Cluster Technical Manager – Pathfinder International

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but is critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention and AIDS care and treatment. Pathfinder strives to strengthen access to family planning, advocate for sound reproductive health policies, and, through all our work, improve the rights and lives of the people we serve.

Project Summary:

The M- mama program has been designed to contribute to the reduction of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality through health system improvement and innovative emergency transportation system (EmTS) to strengthen referrals and linkages to services. Pathfinder International Tanzania and Touch foundation with support from Vodafone foundation will implement the program in collaboration with the Government. The Government of Tanzania has approved the expansion of the program nationwide. The positions will be stationed in the following regions of Tanzania: Shinyanga, Morogoro, Lindi, Mara, Simiyu, Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Dodoma, Singida, Tanga, Pwani, Dar es salaam, Ruvuma, Mtwara, Zanzibar, Kagera, Mwanza, Geita, Kigoma, Tabora, Katavi, Rukwa, Mbeya, Songwe, Iringa and Njombe.

Summary of the job:

The Cluster Technical Manager leads and manages the project to achieve its intended impact in strengthening quality SRHR and SSCB service delivery (facility and community based) and globally increasing family planning use. Provides strategic leadership and managerial oversight of the administrative, programmatic, technical, and operational aspects of the project. Oversees the day-to-day work, including financial and budgetary oversight, timely implementation of activities, and stakeholder relationship management. Deploys staff and financial resources to achieve project targets. Positions the project as a leader in the field of SRHR and SSCB and as a successful partner in the development and cost-effective implementation of funded programs. Develops and maintains relationships with funding organizations and SRHR, SSCB programs operating globally. This position reports to the National Project Manager.

Key Job Outcomes:

  1. Strategic Leadership: Provides strategic direction of project Develops and updates the project strategic plan to ensure alignment with programmatic directions and international priorities.
  2. Project Implementation: Ensures that project performance objectives and mandated deliverables such as technical activities, annual work plans, and programmatic/financial/technical reports are carried out in a timely fashion and meet the highest quality.
  3. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans: Leads and directs monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies, frameworks, plans and indicators to capture project performance and results. Leads a periodic implementation review process to monitor progress and to identify specific actions that may be needed to achieve expected
  4. Financial and Administrative Operations: Collaborates with project staff to establish and maintain the ongoing administrative and financial operations of project offices and ensure compliance with Pathfinder International’s policy and contract provisions. Develops, monitors and revises budget pipeline and conducts monthly reviews to ensure accountability of all project activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of finance deliverables. Manage funds and approve expenditures in accordance with Pathfinder International and USAID procedures, cost principles, and
  5. Contracts: Contracts with and manages local individuals/organizations for identified tasks according to regulations and procedures. Negotiates consultancy agreements and develops capacity of local partners in mandated program
  6. Security Standards and Guidelines: Ensures that appropriate security standards, guidelines and procedures are established, maintained, updated regularly and adhered to by the staff in all project offices in compliance with donor rules and
  7. Management and Supervision: Recruits, hires, develops and manages staff and subcontractors.
  8. Management Reports: Develops and presents timely financial, technical, and operations reports and updates on the project progress and difficulties. Documents project achievements for communications materials such as the annual reports, brochures, and website updates.
  9. Brand Ambassador: Cultivates and strengthens positive, productive relationships with donors, regulatory agencies, partners, and governmental agencies to ensure that Pathfinder International is consistently viewed as an effective implementing partner in meeting and achieving project
  10. Proposals: Provides input and support to proposal teams in planning for and developing proposal submissions for project support.

Other Information:

  1. Travel required (25% or more)
  2. Uses cellular and desk phone; laptop or desktop computer

Required Education, Training and Experience:

  1. Master’s degree (or equivalent) in public health, social sciences, health systems, nursing administration, management, or a related advanced
  2. 10 years of experience designing and implementing health service delivery strengthening projects, with five of these years spent managing large, complex family planning projects while living in developing countries.

Minimally Required Job Specific Competencies:

  1. Country Specific Public Health System: Deep knowledge of the countries’ public health systems. Deep knowledge of the political, social, economic, and cultural context of working Mastery of knowledge of applicable US Government regulations and administrative procedures on the country specific public health system programs and projects.
  2. Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Deep knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, practices and services of programs, including program strategies and indicators, and the latest professional developments in SRHR, including special challenges and measurement issues faced in the developing
  3. Strategic Planning and Implementation: Advanced skills strategic visioning and leadership in institutional capacity building and
  4. Proposal Development: Mastery of skills in proposal development from concept to full proposal, resource mobilization and budget
  5. Research Methods: Advanced knowledge and ability to apply quantitative and qualitative research
  6. Data Collection Methods: Advanced knowledge in data integrity and collection
  7. Statistical Software Applications. Proven ability to apply statistical software
  8. Leadership and Management: Proven ability to lead, manage, and develop others within a matrix
  9. Program and Project Planning and Management: Advanced skills in designing, implementing and monitoring and evaluating development and intervention activities to fulfill performance objectives, including the timely implementation and reporting of donor-funded program activities in the health sector
  10. Community Relations: Advanced skills in facilitating working relationships between partners, government officials, and communities

How to apply:

Pathfinder is committed to safeguarding and protecting the people we serve as well as our staff. We have zero tolerance for any behavior that inflicts harm on children, young people, adults, as well as our staff and partners, including sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, and exploitation. Everyone we hire must abide by our safeguarding and related policies, including reporting suspected or known policy violations. By applying, you acknowledge you understand you will be subjected to a variety of vetting checks intended to verify your suitability to work with us.

Interested applicants are requested to submit their application letter and CV, including contact details for 3 references whereby one should be the human resources manager/director of past organization you worked for. The Applications should be addressed to the Director for Human Resources and Administration, Pathfinder International, PO Box 77991, Dar es Salaam or sent via e-mail to stating the position being applied for in the subject line so that we do not miss your application. Electronic Applications are encouraged.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted, offer and contract will be subject to the donor’s approval.

The closing date to send your application is Friday 13th May at 05:00pm.

Pathfinder is committed to the safeguarding and protection of the people we serve and our staff. We have zero tolerance for any type of behavior that inflicts harm on children, young people, adults, our staff and partners including sexual abuse, harassment, bullying, and exploitation. We do everything possible to ensure that we recruit only those who are suitable to work with for us and expect that everyone we hire will abide by our safeguarding and related policies and will report any suspected or known violations. This job is subject to a range of vetting checks as legally permitted in the country where they are being hired. By submitting an application, the job applicant acknowledges they understand our intent to verify suitability to work with us.


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