New Opportunities at PCI -Bunda



Jobs Vacancy: District Support Officer, Women Empowered - Bunda

PCI is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with communities globally to empower people to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardships. With support from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and in partnerships with Bunda Town Councils and District Councils of Bunda, Butiama and Musoma in Mara Region, PCI is implementing its Food for Education (FFE) program. The goal of the program is to improve literacy and increased use of health and dietary practices among pre-primary and primary school students. Following successful implementation of FFE I (2010 – 2013) and FFE II (2013 – 2016), PCI Tanzania’s Food for Education Program (FFE III) is in its third and final phase of five years (October 2016 – December 2021).

The WE Support Officer will lead the implementation of PCI Tanzania’s Women Empowered (WE) program first and foremost in Bunda district and support the implementation of the same across PCI Tanzania. The Women Empowered (WE) program is PCI’s type of VSL methodology that focuses on social and human capital advancements, with emphasis on women. WE adds on to the traditional VSL methodologies by emphasizing social discussions, rotational leadership and community action. The WE Support Officer, will be based in Bunda district, will work alongside the District’s Community Development Department and directly report to the WE Manager.
Objective Of The Position
At respective district’s level, to lead the implementation of FFE III program to form Savings and Lending groups and supervise training of the groups using PCI WE methodology to meet overall FFE III program objectives; to support the implementation of WE-GAP/PACE project activities and the rolling out of the Basic Business Skills training and the DreamSave Mobile Technology Project
Key Areas Of Responsibility

  • FFE – Form Savings and Lending Groups (80%)
  • Continuously guide, build the capacity of, and provide technical support to volunteering WE community-based facilitators for program implementation and sustainability;
  • Work on affiliating WE groups at either villages and wards level to form WE Networks and build their capacity in terms of management, performance and governance
  • Facilitate implementation of program activities to achieve project objectives in accordance with approved work plans and agreed upon modalities with WE Coordinator
  • Through WE groups, facilitate the bringing together of communities, local leaders and other stakeholders to participate in all stages of the FFE III program as well as develop community level plans for sustainability
  • On quarterly basis, and whenever the need arises, supervise collection of WE groups and members’ performance data and contribute in the preparation of the quarterly, semi-annual and annual project implementation reports as necessary
  • Participate in WE program situation analysis, baseline/endline surveys, data quality assurance, midterm reviews, final evaluation and studies conducted within the project
  • Participate in translating training and technical information materials for use at groups and community level
  • Collect and submit to the Supervisor, a minimum of one success story/best practice story per month
  • Represent PCI Tanzania in strategic forums at village, wards and district levels sharing with the Supervisor the outcomes of such meetings
  • Other relevant duties as assigned by WE Coordinator and PCI management respectively
  • WE-GAP/PACE project activities (10%)
  • Support and participate in a successful rolling out and implementation of WE-GAP/PACE project
  • Continuously guide and build the capacity of volunteering PACE community-based trainers for the project’s successful implementation and sustainability
  • Provide technical support to volunteering PACE community-based trainers to train WE groups required PACE modules in full and completeness
  • Facilitate implementation of WE-GAP/PACE project activities to achieve project objectives in accordance with approved work plans and agreed upon modalities with WE Coordinator
  • DreamSave Savings Groups Mobile Technology (10%)
    • Support and participate in successful development of DreamSave Mobile App
    • Provide interpretation services for PCI and DreamStart Labs during field visits
    • Translate interview guides, protocol, prototypes and project other materials
    • Plan regular visits to pilot groups and be first point of contact for communities, providing timely support to groups the duration of the pilot project
    • Organize notes and observations from pilot group visits and transfer back to PCI and DSL
    • Work with PCI Tanzania’s IT unit to provide first line of troubleshooting with prototypes
Performance Factors

    • APPLIED KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates understanding of PCI Tanzania, job, and work procedures. Demonstrates knowledge and practical know-how as needed for position.
    • TEAMWORK: Participates, listens, and contributes in a team environment; understands individual role. Appropriate conduct; respectful; works well with colleagues.
    • EXTERNAL RELATIONS: Represents and promotes PCI Tanzania both inside and outside the normal scope of business with tact, responsibility and diplomacy (donors, governments, partner organizations, vendors, etc.).
    • INITIATIVE/LEADERSHIP: Self-starter; follows jobs through to completion; is resourceful. Meets work commitments with a minimum amount of supervision.
    • MEETS DEADLINES: Arranges work load, plans, and establishes priorities; Works effectively and efficiently to meet deadlines.
WORK QUALITY: Performs responsibilities effectively; demonstrates accuracy, precision, neatness and completeness.

  • University degree in Community Development, Social Sciences, or relevant field
    • Postgraduate education in Community Development, Social Sciences, or related field, is an added advantage
Experience & Skills

  • At least 5 years’ experience in community level savings and lending group programming, with a focus on gender sensitive, socio-economic programming in a rural context preferred
  • Proven ability to travel and spend time in rural areas/villages
    • Familiarity of social-economic environment of Mara region, particularly Musoma, Butiama and Bunda is an added advantage
    • Proven ability to work alongside district councils’ officials
The position is directly reporting to WE Manager.
How To Apply
Please enclose a detailed CV together with copies of relevant testimonials and cover letter

  • A first review of candidates will happen after May 23, 2019 (2 weeks from the date the advert is released)
  • PCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage women to apply.
  • Only Successful Candidates will be contacted