29 Jun 2020

Head of Government Support at Chemonics

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Chemonics seeks a Head of Government Support for an anticipated multi-year, DFID-funded education programme in Tanzania. Shule Bora seeks to improve quality, inclusiveness, and safety of learning for all 11.5 million girls and boys in government pre-primary and primary schools in Tanzania. In addition to providing support to government systems at the national level, Shule Bora will provide additional focused support to an estimated 4.4 million children in 9 regions.

The Head of Government Support will lead the programme’s support to the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to implement the PforR mechanism (Component B) in a timely and effective manner, as well as support the Team Leader in national-level liaison with the GoT. The position will be based in Dodoma and will require some travel to other parts of Tanzania. The project is expected to start in March 2021 and conclude in March 2027.

Responsibilities include:

General management and technical assistance

  • Member of the Shule Bora senior management team (SMT); supporting the Team Leader (TL) in the day to day management of the programme
  • Leading the team focused on delivering Component B of the programme (support to the GoT to implement the PfoR mechanism):
    • Supporting Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST) and President’s Office Regional and Local Government (PO-RALG) in overall programme management including general management, education sector and resource planning, quality assurance, and internal monitoring and reporting. This includes ensuring performance against all the GoT’s Development Linked Indicators (DLIs), annual updates of the Programme Operations Manual, and in-depth analysis and capacity building in the areas of planning and resource allocation, including mathematical modelling
    • Supporting GoT in coordination within the education sector
    • Enabling Education Management Information Systems development (EMIS) and operations, including QA annual census; annual Education Sector Performance Report (ESPR) and Basic Education Statistics for Tanzania (BEST)
    • Providing Public Financial Management (PFM) and Fiduciary Risk Mitigation expertise
    • GoT capacity building gap analysis and interventions (mentoring/coaching)
    • Oversee lessons learnt documentation and communication
    • Supporting GoT in sharing and rolling out lessons and best practice from interventions delivered in the 9 focus regions as part of Component C.
    • Working with the rest of the SMT to support the DLI independent verification teams (IVT) from an independent learning and evaluation service provider
    • Working with other members of the SMT to support the GoT to build awareness, understanding and support of the Education sector PforR mechanism at the regional and local levels
  • Identify technical assistance needs, develop suitable scopes of work and recruit staff/ consultants for new project interventions under Component B
  • Contributing to the design and updates of the Theories of Change for each of the four Outcome areas: Learning, Disability, Girls education, and School safety
  • Working with other members of the SMT to provide learning and evidence to GoT on how to achieve the outcome areas affordably and at scale; enabling the achievement of PforR targets
  • Liaising closely with other members of the SMT to ensure that successful pilots in the regions are scaled up at the national level and inform education policy and planning
  • Working with SMT and GoT to identify and implement system-level reforms for more effective teaching; school, district and regional planning and management; community engagement; use of data; and reforms relevant to advancing the Outcomes for girls education, disability and school safety
  • Supporting other members of the SMT in the identification and design of new project interventions under Component C of the project (Support to GoT to test, adapt and delivery interventions at scale) based on evidence
  • Managing monitoring, evaluation, research and learning as well as communications staff in a matrixed system with a focus on adaptive management
  • Taking part in key strategic reviews of the project as part of the SMT
  • Managing staff in a matrixed system with a focus on adaptive management
  • Potential to act as the TL in their absence
  • Performing other duties and responsibilities, as required

Stakeholder engagement

  • Leading national level liaison with the Government of Tanzania (GoT) –  to include, amongst others: MoEST, PO-RALG, the Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP), the President’s Office for Public Sector Management (PO-PSM), the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE), National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA)
  • Coordinating with other SMT members to lead on the identification of the most relevant GoT partners for design and delivery of project interventions and deciding how much to channel through GoT budgeting and planning processes
  • Working with other members of the SMT to manage relationships with DFID and other donor-funded programmes


Programme Management

  • Ensuring Component B performance targets are met and that deliverables outlined in the programme contract are completed in a timely manner, offer value for money, and follow DFID and Chemonics regulations and procedures
  • Working with the TL in programme work planning, budgeting, performance management, risk management, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications
  • Managing communication and agreements with component subcontractors; providing monitoring of technical deliverables and compliance with Chemonics and DFID regulations
  • Ensuring that lessons learnt from the implementation of the PforR mechanism are well documented and communicated


  • Experience of and ability to collaborate and build partnerships with host country governments, UK government agencies, donor agencies and international organisations; existing strong relationships with GoT and other key Tanzanian stakeholders is strongly preferred
  • At least eight years of professional experience managing or providing technical oversight over large (£15m+), complex, projects in developing countries, including at least four years as a Team Leader/Chief of Party, Project Manager, Deputy Team Leader or Deputy Chief of Party, ideally for a DFID funded project
  • Ability and track record of thinking and working politically; working in a political smart way. Ability to apply systems thinking
  • Experience in all/some of the following:
  • education sector and resource planning,
  • quality assurance,
  • monitoring, evaluation research and learning
  • Education Management Information Systems development (EMIS) and other data management and analysis systems and operations,
  • Public Financial Management (PFM) and Fiduciary Risk Mitigation
  • Institutional capacity building gap analysis and interventions (mentoring/coaching)
  • Supporting partner governments on PforR mechanisms
  • Knowledge and experience working on donor-funded education programmes
  • Experience leading large teams and managing programmes that achieve results, with a focus on adaptive management and technical implementation
  • Proven project management skills, ideally with a project management qualification
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, versatility, and integrity
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in Tanzania or East Africa is required
  • Fluency in English is required. A working knowledge of Swahili is strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social science, international development, project management or a related discipline is required. Advanced degree in relevant discipline is preferred

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Closing Date : 29th July, 2020.

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