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New Job Opportunity at SWISSAID Tanzania – Country Representative

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SWISSAID Tanzania

Country Representative
SWISSAID
is a Swiss foundation for development cooperation,
working in 9 countries with partner organisations to fight hunger,
poverty and inequality. SWISSAID has been active and supporting partner
organisations in Tanzania since the 1970s. The current country programme
2019-2024 focusses on the following objectives:

  • Improved sustainable rural livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
  • Enhanced transparency and accountability in the extractive sector and increased responsible mining in the ASM sub-sector.
  • Improved livelihood and leadership for women

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For further information please see www.swissaid.ch/en/countries/tanzania
SWISSAID
has a Coordination Office in Dar es Salaam and field offices in the
regions of Lindi and Mtwara. The current team has 25 staff members plus 5
secondees and interns. The Management Committee, under the lead of the
Country Representative, consists of the Senior Programme Officers,
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and the Programme Administrator. A
Local Advisory Committee composed of national experts advises and
supports the work of the Management Committee on matters of strategic
importance.

Position: Country Representative
Following SWISSAID’s global strategy and under the
general supervision of the Tanzania Programme Manager in Switzerland,
the Country Representative is responsible for achieving the objectives
of the SWISSAID programme in Tanzania, and he/she represents SWISSAID’s
interests in Tanzania towards the government, partner organisations and
donors, and ensures SWISSAID’s presence as an effective and reliable
development partner in the country.

Key responsibilities and duties as country representative
Overall management of the SWISSAID Country Programme

  • Oversee
    and support annual Project Cycle Management (PCM) at the country
    programme and project levels, ensuring that SWISSAID’s key themes are
    addressed in a relevant manner.
  • Oversee the implementation, analyse and anticipate challenges and propose adjustments as required.
  • Ensure
    the timely and qualitatively adequate reporting of results and
    monitoring and evaluation data to headquarters and donors, elaborate
    compiled programme reports and (key performance) indicator-based
    reporting.
  • Have overall responsibility for the financial
    control of the projects and mandates, review financial reporting and
    budget forecasts and provide technical support to ensure compliance.
  • Maintain relations with governmental stakeholders and ensure compliance to all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead the development of the next country programme 2025+

Management of the coordination office and of human resources

  • Lead
    the team by providing clear direction, addressing staff development,
    implementing performance appraisal and management. Coach and motivate
    team members through regular meetings, dialogue, feedback and mentoring.
  • Support the Senior Programme Managers in their duties towards
    their sub-teams and areas of project responsibility, identifying
    training needs and support the professional development of team members.
  • Regularly monitor and review compliance and adherence to
    safety and security, anti-corruption, and protection from sexual
    exploitation, abuse and harassment guidelines.
  • Monitor the
    programme and project implementation environment, including security,
    political, environmental and personnel issues that may affect the
    implementation.
  • Oversee the monitoring of contracts, provide
    recommendations on extensions, promotions, terminations and other
    amendments to contracts and lead local staff recruitment processes.

Partnerships and networking

  • Establish
    and maintain good relationships with implementing partner organisations
    and support them in their organisational development if needed.
  • Develop
    and maintain partnerships with other development organisations,
    international organisations, bilateral institutions, international NGOs,
    line ministries and key government offices,
  • Promote and
    participate in networks, sector meetings, working groups, etc. on the
    thematic priorities of the SWISSAID Country Programme
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Resource mobilisation and advocacy

  • Actively engage in fundraising and write value propositions in collaboration with SWISSAID headquarters.
  • Actively advance new donor partnerships at country level.
  • Participate
    in advocacy and lobbying activities in the country, either indirectly
    together with partner organisations or directly on behalf of SWISSAID.

Cooperation with headquarters

  • Regularly interact with the Programme Managers to plan and report programme and project progress.
  • Actively
    participate in institutional processes at institutional global level
    (e.g. development of strategies and concepts, knowledge exchange
    meetings and communities of practice)
  • Ensure contributions from
    the field to communication and fundraising, as well as to participation
    in global initiatives managed by headquarters.

Your ideal profile
To
succeed in this position, you are an experienced development
practitioner and an experienced and professional manager. As a leader
you are mature and value based, with the commitment, business ethics,
experience and tools to support your staff to succeed in their roles.

As
Country Representative it is crucial that you have excellent ability to
organise, plan, prioritise and communicate your work. For this you have
great analytical skills and a strategic approach. You work
innovatively, know how to identify opportunities and act upon them
responsibly. You know what it takes to deliver results and make
well-analysed decisions in a timely manner. You share SWISSAID’s vision
and values.

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Education and work experience

  • Master’s
    degree in development cooperation, public administration, business
    management, or other social, legal or environmental/agricultural
    sciences.
  • A minimum of 7 years’ relevant professional
    experience in international cooperation in governmental or
    non-governmental organizations, designing and implementing complex
    programs.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a senior
    management position with responsibility for human and financial
    resources, program management and program administration.
  • Experience
    in managing programmes in the areas of agroecology / organic
    agriculture and/or gender mainstreaming and/or in sustainable and
    responsible extractives is an advantage.
  • Proven fundraising and networking skills.
  • Work experience in Tanzania is an advantage.


Languages

  • Full professional competence in written and verbal communication in English is essential
  • Working knowledge of Swahili is an advantage, willingness to learn it is mandatory.

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Technical skills

  • Familiarity
    with standard program and data management tools, as well as
    results-based management and monitoring and evaluation approaches and
    tools.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficient use of any other common ICT software and internet software.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


Terms and conditions

For
this internationally recruited position, SWISSAID offers the selected
candidate a long-term employment contract after a successful six months
probation period. SWISSAID is looking for candidates interested to stay a
minimum of 3 years in this position. Latest starting date is 1 June
2022.

SWISSAID values diversity in all areas of operations. We
welcome qualified applications from all nationalities, genders,
ethnicities and religious beliefs.

Applications (including letter of motivation and CV) should be sent by e-mail to bewerbung@swissaid.ch.
Closing date: 19.01.2022
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted until 31.01.2022.

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