Director will provide leadership and management to the team, set and deliver project goals, maintain excellent relations with the Board of Trustees, Donors and the Government of Tanzania at all levels, provide technical and administrative oversight, and ensures staff, volunteers and beneficiaries are safeguarded. He/she is responsible for the financial sustainability of CST's operation, represents Cheka Sana Tanzania with donors, potential implementing partners, private sector, and crucially provides the link between Cheka Sana Tanzania and the rest of the organisation (Cheka Sana Uganda and Cheka Sana UK).

On a day-to-day basis, the Director will also manage programme teams, supporting Programme Managers in delivering against project goals, ensuring project spend on target, programme quality and timely delivery of reports. He/she would also be responsible for building the technical capacity of the programme teams, ensuring that teams are aware of and are using key Cheka Sana documents, such as the project/programme design, partnerships and grants agreement and policy documents. The Director will also oversee a team that is responsible for financial management, human resources, and logistics functions.

Externally, the Director is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with

senior counterparts in Cheka Sana Uganda and Cheka Sana UK, partner organisation,

donors, the local community and the private sector – raising the profile of Cheka Sana

Tanzania's work.

The following describes the key responsibilities, relationships and competencies against which the Director is recruited and assessed;

Strategic leadership of the overall programme in Tanzania, including:

  • Ensure the overall portfolio of Cheka Sana Tanzania reflects the vision, mission and our key pillars of Protecting Children on the Streets and meet the immediate needs, Shifting Local Perception and Holding Government Responsible. Structure of pipeline in such a way that it delivers exciting new projects that align with Cheka Sana International, National Development Plans and SDGs.
  • Design and develop innovative programmes that build on our core values around child protection, street children outreach, reintegration, sports and business start-up and resource management to help disadvantaged youth gain skills and access in thejob markets.
  • Identify possible partnerships opportunities to deliver against this.
  • Be a champion for evidence-based results across the portfolio, supporting teams to generate credible evidence and reflect on how to achieve excellence, representing lessons learned, and ensuring the future direction of the programme builds towards feeding into the strategic plan.

Lead the efficient and effective administration of the programme:

  • Ensure the organisation is within Tanzania's law, drive cost recovery for the sustainability of the operation, and provide support and protection to all staff to do their job
  • Carefully manage risks to the programme together with the Finance and Resources Manager and Project Manager.
  • Ensure emergency protocols are in place to ensure a duty of care to all staff.
  • Closely monitor and take responsibility for Cheka Sana's compliance with national legislation.
  • Provide leadership in contractually securing, and then recouping sufficient cost recovery to cover all costs of programme delivery.

Ensure a healthy programme pipeline

  • Work with the Finance and Resources Manager and Project Manager to develop a proactive funding strategy based on donor opportunities. This will include preparing proposals for submission to donors, in close collaboration with the Board of Trustees and Cheka Sana Foundation UK.
  • Explore new opportunities to deliver Cheka Sana's strategic objectives, including active partnerships with the private sector, service contracts as well as grants, and partnerships etc.

Management and delivery

  • Ensure that Cheka Sana's programmes attain the highest standards of delivery, effectiveness, and value for money.
  • Ensure we are delivering on, and effectively communicating, excellence in project delivery and solid evidence of impact.
  • Working closely with the Cheka Sana UK programme and fundraising managers, be responsible for the programme cycle in Tanzania from beginning to end working to improve still further the efficiency and effectiveness of our contract management, project delivery and compliance.
  • Manage, develop, and support the Tanzania programme team with particular focus on staff development and proactive performance management. Monitoring, evaluation and impact
  • Working closely with Cheka Sana's SMT and the Board, ensuring a focus on the design and implementation of M&E activities to enable Cheka Sana Tanzania to measure the impact of our work, maximize our effectiveness (including programme design), and provide evidence to influence external stakeholders.
  • Working closely with the Board to develop knowledge from our projects that can showcase our results.
  • Ensuring that Programme Participatory review meetings take place on a bi-annual basis to track project indicators.
  • Ensuring that programme reviews take place to track progress against activities and budget.

Relationship management, funding and dissemination. Understand and engage with principal stakeholders that are critical to the success of our work, including:

Maintaining a strong relationship with existing key donors including DFID, RCA, USAID, PACT, Cheka Sana Foundation UK, Amos Trust, Comic Relief, government departments, private sector organisations and other NGOs to achieve the strategic goals of Cheka Sana in Tanzania. Lead key relationships with new donors and other strategic partners in Tanzania and in the region.

Work collaboratively with the senior management team and technical managers, where Cheka Sana is seen as an expert in our chosen sectors with appropriate lessons and evidence for decision-makers and policymakers.

Leadership, SMT and the Board:

  • Provide broader leadership across the organisation, contributing to the overall strategy and future growth of Cheka Sana Tanzania by active contribution to Board of Trustees deliberations and decisions.
  • Chair the senior management team, providing support, development and performance management to the team.
  • Ensure outstanding communication of programme information across the organisation, working closely with the Chair and Trustees and senior managers on internal learning and knowledge management.
  • Recruit and lead a team that is bought into the shared strategy, is aligned across technical areas, solves problems together and holds each other accountable for impact.
  • Performance manage staff effectively, including building a culture of feedback and nurturing the next generation of Cheka Sana leaders.
  • Ensure that all staff are fully conversant with their obligations and duties in relation to Cheka Sana Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies
  • Contribute to organisational learning by identifying innovations and factors which contribute to or inhibit success and impact.

Core Behaviors

  • We assume that as Cheka Sana Director you will have all (or most of) the competencies oftop-class leadership skills, project development and management, grant writing and donor management skills, people and resource management skills. Above all else, we expect you to display a passion and endless enthusiasm for the role of working with street-connected children in delivering transformational change in Tanzania. We also expect you to:
  • Build strong senior relationships across a range of stakeholders characterized by a healthy balance of rapport and challenge in order to develop a clear and focused strategy
  • Read the political landscape and key relationships effectively to ensure the strategy is workable
  • Represent the 'legacy' of Cheka Sana's work in the past, upon which our solid reputation is built
  • Effectively communicate Cheka Sana's wider organisational mission to the team and stakeholders, and pro-actively drive the direction of the organisation

You will also:

  • Deliver through your team by building trust, aligning against the shared strategy, and tailoring your support to their challenges and objectives
  • Create a culture of feedback, debate and learning to solve the most pressing issues as a team
  • Respond to new challenges and opportunities decisively by adapting the team's approach and innovating
  • Identify key measures of success and put in place the systems and culture so that the team hold each other accountable to them


Education, qualifications & other knowledge:

  • Degree in a relevant discipline
  • A profound understanding of the socio-political and economic climate and institutions in Tanzania and the region


  • Director of National NGO or an International NGO with 3 years of experience with clear evidence of having made a strategic contribution to the organisation's aims and objectives
  • Strong track record in the developing of and the fundraising for new programmes with a range of stakeholders including DFID, USAID, PACT,
  • Comic Relief, RCA and other institutional funders and private sector, governments and NGO's
  • Knowledge of key donors in Child Rights, Child Protection, Sports for Change
  • Experience in (Theory of Change) ToC, Log-frame design and designing M&E frameworks
  • Significant experience of managing operational teams in complex environments, including a profound understanding of operational and delivery risk
  • Significant demonstrable experience of deliver-ing projects to time and budget especially when dealing with then like DFID or USAID
  • Experience in working with multiple partners including Institutional Funders like DFID,
  • USAID and PACT, grassroots communities, private, sector, governments and NGOs
  • Proven track record as thought leader and influencer
  • Experience of working in Tanzania and with street-connected children
  • Experience in child protection and gender analysis and ability to design projects with child protection and gendered lens

Skills & abilities

  • High intellectual capacity with strong analytical skills
  • Mature and positive leader, able to manage and work in an international environment with strong inter-personal skills
  • A pro-active creative thinker with demonstrable ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in
  • English with the ability to engage with a wide variety of external and internal stakeholders
  • Swahili an advantage
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate a constant and demanding workload
  • Strong people management skills, including an excellent understanding of team dynamics and project management with an ability to motivate and develop individuals and teams for high Performance
  • Financial management ability and entrepreneurial flair
  • An outstanding net-worker, able to build and maintain key relationships
  • A team player
  • A willingness to learn


Cheka Sana Tanzania has a total of 50 staff including technical, programme, social workers and support staff.

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