Sunday, 12 June 2022

New Job Vacancy at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Tanzania - Senior Project Officer

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Jobs in Tanzania 2022: New Job Vacancies at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) 2022


About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the official overseas relief and development organization of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has served people living in poverty and situations of vulnerability in over 100 countries since 1943. In Tan­zania, CRS has served vulnerable communities for over 50 years and accomplished this through development programs of emer­gency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance, and peacebuilding.
CRS is inviting experienced and qualified citizens of Tanzania to apply for the following post below...

Job Title: Senior Project Officer – Strengthening Faith Systems for Early Childhood Development
Reports to
: Program Manager
Department: Programs
Location: Dar es salaam
Country Background

CRS in Tanzania works in very close collaboration with the catholic Churches and implements programs through both Churches and secular local partners. CRS has been helping poor, vulnerable families improve their lives through orphans and vulnerable children, agriculture, health, microfinance and WASH programming in Tanzania since 1962.

Project Description:
CRS Tanzania in collaborations with Caritas Diocesan of Tabora, Caritas Diocesan of Mbeya and the Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups, plans implementation of Strengthening Faith Systems for Early Childhood Development in Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique from June 2022 – May 2025. Targeting around 16,800 young mothers and adult caregivers, pregnant women, and male partners in Mbeya and Tabora regions, the project has three main objectives:
(i). To increase the adoption of nurturing care practices for children under three (0-3 years) by young mothers and adult caregivers.
(ii). To strengthen the capacity of diocesan level caritas in Tanzania to deliver quality IMBC-ECD services for caregivers of children (0 – 3 year).
(iii). To strengthen the capacity of faith-based leaders to advocate for nurturing care policies and practices in same faith, interfaith, local, and national ECD networks. CRS with its partners will jointly work with beneficiaries in already existing structures and only establish new implementation pathways where needs be – in consultations with stakeholders for continuity and sustainable interventions.

Tanzania has made significant progress to promoting ECD activities. These include launching National Multisectoral ECD program, engaging members of parliament in advocating for ECD activities & funding allocation into the national budget and allocating 1 dollar to child nutrition interventions to mention a few. However, much is needed to ensure communities have buy in into allocating community funds/ resources for ECD activities in their respective areas, interfaith networks, religious leaders, and lay leaders contribute to activities related to promoting ECD at local and national levels and ensure there is increasing collaborations between interfaith networks and national Government Ministries in implementing ECD interventions. Therefore, CRS with its partners Caritas Diocese of Tabora and Mbeya and in collaborations with Ministry of Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups (MCDGWSP) plan to contribute to advocacy of ECD initiatives and activities at local as well as national level and implement ECD interventions in respective regions. CRS also intends to build capacities of local partner (i.e., church partners) to continue implement ECD activities during and after project phase.
Job Summary:
The successful candidate will work directly with the Caritas Diocesan of Tabora and Mbeya, Interfaith Standing Committee on Economic Justice & Integrity of Creation, SPOs and the Program Manager to coordinate ECD advocacy activities and monitor the implementation of the program in Tanzania. He/she will plan, organize, and execute ECD advocacy activities in accordance with CRS guidance, work closely with the partners and other stakeholders to ensure high-quality delivery of ECD services, to strengthen capacities of partners to advocate for quality ECD at community and national levels, and ensure availability of effective resource mobilization strategies for ECD activities in faith-based institutions, communities, and at Government levels. He/ she will work collaboratively with SPO to ensure collaborations with Government at regional and national levels. He/ she will provide technical assistance to the program and partners including supervision and monitoring of performance through analyzing, producing reports as directed by the Program Manager.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with Tanzania Interfaith Standing Committee, Caritas Tanzania, and Caritas Diocesans of Mbeya and Tabora to develop and implement local and national ECD advocacy strategies for quality ECD activities implementation
  • Support development of ECD advocacy manual, tracking tools and facilitation of faith-based advocacy meetings (including interfaith meetings & forums)
  • Coordinate ECD trainings for faith-based leaders to facilitate more engagement in field activities implementation
  • Engage communities, Government, and other implementing stakeholders in providing feedback and productive inputs that would guarantee feasible activities, ownership, quality and realized intended outcomes
  • Collaborate with partner to identify faith-based champion leaders to facilitate ECD sessions & facilitate mobilization of resources for ECD activities implementation
  • Monitor (in assistance with finance officer) partner financial burn-rate and timely implementation of targeted activities within respective quarter.
  • Provide clear documentation of programmatic achievements and keep project management team informed on monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor which contribute to the achievement of project goals.
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Basic Qualifications and experience
  • Reputable First Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Sciences and/ or related field
  • Masters in Early Childhood Education, Social Sciences will be an added advantage.
  • At least 4-year proven work experience in advocacy work including development and implementation of advocacy strategies, development of advocacy tools, and materials.
  • Experience in resources mobilization and working with faith-based partners
  • Good understanding & experiences working with MCDGWSP and Government health systems, RHMTs and CHMTs is desirable
  • Experience working with donor funded projects implementing ECD activities.
  • Experience in utilization of virtual training platforms; skills and knowledge in MS Applications & ability to apply data in decision making.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English & Swahili
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Required Languages – English and Swahili.
Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 40% and 75 % of travels to Tabora and Mbeya

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision
  • Good capacity to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
  • Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, and results-oriented

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

Key Working Relationships: Internal: Program Manager, Finance Department, Program Advisors MEAL, WASH Project Manager/

Technical Advisor, SILC Officer, ASRP Nutrition Manager External: PORALG Regional administration, MCDGWSP, Councils, other donors, partners staff and other Implementing partners

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.


Interested qualified candidates should submit their letter of application together with their CV in PDF or Word format in a single attachment which outlines their experience and sustainability of the position applied to email address not later than 24th June 2022.
The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Female candidates, people with disability and people from other recognized marginalized backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. CRS Tanzania recognizes many people do not have access to university education, limited capacity to travel, women take career breaks to care for family, and physical access for people with disability is limited in some workplaces including in the field. In all recruitments, CRS Tanzania uses a competency-based selection process. This ensures that if a candidate does not have a university degree or many years of experience, their competencies and existing expertise is assessed and valued.

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