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Senior Technical Advisor - PACT Tanzania

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  1. Maxence Melo

    Maxence Melo JF Founder Staff Member

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    Position Summary:
    The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) will be responsible for building the technical capacity of sub-grantees for the USAID/PEPFAR funded Pamoja Tuwalee program serving orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The STA works with sub-grantees to plan and execute quality OVC services and designs and closely monitors the implementation of technical capacity building initiatives. The STA will provide technical leadership in OVC, HIV, and livelihoods programming and coordinate with relevant stakeholders including the Government of Tanzania and relevant ministries, the donor, and local partners. The STA will also play a leadership role in various forums and technical working groups supporting OVC in Tanzania including providing Secretariat services for the Department of Social Welfare 's OVC Implementing Partners Group. S/he will direct and supervise technical staff and provide short and long term technical assistance for the technical program. The STA will report to the Chief of Party of the OVC program.

    Core Values: Pact employees embrace the following core values as representatives of the institution:

    • all people have a right to participate in decisions affecting their lives
    • gender equity is mandatory for social transformation
    • resources are allocated in a transparent manner, guided by accountability to our clients and Pact's role as steward of resources intended for the poor
    • diversity in background, gender and age strengthen our capacity to be wise managers of public and private funds
    • teamwork and collaboration shape our day-to-day working relationships
    • innovation and risk taking to achieve impact and broad scaleable results drive strategic priorities
    • gathering and sharing information are primary roles for all employees
    • staff growth and advancement are a priority, including training and professional skills building to increase knowledge and competence and to stay abreast of new developments, especially in technology
    • a healthy balance between work and life outside of work must be maintained for work satisfaction and fulfillment

    Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

    A. Leadership and Management

    • Ensure high-quality programming through technical guidance and leadership that is grounded in the program's strategic objectives and adheres to expected technical quality and reporting requirements; responsible for development of evidence based programming and ensuring feed back into appropriate policy discussions
    • Provide technical and managerial leadership to technical managers, the program advisor, and M&E staff
    • Support the CoP with the program's strategic, financial, and operational planning (including the annual work planning process and development of an appropriate exit strategy)
    • Ensure coordination and integration of complementary OVC programs and activities implemented by Pact Tanzania aimed at transitioning from a program focus of targeted support to OVC to a broader community-based child protection program.
    • Foster and manage partnerships with international and Tanzanian partners
    • Provide overall coordination of the institutional organizational and technical capacity building of local and other key stakeholders
    B. Program development

    • Ensure Pact's program meets the established goal and objectives and planned outputs and outcomes, and that these results are documented
    • Build on existing body of analysis to inform programs as well as Pact contributions to sector consultative and coordination mechanisms
    • Ensure that Pact continues to build programs based on strategic analysis of the Tanzanian context
    • Establish and maintain working relationships with the other technical departments in Tanzania as a base for building/maintaining/expanding a sustainable country and regional program
    C. Knowledge Management

    • Continue Pact's practice of sound analysis
    • Ensure that the most updated information regarding the programs is shared via the designated mechanisms: any databases, the web page, and relevant reports
    • Facilitate and/or participate in learning communities and task forces
    • Document methodologies and results that can inform the wider Pact community (such as evaluation documents, consultant reports, workshop reports, etc.)
    • Review relevant reports, evaluations, and other internal and external resources (including the tacit knowledge of individuals) as necessary to utilize Pact expertise and experience for improving program implementation
    • Ensure a response to information requests from colleagues and HQ in a timely manner


    • Experience in a technical role for a complex or national program involving multiple actors
    • Strong demonstrated program management and oversight experience
    • Strong understanding of OVC programming and implementation
    • Solid understanding of M&E and Knowledge Management
    • A good team player, leader and mentor
    • Ability and sensitivity to interact effectively cross-culturally
    • Ability and availability to periodically travel in country to visit projects and programs, and occasionally travel out of country
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks
    • Proficiency in word processing , spreadsheets and database skills
    • Fluency in English required; knowledge of Kiswahili preferred

    Education and Experience Requirements:

    • Master's degree in public health , social work , or related field or equivalent experience required.
    • Minimum six years of relevant experience managing or providing technical leadership to a large donor-funded, child-focused program
    • Prior knowledge of and experience with USAID-funded health programs, including PEPFAR experience preferred
    • Demonstrated experience with large grant-making programs and working with local partner organizations
    • Extensive knowledge of OVC, HIV and health issues in Africa; Tanzania-specific knowledge preferred
    • Senior and sustained experience in OVC implementation and management.
    • Strong understanding of the Nigerian context; Nigeria experience preferred

    Go to Job Openings | Pact - Building Capacity Worldwide to apply online.

    Disclaimer: This job description summarizes the responsibilities assigned to the position; however it does not contain an all-inclusive list of responsibilities. Periodically, employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise.