18 Dec 2019

Chief of Party at Helen Keller International

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Job Description

Scope of Work

The Chief of Party will provide technical leadership and program management of USAID Advancing Nutrition in Tanzania. Core account-abilities include:

  • Programmatic: quality planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting
  • Management of human and financial resources ensuring compliance required by the organization and donor and
  • Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders

The position will work under the direct line management of the USAID Advancing Nutrition Deputy Director, and is expected to work closely and coordinate with the Helen Keller International Tanzania Country Director and/or designate.

Specific Responsibilities

The Chief of Party will be responsible for the following, under each area of accountability:

  1. Assist in the start-up of USAID Advancing Nutrition in Tanzania
  • Office establishment.
  • Agreements with government and relevant authorities for project implementation
  1. Programmatic
  • Develop, guide and oversee all aspects of the technical and operational project management of USAID Advancing Nutrition in Tanzania.
  • Develop and implement an overall project framework in areas of operation, with particular regard to the USAID/Tanzania priorities for USAID Advancing Nutrition.
  • Lead the overall planning, coordination and technical direction of activities, including strategic planning, work plan and budget development.
  • Oversee all program activities, including routine data collection, and assess these activities for cost effectiveness.
  • Oversee the results reporting to monitor the project’s performance, including preparing quarterly, annual and other ad hoc reporting to USAID and USAID Advancing Nutrition/HQ.
  • Ensure that activities are implemented in compliance with the requirements of USAID Tanzania and USAID Advancing Nutrition rules and regulations.
  1. Management
  • Manage relationships with government officials, donors, partners, stakeholders and USAID Advancing Nutrition/HQ, USAID implementing partners, and other consortium partners in-country. Coordinate and provide technical assistance as needed.
  • Represent USAID Advancing Nutrition in national and international forums. Communicate program results and create a supportive working environment.
  • Oversee and manage technical consultants hired by USAID Advancing Nutrition in Tanzania.
  • Ensure project performance to meet results and deliverables in the project framework and take any corrective actions as necessary.
  • Build a high-performance team, which will deliver results. Guide and support staff in their development, planning succession, and taking prompt action to address issues of under-performance and any other issues impacting on their professional conduct or implementing their duties and responsibilities.
  • Travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  1. Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders
  • Engage with key Government Agencies and other stakeholders in particular to support the implementation of USAID Advancing Nutrition in Tanzania.
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the health and nutrition issues in Tanzania including national policy development, key players in government, INGOs, UN and national/regional and local civil society organizations.
  1. Other
  • Ensure the USAID Advancing Nutrition Gender Equality Strategy is understood and incorporated into activities as appropriate.

Required Competencies

  • Superior leadership, management and communication skills to lead a multi-faceted USAID-funded nutrition project. This includes professional experience interacting with U.S. Government agencies, host country governments and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
  • Excellent time management and personal organization skills.
  • Ability to respond rapidly to shifting implementation scenarios.
  • Comfortable working in a matrix-ed, integrated work environment.
  • Confident giving and receiving feedback in a direct, professional manner.
  • Capacity to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively with local government and NGO stakeholders.
  • Skilled in fostering new and effective partnerships and effectively participating technical working groups.
  • Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.
  • Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities.


  • Education: Master’s degree in nutrition, public health, social sciences, international development, or a related field
  • Experience: Over 5 years of professional experience working in Tanzania preferred, especially working and/or collaborating with government ministries and partners.
  • Demonstrated professional experience working with high-level government officials.
  • Substantial institutional and staff expertise in implementing complex capacity building programs, in resource-constrained environments.
  • Clear record of success in developing sustainable systems in developing countries, or at a minimum increasing local level of self-reliance.
  • Strong experience and demonstrated success in coordinating activities with multiple stakeholders to optimize use of limited resources, including development of joint work plans.
  • Exposure to the existing NMNAP and its development.
  • Demonstrated success across the whole range of project management: strategic program planning; work planning and budgeting; financial, administrative, contractual management and oversight; relationship management with multiple clients; oversight of program monitoring and evaluation; and documentation of results for USAID-funded programs.
  • Experience working effectively in partnership with staff, collaborating organizations, international donors and agencies, U.S. Government agencies, host country governments and ministries and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience integrating nutrition into policies, strategies, and programs in areas such as agriculture, social protection, WASH, education, health, and/or HIV/AIDS, and linking with nutrition outcomes.
  • Proven ability to supervise and mentor staff from different cultures.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Fluency in Kiswahili required. Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken with strong presentation skills. Ability to prepare and disseminate project findings, success stories and other documents effectively.
  • This position is based in Dar es Salaam, with frequent travel to Dodoma (up to 30%).
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How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume  to [email protected] noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until close of business 15th January, 2020

Helen Keller International is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the email above or: Tel: 646-356-1789; Fax: (212) 532-6014

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