8 Mar 2021

National Project Coordinator at Aga Khan Foundation

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Job Description

The position

AKF is implementing a regional partnership across four countries: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Mozambique. The overall objective is to improve systemic, gender-sensitive responses to overcome health, economic and social vulnerabilities in Eastern Africa through diverse interventions targeting 140,000 individuals (60% female) directly, and 604,000 indirectly. The recruit will lead on the Tanzania component of the programme which seeks to strengthen coping strategies for vulnerable communities and support youth employability skills, as well as social, innovative entrepreneurship. The position will be based in Dar es Salaam with frequent travel (at least 25% travel) to the field. This position reports to the Senior Program Manager for Economic Inclusion, Agriculture, and Food Security, and collaborates with the regional Programme Management Unit based in Nairobi, local partners, technical advisors, and consultants.
The National Project Coordinator will be responsible for:
  • Quality project implementation and reporting including the delivery of activities on time and budget.
  • Lead on implementation strategy, with support from the Senior Program Manager.
  • Coordinate, liaise, and collaborate with key local stakeholders throughout project implementation.
  • Prepare and submit quality, project implementation plans, work plans, activity reports, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual narrative reports.
  • Provide technical support to local partners and communities in project implementation including work planning, roll out activities and ascertaining the quality of delivery of activities and results.
  • Coordinate project quarterly and annual review meetings with implementing partners and key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the M&E team on project routine monitoring and evaluation, review of evaluation reports, compilation of human-interest stories, and dissemination of key learning.
  • Manage and coordinate all project partnerships and contracts, including compliance, coordination, and quality control on delivery
  • Integration of gender equality and social inclusion in all aspects of project implementation and management.
  •  Recruitment, orientation, supervise, mentor, and conduct performance appraisal for other project staff.
  • Support the program design, strategy, support, and related tasks as assigned by the Senior Program Manager.

The requirements

  • Minimum of a post-graduate degree at Master Level, preferably in Development Studies, Business Development, Project Management, Social Studies, or related fields.
  • At least 5 years’ relevant work experience, preferably in Tanzania.
  • Successfully coordinated complex, multi-thematic projects including economic and financial inclusion, civil society, youth development, social entrepreneurship, climate change adaptation and/or gender equality.
  •  Demonstrated analytical, organisational, convening, interpersonal, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Expert capacity in written and verbal skills in English with the ability to write high-quality reports for donor projects and analytical briefs. Fluency in Swahili is an advantage.
  • Strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation methodologies and logical frameworks, and ability to extract and adopt key learning from project implementation.
  • Strong familiarity in working with online and digital technologies, including facilitating the use of financial digital services.
  • Demonstrated ability to remotely work, lead, and motivate a diverse team of staff, individual experts, local civil society organizations and partners.
  • Strong partnership management and coordination skills, including sub-contracts and sub-grants.
  • Familiarity with donors such as European Commission, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, UN, and private foundations is an advantage
  • Understanding of community mobilization, multi-stakeholder coordination and co-design, project management, strategic planning, data gathering and analysis, and communications.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, other valuable presentation, and team collaboration platforms.
  • Ability to work with multiple tasks, demands and deadlines, with a positive and constructive attitude under minimal supervision.
  • Good people skills and collaborative spirit.
  • Able to learn from and adapt to complex situations, with a problem-solving and open-minded attitude.
  • Able to work independently, remotely, and within a team

Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV including contacts of three references,   Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

“AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.”
The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org).

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Closing Date : 5th April, 2021.

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