Deputy Party Chairman (DCOP) – USAID Regional Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Activity (Tanzania) – United Republic of Tanzania
Job title: Deputy Party Chairman (DCOP)
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Corus International’s country portfolio in Tanzania has worked with the Tanzanian government, donors and a variety of local and international partners since 1997. Programs reach marginalized communities through improved access to quality health services. At the heart of its Health Systems Strengthening program, IMA World Health, in partnership with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, is promoting an emphasis on nutritional services and healthy behaviors to reduce malnutrition, improve population life expectancy and reduce out-of-pocket healthcare costs. The portfolio includes a focus on sustainable development assistance in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health and activities on neglected tropical diseases and operates out of Dar es Salaam.
About the position: IMA World Health is seeking a Deputy Party Chair (DCOP) to lead the operationalization of an anticipated USAID funded regional multi-sectoral nutrition activity in Tanzania (Njombe, Iringa, Rukwa, Songwe and Kigoma). The 5-year project focused on 1) increasing coverage of quality nutritional services in healthcare facilities and within communities; 2) improving consumption of safe, nutritious food; and 3) increasing the capacity of district-level councils to use data, plan, budget, and provide quality nutritional services.
The Deputy Party Chief will provide overall technical direction and operational oversight for the expected activity. He/she takes a leadership role in ensuring the technical and administrative implementation of effective, proven interventions while ensuring that the project meets stated objectives and reporting requirements. The DCOP takes over the duties of the COP in the absence of the COP. He/she will provide technical leadership in coordinating with key stakeholders and other implementation partners, including numerous government institutions and representatives, the private sector and civil society partners, to ensure regional nutrition interventions contribute to outcomes consistent with national and global best practice methods exercises. Ensuring effective implementation of the project and working closely with the program implementation partners and the COP to ensure adaptive management of the project takes place will be key to this role. A collaborative mindset and a willingness to invest in the long-term success of local institutions (public, private and civil society) will also be crucial.
The position will be based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and will report to the party leader. Actual termination is subject to signed agreement and approval by USAID. Tanzanian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Work with the COP and senior management team to support adherence to project goals, evaluate program effectiveness, and determine corrective actions needed to achieve goals
- Advised GOT personnel and facilities at the regional and district levels on dietary restrictions and performance improvement options and proposed interventions that may impact the systems
- Work with national, regional and district GOT staff to create action plans for implementation of project activities and performance monitoring tools; refine policies and accountability tools for health financing; and to advise on the allocation, training and deployment of human resources
- Coordinate with key staff/component leaders and partners in coordinating activities at the national, regional and district levels in accordance with the work plan and deliverable timelines
- Provide ad hoc training and mentoring, including conducting site visits, to support technical teams addressing nutritional issues
- Work with the project team and headquarters staff to ensure proper technical reporting, spend and compliance
- Provide input on system indicators relevant to project performance and work closely with the M&E manager to track project performance at project sites
- Liaison and coordination with MOH, professional bodies, civil society, CBOs and technical working groups to develop strategies, policies and approaches to improve nutrition
- Supporting the development of strong monitoring, evaluation and learning mechanisms, program monitoring tools and efficient systems to ensure quality implementation
- Define the strategy, iterate and ensure consortium partner agreement and compliance throughout the technical approach and implementation
- Overseeing the implementation partners and fostering a positive and collaborative work environment involving both local and international partner organizations towards the program objectives
- Together with the COP and the technical implementation team, take a leading role in the development of the annual work plan and the review of the existing performance monitoring plans; maintain effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems to achieve results; and liaise with internal and external technical staff and consultants for program evaluation
- Overseeing program staff and managing syndicate partners and grantees in coordination with the COP
- Represent the project in coordination with the COP in public and professional circles and at donor and other high-level visits (particularly from USG and private agencies) through meetings, conferences and presentations; Supporting written correspondence with the donor as needed
- Postgraduate degree in Medicine, Nursing/Midwifery or Public Health
- At least seven (7) years of proven experience leading and supervising a large consortium and staff teams of international and expatriate collaborators and local or international partner organisations
- Experience managing large, complex, donor-funded international development programs required; Experience managing USAID health/nutrition projects of similar size and complexity a significant asset for this role
- Proven technical experience in one or more of the following areas: health systems strengthening, community health programs, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, gender-based violence/child protection, maternal and child health, family planning/reproductive health, and/or clinical and critical care services.
- Working knowledge and previous experience with USAID awards
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with government officials, international partners, MOH personnel and local health workers and other local stakeholders in health program design and implementation; Experience with religious organizations preferred
- Excellent team management, interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills
- Advanced intercultural sensitivity, including experience of working and communicating with professional and support staff in a multicultural, multilingual environment; Ability to foster an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect
- Demonstrated ability to work with government officials, international researchers, international partners, local agricultural specialists, financial service providers and other local stakeholders likely to contribute to design and implementation
- Adaptive management experience preferred, with demonstrated ability to iterate, test and adapt programs to contextual changes
- Work experience in Tanzania
- Ability to lead and manage change and to inspire teamwork and high-performing teams
- Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills
- Intercultural sensitivity a must; Living and/or working experience in developing countries required
- Excellent analytical written and verbal communication skills
- Proficiency in English at a professional level, both oral and written; Knowledge of Swahili is an advantage
- Willingness and ability to travel to project locations in Tanzania
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