Job title: Country Director
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
  • Not for Profit and Charities
Job published: 31-01-2019
Job ID: 32139

Job Description


Key responsibilities:


  • Reviewing and developing the strategic direction in conjunction with the Director of NGO  and providing support for Governance
  • Leadership and oversight of
  • Programmes, including capacity building with partner organisations
  • Financial management and reporting
  • Grant / Contract management
  • Resource mobilisation, partnerships and alliances
  • Advocacy, representation and communications
  • Human resource management
  • Accountability, compliance and learning


  1. Leadership and governance support
  • Provide leadership, shaping organisational strategic direction in collaboration with the Board of NGO
  • Support good governance of the organisation by the NGO, including support to Board meetings and AGMs.
  • Provide strategic guidance and professional advice for senior management and their teams.
  • Ensure programmes in Tanzania are delivered and aligned with NGO global strategic framework and NGO priority areas.
  • Harness opportunities to further NGO’s vision and mission.


  1. Programme oversight
  • Provide overall leadership to the team on programme implementation.
  • Align the team to the strategic objectives by setting and managing annual work plans and budgets.
  • Ensure that NGO has agreements in place with the Government of Tanzania to achieve its goals.


With the Programme Manager:


  • Ensure a high level of project quality and accountability.
  • Ensure effective programme planning and implementation, as well as seeking out opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Ensure monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems are in place to facilitate reporting, learning, accountability and quality assurance.
  • Oversee production of timely and accurate reports which document progress and how challenges were overcome.
  • Supervise contracting and oversight of consultants for specialist work such as provision of technical assistance on deafblindness, evaluations, quality assurance, research and scoping of innovation.
  • Oversee the building of the capacity of partner organisations to deliver high quality services for people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments.
  • Oversee high quality research and collection of evidence.


  1. Financial Management and reporting
  • Ensure strong budgeting, disbursement, reporting and forecasting.
  • Ensure financial risks are managed working with the Finance and Administration Officer and NGO UK Finance team e.g. on tax compliance, accounting balances, procurement and exchange rate fluctuations, etc.



  • Development of annual and multi-year plans and budgets; monitoring of implementation, and production of quality and timely programme and financial reports to share with NGO UK, donors and others.
  • Adherence to established financial systems and procedures (e.g. ensure adherence to policies covering prevention of fraud, transparent procurement and contracting), proposing improvements where feasible.
  • Monitoring and control of expenditure, and proposal of revised forecasts and budgets, for specific programmes and for NGO overall.
  • Review of partner organisations’ financial management capacity and the under-taking due diligence assessments.



  1. Grant / Contract Management
  • Ensure that effective grant management systems are in place which deliver compliance with grant conditions.
  • Ensure submission of accurate and timely reports complying with grant agreements.
  • Oversee effective monitoring systems and end of project evaluations, sharing learning across the team and organisation.


  1. Resource mobilisation, partnerships and alliances
  • Overall responsibility for annual ‘in-country’ fundraising targets.

With the Programme Funding Manager:

  • Work collaboratively to develop creative fundraising activities to increase and diversity funding and deepen relationships with donors and supporters. Ensure maximum core cost recovery and raising of unrestricted funds.
  • Look out for new funding opportunities and coordinate the development of high quality funding proposals and responses to calls for proposals.
  • Facilitate donor visits, donor meetings, round table discussions and evaluations.
  • Collaboratively develop innovative concepts for new funding.
  • Develop alliances with a view to collaboration on joint funding proposals and consortium bids.
  • Partner with other organisations for mutual benefit e.g. to mainstream disability.


  1. Advocacy, representation and communications
  • Represent NGO  on technical working groups, at conferences, workshops and committees to promote deaf blindness and the work of NGO at the Government and sector level.
  • Build strong professional relationships with key stakeholders championing the course of persons with deaf blindness and multi-sensory impairments.
  • Keep the advocacy strategy up to date and advocate for legislative, policy and other change.
  • Raise awareness of deaf, blindness among Government, (I)NGOs, parents, professionals, and associations.
  • Build the capacity of Government and NGOs to include people with deaf blindness and multi-sensory impairments in mainstream programmes and foster the development of networks of parents, people with deaf blindness, and professionals.
  • Lobby government, both on behalf of NGO, it’s programmes and target group and as part of wider initiatives on disability with other organisations, to ensure that deaf blindness is on the national and local agenda.
  • Build NGO’s brand recognition through strategic partnerships, media exposure, and leadership in the disability sector. Safeguard NGO’s brand and reputation.
  • Actively promote the work of NGO through appropriate media.
  • Co-ordinate collection and curation of case-studies, photos and videos showcasing NGO work, ensuring proper management of assets and permissions. Ensure provision of case-studies for NGO publications and presentations.
  1. Human Resource Management
  • Oversee performance management and ongoing capacity building and professional development for the NGO staff team.
  • Lead the recruitment of in-country staff, in consultation with NGO Senior Programme Manager for East Africa.
  • Ensure management of staff in line with the HR Manual for East Africa and ensuring compliance with Tanzanian legislation. Ensure annual reviews are conducted and recorded, management of annual leave and sickness.
  • Keep an overview of staff salaries and other benefits.
  1. Accountability, compliance and learning
  • Accountable for the effective and efficient running of NGO overall, and for ensuring transparency and compliance with organisational policies at all levels.
  • Ensure all of NGO policies are adhered to and regularly reviewed e.g. data protection, anti-fraud policies.
  • Ensure strong implementation of NGO Safeguarding policies ensuring staff are trained and partner organisations have suitable policies and training in place.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal, financial and tax requirements of the Tanzanian government.
  • With the Programme Funding Manager, ensure International Aid Transparency Initiative postings are kept up to date.
  • Keep the risk register up to date and manage and mitigate risks.
  • Share learning across the NGO family and contribute to learning by piloting new initiatives. 
  • Contribute to annual Regional Directors’ weeks, webinars, and innovations.
  • Ensure learning from reviews and evaluations is shared and embedded in future work.




  • Degree in Business Administration, Social Science, Development Studies, or a related field.
  • A post graduate qualification in international development, human rights, community or disability or a related field


  • At least 7 to10 years minimum working experience in the social or international development field, a number of which must be in a senior management position.
  • Experience of working with people with a disability and responsibility for the protection of children or vulnerable adults.
  • Demonstrated experience with programme and grant management, including project planning and budgeting, initiation, implementation, reporting and closure.
  • Involvement in the strategic development of development programmes working within an international NGO or similar, including demonstrated experience of supporting scale up, programme expansion, innovation, conducting due diligence reviews of potential partner organisations and overseeing evaluations.