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Program Manager- 2 posts at SOS Children’s Villages January, 2024

SOS Children’s Villages in Tanzania is a local non-government and non-denominational organization affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide child care organization that work to protect and care for children who have lost parental care, or who stand at risk of losing the care. Established 74 years ago, SOS Children’s Villages, currently has Children’s Villages and other projects in 135 countries around the world. Globally, it runs two major programs i.e., SOS family like care and family strengthening program supporting families in local communities. SOS Children’s Villages has been working in the United Republic of Tanzania since 1991. Our programs are in Zanzibar, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Iringa. To achieve our mission and Strategy, we focus on ensuring the best care of children, innovation, and effective collaboration with partners. Our Core Values guiding who we are, and what we do include courage to take action, commitment to keep our promises, trust to believe in each other, and accountability to be reliable partners. SOS Children’s Villages in Tanzania seeks to recruit suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions;


Job Title: Program Manager- 2 posts

Duty station: Arusha-1 post and Mwanza -1 post

Reporting to: Head of Programs

Contract Period: 2 years with possible extension


The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing the comprehensive development and implementation of the SOS Children’s Village Programme in alignment with the organization’s vision, mission, strategy, policies, and standards. This role falls under the support of the Programme Development department within the National Office, collaborating with functional staff. The Program Manager serves as the representative of the organization to governmental and non-governmental stakeholders in the location. Also plays a crucial role in coordinating activities and interventions within the Children’s Village Programmes, ensuring the quality and effectiveness of services. Additionally, the Program Manager is tasked with ensuring the cost-efficiency of program implementation in the location and optimizing the use of resources.



Programme development and management

  • Leads the development and implementation of the programmes in line with the SOS Children’s Villages care promise and related international and national SOS policies, strategies, quality standards, and guidelines.
  • Leads the implementation of the programme management cycle including strategic planning process as part of National Association strategic direction to ensure that interventions are relevant to the local context, respond to the needs of the target group, and contribute to the development of sustainable social support systems.
  • Coordinates and ensures cooperation between all areas of work within the facilities.
  • Ensures efficiency through best use and sharing of resources across the facilities.
  • Regularly prepare and submit report on implementation and progress of activities towards targets to relevant National Office functions.
  • Ensures that the Children’s Village Policy is supportive to the brand of the SOS Children’s Villages Organisation.

HR management and organisational development.

  • Establishes appropriate staffing patterns and ensures full staffing to all programmes with support from National HR Department.
  • Leads managing co-workers in the location
  • Sets up and leads an effective management team
  • Take lead on Performance Management system implementations.
  • Recommends the performance of the staff to the National HR function for the National Director decision.

Financial and Administrative management

  • Builds accountability in the programme by ensuring implementation of effective financial and administrative procedures, in accordance with defined policies, guidelines, and
  • Leads the budgeting process in the location(s).
  • Monitors budget expenditures and conducts financial (in cooperation with the Senior Accountant and content controlling of the programme, in order to ensure that funds are properly
  • Continually looks for ways to provide quality services in a cost-effective manner.
  • Ensures that budgeting of maintenance costs(construction, repairs, renovation) for SOS property is carried out regularly.
  • Ensures technical work like execution, supervision, and procurement are carried out by competent staff, and make sure that the procedures and policies are followed properly.
  • The Program Manager is overall accountable for allocated resources/assets of the

Quality management, monitoring and evaluation

  • Responsible for quality management in the programme and ensures the implementation of national and international quality standards with support of Head of Programs.
  • Monitors and implements the recommendations from national/international quality audits and evaluations.

Partnership building, advocacy and cooperation with external stakeholders

  • Negotiates and can concludes agreements and contracts with partners/ supplies/ state authorities by consulting and getting approval from the National Director.
  • Leads and coordinates cooperation, partnership building, and networking efforts of the programmes with local and national authorities and other external stakeholders with support from the Institutional and Partnership Development
  • Represents in support of relevant staff the organization at relevant local networks, forums, platforms, campaigns, working groups and advocates on behalf of the organisation for the promotion of child rights, especially related to children from the target

Fund development and public relations

  • Promotes the organisation in the public and identifies potential income sources in cooperation with the Fundraising & Communications function in the National Office.
  • Strives for the highest possible level of programme self-financing with a focus on fundraising targets agreed during the strategic planning process.
  • Prepare and submit proposal for the projects in collaboration with National Office IPD Coordinator staff.
  • Identifies potential income sources in cooperation with National Office Head of Fund Development and Communication


  • Master’s degree in one or combination of the following disciplines: Organizational Development, Child Development, Children and Youth Care programming, Sociology and Development
  • Working experiences not less than 7 years which should include: at least 4-5 years working at managerial levels within reputable NGOs working in Tanzania;
  • Strong background on programming and projects management
  • Robust experience in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Strong background in proposal development and donor negotiation skills with good track record of awarded proposals.
  • Strong, leadership and interpersonal skills and group dynamics management skills
  • Strong background in livelihoods and economic empowerment for most vulnerable groups;
  • Ability to forge and manage partnership with Government and Civil Society Organizations;
  • Ability to champion fundraising initiatives with experience in effective engagement of corporates;
  • The candidate should possess the emotional stability to lead and guide the large community of children and staff, maintaining the required high standards.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.



Interested candidates for any of the above positions should submit an application letter via email, along with a detailed and updated CV that includes telephone contacts, email address, and details of at least 3 referees. The candidate MUST clearly indicate the title of the position applied for. Only candidates contacted for the interview will be required to submit copies of academic and professional certificates. The closing date is 8th February 2024. To apply, please send your application to;

The National Director, SOS Children’s Villages.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania [email protected]

Please Note: SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and committed to keeping children safe from abuse and harm, prevent all forms of exploitations, harassment and abuse among staff, program participant, donors and community members. Therefore candidates applying for this post will be subject to child safeguarding recruitment procedures and checks.

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