Sunday, 25 February 2018

Job at Social Solutions International, Program Cycle Fellow

Other Iringa District Iringa
Program Overview

Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is accepting curricula vitae from mid- to senior-level Tanzanian development specialists who are available and interested in a one year posting in Iringa, Tanzania. This position will be under the Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities (MECap) task order for which Social Solutions is the prime contractor.

The main goal of MECAP is to contribute to the strengthening of project design, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Role Overview

After a brief orientation period, this Program Cycle Fellow will serve in an advisory and capacity-building role for program-cycle related functions within the Iringa Regional Secretariat in Tanzania. S/he will serve in a coordination and facilitation role for the Iringa Integrated Activity Hub and support implementation USAID Tanzania’s CLA Plan and building CLA capacity at the regional level. The Fellow will generate, analyze and share information and knowledge among Hub partners to inform decision making and adaptive management, while also functioning as a regional representative of the Program Office and serving as a feedback channel from the field to the cross-sectoral Development Objective (DO) teams. The Fellow will play a key role in supporting IPs to better engage with local government organizations and one another, to further institutionalize mechanisms for regional coordination and integration, with greater focus on building Council-level capacity in this regard.

The Program Cycle Fellow is expected to work under the guidance of the USAID Program Office, and in collaboration with the Regional and Local Government staff. The Fellow will work day-to-day with a team of Government of Tanzania (GOT) staff across development sectors, including health and population, nutrition, social welfare, community development, agriculture, education, democracy and governance, and economic growth, including natural resources management and energy. S/he will also support monitoring and evaluation of the Iringa Hub’s integrated programming efforts and document results and lessons learned for USAID/Tanzania and partners. The Fellow will be expected to work independently, yet collaboratively, with regional and district counterparts and maintain open communication with Program Office, DO-team colleagues, and managers of representative activities and will report to the USAID/Tanzania Program Office MEL Team Lead.


Tanzanian National
8+ years of experience working with the Government of Tanzania (GOT), international donors, and/or implementing partners
Demonstrated familiarity with GOT at regional and/or district level (5+ years), as well as donor-funded programming at the regional and/or national level (3+ years)
Demonstrated experience in building relationships between GOT and donor/implementing partners
Experience designing and implementing international development programs with USAID and/or other large development assistance agencies (including large NGOs, contractors, or international organizations).
Experience providing advice to international development managers in the field; including working in the field or supporting field projects to achieve an operational mission or to implement a project or activity.
Experience with catalyzing programmatic learning and adaptive management in USAID or other foreign assistance agencies (including large NGOs, contractors or international organizations).
Master’s Degree+ in a relevant field (e.g., Planning, Business Administration)
Native Kiswahili proficiency; confidence and clarity in written and spoken English
Superior oral and written communication skills and listening skills: both proactive and diplomatic. Excellent public speaking skills and well versed in effectively organizing data in order to successfully support stakeholders in making decisions.
Experience facilitating workshops, meetings, and other events
Professionally proficient with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel/Access, Powerpoint
Experienced with online, collaborative platforms preferred (e.g., Google Docs)
Demonstrated flexibility and capacity to adapt to and operate in environments of uncertainty.
Background in capacity-building, adult learning and/or learning facilitation or related experience