Programme Development and Quality Director – (210003JN)
the Children has been working in Tanzania for more than 30 years. We
are working with the government, local organizations and other
international agencies to reduce child malnutrition, improve new-born
and maternal health, support and strengthen early childhood development
and primary education systems. We strengthen child protection systems
for vulnerable children, promote children’s participation and
contribution to policy and resource allocation for services which
concern them, support, and respond to emergencies.
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employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for
children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding
career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where
ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) in Tanzania, the Director
of Program Development and Quality (PDQ) is responsible for driving
cross-functional engagement in the development and delivery of the
Country Strategy Plan (CSP), developing annual plans and reporting on
results. S/he is responsible for ensuring development and delivery of
high quality, evidence-based, innovative programs for children, in all
contexts, that contribute to Save the Children’s global Breakthroughs:
Learn, Survive, Be Protected. The Director of PDQ ensures that a robust
monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system is in
place, that the country office engages in the collection and use of
evidence and that this is shared across the global organization, and
that reliable data is used for decision-making. One key aspect of the
role is ensuring capability building, mentoring and coaching of
technical specialists in order to support program quality in line with
global standards and key performance indicators. As a senior leader in
the country office s/he plays a representational role with the
government, donors, partners, peer agencies, SC Members and others. The
Director of PDQ supports strategic positioning with donors and partners
and leads on project design to ensure that the country office strategy
can be delivered in line with child rights programming principles.
Contract Duration: 3 Years
No of Vacancies: One (1) Position
Reporting to: Country Director
Location: Dar es Salaam
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KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Strategy, Planning and Reporting (20%)
leadership, strategic vision and direction to the Tanzania Country
Program by leading the development/updating of the Country Strategy Plan
(CSP) that is in line with the global strategy, Ambition 2030, with
child rights at the core of all programming and advocacy work.
the development/updating of the Child Rights Situation Analysis,
including analysis of country context and taking into account child
rights principles, ensuring participation and buy-in from all relevant
staff, partners and other stakeholders as necessary
leadership on development of the Country Annual Plan, monitoring of
progress against the plan, and completion of accurate, on-time Country
Annual Report of outcomes and impact for children, aligned with the
Global Results Framework.
- Facilitate the development and pursuit
of thematic and cross-cutting strategic priorities in line with the
CSP, including gender equality, to guide current and future SC
programming and Humanitarian Strategies.
- Support ownership and
commitment to the Country Office strategy by all staff and departments
through clear communication, regular feedback on progress and engagement
of all functions in updates.
- Participate in global discussions
and working groups to represent country office, and the voice of
children, in strategy design and policy development.
- Support change processes and roll-out new ways of working to improve achievement of the CSP.
Program Design and Development (30%)
- In coordination with the Awards Management Team, review and position for opportunities that will drive the CSP.
consultation with the Country Director and Members, ensure technical
engagement with donors to pre-position and prepare for opportunities,
and engage in strategic positioning work directly as appropriate and
pursue strategic priorities in programming and advocacy.
- Play a leading role in designing proposals, including:
with our strategy and SC’s Theory of Change – innovating, building on
and generating evidence, identifying strategic ways of partnering;
supporting broader change in policy and practice
Technical Specialists and program staff to ensure high quality,
evidence-based designs that draw on needs assessments, learning from
past programs and child safeguarding principles;
partners are identified and appropriately engaged in program design,
linking with Operations and Awards teams as need be for assessments,
especially to strengthen gender sensitivity at design stage;
proposal designs and their budgets include robust MEAL plans that are
aligned with the Global Results Framework (and therefore advance towards
our Breakthroughs), incorporate Common Approaches as relevant, and
build in critical learning questions.
- Ensuring the project budget will enable the project to be delivered as designed.
- Incorporating child and community participation into design, as relevant.
Program Quality and Program Technical Excellence (20%)
and lead a team of program technical specialists needed to successfully
deliver against the CSP and Theory of Change, and maintain working
relationships with SC global, Member and regional technical advisors,
procuring technical support as needed to support program and advocacy
efforts, including during Emergencies.
- Ensure that Technical
Specialists engage in larger communities of practice within and external
to Save the Children, to link with the most relevant and evidence-based
approaches (including Common Approaches).
- Ensure that child
safeguarding and safe programming is embedded in program design and
considered throughout implementation to ensure that we do all we can to
ensure children in our programs are safe, in line with our child
- Ensure that program design and
implementation addresses cross-cutting issues (gender, disability,
resilience) and is responsive in a humanitarian context.
that appropriate systems are in place to establish and maintain thematic
coherence and cross-thematic integration around our strategic
priorities (working groups, communications streams, etc).
the country program delivers high quality, multi-sectoral programming
in both development and humanitarian contexts (as appropriate), and
responds to identified gaps, drawing on both internal and external
resources to foster learning and continuous improvement.
and advance technical and operational quality of programmes, including
conducting regular field visits to provide feedback on quality
benchmarks, soliciting inputs for design of new programs and collecting
ideas for innovation.
- Work closely with the Director of Program
Operations and Head of Awards to ensure Quality Framework standards are
met, Key Performance Indicators improved, and procedures are followed
throughout the project cycle and across the portfolio.
technical specialists proactively and regularly communicate planned
requirements for program design, learning and implementation to relevant
CO departments/functions, and actively engage and participate in
national dialogue, working groups and with thematic stakeholders and
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning (MEAL) and Knowledge management (15%)
a functional interface between MEAL and Project teams for data quality,
systems for reflection, interpretation and action planning.
a monitoring system that provides timely and accurate project results
by embedding MEAL across program implementation. This requires ensuring
effective collaboration across MEAL staff, Technical Specialists,
Technical Advisors and program implementation teams to develop
logframes, indicators, implementation plans, quality benchmarks,
monitoring and evaluation frameworks and related tools.
concrete systems and mechanisms to cultivate a culture of learning,
reflection and continuous improvement and provide leadership to ensure
their uptake and roll out across SC in Tanzania.
- Define and
pursue Country Program and project-specific learning agendas and ensure
the research, evaluation and policy work of the Country Program
contributes to generation of evidence for development and improvement of
Common Approaches, sound decision-making and policy influencing
internally and externally.
- Lead programme quality improvements
by monitoring and improving Program KPI performance, including
resourcing and conducting high-quality evaluations to demonstrate
outcomes and impact and ensuring that accountability mechanisms are in
place for all projects so that identified actions are resolved, with
critical issues escalated to senior management.
Advocacy, Campaigns, Media and External Representation (5%)
with the Advocacy and Campaigns Manager to develop and execute of the
Country Program advocacy strategy and annual plans that link to the CSP.
- Represent Save the Children externally as part of advocacy and
networking, including with high level government officials, donors,
civil society actors, partners, and other stakeholders to build
relationships to facilitate achievement of CSP strategic goals and
success of our projects for children.
- Work closely with the
communications team to develop and implement media strategies to support
Save the Children’s visibility and achievement of the CSP and Campaign
- Mentor thematic team members in building their
advocacy and representation skills, and provide coaching around specific
Team management, Mentorship, and Development (10%)
appropriate staffing of Program Development and Quality team, and
engagement of additional technical support when needed to deliver
quality project design and delivery.
- Ensure that all PDQ staff
understand and are able to perform their role in delivering first-class,
quality programs for children in both development and emergency
contexts through effective on-boarding and clear work plans.
individual and team performance using principles of leadership agility,
and Save the Children’s performance management system.
that staff proactively build and maintain technical, managerial and
leadership skills, including competencies in child rights programming,
child safeguarding and Common Approaches, providing coaching
opportunities when needed.
- Establish and maintain a culture of
teamwork, participation, and accountability, including regular team and
individual meetings, mechanisms for cross department coordination and
collaboration, and norms and practices that are results driven.
Qualifications and Experience
degree or its equivalent in years of experience in relevant social
sciences, development studies, human rights or other relevant sector
EXPERIENCES (number of years- basic, specialist, Professional, Professional +specialist)
of seven years progressive senior management and/ or development
experience, including experience designing and implementing programs for
- Experience in one or more of the Save the Children
priority sectors: education, protection, child rights governance, child
poverty, health and nutrition, and emergencies.
- Proven excellence in leading a team, being a team player, and leadership in an international organisation.
appreciation and understanding of how to manoeuvre in a context of
shrinking space for civil society, ensuring Save the Children’s
integrity and child rights are not compromised
- Demonstrated knowledge of children’s issues, rights-based program approaches, and child safeguarding principles.
skills and proven experience in leading strategic planning, change
management and program management processes; also from the knowledge and
- Strong skills and proven experience in
new program development, project design and proposal writing with
corporate, foundations and/or institutional donors.
- Able to work well under pressure and deadlines
listening, inter-personal, communication and networking skills; proven
experience and effectiveness working across functional teams and in a
matrixed structure; and an ability to work with diverse populations.
- High level of self-awareness and willingness to take feedback for growth and self-development.
expertise in developing and managing Monitoring Evaluation
Accountability and Learning systems, and overseeing
- Credibility to lobby, influence and represent Save the Children at all levels
skills in training, capacity building, coaching, problem solving and
mentoring teams/staff members throughout project cycle management.
skills in designing and carrying out qualitative and quantitative
research and using research to inform program design and advocacy.
capacity to design innovative and high impact programs, and leveraging
project results towards broader systemic impact.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Effective negotiator, with the ability to positively influence cross departmental and cross sector work
- Fluency in written and spoken English, Kiswahili would be an advantage
How to Apply.
Please read the full details of the position at https://tanzania.savethechildren.net/careers and apply as instructed. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for Interview.
Application closing Date: 08th June 2021
need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our
commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is
subject to our Child protection standards including background checks
and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy. All employees are
expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global
Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
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Location: Dar es Salaam
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Closing Date: Jun 8, 2021