Sunday, February 14, 2016

Programme Director - Coastal Rural Support Programme – Tanzania

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) has been working in East Africa for thirty years and pursues innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problems that lead to poverty. AKF is an equal opportunity employer committed to employee well-being. In Tanzania, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes programmes in sustainable economic development, education, early childhood development, health, nutrition and civil society strengthening. AKF is looking for well qualified professionals to fill the following three positions for Tanzania.
1. Programme Director - Coastal Rural Support Programme – Tanzania (CRSP-T)
Duty Station: Mtwara, Tanzania
Are you cut out to lead a high performing team engaged in creating social and economic development opportunities in isolated areas? In the Mtwara and Lindi regions of Southern Tanzania, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is developing links between private companies and smallholder farmers to unlock markets, promoting digital financial services and strengthening education and health systems. AKF is looking for a dynamic leader to work as Programme Director of its multi-sector Coastal Rural Support Programme that has been operational in Mtwara and Lindi regions since 2009. Reporting to the AKF Country Director in Tanzania, the Programme Director will be leading a team of over 60 staff and a programme that has shown impact and received top rating from external evaluators. The job comes with an isolated location, much travel, an always-full inbox, and a nagging sense that you could always do more. The job also comes with some of the greatest colleagues on the planet, tangible results from your hard work, and the knowledge that you are contributing to a national and global conversation on sustainable social and economic development.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Lead, manage and mentor a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ensure that CRSPT is achieving the desired results and impact
  • Ensure high quality implementation of all CRSPT activities, including management and oversight of grants
  • Oversee operations to ensure effective delivery of programme activities
  • Ensure coordination and synergy among various sectors and projects under CRSPT
  • Manage relationship with local government, NGOs and private sector in the region
  • Ensure compliance with donor and AKF regulations and policies
  • · Promote and institutionalize reflection and learning within CRSPT
  • Foster a culture of team building and support, integrity, high performance and accountability.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Minimum of Master’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, International Development or related field
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in international development, at least 4 years in leadership role
  • Experience of working in value chain development, agri-business, or multi-sectoral programme
  • Strong programme management & people management skills at a senior level
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Proficiency in Kiswahili highly desirable
  • Willingness to live in remote location and travel to remote areas
  • Experience and/or knowledge of East Africa, especially Tanzania a distinct advantage

Candidates interested in these unique positions are requested to submit their CVs (not exceeding 3 pages) including contact details of three professional references and a covering letter to the Country Director - Aga Khan Foundation, Tanzania, by e-mail to by cob Tuesday, 1stMarch, 2016. Please clearly indicate “Application for Programme Director – CRSP (T) or M&E Co-ordinator CRSP(T) or Senior Programme officer (Health & Nutrition) -Tanzania” in your email subject. Please note that due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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