Executive director (1 Post)

Published by Jobstanzania on 1:36:00 pm

Tanzania Society for the Blind (TSB) is a non-governmental organization established in 1959, promoting the standard of living of persons with a visual impairment. The organization collaborates with government ministries, development partners, disability peoples’ organizations, hospitals and the community in general. TSB operates in 42 Districts of 9 regions of Tanzania Mainland, namely Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Dodoma, Kilimanjaro, Manyara, Morogoro, Pwani, Singida and Tanga. 

TSB operates a national integrated educational programme in support of children who are blind or having low vision to acquire basic education. The services offered by TSB include:
eye health: identification and referral of children with vision problems
education: itinerant teachers to coach the classroom teachers, follow up on the children with a visual impairment, extra-curricular activities.
rehabilitation: vocational training

The Board of Directors of Tanzania Society for the Blind is looking for an experienced and qualified candidate to fill the position of the Executive Director. S/he will be stationed at Dar es Salaam (Sinza). 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for TSB’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.


  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's activities
  • Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff
  • Represent the organization at community activities to enhance the organization's community profile

Operational planning and management

  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies, review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization's programs and services
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects

Human resources planning and management

  • Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery
  • Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job description for all staff
  • Establish a positive, healthy and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations
  • Recruit, interview and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the organization's mission
  • Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the organization and that appropriate training is provided
  • Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review
  • Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance
Financial planning and management
  • Work with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget
  • Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organization
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate
  • Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board
  • Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed
  • Administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization
  • Provide the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization
  • Ensure that the organization complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments

Community relations/advocacy

  • Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the community served by the organization
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization

Required qualifications and experience

  • Master degree in international development, management or related. 
  • Minimum 5 years of management experience in a non/social profit environment
  • Proven experience as an effective relationship manager with both public and private stakeholders. Prior experience managing foundation relationships, and relationships with country governments, a serious advantage.
  • Experienced fundraiser with a documented track record of success scaling an organization and/or sustaining growth
  • Excellent financial management and resource mobilization skills
  • Knowledge and experience of human resources management
  • Knowledge and experience of project management
  • Computer literate (MS Office)

Duration of the position
The term of the position is two years (renewable).

Mode of application
Interested candidates are invited to send their application letters with updated CV and two names and contact details of reputable referees to the address below not later than Friday 27th May, 2016.  

By post:
The Chairperson,
Tanzania Society for the Blind,
P.O. BOX 2254
Dar es Salaam

By email :
cc : eliyukomnyone@gmail.com



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