Project Manager - Health/Nutrition/WASH at Save the Children Tanzania

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.

The Project Manager Health/Nutrition/WASH will be overall responsible for maintaining strategic direction, management, and implementation of the UNICEF-funded Health/Nutrition/WASH programme in Zanzibar. This includes developing a coherent and consistent implementation strategy and ensuring that activities are implemented in accordance with agreed plan. He/she also ensures that key organisational principles and approaches, such as child participation and gender, sound M&E systems, financial control and compliance will be achieved during the programme implementation period.
Reports to: Zanzibar Representative 


Staff directly reporting to this post:   Project Officers (3).
Project Management
  • Deliver programme according to the contractual requirements of UNICEF and their donor, DFATD,  i.e. that all activities and deliverables are completed within the timescale and budget, reports are submitted as per the agreed schedule and formats and any other requirements or criteria are fulfilled as specified in signed agreements.
  • Update detailed work plans of project staff with project implementation and ensure this is used by the whole project team to monitor project progress towards completion
  • Complete programmatic and financial reports for donors, the government partners and Save the Children as required, ensuring these are of a high quality and submitted to Awards Management on time for sharing with the Member and donor. Be fully aware of the grant compliance regulations for the donor.
  • Manage and revise a realistic budget, ensuring proper authorisation and monitoring expenditure in line with the budget and donor guidelines, Save the Children grant management and financial guidelines. This will include the supervision of monthly and quarterly variance analysis reports.
  • Provide guidance and supervision to the project staff, together with the Zanzibar Representative and Country Director, to ensure they have clear objectives and received regular support and supervision.
  • Ensure that established protocols for communication and management arrangements are followed by the project team.
  • Participate in regular field based project review meetings, to include grant management, finance and implementation. 
  • To ensure effective tracking of grants and in discussion with the APM, establish strategies to ensure efficient utilisation of the resources available to the programme.
  • To manage the day-to-day running of the  health project and ensure established systems and procedures are maintained.
  • Represent Save the Children in a professional (effective and efficient) manner with other health actors (Ministry of Health, UN agencies, INGOs, and civil society organisations).

Technical Programme Effectiveness
  • Coordinate in the field the delivery of technical support by  technical thematic leads, Member TAs  and external consultants.
  • Provide technical guidance on community health systems strengthening for maximum behavior change and referrals to facilities in health, nutrition and WASH.
  • Ensure quality of work assisting project staff in the use of UNICEF and Save the Children tools and guidelines specific to this project and conforming to Ministry of Health guidelines in Zanzibar. Provide guidance on use of SBCC materials and support Supervisors in on-training to Community Health Volunteers.  Support of Save the Children specific tools include, among others, child participation, child right programming and mainstreaming of gender, diversity and HIV/AIDS.
  • Technically oversee, with the relevant project staff, the M&E plan for the programme. 
  • Ensure that the effectiveness, impact and direction of the health/nutrition/WASH programme is continually monitored, reviewed and evaluated.
  • Regular visits to the project implementation sites and communities to provide supportive supervision and identify challenges to be addressed in programme delivery.
  • Meet regularly with the Ministry of Health and provide technical input to the Health Promotion Unit to build sustainability of the interventions through government systems.

  • Serve as the Save the Children senior project representative in the field, nurture appropriate Save the Children public relationships, liaise with local government authorities and members of the UNICEF / UNFPA consortium/team, INGOs within the health sector.
  • Provide regular updates on the project as per requirements which might include case studies, photographic documentation, and other reports outside the donor’s reporting requirements.
  • Accompany and facilitate donor, Save the Children senior staff and other external visits and provide relevant background materials.
  • Participate in planning meetings with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other health stakeholders, such as D-Tree and HIPZ.  Incorporate current government plans into the project at the community level, including work with Shehia Health Custodian Committees.    

  • The Programme Manager may be responsible for additional tasks and duties as and when required to support the overall Country Programme priorities.

Working contacts
  • Significant engagement with regional health officials in relevant departments at senior level, closely liaising with district authorities in Zanzibar.
  • Attendance at regular and ad hoc technical and policy level meetings.  Frequent interaction with both technical and management counterparts in government, and other stakeholders. 
  • Regular involvement with representatives of donors, international agencies and local civil society.  

  • Project Manager will report to the Zanzibar Representative  on day to day operations and  closely work with  other programme staff, and finanace at area office level.
  • Regular engagement with the Field Office staff and technical managers in Dar Es Selaama is essential.  Work should also be coordinated with the other thematic teams to enhance cross-fertilisation and ensure integrated programming. 
  • Collaboration with all departments, and support of overall aims of the country programme, are also essential. 

 Team Work
Actively promote effective formal and informal communication among all Save the Chlidren staff members. Ensure coordination with other programme teams and support teams with the aim of achieving the programme and organizational objectives. 

  • The post holder is required to comply with Save the Children policy and practice requirements with respect to health and safety, child protection, child safeguarding , equal opportunities, anti-fraud  and corruption policy, and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • The post holder will be responsible to fulfill any other duty assigned by the Director of Programme Operations or Country Director.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice) 
  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the broader team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and take responsibility for their own personal development
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, managers, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
  • Commitment to Save the Children values

  • Person specification                                                                                                 o   Essential
    • Master’s degree in Health, Nutrition or Water and Sanitation is required.  Medical doctor preferred.
    • At least 5 years of experience working with an international non-governmental organization, donors and government bodies. 
    • Demonstrated skills and experience in project /programme monitoring, review and evaluation
    • Substantial people and programme management experience – at least 10 years.
    • Solid experience in grant management, including budget holding and donor reporting.  Must demonstrate an ability to manage at least US$750,000/year.
    • Ability to produce high quality reports in English, including analysis of reliable project data.
    • Representational and advocacy skills required for internal and external project activities.
    • Understanding and commitment to principles of child rights and child protection.
    • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Chidlren’s aims, values and principles.
    • Excellent written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
    • Must be willing to live and work in Zanzibar (Unjuga) throughout the life of the project.

  • Desirable
  • Strong proposal and report writing skills.
  • Strong research skills 
  • Experience and understanding of advocacy work

Location: Unguja, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Contract - Full-Time
Closing date: Friday 1 July 2016
All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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