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Programme Officer at European Development Fund (EDF – PSU) June, 2020



European Development Fund – Programme Support Unit (EDF – PSU) is within the Ministry of Finance and Planning, established under the External Finance Division.

The European Development Fund (EDF) is the European Union’s (EU) main instrument for providing development aid to African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and to Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The activities of the EDF cooperation are in the fields of economic development, social and human development as well as regional cooperation and integration.

In Tanzania, the National Authorising Officer of the European Development Fund, is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Finance and Planning.

In order to carry out his mandate, the Permanent Secretary established EDF – PSU which acts as a quality controller on all EDF Programmes in Tanzania and ensures timely and quality inputs to the EU Project Cycle Management. Also, the unit is the main interlocutor between the EU and Ministries and other entities that are implementing EU funded projects. Day-to-day activities of the unit are managed by the Deputy National Authorising Officer for EDF as the Head of the unit. Some of the functions of the unit include preparation of financing proposals, evaluation of tenders, authorising payments, and monitoring and evaluations of projects and programmes.

The Unit is inviting applications from dynamic, energetic and proactive Tanzanians with required technical skills and experience to fill the vacancy of PROGRAMME OFFICER – RURAL DEVELOPMENT.


Reports to: Head of Programmes

Station: Dodoma

Contract Period: 2.5 years with possibilities of renewal depending on performance and availability of funds

Summary of duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide policy and strategic advice to the Head of Programmes on Agriculture and Rural Development related matters as stipulated in the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and its successor, national development and poverty reduction strategies and plans under the 11th EDF National Indicative Programme and other relevant EU development financing instruments;
  • Facilitate identification, preparation and appraisal as well as implementation, monitoring and evaluation of EU funded Agriculture and Rural Development programmes and projects;
  • Prepare and process tender documents for services, supplies and works contracts, call for proposals and prepare contracts and addenda for Agriculture projects;
  • Monitor fulfilment of government undertakings as stipulated in respective in financing agreements for various Agriculture as well as Rural Development related projects, general budget/ sector supports with specific reference to Performance Assessment Framework;
  • Developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems based on performance indicators;
  • Train and support counterparts and programme managers on EDF and EU rules and procedures;
  • Liaise and coordinate on the implementation of projects with Project Managers of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs, private sector and other beneficiaries on the EU Agriculture funded projects; and
  • Undertake any task assigned from time to time by management.


Qualification and experience

  • Master’s Degree in Economics/Agriculture Economics/Project management / Agriculture/ Rural Development/ or other related fields;
  • At least five (5) years of work experience in Agriculture sector in Tanzania of which at least two (2) years is in management of Agricultural projects; Professional experience in EU funded Agricultural projects is an asset;
  • Sound experience with Public and Private sector;
  • Proven ability to interact competently with donor agencies on issues related to aid coordination; and
  • Knowledge and experience on European Development Fund (EDF) procedures is an added advantage.


Key competencies                  

  • In depth knowledge of Project Cycle Management;
  • Excellent IT skills;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Good public relations skills;
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, in both English and Swahili;
  • Comfortable to work independently, with tight deadlines and in difficult circumstances.


How to apply:

Applications must be directed to Email: [email protected]. Applications by other means will not be accepted. Application letters, up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) must be in English. Your CV must indicate current physical address, telephone contacts and three reputable referees with their reliable contacts including phone numbers and email addresses.


Also, attach copies of Relevant Academic Certificates (Form IV and form VI results slips, testimonials and all partial transcripts are not acceptable). Certificates from Foreign Universities and foreign examination bodies for Ordinary or Advanced level education must be accompanied by a verification document from Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) and National Examination Council of Tanzania (NECTA)/ National Council for Technical Education (NACTE) respectively.

An applicant employed in the Public Service should route his/her application letter through his/her respective employers.

Applicants with special needs/case (disability) are supposed to indicate that in their applications.

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  • Application deadline is on 20th June 2020 at 11:59 PM EAT.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
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