New Job Vacancy Songwe at Save the Children International – Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager

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Comic Relief (Tuwekeze Pamoja) Programme Manager
TITLE: Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager
TEAM/PROGRAM: Programme Operations
LOCATION: Mbozi, Songwe
CONTRACT LENGTH: One Year (Renewable)

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3: √ the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Tuwekeze Pamoja Programme Manager will provide strategic leadership and is accountable for providing management and oversight of the implementation of the Comic Relief programme and to represent and advocate for Save the Children’s work and organizational priorities with a wide range of external parties including government representatives, communities, donors, UN and other agencies operating in Songwe, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

Save the Children Tanzania:
Save the Children began operations in Tanzania in 1986. Currently, the Country Program is implementing development and humanitarian programming in 10 regions in Mainland and Zanzibar in the thematic areas of: child rights governance, child protection, education and health & nutrition. The estimated value of the Country Program’s portfolio for 2020 is $13M.

Reports to: Deputy Director Programme Operation
Dimensions: Maintains strong linkages and coordinates for the delivery of Tuwekeze Pamoja with the Technical Specialists for Education, Child Protection and Health and Nutrition and the Meal Specialist amongst others in the Programme Development and Quality team
Staff directly reporting to this post: Programme Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator

The programme is implementing and researching the impact of a series of low cost interventions to support children from conception to the transition to primary school on children’s’ learning outcomes. Programme interventions include:
Parenting support on children’s development and school readiness for caregivers of children aged 0-3 and 4-6 years old
School and teacher focused interventions on children’s learning during pre-primary through continuous professional development and a whole-school approach to improved pre-primary learning.
Systems level interventions that include increasing support for, and changing the discourse around, caregivers’ roles and creating enabling environments for children’s development and reduction of violence in homes, communities and schools.
Engaging Local Government Authorities in programme design and oversight and using research and learning to influence decision making and planning.

Implementation is supported by a significant MEAL and research component to generate learning and implementation and impact evidence

The two outcomes from the programme are:

  • Children have improved learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy by age 6.
  • Government and development partners support effective allocation of resources, and adopt strategies in early childhood and basic education that improve the learning outcomes of all children.
  • The Tuwekeze Program Manager is accountable for:
  • Programme leadership
  • Providing strategic vision, direction and leadership of the programme.
  • Lead strategic, financial, and operational planning, including the annual work planning process ensuring programme is adaptive to experience, learning and evidence on an ongoing basis.
  • Building, leading and enabling a high performing team (including capacity building activities, training, peer learning, and partner management.)
  • Make effective and timely strategic decisions about the design and direction of the programme.
  • Creating effective partnerships for implementation and advocacy / influence.
  • Support advocacy and engagement with development partners and relationships with government at a policy level.

Programme management responsibilities

  • Provide management oversight of the implementation of the Comic Relief/ Tuwekeze Pamoja programme through both the Dar es Salaam and Mbozi offices. This position will also include some travel to Dodoma for engagement with national authorities
  • Liaise closely with the Education, CP and Health and Nutrition Specialists for technical guidance to the programme.
  • Develop detailed implementation plans, procurement plans and phased financial forecasts in collaboration with the programme staff and partners.
  • Ensure that all planned activities and related expenditures for the Comic Relief/ Tuwekeze Pamoja programme are on track with recorded DIP in strict compliance with the agreed budget lines and Save the Children’s financial regulations and reviewed on a monthly basis during Award Review Meetings. Adjust plans accordingly.
  • Oversee and ensure the quality of implementation by Save the Children
  • Oversee and ensure the quality of implementation of program elements lead by the program partner ADP Ensure a partner capacity assessment and development plan is in place, regularly reviewed and followed-through. Ensure ongoing dialogue and feedback from ADP.
  • Oversee timely development and implementation of high quality technical materials by collaborating with Technical Specialists within country and from Save the Children Member Technical Advisers to further project activities, objectives and results.
  • Ensure all programme activities on the ground fulfil the requirements of the approved Save the Children Country strategic plan.


  • Ensure all staff comply with Save the Children financial and logistics procedures.
  • Ensure functional systems are in place for effective project planning and implementation.
  • Prepare monthly projects updates and quarterly / annual reports including all project documentation and ensure timely submission to the Senior Management and donors through the country office.
  • Incorporate child rights programming into all aspects of Save the Children’s work in the operational areas where possible and with support from head office colleagues and ensure requirements of Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policy are fully complied with by all staff and partners in the Comic Relief programme.

3. Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning / Research

  • In collaboration with the MEAL team establish and ensure implementation of a strong MEAL system for the Comic Relief/ Tuwekeze Pamoja programme (MEAL plans, indicators, performance tracking tables, monitoring tools, benchmarks etc.)
  • Plan for and include the project endline and final evaluations and other research studies as well as learning events as part of annual DIPs.
  • In collaboration with MEAL unit, review and ensure use of process, output and outcome level Quality Benchmarks and regularly review progress on indicators/achievement of targets (LFA).
  • Review monitoring findings during program 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.
  • Review 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.
  • Provide programmatic inputs for the development of the ToRs of evaluation studies which include background information and scope of work and proposed methodology in conjunction with TS and MEAL input.
  • Support programmatic engagement with external evaluators or researchers for the final evaluation
  • Identify staff MEAL capacity needs and inform MEAL unit and set aside MEAL capacity building budget for programme staff.

4. Staff management and development

  • Line management responsibilities for the Comic Relief/ Tuwekeze Pamoja programme staff, especially for the Programme Coordinator and MEAL Coordinator and the staff that those positions oversee.
  • Manage the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate and ensure appropriate professional development opportunities are provided.
  • 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.
  • Ensure all TP team staff receive the relevant training and support required to enable them to undertake their responsibilities effectively in line with internal project management systems

5. Save the Children representation

  • Regularly coordinate and collaborate with other SC sector teams to strengthen programming and impact for children.
  • Engage donors, development partners and Tanzania government officials at all required levels as required to ensure Save the Children is considered a preferred and active partner in Tanzania and in the Songwe Region specifically.
  • Represent SCI in technical coordination meetings with Comic Relief and local and international partners, and any other relevant meeting when required.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

  • holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values;
  • holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved;


  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same;
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale;


  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters;
  • values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength;
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to;


  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions;
  • willing to take disciplined risks;


  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity;


  • Master’s degree in Education, Social Science, Policy or equivalent fields.
  • Minimum six years of relevant area work experience in leading design and implementation of development programmes
  • Experience of leading complex, innovative and adaptive programmes within a context of wider sector change
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with CSOs, beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • Strong demonstrable skills and experience in programme management
  • Substantial budget holding responsibilities – experience of managing an annual budget of approximately $500,000.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Proven leadership skills – previous experience of line managing staff.
  • High level report writing skills in English.


  • a background in education/early childhood development programming
  • Experience in building relationships, fostering interagency coordination and experience of representing an organisation to external parties
  • Strong demonstrable skills and experience in monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability. 

Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:
The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Closing date: 4 Jan 2021 – 23:59 EAT
Location: Songwe, Tanzania, United Republic of
Department: Programme Operations
Type: Fixed-term contract
Schedule: Full-time


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