Senior Programme Officer, Health and Nutrition (Tanzania)

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private, non-denominational, international development agency promoting creative and effective solutions to selected problems that impede social and economic development in parts of Africa and Asia. AKF-Tanzania is part of the AKF-East Africa regional structure that supports programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In Tanzania, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programmes in rural economic development, health, nutrition, early childhood development, education and civil society strengthening. In the health sector, AKF’s portfolio in Tanzania includes projects in maternal, new born and child health with a strong focus on community health and health systems strengthening.
AKF Tanzania invites applications from qualified and dynamic candidates for the position of Senior Programme Officer, Health and Nutrition based in Dar-es-Salaam and reporting to the Country Director. This position is part of AKF Tanzania’s core team that would provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to oversee and shape the health and nutrition programming portfolio of the Foundation in Tanzania and exposure to the East Africa region. The successful candidate will be expected to take lead in the health and nutrition sector and contribute to AKF-T’s strategic directions, programme development, grant management, and learning and policy engagement in health and nutrition. One of the key responsibilities will be taking lead on grant management of existing health projects executed by AKF in Tanzania which will include coordinating project planning and implementation with multiple partner organisations.
Specific responsibilities include:
  • Fulfil all grant management responsibilities for on-going grants/projects including: coordinating workplanning and implementation of health projects with multiple implementing partners; overseeing the development of high quality project implementation plans, progress reports and performance monitoring frameworks; tracking financial utilisation of projects; identifying implementation challenges and recommending solutions; and ensuring excellent, cooperative relationships with partners;
  • Provide technical oversight and quality control of health and nutrition projects;
  • Lead program development and resource mobilisation for AKF’s health, nutrition and early childhood development portfolio in Tanzania;
  • Implement a robust learning system for the health and nutrition sector that enables learning to inform policies, programme and practices; and
  • Foster productive relationship with key stakeholders including partner organisations, relevant ministries and government authorities, networks, working groups, policy forums, development partners, donor agencies and civil society organizations working on maternal, new born and child health, nutrition and early childhood development.
The ideal candidate will have:
  1. Minimum of a Master’s degree in health, nutrition or related field;
  2. At least six years of solid experience working within the health system, public health and/or project management on health and/or nutrition projects;
  3. Experience of working with maternal, newborn and child health and/or nutrition programmes;
  4. Proven experience in grant/project management;
  5. Demonstrated capacity to write high quality reports for donor projects and analytical briefs;
  6. Programme development experience with ability to write strong proposals and responsive bids for new programming;
  7. Exceptional written and verbal skills in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili will be an advantage;
  8. Proven experience of programme and budget planning processes, including log frame matrices and monitoring and evaluation plans; good understanding of funds management;
  9. Management, leadership and communication skills;
  10. Ability to communicate with and manage relationships with multiple partners and coordinate activities;
  11. Thorough understanding of the global and national efforts on health and nutrition.
  12. Experience of working in Tanzania or East Africa will be an advantage

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV (not exceeding four pages) and the names and contact information of three referees before close of business 1st July 2016, to the Country Director, Aga Khan Foundation, Tanzania, by e-mail to recruitment@akfea.orgPlease mention the title of the position in your email and do not attach any document other than the CV and cover letter. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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