Position Title: Chief of Party, Tanzania
Reports to: Director for Africa Programs
Department: International Programs Division, Africa Team
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Freedom House promotes the spread of freedom and democracy around the world through research, advocacy, and programs that support frontline activists. We are a leader in identifying threats to freedom through our highly regarded analytic reports, including Freedom in the World, Freedom of the Press, Freedom on the Net, and Nations in Transit.
Freedom House's Chief of Party (COP) oversees a five-year program to support evidence-based advocacy on rights issues by Tanzanian civil society. The COP is responsible for leading program strategy design and implementation, financial management, staff supervision, office management, management of donor and program partner relationships, communications, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. This position is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and reports to Freedom House's Washington, DC-based Director for Africa Programs.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Build and manage successful working relationships with consortium partners, local and international partners throughout Tanzania, and USAID;
- Manage a 10 person team of Dar es Salaam-based staff to successfully execute the program; and
- Oversee the financial management and operations of the multi-million dollar program budget, including quality, cost, timeliness of performance of all work performed under the program, and compliance with donor regulations.
Program Design and Implementation (40%):
- Lead the continued development and execution of this program to achieve defined objectives in collaboration with Freedom House staff, consortium partners, local and international partners throughout Tanzania, and USAID;
- Develop and implement program activities that build local civil society capacity to conduct effective advocacy for human rights in Tanzania;
- Manage monitoring and evaluation processes;
- Report fully and regularly in written format on activities;
- Continually adapt to the changing political realities by modifying/adjusting the program activities as needed; and
- Support staff to implement activities.
- Serve as the spokesperson for the program and execute a communications strategy as it relates to program activities;
- Network and liaise with government representatives, civil society organizations, international and regional bodies, and others as appropriate;
- Required to travel extensively to project sites within Tanzania and occasionally within the region and the U.S.; and
- Other related duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in international development, rule of law, public policy, political science, public administration, human rights, or other relevant field.
- At least 10 years of senior-level experience in the design, implementation, and management of development programs of similar size, complexity, and setting;
- Experience managing USG grants;
- Experience in challenging environments and in modifying programming to fit evolving contexts; and
- Experience working with civil society on advocacy initiatives and trainings.
- Fluency in English, both oral and written, are required;
- Working-level fluency in spoken and written Kiswahili with ability to represent the project in meetings with government and/or local partners conducted in Kiswahili;
- Demonstrated experience working on youth and gender programming preferred;
- Demonstrated leadership skills and experience in building and maintaining productive working relationships with a wide network of institutional partners and stakeholders, including host governments, civil society partners, program partners, and donors;
- Experience in challenging environments and flexibility to apply lessons learned from other contexts;
- Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, and approaches to civil society development;
- Demonstrated financial management experience including preparing and managing budgets, contracts, and negotiations, and subgrant management;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse team of employees; and
- Ability to use productivity software such as MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and Microsoft Excel.
Attributes and Characteristics:
- Eagerness to learn and willingness to embrace change and adapt;
- Exhibit strong and sustained commitment to the mission of Freedom House;
- Show good stewardship in the use of Freedom House resources;
- Respond promptly to stakeholder needs, and solicit stakeholder feedback to improve service quality;
- Exhibit excellent phone etiquette, pleasant demeanor, and ethical conduct;
- Consistently use good judgment when dealing with all contacts and constituents;
- Exhibit high work standards, adherence to policies and procedures, and responsibility for assigned tasks;
- Demonstrate strong desire for excellence, and desire to inspire others to attain professional excellence;
- Assess own strengths and weaknesses, pursue training and development opportunities, and strive to continuously build knowledge and skills;
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and collaboratively as part of a team; and
- Flexible with a good sense of humor and positive attitude.
- Internal: U.S. and Tanzania-based employees at Freedom House
- External: Local partners, USAID, U.S. Embassy, Government of Tanzania, consultants, other implementers, media, vendors, members of the general public, etc.
- General working office environment in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania;
- Some evening and weekend hours to complete tasks or attend events;
- Travel within East and Horn of Africa and occasional travel to the U.S.;
- Exposed to outside weather conditions when required to complete assigned tasks outside the office; and
- May involve work in regions that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure, and in regions under U.S. travel advisory due to threats of terrorist attacks, civil unrest, kidnappings, disease outbreaks, etc.