Programme Officer – TradeMark East Africa (TMEA),

By | September 7, 2018
Job title: Programme Officer, Tanzania Line Manager title: Programme Manager
Grade: JG 7 Direct reports: None
Department: Tanzania Country Programme Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Job summary
The Programme Officer will support the country team with coordination of the Project Cycle Management
functions, that includes project design and formulation, mobilisation, implementation, and closure; and with
development and management of appropriate mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation. The Officer will be
expected to manage communications requirements for the country programme, and support with
management of project-related safeguard requirements. S/he will also be responsible for aligning the
programme’s knowledge management goals and practices to TMEA’s strategy and ensuring that internal and
external knowledge management solutions involve commitment for long-term value to be realised.
Roles and responsibilities
Supporting Programme Delivery:
• Provide support to the country team in the strategic development of country programmes by providing
input in strategy development, Project Appraisal Reports (PARs) and project formulation.
• Perform analytical, diagnostic and assessment of data requirements for the implementation of country
specific projects and provide support in the management of data collection for baselines, reviews and
• Provide support to Project Leaders with management of consultants, procurement documentation,
generation of tender processes through the Contract Management System (CMS), and participating in
bid evaluations.
• Provide support in updating documentation on the Management Information System (MIS), including
work plans, monitoring plans, and risk plans.
• Provide support to country teams during quarterly and annual reporting through MIS and completion
of Programme Progress Quarterly and Annual Progress Reports.
• Provide support to country teams in initiating project closeout procedures and ensuring project
documentation on evaluations, research and lessons learned are up to date.
• Support Project Leaders with maintenance of accurate project documentation.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
• Manage and co-ordinate the Country programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) requirements
with the programme’s priority beneficiaries (government institutions, private sector and civil society
organizations) in establishing M&E systems. These include development of baseline data, indicators of
success, targets, results chains and monitoring plans.
• Liaise with implementing partners in the collection and submission of required reports and data on the
progress of monitoring plans and activities.
• Provide oversight and support to the country team on M&E systems, plans and processes.
• Liaise closely with the Results team on implementation progress, preparation of periodic reports,
review of new proposals and lessons learnt, to ensure consistency and complementarity between
country and regional programmes.
• Provide regular updates on progress of Tanzania’s projects on the Results Management Information
Systems (RMIS).
• Manage the country programme’s results framework and update it regularly.
• Manage the Tanzania programme’s corporate communications budget to ensure sound impact and
Value for Money (VFM).
• Participate in developing content, and ensuring regular updates, on Tanzania’s project activities, for
the general TMEA website and the Tanzania Country page.
• Liaise with the TMEA Communications team to develop “common-man stories” on TMEA Tanzania
projects and prepare/write press releases on key TMEA Tanzania events and share these with the
national and/or regional media sphere.
• Support the organization of TMEA Tanzania-supported events and coordinate reporting of these in the
media and to other TMEA offices.
• Liaise with the Communications team to organize internal and external events and media trainings.
• Liaise with the Sustainable and Inclusive Trade (SIT) Unit to streamline climate change, gender
inclusivity, and safeguards standards in programme/project management cycle.
Knowledge Management:
• Oversee the regular production of TMEA Tanzania’s knowledge materials including publications, policy
and research studies, economic research papers and briefs.
• Coordinate work by TMEA Tanzania consultants on setting up a national knowledge sharing platform,
possibly hosted/managed by TMEA Tanzania, to ensure sharing of research papers between interested
parties at national and regional levels.
• Create a library of all necessary information on national context, projects and implementation progress
towards EAC integration to be managed by the Tanzania programme.
• Organize regular learning events with partners.
• Develop strong relations with regional office and country programme to ensure coordinated
knowledge management.
Corporate Level Responsibilities:
• Apply the highest standards of controls and risk management practices and behaviours and embed a
positive risk and control culture.
• Demonstrate prudence, sound judgement and appropriate and timely escalations in management of
all types of risk (including fraud risk) applicable to the programme officer’s role.
• Understand and comply with the relevant end-to-end processes including applicable risks and controls.
• Seek to identify, understand and escalate risk events/incidents/ issues on a timely basis focusing on
fixing root-causes and taking ownership of identified mitigating actions.
• Complete all relevant mandatory trainings within the stipulated timelines.
• Participate in regular informal and formal reflection, knowledge sharing and learning events.
• Document lessons learned and best practices for knowledge sharing and learning.
• Promote and adhere to TMEA’s core values and ensure compliance with organisational policies and
• Maintain zero tolerance to bribery, fraud and corruption, and ensure the immediate reporting of any
corruption or suspect behaviour that threatens TMEA’s reputation.
• In absence of FAO, provide Corporate Services support to the country office (Finance, ICT, and Human
Resources & Administration).
Organisational positioning
Academic and professional qualifications
• Undergraduate degree OR a Master’s degree preferably in social sciences, business administration,
development studies or related field.
• Professional qualifications in project management, M&E or communications will be an added advantage.
Work experience
For postgraduate degree holders, at least three years’ experience and for undergraduate degree holders at
least five years relevant experience in managing and coordinating projects, including monitoring and
evaluation, knowledge management and communications activities for donor funded programmes.
Technical skills and behavioural competencies
• A good understanding of the Project Management Cycle from start to finish (PCM).
• Proficiency in MS Office applications and use of social media and e-platforms for knowledge sharing.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in data collection/survey administration, data analysis, and use of results management
information systems to aid monitoring of projects.
• Excellent team-working and inter-personal skills with the ability to build good working relationships.
• Ability to handle multiple tasks and provide regular feedback on progress.
• Sense of initiative, creativity and enthusiasm.
• Strong planning and organising skills, ability to prioritise, pay attention to detail and work with minimum