Tanzania Country Director
The Tanzania Country Director contributes to the mission of the organization by leading and managing all aspects of Medical Teams’ work in-country; representing Medical Teams to key stakeholders; and overseeing the development and implementation of the Tanzania’s program strategy. The Country Director will have wide responsibility for the overall development, management, and coordination of field operations, representing Medical Teams to partners and key stakeholders in country, providing financial oversight and accountability of Medical Teams resources and compliance with policies and procedures, and reporting regularly on program activities and finances. The Country Director will report to the Director, Global Programs based at HQ, and will be supported by a Program Manager and Program Officer, based at HQ.
Medical Teams’ Calling:
Daring to love like Jesus, we boldly break barriers to health and
restore wholeness in a hurting world.
- Creates and implements the country strategy and program vision in accordance with the organization’s five-year plan;
- Champions capacity building and team empowerment toward the ultimate goal of a responsible exit strategy;
- Ensures all programs objectives are completed on time, on budget and with high quality;
- Develops annual operating budgets and work plans and ensures effective budget monitoring, reporting, and financial management;
- Ensures monitoring, evaluation, and learning occurs with regard to planned and implemented programs;
- Ensures project proposals and reports are submitted on time and meet standards required by Headquarters and external donors;
- Ensures all program goals, activities, and personnel demonstrate commitment to national and international humanitarian frameworks and standards;
- Fosters collaborative, transparent, and accountable relationships with partners in the implementation of activities that address the needs of the most vulnerable people.
- Proactively, regularly, and consistently represents Medical Teams to host and foreign governments, humanitarian actors including UN agencies and NGOs, faith-based and partner organizations, media, and other relevant parties;
- Identifies and participates in forums and meetings for the humanitarian community where there may be a strategic benefit to Medical Teams.
Local Resource Acquisition:
- Maintains an ongoing awareness of the operating environment in-country and identifies particular needs in the health sector that fit with our core competencies.
- Proactively facilitates the growth of Medical Teams programs in-country; maintaining strong links with donors; identifying funding opportunities; and leading the development of program-funding proposals;
- Leads, designs, and analyzes needs assessments and identifies relevant programmatic interventions on behalf of Medical Teams.
- Creates an environment for Medical Teams team members to be Courageous, Tenacious, Accountable, Not Alone, and Selfless.
- Develops a strong team that values accountability, 360-degree feedback, and transparency;
- Ensures that team members are effective, efficient, and diligent in meeting program goals;
- Creates a team culture that is committed to cultural and racial diversity;
- Provides regular feedback to staff to ensure optimal performance;
- Creates a culture of shared learning and professional development within the country team;
- Oversees effective human resource management including the recruitment, onboarding, supervision, and performance review, and professional development of local and expatriate personnel; complies with local laws and the personnel policies of Medical Teams; and ensures personnel plan reflects operational needs.
Safety and Security:
- Reviews and oversees implementation of effective safety and security management policies and practices in accordance with Global Safety and Security Policy; including robust information collection practices and systematic testing of safety and security plans;
- Champions the importance of safety and security and incorporates safety and security considerations throughout all activities.
- Ensures Medical Teams is compliant with host-government laws and policies, and with Medical Teams’ internal policies and procedures;
- Ensures accountability is integrated into country strategies, program design, monitoring and evaluations, recruitment, staff onboarding, trainings and performance management, partnership agreements, and highlighted in reporting;
- Ensures the Safeguarding of program participants and employees through promoting an environment of awareness and upholding the code of conduct provisions of Medical Teams Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, and Child & Vulnerable Adult protection policies;
- Ensures Medical Teams maintains a constructive, transparent, and independent relationship with host-government, and ensures Medical Teams has up-to-date registration/accreditation in country;
- Ensures all procurement, warehousing and program expenditures occur in accordance with best practices, and all contractors comply with contractual agreements.
- Additional duties as assigned
EDUCATION, LICENSES, & CERTIFICATIONS
- Master’s degree or higher in a field relevant to international humanitarian work
- Minimum seven years progressive responsible experience in humanitarian programming and personnel management;
- Minimum five years office management experience in a developing country;
- Work experience in East Africa preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Dedication to the calling and values of Medical Teams;
- Commitment to organizational strengthening and programmatic growth in accordance with humanitarian needs;
- Proven ability to produce successful program proposals and develop strategic donor relationships;
- Strong organizational and program skills and experience, including strategic planning;
- Excellent financial management skills, including ability to prepare, monitor, and control budgets, reports, project proposals and partnership agreement documents;
- Strong working knowledge of health-sector issues in developing countries;
- Commitment to working in a manner that respects local religious and cultural sensitivities;
- Demonstrated experience managing a high-performing work team;
- High level of initiative with a strong results-orientation;
- Very resourceful;
- Excellent English-language skills;
- Proficient in Swahili;
- Ability to work collaboratively with others;
- Work hour requirements;
- Travel requirements when applicable;
- Skilled at building and maintaining a high functioning, high performing work team.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS
Tools and Equipment Used
- Requires frequent use of personal computer, including word processing, database programs; calculator, telephone, copy machine, and fax machine.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to walk; climb stairs; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands, and arms.
- The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to noisy.
- The employee will be required to regularly travel to remote areas of the world where there are potential health hazards and risks, limited hygiene facilities, extreme weather, and very basic living conditions.
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