Programme Coordinator at HelpAge International

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Programme Coordinator

HelpAge International wishes to recruit a Programme Coordinator (PC) that will be based in Zanzibar working closely with different  departments in  the Ministry of Empowerment, Social Welfare, Youth, Women and Children (MESWYWC); HelpAge International’s civil society partner Jumuiya ya Wazee na Wastaafu Zanzibar (JUWAZA), and other stakeholders in Zanzibar. 

A summary of the job purpose and person specification is indicated below while the full Job Description will be available on request.  

Job purpose

To provide support to HelpAge International’s new project ‘’ Towards more effective and accountable social protection systems for income security in older age’’ which will be implemented in collaboration with the MESWYWC.  The post holder will coordinate the detailed planning, effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme in Zanzibar as per the provisions of the approved proposal and budget. The post holder will ensure the project implementation meets HelpAge’s minimum standards for quality project management, gender, age and disability disaggregated data collection, analysis and evidence gathering and reporting, providing lessons to all stakeholders involved in the programme.   The post holder further ensures compliance to the donor specific requirements. 

We are looking for a dynamic person who is capable of assuming overall project management and coordination responsibility for the project in Zanzibar and overseeing other HelpAge strategic engagement with various Government agencies and civil society to create synergy.    

Person Specification 

At least Bachelor’s Degree in Health and related social sciences field.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in  programme management/coordination out of which 3 years must be with NGOs 
Ability to handle relationship with different levels of government authorities tactfully and diplomatically 
Knowledge of or interest in developing a sound Social Protection, ageing and health developmental programmes.
Understanding of social  issues, vulnerability and poverty 
Ability and willingness to be administratively self-supporting.
Ability to work under pressure and to short deadlines
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to document information to different audiences including to media and donors as required
Demonstrable interest in gender and ageing issues an advantage 
Experience of closely working with the media for public awareness 
Experience in a cross-organisational role a high degree of analytical ability, initiative and self-managed output
High level fluency in written and spoken Kiswahili and English 
Budget development, management and tracking and monitoring
Contract Period is one (1) years with potential for renewal 

Candidates who meet these requirements should send an email requesting for the full Job Description. Interested applicants should apply with a CV of not more than 2 pages and a cover letter stating how they meet the key competencies by email to: or 

Applications should be sent before Monday 07th March 2016.  HelpAge International is an equal opportunity employer.   Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  No certificates need to be sent. 


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