Job title: Country Director for Tanzania
Location: Dar es salaam with frequently travel
Reports to: Executive Director
Direct Reports: Cotton Programme Director; Textiles Programme Director. Senior operational and finance staff (tbc).
Country Director will also oversee the performance of the FDT Trust
Director by chairing the FDT Board of Trustees and other programme
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with national, regional and international travel (estimated at 30% of time)
KEY ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES
LEADERSHIP OF GATSBY’S PORTFOLIO IN TANZANIA:
1) Support and ensure the delivery and oversight of GA programmes and institutional partners funded by GA
Ensure that the cotton, textiles and forestry programmes have effective
governance and oversight mechanisms in place with clear roles and
− Through GA’s Board role, chair the Board of FDT to ensure effective governance and delivery of FDT’s institutional mandate.
Line manage the Textiles and Cotton Directors, and manage the
performance of the FDT Trust Director, supporting them to fulfil their
role requirements and providing mentoring and coaching to support their
− Support programme staff and institutions
to develop appropriate annual plans, budgets and objectives aligned to
GA strategic objectives.
− Through chairing the Quarterly Programme
Review Committees and through ongoing line-management/performance
management of PDs/Trust Director, ensure the programme teams are
effectively performance managed to ensure delivery.
− Facilitate and
support in-country teams to ensure there is a robust process to design
and manage programmes’ strategies and interventions.
effective working relationships and support is in place from the
Strategy & Learning Team and internal and external strategic
advisors to ensure the quality of programme strategies, interventions,
monitoring and evaluation.
− Ensure that there are clear roles and accountabilities between cross-cutting teams and programme teams.
− Ensure accurate and timely programme performance reporting into GA’s governing bodies.
− Support the Strategy & Learning team to identify and facilitate opportunities for cross-portfolio learning.
2) Operational delivery
− Review and monitor GA operating risks in Tanzania, contributing to
GA’s overall risk register and the implementation of mitigating
strategies and actions.
− Implement effective operational systems in Tanzania, in line with agreed GA frameworks, systems and policies.
− Ensure effective HR and people management in Tanzania, monitoring HR
risks and ensuring effective talent development and reward frameworks
are in place.
− Lead and coordinate the annual, mid-year and end of
year operational planning and budgeting cycles, presenting country,
programme and institution budgets to the SMT.
− Ensure effective
financial management in Tanzania through forecasting, financial
management and reporting, including timely annual external audits (tax
− Work closely with the Operations Director and Head
of Finance in the development of fit for purpose operational and
financial systems for GA’s portfolio in Tanzania which both facilitate
delivery of our work and ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
− Ensure contracting and partnering agreements are in place, in line with GA’s contracting procedures.
− Manage GA’s branch office and associated facilities in Tanzania.
− Chair the GA Tanzania Health & Safety Committee
− Act as Senior Staff Person for the country in relation to security matters.
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3) Communications, staff engagement and leadership
− Ensure effective communications within GA programmes and FDT in Tanzania, and across GA as a whole.
− Support the flow of information between programme teams, the institutions we support and cross cutting teams.
− Role model and support the embedding of GA values throughout our work.
− Lead on country-level team development and engagement.
− Champion GA-wide staff engagement and change management initiatives, and ensure their effective implementation in country.
− Actively contribute as a member of GA’s Leadership Group.
4) Representation and networks
− Ensure effective and credible relationships are in place with senior government and non governmental stakeholders.
− Represent GA on country-level fora and in cross-cutting national level discussions.
− Maintain close assessment of political economy developments &
broader trends in Tanzania and maintain a network of contacts to inform
− In collaboration with other cross-cutting teams, build GA’s
brand presence in country, developing an informal network of senior
− Support the Communications and Partnerships
Director with fundraising and partnerships by developing and managing
effective relationships with existing and potential funding partners in
− Support the cotton, textiles and forestry teams in their broader policy engagement where useful.
MEMBER OF THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM (SMT)
As a member of GA’s SMT, the Country Director will contribute to:
− Setting the strategic direction for GA’s overall work in East Africa,
developing and refining the strategy in collaboration with the
Executive Board, the Trustees and David Sainsbury.
− Developing and
reporting performance against strategy, annual plans and budgets in
accordance with the SMT’s reporting framework.
− Ensuring cohesion across the portfolio and managing risk:
• Identifying and taking a view on strategic and operational decisions with a crossportfolio impact.
• Ensuring a common sense of purpose, objectives and long-term goals.
• Ensuring effective cross-portfolio learning.
− Providing cohesive leadership, in a collegiate style, in a culture of sharing and learning.
− Managing communications, internally and externally.
− Being an effective role model for GA internally and externally, championing our leadership
• Caring about the people we work with and what we do.
• Being open, and willing to listen, learn and change.
• Embodying a culture of integrity, honesty and fairness.
• Creating a platform for staff growth, innovation and empowerment.
• Inspiring others through our leadership and behaviours.
• Acting with courage and conviction to achieve our goals.
− Substantial leadership and management experience at senior levels in
low/middle income countries in Africa, and with experience across
public, private and NGO sectors.
− Exposure to the Gatsby Approach and its core principles, which guides implementation of all our programmes.
− Understanding of change management and experience of delivering change.
− Exposure to market systems approaches, ideally sector development programmes.
− Proven experience of successfully designing, leading and managing business/programme operations with multiple stakeholders.
− Board-level experience, bringing an understanding of good governance
and an ability to develop and manage senior relationships sensitively.
− Understanding of the Tanzanian context and political economy, with an existing network of contacts.
− Proven experience of building relationships and the ability to engage at very senior levels of business and government.
− Successfully managing, coaching and professionally developing team
members working within a complex, fast-paced professional environment.
− A commitment to African development and an understanding of the development landscape.
− Well-honed leadership and management skills, able to
inspire and motivate teams, work in a calm and confident manner, and
translate ideas into actions.
− Excellent judgement, with the ability to think through different courses of action and make pragmatic, practical decisions.
− Strong organisation, planning and time-management skills, with a
proven ability to plan and prioritise own work and that of others and
meet deadlines under pressure, often balancing what appear to be conflicting and sometimes changing priorities.
− Strong facilitation skills, able to ensure effective governance and
processes are in place that enable input from experts and advisors.
Excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and persuasive skills – able to
build a strong rapport with senior level public and private sector
stakeholders and be comfortable negotiating political relationships.
− A genuine team-player with strong listening, negotiating and persuasive skills.
− Able to quickly establish credibility and respect as a leader,
demonstrating maturity and presence and building strong working
relationships and rapport with colleagues.
− Works with others in a collaborative and solutions-focused manner to achieve win-win outcomes.
− Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English essential; fluency in Kiswahili is a significant advantage.
− Empathises with GA’s mission and values
and brings both a commitment to African development and an
understanding of the development landscape.
− A commitment to work
within the principles and practices of the Gatsby Approach to ensure
that programmes learn from implementation and sector changes, adapt and
use the information to guide sector stakeholders.
− A self-starter with a pro-active approach.
− Maintains high performance and demonstrates resilience when operating in a fast-paced professional service environment.
− Shows an understanding and appreciation of what it takes to deliver across different cultures.
− Integrity and professionalism, setting and demonstrating the highest
ethical and moral standards and a strong sense of personal
− Able to travel nationally, regionally and internationally (estimated at least 30% of time).
We have developed a set of core values that will be used to assess a
candidate’s fit with the organisation and provide the basis for our
culture. Our staff are:
− Ambitious – Showing determination to deliver long-term and large-scale impact for others, and to achieve our own potential.
− Collaborative – Working together to develop strong relationships with
diverse stakeholders, while understanding others’ needs and enhancing
their capabilities to drive change.
− Thoughtful – Reflecting on
evidence and learning from our activities and those of others to design,
adapt and improve our work.
− Pragmatic – Recognising the
motivations of others and the realities of facilitation, seeking
opportunities to build momentum for change, and communicating carefully.
− Honest – Playing a trusted role as an honest broker for change, being
open to learn from others, and admitting our challenges.
Gatsby Africa is an equal opportunity employer.
HOW TO APPLY
Before applying, please check that you can answer yes to all the following questions:
− Are you East African / do you have extensive experience in East Africa?
− Do you have understanding of the Tanzanian context and political economy, with an existing network of contacts?
− Do you have substantial leadership and management experience at
senior levels in low/middle income countries in Africa, and with
experience across public, private and NGO sectors?
− Do you have
board-level experience, bringing an understanding of good governance and
an ability to develop and manage senior relationships sensitively?
If you cannot answer yes to these questions, please do not apply, as we will be unable to
progress your application.
If you can answer yes to all the above questions, then you will need to
submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae/resume (of no more than 2-3 pages)
in MS Word, and a supporting statement.
The statement should be no more than 2 pages long – bullet points are acceptable. It should
− why you are interested in this role
− why you are interested in Gatsby Africa
− how your skills and experience make you a good fit. Please relate your skills and
experience to the person specification in this candidate pack, using bullet points if
Please send your completed application by email to both firstname.lastname@example.org
and GatsbyCD@oxfordhr.co.uk Please clearly state in the subject line of your email that you
are applying for the Country Director for Tanzania role.
The closing date for applications is Saturday 27th October 2018 at 7pm East Africa Time
(4pm UTC; 5pm British Summer Time).
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by Tuesday 30th October. Initial Skype interviews
will be held on 1st November 2018, with final interviews being held in London on 12th and
19th November 2018.
This post is open to all candidates; however, given the nature of our organisation and the
role, strong preference will be given to East African candidates and those fluent in Kiswahili.
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