13 Aug 2020

Project Officer at ADD International

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Project: The Disability Inclusive COVID-19 Response and Recovery Coordination (DICC)
Location: Dar es Salaam
Reporting to: Head of Programmes
Contract:   Fixed Term One Year Contract

Disabled candidates are particularly encouraged to apply and as a ‘disability confident employer’ ADD guarantees to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria.



Disabled people living in poverty are among the most vulnerable, marginalised and discriminated people on earth. Often, they have no access to basic human rights, education or the opportunity to work. There are approximately 1 billion disabled people in the world according to the World Health Organisation, 80% live in developing countries – and around 150 million have very high levels of need. Shockingly small numbers of disabled children go to school leading to low literacy and low employment, and, for most disabled people, even basic health services are inaccessible. Disabled people are frequently discriminated against, stigmatised, and excluded from wider society – even by their own families.

After many years of relentless campaigning, we are now beginning to see the global political will, high profile champions and relevant policies that are needed to respect the rights of disabled people around the world. ADD International has been at the heart of this global movement, ensuring that the voices of disabled people grow ever louder.


For over 32 years ADD International has been supporting some of the world’s most remarkable disability activists working on the frontline of discrimination. We give them and their organisations the tools and resources to build powerful movements for change; and we make sure their voices are heard by global leaders and people with the power to make real change. Based in the UK, we have 5 offices in East Africa and Asia with a staff team of approximately 100 people and a turnover of over £3m.

ADD International in Tanzania works in partnership with the Tanzania Federation of Disabled People’s Organizations (SHIVYAWATA), national disabled people’s organisations (DPOs).



The DICC brings together Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs), disability-focused NGOs, and other mainstream NGOs working on disability inclusion in Tanzania. In itself, this represents an innovative alliance between multiple DPOs and NGOs, working with a common purpose in a crisis response, in a way that has never been seen before in Tanzania. DICC partners have reach and representation across the country, which will enable a grassroots and district-based disability-inclusive COVID-19 response where PWD play a leading role through their representative organisations.


The project overall goal is to contribute to COVID -19 response in Tanzania that leaves no one behind by ensuring that PWD are reached and included equitably in efforts to raise awareness, prevent infection, access support and mitigate the social and economic impact of the pandemic. This will be achieved through enhanced coordination among organizations from different sectors and government, effective planning and implementation of inclusive COVID-19 response by Government at all levels, improved knowledge, capacity of PWD and their households to prevent infection and access medical, social and livelihood support, DPO effective support to PWD during COVID-19 Pandemic/recovery period and demonstrated evidence and learning that inform decision-making at all levels on the impact of COVID-19 on PWD, barriers to accessing support, and effective strategies for including PWD.


The project will be implemented in collaboration with SHIVYAWATA covering 10 National DPOs and 9 SHIVYAWATA region offices across Tanzania.


The Project Officer will have overall responsibility for ensuring effective implementation of five areas of project activities namely; Strengthening coordination; Joint advocacy campaigns; Reaching excluded PWD at district level through DPOs; Evidence gathering and; Monitoring and evaluation as well as managing activity budgets and reporting.


Activity Area 1: Coordination

  • Coordinate the formation of a Coordination Secretariat and Task Team to deliver the project, including monthly regional/ national coordination meetings, mapping services (legal, social protection etc),  expand participation to include 10 national DPOs, Strengthening DICC links with other forums engaged in COVID-19 response, Pooling resources from DICC members’ existing projects to ensure a coordinated COVID-19 response.

Activity Area 2: Advocacy awareness campaigns

  • Engage with key government departments (national/ district) WHO, WFP, ICRC.
  • Make recommendations based on evidence in key areas: Public health messages in accessible formats/channels; School return arrangements inclusive of CWD; Social support to reach PWD in all districts; PWD loan terms adapted; Social protection and health to include PWD

Activity Area 3: Reaching the excluded PWD at district level through DPOs

  • Develop accessible information messages & deliver through TV, radio, online.
  • Capacity building technical support and accompaniment to DPOs so they can: Develop distribution plans and systems; train PWD community volunteers; identify and reach excluded PWD; strengthen data management & communication systems; link with social and medical service providers; engage with decisionmakers on loans and social protection


Activity area 4:  Evidence gathering

  • Train DPO activists as peer data gatherers; conduct rapid situation analysis on PWD impact of COVID-19, gender issues including GBV, DPO/ DICC learning meetings to review evidence,
  • Develop accessible resource information on PWD challenges/ best practice guidelines,
  • Disseminate survey report & other learning outputs to decisionmakers/ social media/ DPO networks

Activity Area 5 Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Development of indicators and tools for monitoring of activities and evaluation of progress against outcomes;
  • Support to DPOs to establish monitoring systems and gather monitoring data using tools;
  • Quarterly monitoring against indicators;
  • Internal end of project evaluation of progress against outcomes


Management of Finance

  • Develop and submit activity budgets for DICC project implementation, compile and review working budgets


  • Develop activity report and participate in the development and submission of donor reports

Safeguarding responsibilities

  • Ensure familiarity, and compliance with, ADD’s Child and Vulnerable Adults Safeguarding policy and undertake training as required. In particular:
  • Contribute to creating and maintaining an environment (including within ADD) that prevents safeguarding violations and promotes the implementation of ADD’s policy
  • Report any concerns or suspicions regarding safeguarding violations by an ADD staff member or associated personnel to the appropriate staff member
  • Ensure partners are fully briefed on ADD’s safeguarding policies and procedures, SHIVYAWATA child and vulnerable adults safeguarding including reporting mechanisms
  • Develop publicity materials on ADD’s safeguarding policies to be shared with communities with whom ADD works


We are committed to ensuing we are a safe organisation, delivering safe programmes that ensure we do no harm to people we work with. Our processes ensure all posts are graded, based on interaction with children and vulnerable adults. This post is a Level 2 post. See outline of all levels below:

  • Level 1 – HQ based, no real direct access to children/vulnerable adults
  • Level 2 – a travelling role, possible access to children/vulnerable adults but unlikely to be alone
  • Level 3 – regular access to children/vulnerable adults including on their own, or lead responsibility for safeguarding within office/location


Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of a university degree in communication, social science, community development, behavioural change communication, strategic communication, journalism, public relations, or related field, or equivalent level of work experience
  • Experience in Advocacy work with marginalised and vulnerable groups.
  • Programme coordination and monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills in English and Swahili
  • At least 4 years’ experience in lobbying and advocacy or related field of work
  • Experience in designing, planning, implementing and monitoring lobbying and advocacy strategies
  • Experience of training/capacity building in areas such as advocacy or MEL



  • Commitment to and understanding of the Social Model of Disability and a rights-based approach to development
  • Experience of safeguarding policy and practice related to children and/or vulnerable adults
  • Shows respect for, and understanding of, diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work
  • Awareness of the value of diversity and cultural difference
  • Positive, energetic and with organized behaviour
  • Productive with strong working ethics


  • Keen to learn and acquire new experience on disability inclusive programming

We are keen to promote strong principles of equality and diversity and would welcome applications from all backgrounds. Disabled people are strongly encouraged to apply and as a ‘disability confident employer’ ADD guarantees to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria. For more information on this please see our Equal Opportunities Policy.


The nature of ADD’s work is as an ally to the global disability movement promoting the rights of all people with disabilities. It does mean that our staff, consultants, trustees and volunteers may come into contact with children and vulnerable adults in some capacity or another. ADD is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, consultants, trustees and volunteers to share this commitment.

At ADD, we’re committed to creating a safe and rewarding environment for all of our people to work and volunteer, as well as for those we come into contact with through our work.

This means we have robust safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure everyone is treated properly, and a whistle-blowing policy and process so people can raise any concerns they have, confidentially.

For more information on this please see the safeguarding pages on our website.

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      Method of Application

Interested applicants should send the following attachments by email:

  • Their CV (max 3 pages)
  • Letter of motivation (max 2 pages), please state your current or most recent salary
  • Completed equal opportunities form (please choose relevant form dependent on whether you are applying for a job in the UK or one of our country offices)
  • The names, contact numbers and addresses of 2 referees (please state if you are not happy for them to be contacted at this stage)
  • Application deadline: 04.30pm/20th August 2020
  • Interviews will be held in Dar es Salaam on 28th August 2020

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. We are unfortunately only able to reply to those shortlisted.


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