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JOBS IN TANZANIA APRIL 2013

Country Director, Tanzania


OVERVIEW PCI began operations in Tanzania in 2008. In cooperation with its local partners, PCI implemented a comprehensive and sustainable water and sanitation and hygiene education program in the northern region of the country. The program directly impacted over 30,000 people in vulnerable communities of Manyara’s Babati District through the construction and/or rehabilitation of water points; construction of latrines; improvement of hygiene and sanitation practices; and empowerment of the target communities, in particular women. In 2010, in partnership with the Tanzanian government and local communities, PCI initiated a USDA-funded, three-year school feeding (Food for Education) program aimed at increasing enrollment and attendance of pre- and primary school children through the provision of school-based meals; improving healthy learning environments; and improving quality learning environments. The project is benefitting nearly 75,000 children and teachers as well as reaching 169,000 community members in the districts of Musoma Rural and Bunda located in Mara Region, which suffers from some of the highest levels of chronic poverty, persistent drought and food insecurity in the country. USDA recently awarded PCI a three-year follow on Food for Education program that will further expand PCI’s impact.
In partnership with Kansas State University (Prime), PCI will also implement a research program to test the nutritional efficacy and consumer acceptance of novel, high-protein micronutrient fortified blended foods that can be used for nutritional programs in Tanzania among children 6-59 months of age. If acceptable, the products could diversify the bouquet of processed food aid commodities and lead to greater demand for drought resistant/tolerant sorghum, soybean, and cowpea crops in Africa, and help reduce the dependence on corn that is protein deficient and vulnerable to drought.
The Country Director will serve as the Chief Representative and Fiduciary Officer for PCI Tanzania. S/he will be responsible for the effective management and development of the PCI Tanzania country program in line with PCI’s Strategic Plan, policies and procedures. S/he will lead the organization’s integrated development program portfolio which includes education, food security and food aid, HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal and child health and nutrition, women’s economic empowerment, water and sanitation, and research. Programs in development include capacity strengthening of local NGOs, sexual and reproductive health for adolescents, child rights and agriculture.
The leadership responsibilities of the position include ensuring quality program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; overall financial management and operations; new program development; human resource management; and representation and liaison with relevant Government of Tanzania ministries, donors, partners, and other national and international agencies and stakeholders.
Duties & Key Responsibilities:
Program Management and Implementation: • Ensure optimal quality of PCI Tanzania’s programs, in line with PCI’s Gold Standards for Program Quality • Ensure effective implementation of programs in line with program objectives, monitoring & evaluation plans, budgets, detailed implementation plans, and timely reporting. • Continually improve program quality through effective monitoring and evaluation systems and the integration of best practices and lessons learned • Provide and/or coordinate effective technical support to programs • Ensure effective management of food commodities • Monitor program quality and implementation through supportive supervision and field visits
Financial Management & Administration: • Ensure the financial stability and effective financial management of PCI Tanzania • Ensure effective financial management systems, processes and internal controls, in compliance PCI’s Gold Standards for Financial Management, Finance Accounting Manual, and local law • Ensure effective administration systems and procedures to maintain efficient and transparent operations • Prepare annual budget for PCI Tanzania and supervise effective execution of the budget • Ensure compliance with donor and PCI rules and regulations for PCI’s cooperative agreements/grants in Tanzania   Human Resource Management: • Ensure effective HR systems, structures, and policies are in place to ensure qualified and competent staff is recruited, on-boarded, trained, developed, and compensated for their roles, in line with PCI’s Gold Standards for HR. • Direct the recruitment and effective onboarding of employees, consultants, and volunteers for PCI Tanzania • Ensure consistent and effective implementation of PCI Tanzania’s Human Resource Manual for National Staff, and review and update annually. • Build capacity of an effective Management Team to promote participatory decision making and accountability • Ensure staff morale and engagement, and demonstrate effective supportive supervision and leadership • Ensure compliance with all local Tanzanian laws and regulations governing INGOs, employment law and taxation
Resource and Program Development: • Lead efforts for program development and secure funding for new and existing programs in Tanzania • Develop key relationships and partnerships among potential donors, partners, and stakeholders • Position and promote PCI Tanzania as a high performing international health, development and relief organization • In coordination with PCI’s new business development unit (NBDU) develop in-country fundraising strategies, new program initiatives and preparation of proposals
Organizational Leadership: • Provide effective leadership of the PCI Tanzania team • Fully participate as an organizational leader, locally and globally, serving as a member of PCI’s Global Leadership Team • Actively participate in the execution of PCI’s Strategic Plan • Represent PCI to the Government of Tanzania, donors, media, and other appropriate bodies
Other Responsibilities: • Represent PCI in negotiations and coordination with Government of Tanzania • Represent PCI in negotiations and coordination with the various departments and agencies of the U.S. Government and other international donor agencies operating in Tanzania • Negotiate and sign agreements as appropriate to PCI projects in Tanzania
Required Qualifications:
• Graduate degree in public health, social science, international development, business or non-profit management or relevant field • 10+ years of professional experience with a minimum of 5 years in a similar role at similar organizational level • 5+ years of professional experience in the management, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of complex community-based health and development programs in developing countries • Experience in food aid and commodity management required • Proven experience in engaging, leading and motivating a diverse team of professionals including local national staff • Excellent people management skills, experience in facilitating cross-functional teamwork, and providing feedback to senior management teams • Excellent financial management and administration skills including internal controls, experience in managing multi-million dollar budgets • Experience in building strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including senior government officials in a developing country setting • Experience developing new sources of funding from a variety of public and private sources • Experience in managing funds from US Government (USAID, USDA preferred) and other international donor agencies • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively within field and head office settings, in a variety of contexts • Strong interpersonal skills including effective conflict management and negotiation • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili a plus. • Excellent time management skills to cope with a high pressure environment and broad range of priorities • Excellent computer skills and strong command of MS Office • Willingness to live in Mwanza and make regular visits to program sites and Dar es Salaam • Some international travel required
Success Factors:
The successful Country Director will skillfully represent programmatic priorities of PCI to donors and regional partners while providing effective leadership to the PCI program team. S/he will have high emotional intelligence, constructive mentoring skills, and proven experience with capacity building. S/he will have strong analytical skills and adept at problem solving. S/he will be committed to long-term program sustainability and the delivery of high-impact activities at the community level. The Country Director should have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and challenging environment, and make effective written and verbal communication a priority. S/he will demonstrate very strong people management skills, as well as experience with distance management.
How to apply:
Please visit our website at www.pciglobal.org and click on the “Careers” tab to apply for this and our other worldwide opportunities. PCI is an equal opportunity employer.
UNFPA Representative Tanzania, ICS-13 (D-1) 
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We are pleased to announce the following vacancy:
VACANCY NO.: Job ID 2208
CLOSING DATE: 23 April 2013 (5.00 p.m. New York time)
POST TITLE: UNFPA Representative Tanzania
CATEGORY: ICS-13 (equivalent to D-1)
POST NUMBER: 26885
DUTY STATION: Dar-es-Salaam
POST TYPE: Rotational
DURATION: One year (renewable) 1/
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: East and Southern Africa Regional Office
BACKGROUND:
The UNFPA Representative plays the leading role in projecting the priorities and mandate of the organization at the national and/or area level. Through compelling advocacy and thought leadership, the Representative effectively positions UNFPA to be the visible centre of innovation and excellence on issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health, and gender, human rights and culture. Placing the ICPD issues at the centre of the overall development agenda, the Representative plays a significant part in ensuring a coordinated and comprehensive engagement across the UN system, with bilateral donors and civil society, with national counterparts and other partners. The Representative provides leadership for the work of UNFPA in the country of assignment and is accountable for the UNFPA Country programme and operations in the country. Key activities include:
• Strategic direction, planning and management • Programme leadership and representation • Programme oversight and coordination • Management of resources
ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING: Under the guidance of the Director of the East and Southern Africa Regional Office, the Representative post is located in Tanzania in a programme country and has overall responsibilities for UNFPA representation, policy, programme, finance, staff and office administration in her/his country of assignment. The country of assignment is categorized as one which is large, or politically sensitive, or a location where UNFPA programme activities are highly visible, or in a contiguous group of countries. The Representative leads and motivates the UNFPA team in the development of innovative, relevant approaches for engagement on issues related to population and development, sexual and reproductive health and gender. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
A. Strategic direction, planning and management
• Lead the positioning of UNFPA on strategic and substantive issues in the country on the basis of global and regional policies and strategies; • Lead and direct the process of scanning the environment on country level issues and analyzing the implications for the work of the Fund and the Country Office; • Identify and promote UNFPA’s comparative substantive role and specific contribution in the national development environment and agenda, and in the changing aid environment; • Provide overall vision, direction and management for the work of UNFPA in the country; • Establish priorities for the work of the Country Office in line with UNFPA priorities and substantive global, regional and country level priorities; • Establish processes to ensure that policies and procedures, programming tools and mechanisms, and sound business practices are incorporated into UNFPA country and regional operations; • Establish processes to ensure that state-of-the-art knowledge incorporated into the UNFPA knowledge sharing mechanism is available for use in country and regional operations; and • Direct the process of establishing, building the capacity of and maintaining partnerships, alliances and networks in the region.
B. Programme leadership and representation
• Act as the principal adviser on country level issues to the Regional Director and senior management of UNFPA; • Act as senior advisor for the promotion of the organization’s capacity for effective delivery, including on the development of regional and global policies, positioning, strategies, and plans; • Provide leadership in the substantive development and execution of the organization’s country level policy dialogue and country programme, assessing and addressing implications of national trends on UNFPA’s work in the country; • Direct the process of developing strategies and plans for the implementation of the Country Programme, including for the delivery of technical assistance for capacity development and for humanitarian and emergency situations, and guide the implementation of these strategies and plans; • Represent UNFPA at the country level and provide its perspective in high level national, UN, and other initiatives and events; • Act as a leading spokesperson within the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), promoting effective coordination on development issues with integration of population and development and sexual and reproductive health issues in the larger development agenda; • Advocate and engage in policy dialogue for concerted action by the international community, the UN and national counterparts on issues related to sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender, human rights and culture, and creates awareness of the critical role of ICPD issues in the overall development agenda and the achievement of the MDGs, including in the development of CCA, UNDAF and other national development frameworks; • Actively promote and support participation of civil society and private sector in development process at national and sub-national levels; • Support the Resident Coordinator (RC) system and is an active member of the UNCT promoting inter-agency coordination and consultative processes; • Proactively contribute to and promote the UN reform process within the country UNCT context; and • Initiate opportunities for South to South collaboration, especially for programme and technical support to countries in the region.
C. Programme oversight and coordination
• Oversee implementation of the country programme, ensuring that they reflect country priorities; • Ensure the application of results-based management and quality assurance frameworks and procedures for the work of the Country Office, including in the delivery of technical assistance; • Ensure the application of financial and substantive monitoring processes, and the evaluation of the country programme; • Establish processes for the incorporation of evaluation results in the work of the country office; • Promote and support national execution modalities through appropriate UN, sectoral or direct budget support modalities, based on a risk based approach; • Establish processes to ensure the Country Office complies with Audit recommendations; and • Ensure UNFPA accountability for UNDAF results.
D. Management of resources
• Assume overall accountability for the management and work of the Country Office; • Propose and secure annual allocations for the country programme, and ensure the efficient and effective use of such resources in compliance with UNFPA financial rules, regulations, and procedures; • Direct the formulation and implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the country, and mobilize, in coordination with IERD and the RO, additional financial resources for the country; • Develop and guide an integrated and systems approach to the work of the Country Office; • Oversee staff accountability, learning and career management within the office; • Supervise the Deputy Representative and other international and national staff, provide them with managerial direction and motivation; • Contribute to the appraisal of RC performance; ensure RC in the country is adequately briefed on UNFPA mandate and organizational strategies and priorities; • Communicate standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the Country Office OMP and the PAD system; • Uphold standards for the recruitment and selection of the highest quality of staff for the Country Office; • Establish and maintain a harmonious working environment; seek to strengthen team-building by encouraging active participation and interaction at all levels; foster staff motivation, development and empowerment; and lead by example; • Establish a CO security strategy and plan in line with UN procedures and requirements; • Ensure an ethics-based approach to management of all human and financial resources.
Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Regional Director
CORE COMPETENCIES:
• Values/Guiding Principles • Performance management • Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment • Working in teams • Communicating information and ideas/Knowledge Sharing • Self-management/Emotional intelligence and Conflict Management/Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements • Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence
FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES:
• Advocacy/advancing a policy oriented agenda • Results based programme development and management • Leveraging the resources of partners / building strategic alliances and partnerships • Innovation and marketing of new approaches • Job knowledge / technical expertise
QUALIFICATIONS:
• Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Public Health, Medicine, Sociology, Demography, Gender, International Relations, International Development, Economics, Public Administration, Management or other related field. • 15 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in public administration and international development of which at least 8 years in the field of population and development at the international level; • Proven ability to lead and manage teams to achieve demonstrable results; • Strong interest in development work, especially the mission of the United Nation Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations; and, • Field experience is essential. • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.
UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender quality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.
We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive salary plus housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.
1/ No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulation 4.5
How to apply:
UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.
Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA athttp://www.unfpa.org/employment/application_guide.doc. Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process. Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.
Distance Education Manager
The International Education and Training Centre for Health (I-TECH) is collaboration between the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco, and have offices in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. I-TECH works in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical facilities, and other organizations to support the development of a skilled health work force and well-organized national health delivery systems.
Position: Distance Education Manager
Reporting: Deputy Country Director for Capacity Building
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Position Summary The Distance Education (DE) Manager will work closely with the MOHSW and development partners to help accelerate DE system strengthening and the uptake of new DE technologies in Tanzania. I-TECH’s activities will focus on accelerating the introduction of new DE products, evaluating new strategies, improving the DE foundation in place and supporting the national roll-out of distance education curricula. The DE Manager will lead I-TECH’s in-country presence to accelerate entry, adoption and uptake of innovative, affordable and high-quality distance education strategies.
Responsibilities Working in close collaboration with the MOHSW, the DE Manager will: • Supervise a team consisting of approximately 1.5 staff to introduce, evaluate and facilitate national rollout of distance education strategies; • Work with high-level MOHSW staff and development partners on DE related initiatives in Tanzania, participate actively in technical working groups and support mobilization efforts on behalf of I-TECH and MOHSW; • Oversee the program budget; • Conduct a select number of operational pilots to develop evidence on impact and cost-effectiveness of new technologies in effort to encourage uptake; • Work through existing technical and policy bodies to develop national plans and strategies; • Oversee the development of effective training programs and continuous quality improvement within existing structures; • Lead monitoring and evaluation systems to measure effectiveness of program; • Provide technical advice and assistance to MOHSW HR Development department on DE related issues; • Provide support and follow-up to centers carrying out DE activities; • Develop workplans and budgets, and ensure all activities are conducted in line with them, and • Provide regular reports to HQ and Deputy Country Director on progress of activities
Qualifications • Master’s Degree (preferably of computer science, education) • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in distance education
• Excellent program management skills, ability to handle multiple work streams and deliver against demanding timelines; • Strong technical skills with MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint, with experience developing models to inform decision-making and demonstrable results developing compelling presentations to stakeholders; • Experience conceiving, planning and executing programs or projects with verifiable results and little external support; • Experience developing training materials; • Ability to navigate complex government processes with multiple influencers, and at negotiating and achieving consensus; • Ability to solve challenging problems without extensive structural or operational support; • Able to adapt to fast-paced and changing environment, both internally and externally; • Demonstrated growth in responsibility in current or previous roles; • Excellent visual, verbal and written communication skills; and • English language fluency, both written and verbal
Added Advantages: • Fluency in Swahili • Experience in health • Experience in developing countries
How to apply:
Regional relocation benefits may be considered. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. To apply please send ONLY your CV and cover letter with the subject heading “DE MANAGER” to hr@itech-tanzania.org by April 19th, 2013. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Operations Manager
Reporting: Deputy Country Director – Operations
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with about 30 travel time within the regions.
Position Summary The Operations Manager provides managerial leadership and oversight for operations, personnel, contracts, subcontracts, cooperative agreement negotiations, administrative support services, and ensures compliance with relevant rules and regulations of the Tanzanian government, United States Government (USG) partners, including CDC-GAP/Tanzania and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the University of Washington (UW).
Duties & Responsibilities Management and Leadership Responsibilities (10%) • Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director –Operations (DCD-Ops), provide support in managing the ongoing development, dissemination, implementation, monitoring and assessment of operational policies, procedures and associated administrative forms and tools critical to success of I-TECH Tanzania objectives; • Support strengthened accountability, linkages and effective collaboration with all other I-TECH Tanzania teams and program units, including Finance and Program Lead. • Work closely with the DCD-Ops and Finance Manager to ensure transparency and high quality service delivery regarding procurement, vendor and subcontractor administrative relations • Provide direct supervision, guidance and training to the Office Supervisor, Receptionist and Drivers.
Program Management and Administration (30%): • Participate in COP planning and budgeting meetings • Collaborate with Program Leads to identify their needs • Collaborate with DCD Ops and Team to develop and implement Ops work plan • Supervise the organization, implementation and logistics related to all I-TECH activities including trainings, travel coordination, and meetings • Develop and implement communication strategies and mechanism to ensure efficient and effective collaboration between program and administrative staff • In collaborations with Office Supervisor and Finance Manager ensure a timely payment of all vendors’ agreements in place.
Logistics and Security (10%) • Continuously monitor the security situation in I-TECH Tanzania operational areas and take appropriate measures in the interests of I-TECH Tanzania personnel, and property making recommendations to the Country Director as needed to ensure the safety and security of all employees • Provide training and orientation to staff and visitors on safety and security • Provide direction to, and supervision of logistical arrangements related to visitors and employees in the region • Review vehicle log sheets and fuel purchases
Procurement and Inventory (30%) • Facilitates purchasing process by working with Office Supervisor in identifying sources and analyzing bids • Prepares detailed vendor agreements and obtains authorizations consistent with established guidelines • Tracks vendor agreements to ensure timely renewals • Prepares and submits required reports on procurement activities • Maintains electronic records of vendor agreements • Provide support in orienting staff to procurement procedures and responsibilities • Conduct quarterly and annual inventory of all fixed assets in collaboration with finance Manager. • Ensure all office equipment is insured as required by UW policies and per Tanzania Labor Law regulations
Policy Development and Oversight (20%) • Develop Tanzania Country Project administrative policies and procedures in compliance with HQ/ UW, USG funders and Tanzania government regulations • Oversee the implementation of Procurement policies and train all I-TECH staff on any new changes in the policies. • As directed by Senior Management and under a supervision of DCD – Ops develops short and long term Country Office policies as needed. • Implement and enforce all policies and procedures of I-TECH Tanzania.
Required Education, Training & Experience: • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, International Development, or other closely related field. Master’s degree is an added advantage. • Minimum three (5) years relevant management experience in an international NGO setting with limited resources • Strong ability to work independently, take initiative and set priorities • Excellent communication and team-building skills, including cultural and gender sensitivity • Well evidenced analytical, organizational, evaluation, and problem solving skills • Experience with writing policies and procedures • Proven ability to work well with a wide range of collaborators and stakeholders, including national, international, and field-based project implementers and staff • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in English in writing, by phone and in person • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Word and Excel • Must be a Tanzanian citizen
Desired Skills & Qualifications • Experience working with donor funded programs • Experience living and/or working in Africa • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy and confidentiality
How to apply:
To apply please send ONLY your CV and cover letter with the subject heading “OPERATIONS MANAGER” tohr@itech-tanzania.org by APRIL 19th, 2013. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
Country Director
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

By mid-2013 most of our international programmes will be delivered through a merged operation with 14 000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class peop le and relevant for the 21st century.

The role:
As a member of the East Africa Senior Leadership team, you will have shared accountability for Save the Children’s international development and emergency programming in the region of approximately $200 million each year through an organisation of over 1,000 people. To achieve our ambitious goals and breakthroughs for children, the leadership team will, in collaboration with Save the Children Members and in conjunction with the other regional organisations, aim to drive growth to $2 billion by 2015.

The Country Director will lead the transformation of the country to a new operating model, whilst also delivering Save the Children’s strategy within the country through:
• Delivering quality programmes, including advocacy, for children; and
• Serving Members and their donors

Qualifications and experience:
• Experience of building, leading and developing a team of senior staff with different backgrounds and expertise
• Experience of managing a crisis situation requiring quick changes to priorities and rapid action to respond
• Experience of leading change in an organisation which has led to considerable results for the organisation and its stakeholders
• Experience of building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation
• Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in
• Good understanding of programme, financial and operational management processes
• Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development
• Fluency in speaking and writing in English
• Commitment to the Save the Children values

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Please note that the closing date for applications is 9th April 2013

For further information on this role, please see our website at www.savethechildren.net/jobs
How to apply:
Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: jobs.87540.3830@savethechildrenint.aplitrak.com
Research scientist, Tanzania
A new way of volunteering with VSO: 4 weeks per year, for the project cycle of 3 years.
Background
The St. Francis Referral Hospital (SFRH) is located in Ifakara, Southern Tanzania and has a capacity of 400 beds and attracts approximately 700,000 referral patients per year from Kilombero and other neighbouring districts. The hospital is connected historically and operationally to a number of other health institutions. All the local partner institutions depend on each other in order to be able to act as a platform for health care, training and research. Through the support of volunteers there is real potential to strengthen Ifakara as a centre of excellence in healthcare, training and research.
In order to allow the hospital to fulfill its role as a regional referral and teaching hospital, quality of services need to be improved through better infrastructure, strengthening of the financial and human resource management and by ensuring availability of qualified staff, equipment and drugs. Swiss Development Cooperation and VSO are supporting the SFRH to improve its quality of healthcare services in a sustainable way by offering accessible and affordable quality services to the population and providing excellent training and research opportunities to the local partner institutions. Based in the hospital as a Research Specialist, you will support hospital management to identify priority areas for research to improve the quality of care.
What does the role involve? • Facilitating conduction of research for specific issues indentified by the hospital administration • Coordinating collaboration between the hospital departments and Ifakara Health Institute to develop a research culture by carrying out research relating to improved patient care e.g./ infection control, monitoring patient outcome, hospital revenues • Guiding capacity building of departmental staff ability to interpret research results and use it to guide decision-making and patient care management.
Skills, qualifications and experience required
You can apply for this role if you are a qualified a research scientist with a degree in any field of health and masters-degree in any field of science, plus a minimum of 5 years experience as a research scientist. It is desirable but not essential to have worked in Africa. You will need to be available for the period of project, up to 3 years or a minimum of 2 years, with the flexibility and availability to travel and come to train for 12 weeks in a year, (2 weeks every 2 months). We are looking for someone who is a team worker with good social and interpersonal skills and networking abilities. You should be able to handle conflicts in a constructive consultative way and have a flexible personality, adapting easily to new situations, and being able to set realistic expectations on working in a hospital in the tropics.
And the rest....
Ifakara in the south of Tanzania is an authentic savannah grassland area that is green during the rainy season and brown in the dry season. Daytime temperatures vary between 32-39 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Southern Tanzania is home to some of Africa's best national parks and game reserves. There is some good hiking around Mbeya, the largest town in the southwest, but it's the country's two largest parks, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve that provide the most awe-inspiring encounters with lions, elephants and wildebeests. Mikumi is a smaller national park, but its proximity to Dar es Salaam makes it handy for those without the time for the full safari but who still want to see some wildlife. While on placement, we’ll ask you to commit to 12 weeks per year for up to 3 years to make a sustainable contribution. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training including language classes before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.
How to apply:
To find out more about volunteering with VSO or to apply go to http://www.vsointernational.org/volunteer/and quote T0785/0019/0001 on your application. On average it takes a minimum of 4 months to go through the application process so apply now for departure as soon as possible.
Monitoring and evaluation specialist, Tanzania
A new way of volunteering with VSO: 4 weeks per year for the project cycle of 3 years.
Background
The St. Francis Referral Hospital (SFRH) is located in Ifakara, Southern Tanzania and has a capacity of 400 beds and attracts approximately 700,000 referral patients per year from Kilombero and other neighbouring districts. The hospital is connected historically and operationally to a number of other health institutions. All the local partner institutions depend on each other in order to be able to act as a platform for health care, training and research. Through the support of volunteers there is real potential to strengthen Ifakara as a centre of excellence in healthcare, training and research.
In order to allow the hospital to fulfill its role as a regional referral and teaching hospital, quality of services need to be improved through better infrastructure, strengthening of the financial and human resource management and by ensuring availability of qualified staff, equipment and drugs. Swiss Development Cooperation and VSO are supporting the SFRH to improve its quality of healthcare services in a sustainable way by offering accessible and affordable quality services to the population and providing excellent training and research opportunities to the local partner institutions. Based in the hospital as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, you will work closely with the staff to improve quality of healthcare services in a sustainable way.
What does the role involve? • Supporting the hospital management to develop tools for collecting departmental data concerning quality of services • Developing a platform to generate reports related to clinical services, management and accounts using ICT systems • Guiding departments to establish data collection and management systems • Facilitating capacity building of all staff in the departments to improve the overall data collection system • Establishing clear monitoring and evaluation policies and procedures for hospital management • Facilitating collaboration between departmental management and Ifakara health Institute on research specific issues
Skills, qualifications and experience required
You can apply for this role if you are a qualified monitoring and evaluation specialist with a masters-level research-based degree and a minimum of 2 years experience. You will have the ability and experience teaching, training and mentoring staff and developing specific goals and plans for trainees. It is desirable but not essential to have worked in Africa. You will need to be available for the period of project, 3 years or a minimum of 2 years with the flexibility and availability to travel and come to train for 12 weeks in a year, (2 weeks every 2 months). We are looking for someone who is a team worker with good social and interpersonal skills and networking abilities. You should be able to handle conflicts in a constructive consultative way and have a flexible personality, adapting easily to new situations, and being able to set realistic expectations on working in a hospital in the tropics.
And the rest....
Ifakara in the south of Tanzania is an authentic savannah grassland area that is green during the rainy season and brown in the dry season. Daytime temperatures vary between 32-39 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Southern Tanzania is home to some of Africa's best national parks and game reserves. There is some good hiking around Mbeya, the largest town in the southwest, but it's the country's two largest parks, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve that provide the most awe-inspiring encounters with lions, elephants and wildebeests. Mikumi is a smaller national park, but its proximity to Dar es Salaam makes it handy for those without the time for the full safari but who still want to see some wildlife. While on placement, we’ll ask you to commit to 12 weeks per year for up to 3 years to make a sustainable contribution. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training including language classes before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.
How to apply:
To find out more about volunteering with VSO or to apply go to http://www.vsointernational.org/volunteer/and quote T0785/0018/0001 on your application. On average it takes a minimum of 4 months to go through the application process so apply now for departure as soon as possible.
Hospital equipment technician/infrastructure maintenance specialist, Tanzania
A new way of volunteering with VSO: 2 weeks, every 2-3 months for up to 3 years for an experienced hospital equipment technician/infrastructure maintenance specialist in Tanzania
Background
The St. Francis Referral Hospital (SFRH) is located in Ifakara, Southern Tanzania and has a capacity of 400 beds and attracts approximately 700,000 referral patients per year from Kilombero and other neighbouring districts. The hospital is connected historically and operationally to a number of other health institutions. All the local partner institutions depend on each other in order to be able to act as a platform for health care, training and research. Through the support of volunteers there is real potential to strengthen Ifakara as a centre of excellence in healthcare, training and research.
In order to allow the hospital to fulfill its role as a regional referral and teaching hospital, quality of services need to be improved through better infrastructure, strengthening of the financial and human resource management and by ensuring availability of qualified staff, equipment and drugs. Swiss Development Cooperation and VSO are supporting the SFRH to improve its quality of healthcare services in a sustainable way by offering accessible and affordable quality services to the population and providing excellent training and research opportunities to the local partner institutions. Based in St. Francis Referral Hospital as Infrastructure Maintenance Specialist you will work in a consultancy capacity closely with the hospital administrator and technical advisory management team to improve the quality of services.
What does the role involve?
• Develop maintenance manual of buildings and machines, including policies and routine and breakdown schedules • Strengthen the Maintenance Unit by building capacity of maintenance staff and creating an inventory of required tools • Develop an effective system of waste disposal and assist in implementation • Develop a long-term 5-year facility plan for preventive maintenance in the long and short term • Main components to be periodically checked and maintained, including: roofs; external walls, including windows and doors; internal structures; sewage and draining systems; water feeding systems, (boreholes, tanks etc…); plumbing; electrical wiring, switches, sockets, boards etc.; road service; surroundings, waste disposal etc
Skills, qualifications and experience required
You’ll be a qualified hospital equipment technician with a degree or equivalent qualifications in the field. You should have a minimum of 5 years working in the field of hospital equipment repair and maintenance. You will be able to teach, train and mentor staff and aid in developing specific goals and plans for the trainees. You must be a team worker with good social and interpersonal skills and networking abilities; and should be able to handle conflicts in a constructive consultative way. You should have a flexible personality, adapting easily to new situations, and being able to set realistic expectations on working in a hospital in the tropics. Knowledge of the challenges of working in Africa would be advantageous.
And the rest....
Ifakara in the south of Tanzania is an authentic savannah grassland area that is green during the rainy season and brown in the dry season. Daytime temperatures vary between 32-39 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Southern Tanzania is home to some of Africa's best national parks and game reserves. There is some good hiking around Mbeya, the largest town in the southwest, but it's the country's two largest parks, Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserve that provide the most awe-inspiring encounters with lions, elephants and wildebeests. Mikumi is a smaller national park, but its proximity to Dar es Salaam makes it handy for those without the time for the full safari but who still want to see some wildlife. While on placement, we’ll ask you to commit to 12 weeks per year for up to 3 years to make a sustainable contribution. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training including language classes before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.
How to apply:
To find out more about volunteering with VSO visit www.vso.org.uk or to apply go tohttp://www.vso.org.uk/volunteer/ and quote T0785/0017/0001 on your application. On average it takes a minimum of 4 months to go through the application process so apply now for departure as soon as possible.

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