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Monday, May 24, 2021

Job Opportunity at Palladium - Country Team Lead

Palladium - Country Team Lead

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits. 

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives. 

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status. 

 NPI EXPAND Overview

The New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) Expanding Health Partnerships—NPI EXPAND Project—is a global five-year (2019-2024) U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports locally-driven efforts to increase the availability and utilization of high-quality health and education services. In line with USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance (J2SR) framework, NPI EXPAND invests in new and underutilized local partners (NUPs)1 and strengthens their capacity to strategize, plan, and implement programs with USAID funds. Enhanced participation of capable local organizations to increase demand for and to deliver high-quality, high impact services will enable governments to meet crucial goals equitably and sustainably. NPI EXPAND will also catalyze opportunities to scale up innovative interventions by strengthening the capacity of NUPs with varying levels of capabilities and exposure to USAID.

NPI EXPAND in Tanzania

USAID Tanzania is funding Amref Tanzania and its consortium partners to implement the USAID Afya Shirikishi project, and Tanzania Health Promotion Supports (THPS), and its partners to implement the USAID Uhuru project. The USAID Afya Shirikishi project aims to address priority gaps in tuberculosis (TB) case findings and unmet family planning (FP) needs at the community level in nine targeted regions in the country by 2025. Amref Tanzania and its partners—the SHDEPHA+ Bahama, Tanzania Communications and Development Center (TCDC), and MUKIKUTE—are implementing the project in Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Zanzibar, Katavi, Kigoma, Songwe, Rukwa, Geita, and Mwanza regions. On the other hand, the USAID Uhuru project aims to improve access to, and use of, quality TB and FP services for better health outcomes for Tanzanian citizens in Katavi, Kigoma, Rukwa, and Songwe regions. The Uhuru project consortium partners include Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Tanzania, Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), and Mwitikio wa Kudhibiti Kifua Kikuu na UKIMWI Tanzania (MKUTA).

The goal of the NPI EXPAND activity in Tanzania is to increase access to and use of high-quality TB and FP services for better health outcomes of Tanzanian citizens in the regions where the Afya Shirikishi and Uhuru projects are implemented. NPI EXPAND will achieve this goal through the following two objectives:

Strengthen the organizational capacities of Amref Tanzania, THPS, and their consortium partners in the Afya Shirikishi and USAID Uhuru projects, respectively.

Strengthen the technical capacities of Amref Tanzania, THPS, and their partners to develop innovative tools and approaches for increased access and use of quality services in family planning, TB, and multi-drug resistant TB at the health facility and community levels.

Position Description

The NPI EXPAND Tanzania Country Team Lead (CTL) will be responsible for overseeing all in-country activities and operations for the project. (S)he will be based in an office in Dar es Salaam providing direct supervision to the Family Planning Program Manager. Additional staff members may be added. (S)he will report to the Field Support Director based in Washington, D.C., while also receiving guidance from the Project Director, HQ-based country manager, MEL Director, Capacity Development Director, and service delivery specialists.  

Duties and Responsibilities

 The Country Team Lead will be expected to:

  • Provide technical guidance to all in-country activities under the NPI EXPAND project
  • Provide oversight of the identified grantees supported by the project to ensure effective implementation of project activities and adherence to the conditions of their NPI EXPAND subaward
  • Prepare annual work plans and ensure implementation of same in collaboration with the Field Support Director, HQ management and technical staff, the Capacity Development Director, and the Project Director
  • Represent the project with USAID Mission Point of Contact and staff, project partners, Ministry staff, stakeholders
  • Liaise with USAID Tanzania as needed
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports for Palladium HQ office and USAID
  • Oversee and verify achievements and deliverables of any entity or person contracted or receiving an award under HDA/NPI EXPAND
  • Organize logistical support and schedules for staff and consultants providing short term technical assistance (STTA) to the program
  • Ensure timely and accurate submission of financial reports in coordination with the Finance and Operations Manager in the home office
  • Identify, support and track cost share, submitting cost share reports and all supporting documentation on a monthly basis
  • Maintain all activity documentation (documents, emails, workplans and drafts) in appropriate location for spot checks and audits
  • Ensure compliance and consistent implementation with USAID rules and regulations, established project and Palladium policies, procedures and technical guidance in collaboration with HQ’s Project Delivery team
  • Review all technical deliverables to ensure quality
  • Review and approve relevant financial requests and reports as required including but not limited to: vendor payments, field vouchers and Funds Transfer Requests (FTRs)
  • Provide oversight and support the adherence to strong internal financial controls
  • Ensure good staff management and supervision practices including on-boarding, performance appraisal and development
  • Perform regular check-ins with direct reports to promote quality performance and provide constructive feedback and coaching (if required)
  • Contribute to training needs assessment of the team, developing and implementing performance improvement plans and on-the-job-training where appropriate
  • Escalate any performance issues to HQ
  • Other duties as assigned.

Period and Location of Performance

The position is through the end of September 2024. Location for this engagement is Islamabad with travel in-country as security and other conditions permit. Only local applicants (Tanzanian nationals) currently eligible to work in Tanzania will be considered. Some international travel may be required to support other NPI EXPAND activities, attend meetings or participate in conferences or workshops.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Extensive experience in project management required; preference for USAID-funded projects
  • Strong experience supervising project staff
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, international development, or related field, with a Master’s degree or higher qualification preferred
  • Strong experience working in health, especially family planning/reproductive health and/or maternal and child health preferred. Experience with integrating family planning into TB or other service delivery is highly preferred
  • Strong experience with the Tanzanian health systems preferred
  • Strong experience working with the civil society sector (NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, non-profits, private sector) preferred
  • Excellent representational skills
  • Excellent process facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication skills, including report writing abilities
  • Experience representing a project and/or organization with government officials, donors, and other key stakeholders preferred
  • Experience in leading participatory exercises and group processes
  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English
  • Tanzanian nationality or possess authorization to work in Tanzania
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

1 New Partner: An individual or organization that has not received any funding from USAID as a prime partner over the last five years. Underutilized Partner: An organization that has received less than $25 million in direct or indirect awards from USAID over the past five years. For more details, see: