Senior Program Officer
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Senior Program Officer


Senior Program Officer

Nutrition International



  • At Nutrition International, we believe nutrition is the difference between what could be and what never gets the chance. So, every day, we drive for better, faster ways to deliver the nutrition interventions we know work to those who need them most. If you are interested in being part of a team that is improving the lives of millions around the world, please submit your application for the position of Senior Program Officer. The position is based in Dodoma, Tanzania.
  • Nutrition International (formerly known as Micronutrient Initiative) was created in 1992 as ajira an act of solidarity with malnourished people. Since then, it has grown from a small Canadian initiative into a global nutrition organization reaching millions of vulnerable people in some of the most impoverished parts of the world. Today, Nutrition International brings over 25 years of on-the-ground experience in social and international development to one of humanity’s most challenging problems.
  • Nutrition International has headquarters in Ottawa, Canada and regional offices in New Delhi, India to oversee Asia operations and in Nairobi, Kenya to oversee Africa operations.

Overall Purpose.

  • Reporting to the Country Director and in partnership with key stakeholders in Tanzania, the Senior Program Officer will provide appropriate technical and other assistance to the Government of Tanzania and/or other stakeholders to help them provide, on a sustainable basis, improved child, adolescent and women’s health and nutrition services, particularly those at most risk, within which appropriate micronutrient interventions are integrated and achieve sustained high coverage and utilization.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

3.1 Project Development:

  • Support the Country Director to ensure that the landscape analysis for adolescent girl and women’s health and nutrition and fortification programs are regularly updated and available.
  • Work closely with RO and HQ technical staff to design interventions following NI’s project development for results-based management with all necessary tools to monitor implementation.
  • Support Country Director with information necessary for designing of overall (all intervention) country plans and proposals.

3.2 Project Implementation and Management

  • Develop annual work plans and budgets for country projects.
  • Ensure that work plan activities are implemented as scheduled and per the approved budgets.
  • Carry out site monitoring visits to ensure that implementing partners are implementing project activities according to agreed strategy and contractual commitments.
  • Ensure data monitoring plans are timely implemented, project monitoring data is collected, and the data workbooks are regularly updated.
  • Develop quality monthly and quarterly and annual performance monitoring (both technical and financial) reports and ensure challenges are identified and recommended corrective actions are timely implemented.
  • Through NI’s GIC management process draw up on internal NI expertise in Tanzania, the Regional, and Headquarter Offices as necessary to ensure projects are on track.
  • Review and analyze technical and financial project reports from implementing partners and ensure that remedial actions are taken to ensure that the projects are on track.
  • Input into the NI Contract Database all approved financial commitments and regularly update the Contracts Databases for the two interventions in line with NI contract management procedures.
  • In support of both internal teamwork and partnership coordination committees, prepare documentation for meetings and conference calls, taking detailed notes on decisions and action points from such meetings and ensuring follow up of same.
  • Support the implementing organization in procuring commodities, if needed.

3.3 External Relations

  • Build and maintain good collaborative relations with Ministry of Health, other government agencies, UN agencies, and NGOs, as appropriate to promote information sharing and effective coordination of effort to improve and sustain effective and efficient adolescent and women health and nutrition program.
  • Represent NI at national and regional fora relevant the interventions implemented in the country.
  • Keep up to date with developments in adolescent, maternal and child health and nutrition and micronutrient supplementation issues.
  • In the event of additional funding opportunities arising for NI to carry out wok in country, support the Country Director and External Relations team at regional level with gathering of relevant information for proposal development.
  • Document and share with the ER team field stories and lessons learned from projects.

4. Research and Evaluation

  • Participate in the design of research and evaluation activities and work closely with researchers and external evaluators to ensure research and evaluations exercises are feasible, responds to project and MoH needs and is disseminated in timely fashion.
  • Support the dissemination of research and program evaluation findings in Tanzania and elsewhere with the view to inform available new information and improved practices.

Any other related duties.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Provide technical oversight and supportive supervision to the Regional Coordinators
  • Supervise Program Assistant (PO7)



  • At a minimum, a Master’s degree from a recognized university in Public Health, Reproductive Health, Community Health or Nutrition.
  • Training in epidemiology and research methodologies preferred.
  • Postgraduate certificate in project management will be added advantage


  • At least 10 years’ experience working in adolescent, maternal and child health, public health and nutrition /or related field in Tanzania or the Sub Saharan Africa.
  • At least 5 years of experience in supervising child and women health and nutrition programs.
  • At least 5 years of experience in donor-funded program/project implementation/supervision, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience with micronutrient supplementation programs for adolescent, women and pregnant mothers desirable.

Language Skills

  • Good spoken and written English
  • Fluency in Kiswahili

Other Specific Skill Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Very good presentational skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Integrity


Travel Requirements

Based in Dodoma; around 25-30% of time will be spent travelling in Tanzania with occasional travel outside Tanzania.

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  • Application Deadline: 2020-02-25
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