Regional Program Director, STRYDE Job Vacancy at TechnoServe Tanzania | November, 2018

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Jobs Tanzania: Regional Program Director, STRYDE Job Vacancy at TechnoServe  Tanzania | November, 2018
Program Description: 
Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE)
TechnoServe, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, has been undertaking the Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program targeting the large youth population in rural Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. The second phase of the program started in 2014 and is expected to support 48,000 youth by the end of 2019. The overall program goal is to sustainably improve livelihoods for rural youth and their households. It aims to achieve this goal by helping youth aged 18 to 30 years develop livelihood strategies and harness existing opportunities in employment, agriculture, and the informal sector.
A key component of the STRYDE 2.0 model is sustainability. STRYDE aims to develop the capacity of system actors to enable them to take on key functions of the model so that the impact can be sustained after the end of the five-year program. TechnoServe is working with partners to train and provide aftercare to the beneficiaries. The rationale is to build capacity of the partners in training and aftercare and therefore ensure that the STRYDE model continues to benefit youth in the future after the exit of TechnoServe and Mastercard Foundation. 

Position Description:
Working closely with Country Directors and TechnoServe’s East Africa regional team, you will be responsible for achievement of the program’s goal to train 48,000 rural youth to increase their productive economic engagement. Responsibilities encompass overall implementation of the project, including stakeholder relationships, team leadership and management, project planning, budget management and work plan monitoring, M&E and timely and cost-effective delivery of results as per the project logical framework and agreed-upon milestones.
You will oversee a large team across Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
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Project Management
  • Ensure the project is implemented with sound managerial, technical, financial, human resources and overall programmatic practices and that the processes and activities adhere to corporate policy, legal and contractual obligations and corporate and donor standards
  • Manage regional budget and monitor country budgets to ensure responsible stewardship of donor funds and effective and efficient implementation
  • Report internally and externally on progress and status of project activities; produce consolidated financial and narrative reports for TechnoServe management and donors, as required by the contract and requested on an ad hoc basis
  • Ensure project targets are achieved, in relation to youth trained, capacities and attitudes improved
  • Create, disseminate, and support country-level adaptation and use of standard templates and tools for key program deliverables, including but not limited to: key M&E indicators and templates, selection criteria, training materials, feasibility studies and market assessments, country-level work plans, and other management and quality assurance tools
  • Work with program staff to identify TNS technical assistance needs at both regional and country levels
  • Additional line management, budgetary authority, and operational responsibilities may be assigned

Team Leadership
  • Provide coaching, direction and leadership to team members in order to achieve results, including overall management, coordination and quality monitoring of STRYDE team’s input and work content. Direct reports include Program Managers in Tanzania and Uganda, the Regional MEL Advisor, Regional Finance and Administration Manager, Regional Program Manager, Regional Communications Coordinator, and an external M&E Consultant
  • Recruit qualified and capable staff to fill vacant or new positions, and develop existing staff to assume greater levels of responsibility over time
  • Manage performance of team members through the establishment of annual goals in line with the project objectives work plans, monitoring performance against those goals, providing feedback on an ongoing basis and delivery of annual performance appraisals

Representation and Communication
  • Provide thought leadership and strategic direction in the field of youth economic empowerment by representing STRYDE and widely sharing lessons learned at internal and external events.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with donor representatives as well as relevant stakeholders in each of the program countries and across the region, including government ministries, private sector companies, business associations, and civil society organizations
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for TechnoServe to be a leader in the sector, as appropriate
  • Ensure that both country teams and project stakeholders are abreast of project and industry developments across the region, are aware of their own performance against project milestones, sharing lessons-learned and benefiting from each other’s work
  • Interface with other country, regional, and HQ staff; ensure information is shared and flows transparently within the program team and to other organizational levels, as appropriate
  • Ensure that lessons learned in one area of operation are applied elsewhere, as appropriate, and disseminated to other practitioners in the field

New Business Development
  • Support new business efforts within the region, as requested. New business opportunities in this space, both with MCF and other donors, need to be developed 

Required Skills & Experience:
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Four to seven years’ experience in management, program design and planning; multi-cultural and remote personnel management experience
  • International development experience, entrepreneurship skills, and experience working with youth training and/or mentorship programs preferred
  • Ability to learn and become a thought leader in the field
  • Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to develop well-written, cohesive analyses and reports
  • Track record of building strong client and stakeholder relationships
  • Fluency in English required

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.