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New Job Opportunity at Save the Children Tanzania – Senior Programme Manager

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Save the Children International
Senior Programme Manager
Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania, United Republic of
Department: Programme Operations
Type: Fixed-term contract
Schedule: Full-time
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

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.

Role Purpose
main role of the Senior Program Manager is to represent Save the
Children in Zanzibar under the leadership and direction of the Tanzania
Country Director and the Senior Management Team. He/she is also
accountable for providing management and oversight of the implementation
of all the awards in Zanzibar and to build relationships and strategic
partnerships through advocacy for Save the Children’s work and
organizational priorities with a wide range of external parties
including government representatives, communities, donors, UN and other
humanitarian agencies operating in Zanzibar. The Senior Program Manager
will supervise the Zanzibar team (Unguja and Pemba offices) and manage
the financial and other resources of the programme. In addition is
technical leadership of the established Child Protection and Child
Rights Governance programme in Zanzibar.

Contract Duration: 1 Year renewable
No of Vacancies: One (1) Position
Reporting to: Director Programme Operations
Location: Zanzibar


  • As
    Senior Program Manager in Zanzibar: Engage with donors and Zanzibar
    government officials at all required levels to ensure Save the Children
    is considered a preferred and active partner in Zanzibar and Tanzania.
  • Represent SCI in various meetings with GoZ at different levels, donors and local and international partners when required.

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Internal Lead the Zanzibar Office (Unguja and Pemba).

  • Support
    the development of an organisational culture that reflects all Save the
    Children values, promotes accountability and high performance,
    encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation and
    frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and
    excellent customer service for our members and donors.
  • Ensure
    the Zanzibar office complies with all Save the Children Quality
    Framework Standards and general Operational Procedures (financial,
    logistics and HR).
  • Ensure that security guidelines are prepared
    and followed in Zanzibar for actual operational sites and that any
    breaches of these are handled appropriately: monitor the security
    situation in the programme area and respond accordingly.
  • Record
    and report any security incidents to the country Safety and Security
    Focal Point, Director Programme Implementation and Country Director.
  • Incorporate
    child rights programming into all aspects of Save the Children’s work
    in the operational areas where possible, and with support from Zanzibar
    office colleagues ensure that requirements of Save the Children Child
    Safeguarding Policy are fully complied with by all staff, partners and
    visitors to the programme.
  • Ensure that all required support is
    provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules and principles
    during emergencies, working closely with the Dar es Salaam office.
  • Regularly coordinate and collaborate with other SC Tanzania sector teams to strengthen programming and impact for children.


strategically develop and manage Save the Children’s Zanzibar portfolio
of programme activities, to maximise our impact for children, including
collaboration with various SC members, including: 

  • Serve
    as the overall budget holder for the Zanzibar programme: manage and
    support programme managers/ budget holders for individual projects and
    awards, including coordination with cross-locational budget holders
    outside of Zanzibar.
  • Lead weekly planning meetings for all staff in the Unguja office for agreed coordination of activities.
  • Ensure
    that programme managers/ budget holders have all planned activities and
    related expenditures for the Zanzibar projects on track with recorded
    DIPs in strict compliance with the agreed budget lines and Save the
    Children’s financial regulations and are reviewed on a monthly basis
    during Regular Award Review Meetings.
  • Contribute to the development of same for any new awards through relevant budget holders.
  • Work
    closely with the Partnership Manager (PM) and programme managers to
    ensure the quality of partner identification, training and task
    implementation within these awards.
  • Through the programme
    managers support partners in the implementation of projects and ensure a
    capacity assessment and development plan is in place, regularly
    reviewed and followed-through.
  • Ensure that programme managers
    develop technical materials in collaboration with Technical Specialists
    and possibly outside consultants to further programme activities,
    objectives and results.
  • Ensure that programme managers prepare
    monthly project updates and quarterly / annual reports including all
    required documentation and ensure timely submission to the Senior
    Management and donors through the member office.
  • Ensure all programme activities on the ground fulfil the requirements of the approved Save the Children Country strategic plan.
  • Ensure
    that the support functions in the Zanzibar office perform their roles
    efficiently and effectively and liaise with their Dar es Salaam based
    technical managers in finance, logistics and HR/admin to achieve this.



Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning / Research

  • In collaboration with the MEAL TS establish and ensure implementation
    of a strong MEAL system for the programmes (MEAL plans, indicators,
    performance tracking tables, monitoring tools, benchmarks etc.)
  • Ensure
    programme managers include baseline studies, formative assessments,
    mid-term evaluations, final evaluations and other research studies as
    well as learning events as part of annual DIPs and inform MEAL team when
    a new award will begin and development of MIS is required.
  • In
    collaboration with MEAL unit, ensure the development of process, output
    and outcome level Quality Benchmarks and that programme managers
    regularly review progress on indicators/achievement of targets.
  • Support
    the programme managers to discuss monitoring findings during programme
    coordination/review meetings, review MEAL reports to highlight key
    project strengths and areas of improvement, and use learning from
    monitoring reports for project planning and implementation.
  • Assist
    in providing programmatic and contextual inputs for the development of
    the ToRs of evaluations/baseline studies which include background
    information and scope of work and proposed methodology in conjunction
    with TS and MEAL input.
  • Be part of review of accountability to
    beneficiaries’ data and reports and provide technical support to
    implementation team using key learning from accountability system for
    program development, planning, improvement and implementation.

Staff Management and Development

  • Line management responsibilities for the programme managers and immediate support staff based in Zanzibar.
  • Support
    the programme managers in the recruitment, training, and promotion of
    staff as appropriate and ensure appropriate professional development
    opportunities are provided, in addition to line reports.
  • Manage
    the performance of all supervisees through the effective use of the
    Performance Management System and ongoing mentoring/coaching.
  • Lead,
    manage and motivate the relevant staff members, ensuring they have
    clear work plans and objectives and receive quarterly supervisions and
    reviews that involve direct administrative and technical managers.
  • Ensure
    all staff receive the relevant training and support required to enable
    them to undertake their responsibilities effectively in line with
    internal project management systems.

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Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized university in development studies, social sciences or similar discipline.
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s vision, mission and values including rights-based approaches.
  • Experience
    in building relationships, fostering interagency coordination and
    experience of representing an organisation to external parties.
  • At
    least 5 years senior management experience of which 3 will be as
    manager of programmes engaged in Child-Oriented community development.
  • High level management experience of Child Protection programming highly preferred.
  • Strong
    demonstrable skills and experience in programme management, monitoring,
    evaluation, learning and accountability, working with cross-functional
    teams with a proven history of delivering results.
  • An in-depth understanding of national (Tanzania and Zanzibar) and international development issues in relation to children.
  • Clear
    understanding and experience of managing interfaces between Union
    Government and Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar and exiting legal
    frameworks and Policies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience working with young people and a commitment to child participation and child protection.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence change.
  • Experience
    and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing
    and managing awards from major institutional donors.
  • Previous experience with an international non-government organisation.
  • Experience of working in a Muslim context.
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English. Kiswahili a positive asset.
  • Clean police record.

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How to Apply
Please read the full details of the position at
and apply as instructed. Only short listed candidates will be contacted
for Interview. Applications will be reviewed as received.
Application closing Date: 13th September 2022

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
anti-harassment policy.

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

Please note:
Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process

Job description:
Find out more about this role by downloading the job description here Job description
Closing date: 14 Sep 2022 – 02:59 EAT

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