Project Officer, Nutrition, Tanzania

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Project Officer, Nutrition, Tanzania
Location: Tanzania
Reports to: Projects Manager, Nutrition
Contract duration: 12 months (with possible extension), anticipated start date February 2014
Salary: Highly competitive within Tanzanian NGO market rates

Job purpose
The Project Office, Nutrition will be responsible for supporting the delivery of all aspects of BBC Media Action Tanzania’s work in the health/nutrition sector. Reporting to the Projects Manager the post holder will be responsible for supporting day to day delivery of all aspects of the offices’ health/nutrition portfolio; in particular ensuring the portfolio has the maximum possible impact on partners and audiences; planning and delivering of support; continuous focus on learning, monitoring and improving positive behaviour change in nutrition in Tanzania through the media and mass communications.

Main duties
  • To support the delivery of the Nutrition portfolio 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 day to day delivery of all aspects of the Nutrition portfolio. This includes supporting the Project Manager in work planning and delivery and taking a management lead on some aspects of the project.
  • Supporting the Project Manager in developing expertise on positive uptake of nutrition behaviours in Tanzania and how to influence uptake and demand through mass media and communications approaches – including working closely with London thematic teams to develop and maintain in-country expertise in the sector.
  • Work closely with research team in delivery of research activities including formative research, monitoring and evaluation of outputs and baselines and end line quantitative data.
  • Line management of the Project Assistant.
  • Draft and produce content for donor and internal reports on projects progress and impact and lesson learning data.
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned

Required skills, knowledge and experience
  • At least two years’ experience in international development, with demonstrable experience in project planning and management systems.
  • Experience in managing projects in the health or nutrition sector and/or working with the media in Tanzania
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment to, and understanding of, development issues in Tanzania
  • 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

  • Experience in behaviour change communications projects, preferably in the health or nutrition sectors.
  • Experience in radio and/or television production either from a media or a communications background.
  • Experience working on USAID funded projects.
  • Experience working within a project budget cycle – from conception, through budget building, to implementation, monitoring, reviewing and reporting/accounting.

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 organisation – Is able to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises 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 characterised 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 behaviour 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.

Application instructions: 
Candidates should send their CV and a covering letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English to tzrecruitment@tz.bbcmediaaction.org with the name of the position applied for in the subject line.

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate covering letter will not be considered. Please only apply if you meet the basic criteria under the person specification. This is a local post applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and only if a donor application is successful.

Please note that the availability of this position is dependent on the success of an application to a donor.
Application deadline: Friday 14 June 2013



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