Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program (MBNP)

Position: Two Regional Coordinators

Locations: Iringa, and Mbeya/Songwe Regions

Reports to: Deputy Director Program implementation/ Deputy Chief of Party

Africare, a USA based Private Voluntary Organization with its Head Office in Washington D.C, USA; is seeking applications for qualified Tanzanians to fill two positions of Regional Coordinators for Iringa Region (based in Iringa Municipality) and Mbeya/ Songwe Region (based in Mbeya City). MBNP is a seven year (2011-2018) USAID-funded through Feed the Future (FtF) and Global Health Initiatives (GHI). The overall goal of the program is to support the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to improve the nutritional status of children, pregnant and lactating women in Tanzania, with specific focus on reducing maternal anemia and childhood stunting by at least 20% in Dodoma, Iringa, Manyara, Mbeya, Morogoro and Songwe Regions, and in three districts in Zanzibar.

Description of the Position

The Regional Coordinator will manage all MBNP Program interventions (in accordance with Africare and USAID rules and regulations) assigned to him/her in Iringa Region or Mbeya/Songwe Region including planning budgeting and facilitating the implementation, documentation,  providing supportive supervision to Local Government Authorities (LGAs)-District Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Steering Committees (DMNSCs), District Nutrition Technical Facilitators (DNTFs) through District Nutrition Officers (DNuOs), sub-grantees Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other key nutrition partners and stakeholders at the Region and Council levels. The Regional Coordinator will directly supervise the following MBNP Regional staff: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer, Nutrition Officer, Finance and Administration Officer, and program support staff. He/she will work closely with Government officials, pro-nutrition private sector, CSOs and the community to ensure that the program achieves its intended results in the region.

Main duties
1. Program Management And Oversight
Provide managerial and technical support to respective regional staff and ensure the program achieves intended results to feed into the overall program results framework.
Coordinate activities under his/her direct supervision to ensure that all program plans are implemented to the expected quantity and quality.
Work closely with government authorities and CSOs at regional and council levels to ensure that local government authorities (LGAs) integrate nutrition related interventions and nutrition activities are included in LGAs planning, budgeting and implementation processes.
Represent the MBNP and promote a positive image of in all program related activities at regional and council levels.
Be proactive in pinpointing program implementation challenges and coordinate the regional team in taking corrective and timely measures.
Maintain vertical and horizontal system in giving and receiving feedback within and outside the regional program team.
Liaise with various program staff at the Program Management Unit in the Dar es Salaam Country Office, as required.

2. Capacity strengthening:
Collaborate with LGAs management (DMNSCs and DNTFs) and CSOs to provide relevant nutrition education for different partners at regional, council and community levels.
Work with relevant regional and council technical teams/officers to ensure coordinated and unified guidance on the development and dissemination of nutritional messages to intended recipients.
Work with different local and international nutrition organizations at regional and district levels to maintain harmony and complementarily in skills and resource utilization to avoid duplication of efforts.
Coordinate efforts within and outside the program to build sense of ownership and enhance sustainability in planning, budgeting and implementation processes for nutrition.
Collaborate with other institutions and related programs to strengthen service delivery for nutrition at council, facility and community levels.
Coordinate program and other nutrition stakeholders’ efforts to strengthen capacities of institutions at regional and council levels to ensure adequate deliver of nutrition Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) services according to the National Nutrition Strategy implementation plan.

3. Monitoring and Evaluation
Coordinate monitoring of program implementation at regional level.
Coordinate regular program individual and team evaluation of program progress and plans to address performance capacity gaps.
Collaborate with Regional M&E Officer to compile and review implementation and statutory reports for submission to relevant MBNP management channels.

4. Grants and Financial Management
Be ultimately responsible for, supervise and support the Regional Finance and Administrative Officer to ensure strict compliance with MBNP, Africare, Government of Tanzania and donor financial regulations and requirements.
Coordinate and lead the program regional team in preparing annual work plans and budgets.
Work with and support the Regional Finance and Administrative Officer to procure and maintain records of all transactions and assets in the region.
Coordinate, manage and account for all funds expended by regional team and grants disbursed to and used by all Sub grantees in the region.
Initiate budgeted fund requests and authorize allocable and allowable expenditure at regional level.
A Bachelors Degree in Agriculture, Nutrition, Public Health, or related field from recognized institution of higher learning or relevant experience. A Masters Degree will be an added advantage.
A strong social science background with proven working experience in agriculture, public health, social work, and community development.
Proven experience in management/coordination skills and good knowledge in nutritional issues in at sub-national level in Tanzania
Experience in working with the Government (LGAs) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector. Working with sub grantees/ CSOs will be added advantage.
Experience in writing project reports and management plans; willingness to participate in field activities and travel extensively in remote areas within the project areas.
Experience and possess skills in training and transfer of knowledge; excellent communication and facilitation skills; ability to follow deadlines, accuracy and attention to detail.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send their resumes and a one page cover letter by email not later than 16:00 hours Friday 20th  January 2017 to: The Chief of Party, Africare/ Mwanzo Bora Nutrition Program, Plot No. 44, Galu Street, Ada Estate – Kinondoni; P.O. Box 63187, Dar es Salaam – Tanzania; Email:

Applications should indicate the position of “MBNP Iringa Region or Mbeya/Songwe Regional Coordinator” in the subject line. Only applications via email will be accepted.

Africare is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer committed to workplace diversity.



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