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Job Opportunity at HJFMRI-T, Operations Director


Operations Director 

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About HJFMRI Tanzania Program

The Walter Reed Program Tanzania (WRP-T) is a collaborative effort that supports PEPFAR funded HIV prevention and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands and within the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF). HJF Medical Research In­ternational, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is a local non-profit that has supported these efforts since 2004 for the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). PEPFAR activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; and the President’s Office of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), through the Re­gional and Council Health Management Teams.

HJFMRI-T provides care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming, providing resources, personnel, and services to the Southern Highlands Zone. The program has expanded from support­ing the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment ser­vices. HJFMRI-T currently operates in four regions in the Southern Highlands zone, which are Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Songwe, and Ruvuma region for Voluntary Medi­cal Male Circumcision (VMMC) intervention. The program also supports TPDF in im­plementing comprehensive HIV prevention care and treatment programs in 21 sites throughout the country.

Employment opportunity:

HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position listed below.

Position: Operations Director

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: Dar es Salaam

The Position Overview:

HJF seeks to recruit a Senior Operations Director in Tanzania to support the Country Director with strategic leadership and management of the organization and to over­see the Operations and Administration, Contracts and Grants, Human Resource, and Finance Departments.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Country Director, develops strong partnerships with Ministry of Health and Civil Society partners and stakeholders;
  • Maintains a strong and wide network with key partners and stakeholders as well regular communication with the USG/DOD/WRAIR team in Tanzania;
  • Works with the Country Director to develop strategies to problem-solve pro­grammatic and operational challenges to promote successful programmatic implementation;
  • Ensures programmatic and operational compliance with grant rules and regu­lations, HJF policies as well as Tanzanian Laws;
  • Directs the development of country budgets in line with program plans and operational guidance;
  • With relevant country office staff, monitors internal budget reports, prepare forecasts, and conduct expenditure analysis;
  • Oversees the development and execution of sub-agreement and contracts;
  • Oversees the administration of Human Resource functions including develop­ment and implementation of HR policies, hiring, performance management, and disciplinary actions;
  • Oversees and provides guidance for relevant staff for procurement proce­dures, administrative, logistical, transport, security, and risk management func­tions for the country office and 5 satellite offices.


  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Health Administration Financial Management or Public Administration with professional accounting qualifica­tions;
  • Minimum of twelve years of comparable senior work experience, preferably at Director level that includes administration and operations management, human resource management, contract management, procurement, logistics, and fi­nancial management with a minimum of seven years or more in an international setting preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Strong fiscal oversight and monitoring experience including advanced experi­ence in managing program budgets according to USG guidelines and regula­tions;
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully managing a project of similar size and complexity and proven capacity of supervising a multi-disciplinary team, including Directors and senior managers, technical experts, and support staff;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including flexibility, diplomacy, intercultural com­municative competence, and respect for colleagues;
  • Evidence of excellent facilitation and team-building experience • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Advanced proficiency in English and computer literacy • Knowledge of Swahili language is an advantage;
  • Experience living in a rural African context is highly desired.

Applications Instructions

Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any re­liable Courier to Senior Manager, Human Resources, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or sent through e-mail to recruitment@wrp.or.tz

NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. Applications that are hand-delivered will not be accepted. The deadline for applying is 3rd December 2021. As detailed in the job description(s) above, those who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

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