Job Opportunity at Children in Crossfire , Project Manager

Job Title: Project Manager – Dodoma (Integrated School Readiness Programme)

Programme : Children in Crossfire , Tanzania Duty Station : Dodoma , Tanzania
Reports to : Programmes Manager Start Date : January 2020
Contract Type : Fixed Term for 3-Years


Children in Crossfire is an Irish-based international NGO whose purpose is to respond to the rights and needs of young children caught in the crossfire of global poverty and injustice . Children in Crossfire Tanzania focuses on increasing access to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) supporting children’s developmental needs and giving them a chance to reach their fullest potential .

The new phase of Children in Crossfire Tanzania’s ECD programming will see the implementation of a flagship pre-primary education (PPE) project in Dodoma region from 2020 – 2022 . The project intends to support the implementation of PPE model streams across all wards of Chamwino and Kongwa district councils in Year-1 , and then to support the systemic scaling-up of quality-improved PPE delivery across all government primary schools of Chamwino and Kongwa districts in Year-2 , and all schools across the remaining 6 councils of Dodoma region in Year-3 . There will also be a pilot component to the project that explores the viability of community-based ECD Centres for early learners aged 3-4 years and their effective transition into pre-primary education . The new project to be known as Integrated School Readiness Programme (ISRP) Dodoma , or more popularly ‘Watoto Wetu Tunu Yetu Dodoma’, is in line with the aspired medium-term growth and direction of Children in Crossfire Tanzania as outlined in our 5-Year results framework for 2017-2021 .

Context of the role
Reporting to the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Programmes Manager , and with the wider support of the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam , the Project Manager will provide overall management-lead of our Early Childhood Development (ECD) programming in Dodoma region . Furthermore , the Project Manager will have lead responsibility for the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Dodoma Project Office , ensuring its effective and accountable functioning across all operations . Managing the Project Team , together with the coordinated technical inputs of different implementing partners , the Project Manager is responsible for quality delivery and continuous learning and development of the PPE project , ultimately positioning its delivery to have transformational inputs in the PPE sub-sector at local and national levels .

Major Responsibilities
Management of the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Dodoma Project Office
Management of Children in Crossfire Tanzania ECD/PPE Programming in Dodoma
Development & Management of strategic partnerships and government engagement in Children in Crossfire Tanzania ECD/PPE Programming in Dodoma

Specific Responsibilities

1) Management of the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Dodoma Project Office (25%)

Lead responsibility for the management and functioning of the Dodoma Project Office , including observation and compliance to organisational policies , practices & procedures .
Provide effective performance management of the Dodoma Project staff team , ensuring staff espouse organisational values , and demonstrate high performance across respective roles .
Lead responsibility in management of Dodoma Project finances including observation and full adherence to Children in Crossfire’s finance policies , practises and procedures .
Lead responsibility for Dodoma Project budget performance , including budget variance management and value for money across project activities and results .
Key responsibility to ensure that all reasonable measures taken to ensure adherence to safeguarding and related child protection policy , practice and procedure across all aspects of Dodoma Project operations and programming .
Report to the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Programmes Manager on a monthly basis or as and when required and more specifically in relation to strategic performance objectives that are developed and signed off on annual basis .
On a functional level of project finances and budget management , cooperate fully with the Children in Crossfire Tanzania Finances and Administration Manager and the Head of Finances at Children in Crossfire Head Office .
Assist with wider organizational activities as and when required .

2) Management of Children in Crossfire ECD Programming in Dodoma (50%)

Lead on the management and effective implementation delivery and overall Dodoma Project performance , in line with organisational and project results frameworks , costed project workplans , and donor frameworks .
Ensure Dodoma Project programming and delivery meets high technical standards of PPE/ECD , including continuous technical development based on effective management of technical inputs , including wider PPE/ECD evidence and targeted project consultancies .
Provide effective management support and supervision of project implementing partners , ensuring high standard of technical performance and project reporting across contracted mandates , including disability and ECD research elements .
Implement an effective results-based management approach to ensuring continuous reflection , learning and action on improvements grounded in strong MEL[1] processes and tools .
Lead responsibility for Dodoma Project reporting across internal and donor project narrative and financial reporting requirements .

3) Development and Management of Strategic Partnerships for Children in Crossfire ECD Programming in Dodoma (25%)

Lead strategic engagement across Dodoma regional administration and local government including PPE/ECD technical capacity building and effective integration and delivery in local government processes .
Lead strategic engagement with sector ministries including education and community development , and PORALG[2], eliciting and coordinating technical and systemic inputs to ensure the project is well-positioned , relevant , and informing wider PPE sub-sector performance .
Ensure Dodoma Project contributes to and benefits from wider macro-level ECD dialogue through leadership and engagement with other national key stakeholders across development partners , civil society and academia .
Represent Children in Crossfire Tanzania in strategic partnership meetings and dialogues with national government on areas related to the organisation’s wider country programme of work in PPE/ECD .

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Safeguarding Risk
This role is considered to present a high-rating of safeguarding risk . The role will include regular field work in schools and communities whereby the staff will be interacting directly with children and vulnerable adults .

Person Profile
Educated to minimum of a Bachelor’s degree level in relevant discipline (such as social sciences , development studies , other).
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in management of NGO development programming in Tanzanian context .
Demonstrable experience in managing a field office and project staff team , including practice and adherence to organisational policies spanning operations , HR and finances management .
Strong understanding and demonstrable experience of results-based management processes , including taking the lead on MEL[3] informing project management and development .
Excellent written and oral communication skills in Swahili and English .
Extensive management experience of early childhood development (ECD) development programming .
In-depth understanding of the ECD landscape in Tanzania and familiarity with key stakeholders , especially regarding domain of early childhood education and pre-primary education sub-sector .
Demonstrable experience of effectively engaging with government sector ministries , especially health and education , in positioning and implementing NGO development programmes .
Strong understanding and demonstrable experience of working closely with local government structures , systems and strategic points of engagement to integrate programmatic priorities in local government processes .
Demonstrable experience of providing effective project management and capacity-building support to local implementing partners to deliver on key aspects of development programmes .
In-depth understanding of key principles of safeguarding and child protection , including demonstrated practice of these in a professional context .
Fluent in written and spoken Swahili and English
Ability to work to deadlines , prioritise and take initiative
Committed to the aims and values of Children in Crossfire , and work as part of the team
Commitment to confidentiality
Carry out your work with integrity

Access application form – Application Form_Dodoma Project Manager_Oct2019

Application Forms (with any accompanying letters) should be returned by email to : jobstz@childrenincrossfire.org

Please state in the subject field the title of the position you wish to apply for .

The Deadline for submission is : 11.59pm EAT on Sunday 10th November 2019

To apply for this job email your details to vicent@ajiraleo.co.tz