Country Director - Health Policy Plus Tanzania

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 14 June 2019
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Closing on 27 June 2019

Job Description

HP+ Tanzania is focused on family planning and HIV/AIDS health areas to: support execution of policies and strategic plans through the lens of performance monitoring and resource mobilization; generate high-quality evidence to support the planning and development of sustainable health financing policies and systems; and develop capacity of local civil society organizations to effectively conduct evidence-based advocacy.

The Country Director will lead the Tanzania field program under the global USAID-funded Health Policy Plus (HP+) project. This is a full-time, fixed-term 12 month contract, starting as soon as possible.

The Country Director provides senior level content knowledge, technical assistance, consultation and support for the development and execution of project/program-specific strategies. S/he exercises judgement within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results and works closely with the Country Activity Manager to manage workplan, budget and technical assistance.

Key Responsibilities:
1 Provide senior leadership, management oversight, and coordination to HP+ Tanzania program.
2 Provide subject matter expertise/technical assistance to the program, technical staff and administrators as required in family planning. Areas of focus include budget advocacy, health financing, performance monitoring, governance and stewardship.
3 Foster partnerships with key stakeholders in support of achieving project goals.
4 Acts as primary in-country representative of HP+ and point of contact for USAID, Government of Tanzania, and other key stakeholders.
5 Lead and assist in research, data collection, policy formulation, training and capacity building efforts in support of contract/agreement activities and deliverables.
6 Identify, consider, and resolve issues or problems.
7 Use quantitative and qualitative techniques to perform contract or cooperative agreement tasks.
8 Lead and/or review and monitor programmatic functions, i.e. development of workplans and budgets.
9 Ensure quality of services and compliance per project/program requirements.
10 Provide functional guidance to outside vendors/consultants to ensure quality deliverables are completed within timelines and budgets.
11 Participate in and/or prepare necessary program-related reports, including presentations and white papers.
12 Organize and support project/program trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings, as needed.
13 Participate and represent the organization, as needed, in technical working groups, outside associations, conferences, and symposia.
14 Provide guidance to lower level staff members.

Requirements
1 Demonstrated experience managing projects or programs.
2 Well versed knowledge of the Government of Tanzania systems and institutions, especially the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) Reproductive and Child Health Section, and demonstrated experience in navigating relationships and coordinating across various government institutions, such as PORALG and Ministry of Finance
3 Proven in-depth understanding of the health sector and family planning program in Tanzania
4 Strong network within Tanzania’s health sector, family planning program, and a good understanding of key players and stakeholders, including in-depth knowledge of MOHCGDEC and professional experience with USAID programs
5 Demonstrated success in collaboration and coordination across partners, sectors and with home office;
6 Demonstrated technical expertise in family planing programs.
7 Ability to navigate politically sensitive environments and being able to appropriately complete tasks within the limitations placed by external stakeholders.
8 Professional and diplomatic demeanor and conduct, especially during interactions with the government, USAID, partners, and other key stakeholders.
9 Substantial experience with policy development, policy implementation, and policy advocacy, preferably in the Tanzanian context.
10 Attention to detail and ability to effectively and efficiently perform multiple tasks and balance competing priorities often within a required timeframe.
11 Ability to anticipate, respond and adapt quickly to changing requirements and competing demands.
12 Ability to take initiative and/or respond independently to situations.
13 Demonstrated problem solving, analytic, financial and evaluative skills.
14 Effective written and oral communication skills.
15 Proficient in the use of desktop software, esp. Microsoft Office.

Minimum Education or Experience
* Advanced degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent.
* 10+ years of experience in public health program management, health governance, health economics, policy formulation, or other field related to international health programs are required.
* Experience working with the Government of Tanzania in health programs is required.
* Technical expertise in family planning, monitoring and evaluation, health financing, advocacy, is highly preferred.
* Experience working with USAID and/or USAID partners is preferred.
* Strong interpersonal, writing, presentation, and organizational skills are required.

Fluent written and spoken English and Kiswahili.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a USAID-funded five-year $185 million project awarded to Palladium (formerly Futures Group) on August 28, 2015. HP+ works with key stakeholders to advance health policy and financing for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), HIV, and maternal and newborn health at national and subnational levels. HP+ aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners' capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to the existing priorities.

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