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Project Manager, POA – Dar es Salaam
February 15, 2019
Position Summary: The Project Manager, POA will play a key role in project operations in Tanzania. The Prioritization & Optimization Analysis (POA) tool was developed by Touch Foundation in 2015 in partnership with USAID and with PEPFAR funding to assist the Government of Tanzania (GoT) in Human Resources for Health (HRH) planning nationally and has been used for the first time in Tanzania by the President’s Office and Ministry of Health to allocate 6K new health workers in July 2018. POA was also used in South Africa to prioritize the HRH needs for HIV/AIDS services and support international partners allocate resources based on targets and workload data. Touch is currently working to embed the POA tool into the government IT systems, expand the tool to support national level decision making on HRH deployment, and expand the use of POA in other countries following Tanzania’s blueprint. The Project Manager will take on full responsibility of POA development and implementation in Tanzania and will be reporting to Touch’s Program Manager.

The Project Manager will drive the development, management and implementation of the POA project, managing relationships with local and international partners and donors, setting milestones and ensuring completion, monitoring activities on the ground and reporting to management. The Project Manager will be working closely with and providing technical advisory to the highest government authorities in Tanzania, including the President’s Office and the Ministry of Health, while collaborating with USAID partners to implement specific interventions across various regions of Tanzania. He or she is expected to spend considerable time in government offices both in Dar Es Salaam and Dodoma working at the client’s site and building strong working relationships with decision makers.
  • Provide technical assistance to the highest government authorities in Tanzania and work with them to implement POA and produce outputs and reports
  • Direct various activities related to the development and implementation of the POA project, working in collaboration with management, in-country leadership and program funders
  • Manage and contribute to the development of the POA tool, including performing data analysis of POA output, managing external software developers, developing software requirements, planning and conducting user acceptance testing and training
  • Develop plans for POA implementation at national and local levels, including specific interventions across select regions
  • Prepare, manage and monitor project budgets and implementation workplans in collaboration with program team and financial management
  • Own and manage relationships with project partners, including sub-contractors, vendors and other local and international partners, ensuring that they deliver on agreed upon objectives within time frame and budget
  • Collaborate with program team to undertake effective monitoring and evaluation of the projects
  • Prepare reports on project implementation progress and impact for management, donors or other stakeholders
  • Assist with compliance with USAID and other donor requirements, Government of Tanzania relevant regulations, and organizational policies and procedures
  • Maintain holistic and detailed understanding of project work as well as opportunities for expansion
  • Assist with preparation of funding proposals
  • Contribute to suite of communication vehicles, including conference presentations, articles, and marketing materials
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with various project partners
  • Perform other duties as needed.
As job vacancy announcements cannot be exhaustive, the Project Manager may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties. 

Knowledge, Education, Skills and Experience
i/ Minimum 3 years’ relevant professional experience in project management
ii/ Masters or Doctorate degree in relevant field (e.g. MPH, MBA, MPA, MD, international development) or equivalent demonstrated professional experience
iii/ Prior management consulting experience, in international development preferred
iv/ Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative
v/ Experience working with donor regulations, in particular with USAID funded programs
vi/ Experience in program monitoring, evaluation and reporting
vii/ Leadership, organizational and problem-solving skills and excellent attention to detail
viii/Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in the functional use of Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft word
ix/ Solid relationship-building skills and cross-cultural sensitivity: ability to interface with external constituents from a variety of backgrounds
x/ Good judgment and discretion to represent Touch Foundation in a highly professional manner, as well as respect for local culture.

Details at a glance
On-site Location
Full Time Schedule
Master's Degree Required

Level of Language Proficiency
English and Swahili 

Program Associate – Mwanza
Application Deadline
February 15, 2019
Mission: Touch Foundation’s mission is to save lives and relieve human suffering. We improve healthcare in Tanzania, addressing one of the world’s most significant humanitarian crises: the shortage of healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa. We strengthen local health systems, and we encourage the adoption of our data-driven problem-solving model in the global health community.

Position Summary:

The Program Associate will be responsible for supporting the implementation of various programs of the Touch Foundation, Inc. based in Mwanza, Tanzania. The Program Associate will contribute to activities that span across program development and design, program implementation, operations, monitoring and reporting. The Program Associate will lead discrete workstreams and will be responsible for managing and completing the activities on time and on schedule, under the supervision of the Project and/or Program Managers. The Program Associate will also manage specific relationships with external stakeholders related to implementation activities and with mid-level government officials. The Program Associate with work in team with Touch’s project and program managers as well as analysts and support function staff to deliver the impact of Touch’s programs in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. He or she will be required to travel occasionally to implementation sites in the Lake Zone, outside of Mwanza.
§ Lead discrete workstreams under limited supervision from Project or Program Managers
§ Support various activities related to the development and implementation of the Foundation’s programs, working in collaboration with program team and in-country partners.
§ Conduct research and strategic analyses to support program development and implementation.
§ Support development of work-plans and budgets for various projects.
§ Support the implementation of programs, collaborating with implementation partners and vendors as appropriate.
§ Conduct data analyses to understand, evaluate and report program impact.
§ Maintain holistic and detailed understanding of program work as well as opportunities for expansion.
§ Collaborate with program team to undertake effective monitoring and evaluation of the programs.
§ Support the execution of special projects and events, such as visits to Tanzania by important guests.
As job vacancy announcements cannot be exhaustive, the Program Associate may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties
Knowledge, Education, Skills and Experience
– Minimum 1-year relevant professional experience in resource constrained settings or international development preferred.
– Bachelor’s degree with excellent academic track record.
– Ability to proactively work independently and also as an effective, collaborative team member.
– Solid relationship building skills: ability to interface with external constituents.
– Strong experience developing a variety of communication materials.
– Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
– Exceptional detail-oriented skills.
– Superior organizational and planning skills for balancing multiple projects and responsibilities.
– Good judgement and discretion to represent the Touch Foundation in a highly professional manner.
– Ability to respond to shifting needs with flexibility while maintaining a positive approach and sense of humor.

Details at a glance
• On-site Location
• Full Time Schedule
• 4-Year Degree Required
• Professional 

How To Apply

Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume outlining your interest in the position to
Touch Foundation Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Touch Foundation Inc. was founded in 2004 to strengthen the health system in Tanzania. Touch has supported the training of over 3,700 healthcare workers in Tanzania including 800 medical doctors, representing 14% of all doctors graduated in the country since 2008, as well as 1,900 other healthcare professionals such as nurses, lab technicians, and radiographers. Touch Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and has earned four-stars from Charity Navigator, its highest rating, based on its efficient use of funds, commitment to transparency and organizational accountability.

Mission: Touch Foundation combines the best of private and public-sector approaches and expertise to improve the health of Tanzanians by strengthening the health system. We focus our activities on two key elements of the health system: improving the quantity and quality of healthcare workers and enhancing healthcare delivery. Touch expands its impact by sharing the acquired knowledge with the local and internati