9 Feb 2017

Volunteer Program Manager

The Foundation for African Empowerment – Posted by SammyArusha, Arusha Region, Tanzania

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Job Description

Program Manager

Millions of Tanzanians in the rural areas are living in extreme poverty. The Foundation for African Empowerment (FAE) is a registered nonprofit sustainable human development organization founded in order to contribute towards tackling extreme poverty in Tanzania. Its mission is to improve lives of the extreme poor people in the rural communities in Tanzania through promoting access to water, education, healthcare and livelihood opportunities. Through promoting access to water, education, healthcare and livelihood opportunities in the rural communities where extreme poverty is severe and pervasive, we make a lasting impact on the ground one community at a time. We implement our programs through an integrated development approach focusing on four critical sectors of water, healthcare, education and livelihood opportunities which we believe are synergistically crucial in helping to sustainably break the vicious cycle of poverty in the rural communities. Moreover, our approach involves other stakeholders such as community members, local governments, development partners and the private sector. We work toward building a society free of extreme poverty, inequality and injustice. Our main office is located in Arusha, Tanzania.

FAE is seeking for a passionate, committed and skilled volunteer from within or outside Tanzania to join its management team in the capacity of Program Manager (PM) in order to assist in advancing its mission through programs management. Preference shall be given to a volunteer who is willing to join the management team based in Arusha, Tanzania. Additionally, preference shall be given to a volunteer who can commit to work in the organization for a minimum of six (6) months and who demonstrate a strong commitment to the FAE‘s mission and readiness to strengthen and manage the department of programs. Any volunteer from outside Tanzania choosing to relocate to Arusha and in need of accommodation shall be facilitated with a free accommodation and an office space. Office space will be provided to even a national volunteer.

Job Summary
The PM is the head of the Programs Department responsible to ensure that goals and objectives of each program and FAE are met. Also, s/he is responsible for overall technical projects/program related-issues including development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She/he will ensure that projects/programs are managed according to the FAE’s and donors’ standards, guidelines, policies and procedures.
S/he will align program/project activities with the FAE Strategic Plan and ensure that the work of the programs/projects responds to the Strategic Objectives of the organization. S/he will lead, guide and supervise the technical applications of all programs operations, and also participate in the resource mobilization activities by routinely scanning the environment and supporting the responses to RFAs and EOIs.
S/he will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision making and operations as FAE continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a program leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a fast- growing organization.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
• Lead the development and implementation of program work plans and strategies aligned with FAE priorities.
• Coordinate with partner organizations in ensuring rational and strategic implementation of technical projects and programs, in line with FAE’s work plan.
• Work with the Finance and Administration Manager to create and implement budgets based on sound financial and accounting principles.
• Serve as programs liaison to the Executive Director (ED), local governments, private sector and other collaborating organizations on all technical matters related to the projects.
• Ensure preparation and timely submission of all program/projects reports to the ED and other collaborating partners and donors.
• Prepare progress reports and workplans in collaboration with other staff to be used at Quarterly and Annual review meetings.
• Engage with partners and donors to solicit business for FAE by scanning the environment and responding to RFAs and EOIs.
• Manage strategic donor and partner relationships in consultation with the ED. Work effectively to nurture these relationships.
• Support development of communication protocols and donor relations management guidelines, to ensure consistent and appropriate flow of messages.
• Responsible to prepare all corporate technical meetings, keep records of the proceedings of the meetings.
• Any other duties as may from time to time be delegated by the ED.

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Science such as Community Development, Sociology, International Development, Management or other related fields.
• A Masters degree is an added advantage.
• A minimum of (3) three years broad experience in projects/programs management and/or fundraising in an NGO sector or similar.

• We take anybody from 18 years and above including retired professionals.

Required Skills
• Ability to guide implementation of activities and ensure that the programs are technically sound, evidence-based and responsive to the needs of beneficiaries and donors.
• Knowledge and/or demonstrated capabilities in community engagement and participatory methodology.
• Ability to use LogFrame/Logical Framework approach for project design.
• Familiarity with working in a donor funded project as well as good experience working with multiple development partners and in a developing country.
• Ability to work collaboratively with other staff members to ensure that necessary planning, development, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
• Skills in public relations, advocacy, strategic planning, coordination, negotiation, and marketing.
• Excellent technical writing, proposal writing, presentation and interpersonal communications skills.
• Knowledge and/or demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs.
• Excellent language skills in English, knowledge of Swahili preferred.
• Excellent computer skills including navigating email, internet and Ms Word, Ms Excel and PowerPoint.

Behavioral competencies
• To adhere to the FAE core values, which are: Transformational Change, Respect & Humility, Accountability, Transparency, Integrity and Operational Excellence.
• To be able and willing to align one’s own behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization, and to promote organizational goals to meet organizational needs. It also includes acting in accordance with organizational decisions and behaving with integrity.

The FCM will report on a day to day basis to the Executive Director and also coordinate with other departments of FAE.

Work Hours
This is a full time job but for those employed or engaged in private business, a flexible schedule can be worked out to avoid affecting their current commitments.

We Offer You
An interesting international assignment, good working conditions in a fast-growing organization, free accommodation and a satisfactory and challenging job in a multicultural team. We also provide you with an opportunity to meet the real warm-hearted people of Tanzania and experience the astonishing natural beauty of the country. Moreover, you will sharpen your skills and knowledge as you create impact in the lives of the extreme poor people. This role comes with an opportunity for career growth and development. Upon completion of your assignment we shall offer you with a certificate of appreciation and a recommendation letter. Visit our website, http://www.thefae.org/ways-to-volunteer to learn more on what to expect as a volunteer and the advantages of volunteering at FAE.

How to Apply

We look forward to receiving your complete application in English which includes (1) a cover letter, (2) a statement of motivation stating why you want to join FAE and your suitability for the position, and (3) an updated CV/resume. Do not send certificates at this stage. Also, let us know how soon you can join us if you are selected. If you are interested but you are employed or engaged in a private business, feel free to apply since we can work out a flexible schedule to enable you put your contribution in FAE’s activities without affecting your current engagements. Please send your application to the addressee below by February 22, 2017. Submission of applications by email is highly encouraged. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.

Contact Details
Executive Director
The Foundation for African Empowerment
P.O.Box 116
Duluti, Arusha, Tanzania

Tel: +255 786 187299
Website: www.thefae.org

The Foundation for African Empowerment is an equal opportunity employer

Job Categories: Project Management. Job Types: Volunteer. Job Tags: international development, logframe, management, poverty alleviation, program, project, proposal writing, rural development, skilled volunteer, and volunteering.

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