BBC Media Action Job Vacancy for Project Manager-Tanzania

The Project Manager will be responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of BBC Media Action Tanzania’s new upcoming primary education project. The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the project, in particular ensuring the project has the maximum possible impact with audiences and  partners with a continuous focus on learning, monitoring and improving how we support education in Tanzania.

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Reports to: Senior Projects Manager

Contract duration: 15 months, anticipated start date in November 2017 subject to funding

To apply: 

Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English by email to: recruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org with the title of the position applied for in the subject line before 5pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate cover letter will not be considered. These are local posts applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania and national terms and conditions will apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Main Duties:

  • To deliver the project on time, to budget and to the highest standards in terms of quality, effectiveness, impact and relevance, meeting objectives clearly defined in the project proposal;
  • Responsible for the co-ordination, planning, budgeting, reporting and general management of all aspects of the project. This includes working with BBC Media Action staff in Tanzania and London to define and develop programme direction, strategies and activities;
  • Work closely with internal production, research and training teams to ensure that project objectives are being met;
  • Maintaining external relationships with project partners, donors and other stakeholders, representing the Tusome Pamoja project to the highest professional standards;
  • Ensure all project activities are fully compliant with USAID regulations, and BBC and BBC Media Action policies and editorial guidelines;
  • Support the project and production teams to understand issues related to education and literacy, and the role of media and communications in this sector;
  • Work closely with Research team to ensure research activities (including formative research, monitoring and evaluation of outputs and baselines and end line quantitative data) are in line with project objectives;
  • May include line management of a Project Officer;
  • Prepare donor and internal reports on projects progress and impact and lesson learning data;
  • Commission, write and manage web and communications related information on project progress, lessons and impact;
  • Generate new project ideas and proposals to further strengthen the impact and reach of BBC Media Action’s portfolio in Tanzania;
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience required

  • At least 3 years’ experience in international development, with demonstrable experience in project planning and management of systems;
  • Experience managing the project budget cycle – project design, budget development and management, work-plan and schedule building, implementation of activities, monitoring progress against objectives, reviewing and reporting;
  • Experience of working on USAID funded projects, with thorough knowledge of USAID rules and regulations will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in managing education/literacy, media, and training activities in Tanzania a distinct advantage;
  • Experience of project fundraising, including networking with donors and drafting project proposals a distinct advantage;
  • Ability to make sound judgments on editorially sensitive programme issues;
  • Experience in line management of staff;
  • Strong commitment to, and understanding of, development issues in Tanzania;
  • Experience working with, or understanding of, child protection regulations desirable;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven track record in forming effective relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent written communication skills, including experience writing project briefs, reports, terms of reference and other project documents;
  • Fluency in English and Swahili and ability to write reports in those languages.

Key Competencies

The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job.  Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies:

  • Analytical Thinking – Able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically.  Able to identify causal relationships, and construct frameworks for problem-solving and/or development;
  • Decision Making – Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decision made;
  • Planning and Organization – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others.  Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements;
  • Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations.  Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy;
  • Influencing and Persuading – Ability to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others.  Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behavior change;
  • Communication – The ability to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information;
  • Managing relationships – Able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people.
  • Self-Development – Is able to identify and apply opportunities for learning and development.