Thursday, 5 December 2019

Job Opportunity at European Development Fund, Programme Officer Infrastructure


Job Opportunity at European Development Fund, Programme Officer Infrastructure

Programme Officer Infrastructure 

European Development Fund – Programme Support Unit (EDF – PSU) is within the Ministry of Finance and Planning, established under the External Finance Division.

The European Development Fund (EDF) is the European Union’s (EU) main instrument for providing development aid to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and to Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).The activities of the EDF cooperation are in the fields of economic development, social and human development as well as regional cooperation and integration.

The partnership between Tanzania and the EU is anchored in the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, which is the framework agreement for the EU’s relations since 2000 with 79 countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).

The Cotonou Partnership Agreement (CPA) between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union (EU) stipulates that, “The Government of each ACP State shall appoint a National Authorising Officer to represent it in all operations financed from the resources from the multi-annual financial framework of cooperation under this Agreement managed by the Commission and the Bank. The National Authorising Officer shall appoint one or more deputy National Authorising Officers to replace him when he is unable to carry out his duties and shall inform the Commission of this appointment”

In Tanzania, the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund, is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Finance and Planning.

In order to carry out his mandate as stipulated in the CPA, the Permanent Secretary established EDF – PSU which acts as a quality controller on all EDF Programmes in Tanzania and ensures timely and quality inputs to the EU Project Cycle Management. Also, the unit is the main interlocutor between the EU and Ministries and other entities that are implementing EU funded projects. Day-to-day activities of the unit are managed by the Deputy National Authorising Officer for EDF as the Head of the unit Some of the functions of the unit include preparation of financing proposals, evaluation of tenders, authorising payments and monitoring and evaluations of projects and programmes.



The Unit is inviting applications from dynamic, energetic and proactive Tanzanians with required technical skills and experience to fill the following three (3) vacancies.


Programme Officer – Infrastructure

Reports to: Head of Programmes
Station: Dodoma
Contract Period: Three years with possibilities of renewal depending on performance and availability of funds

Summary of duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide policy and strategic advice to the Head of Programmes on infrastructure matters as stipulated in the Cotonou Partnership Agreement, national development and poverty reduction strategies and the Nth EDF National Indicative Programme or other relevant EU development financing instruments;
  • Facilitate identification, preparation, implementation and appraisal of EU funded infrastructure projects;
  • Ensure technical and financial monitoring and evaluation of ongoing projects, including the participation to stakeholders meetings and site meetings/visits;
  • Ensure revision and follow up of formal communications, claims, payments and any other contractual requirements;
  • Prepare and process tender documents for services, supplies and works contracts and prepare contracts and addenda for infrastructure projects;
  • Monitor fulfilment of government undertakings as stipulated in respective in financing agreements for various infrastructure and infrastructural related projects, general budget/ sector supports with specific reference to Performance Assessment Framework;
  • Train and support counterparts and Programme Managers on EDF and EU rules and procedures; and
  • Undertake any responsibilities as assigned from time to time.
  • Contribute to the programming/design of new EU-funded projects

Qualification and experience

  • Applicants must have a bachelor degree in civil engineering or related fields;
  • Master degree in Engineering, Project Management, Construction Management, Construction Law or related field is added advantage;
  • Applicants must have at least five (5) years working experience in procurement and management of civil works project; at least 2 years in a supervision team of works contracts;
  • Applicant have to be registered by Tanzania Engineers Registration Board; and
  • Proven ability to interact competently with donor agencies on issues related to aid coordination. Knowledge and experience on EDF procedures is an added advantage.

Key competencies

  • Demonstrated professional     experience    in   the design, management and/or supervision of road construction/rehabilitation and maintenance works;
  • Demonstrated professional     experience    in   the preparation, examination and administration of tender dossiers for works, supplies and consultancy services including (paved and unpaved) roads, bridges and public buildings;
  • A strong background in financial, technical and contractual management of large infrastructure (roads) programmes, Project Cycle Management and Conditions of Contract;
  • In depth knowledge of Project Cycle Management, developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems based on performance indicators;
  • A very good command of legal and professional skills, written and spoken English and Swahili are necessary; and
  • Demonstrated practical experience and sound claim analysis and application of dispute resolution procedures including amicable settlement, conciliation and/or arbitration will be an added advantage.

How to apply:

Applications must be directed to Email: recruitment@psu.go.tz

Applications by other means will not be accepted. Application letters, up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) and motivation letter (of not more than one page) must be in English and combined in as one document Your CV must indicate current physical address, telephone contacts and three reputable referees with their reliable contacts including phone numbers and email addresses.

Also, attach compressed folder of scanned copies of Postgraduate/Degree/Advanced Diploma/Diploma/Form IV/FormVI National Examination Certificates and results transcripts (Form IV and form VI results slips, testimonials and all partial transcripts are not acceptable), Professional registration and training certificates from respective registration or regulatory bodies and birth certificates. Certificates from Foreign Universities and foreign examination bodies for Ordinary or Advanced level education must be accompanied by a verification document from Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) and National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA)/ National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) respectively.

An applicant employed in the Public Service should route his/her application letter through his/her respective employers.

Applicants with special needs/case (disability) are supposed to indicate that in their applications.
Please mention the job title/ vacancy name as the subject line when sending application.
Failure to do that your application will not be processed.
Application deadline is on 20th December 2019 at 1530 EAT.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.


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