Careers at Norwegian Church Aid Tanzania



Program Officer

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) is a Norwegian non-governmental and development organization working to promote Social Justice, Human Rights and Economic Justice for poor communities. NCA has its foundations based in the congregation of churches in Norway, whose efforts are dedicated towards eradicating poverty, its causes and social deprivation. In Tanzania, NCA works in collaboration with local faith based partners.

From 2015 – 2018 Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) has been managing a Norwegian government grant for Haydom Lutheran Hospital (HLH) in Manyara Region. NCA has just signed an agreement with Norad to manage a new 4-year grant for HLH. The overall goal of the grant is to sustain the quality, accessibility, and affordability of health care services to the communities served by HLH whilst supporting the hospital to transition toward institutional and financial sustainability. In addition to grants management, NCA is supporting the hospital with capacity development in the following areas: a) Clinical Services Monitoring, b) Health Sector Policy Advocacy, c) Hospital governance reform, d) Hospital leadership and management, and e) Replication of HLH innovations in Safer Births in the catchment area, nationally and other relevant NCA Country Programs in Africa. To deliver on these sub-project priorities, NCA will need to facilitate support from relevant expertise and networks. This includes, but is not limited to, support from Christian Social Service Commission (CSSC).
NCA is looking for a structured and result oriented person with very good programme management skills and academic background and/or working experience in health policy, financing, management in Tanzania. Some knowledge of social protection and gender programming is an advantage. The selected candidate will coordinate implementation of the Norad grant agreement and facilitate implementation of the sub-project agreement between HLH and NCA.
Job description
  1. Programme coordination: Provide continuous support to HLH and secure efficient programme implementation. Review programme plans, proposals and budgets, and carry out project monitoring and report writing.
  2. Health advocacy: Support and facilitate Haydom Lutheran Hospital in their effort to do effective advocacy towards Tanzanian authorities, and organize arenas for policy dialogue with the Norwegian Embassy in Dar es Salaam and relevant government stakeholder.
  3. Cooperation: Identification of relevant consultants/centres of expertise to assist HLH with capacity and organizational development and facilitation of timely contracts and services from the same.
  4. Budget responsibility for relevant budget posts.
The right candidate will also be able to support the Norwegian Church Aid work under a new Fighting Inequality Programme 2020-2022, which focuses on Tax Funded Social Protection through Universal Health Coverage.
The selected candidate must be available for travel on short notice and travel between 70-90 days per year.
  • Tanzanian national with a good Bachelor degree or preferably a Masters degree in Health Management, Social Development, Administration or related, relevant topics from a recognized learning institution.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience from public health, social policy work or International Health NGO in Tanzania.
  • Excellent project management skills. Experience in coordinating people and processes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of health systems and health financing in Tanzania is a requirement. International experience and knowledge of health sector donors in Tanzania is an advantage.
  • Experience in advocacy on health or social protection policy in Tanzania
  • Good knowledge of the health sector and centres of excellence, which can provide relevant capacity development, training or support services to HLH.
  • Experience with faith-based social services is an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting and to interrelate with relevant stakeholders both at the national and sub-national levels. Professional interaction with NCA head office in Norway and relevant country offices in Africa is expected.
Personal qualities
  • Systematic, structured and result oriented
  • Energetic and enterprising
  • Team player with good collaboration skills
  • Ability to train and build capacity
  • Good people skills, including relationship building with donors
  • The person who is to be employed has to be loyal to Norwegian Church Aid’s Christian values
Duty Station and Remuneration
The duty station is Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam.
An attractive compensation package based on performance and consummate with the responsibility will apply to the successful candidate.
How to apply:
Please submit your application to the address Only electronic applications are considered. In the subject line of your email, please state clearly which position you apply for. The application should consist of a brief motivation letter and CV, compiled into one document of maximum 4 pages.
The document name should start with your name and include which position you apply for. E.g.<Gasper Mdee – Program Officer>. Certificates are not of interest at this stage, but should be brought to 2nd round of interviews. Applications failing to meet these requirements or sent to other email addresses will not be considered. If you do not hear from us, please consider your application unsuccessful. Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) reserves the right not to make an appointment/contact. Application deadline is 1 August 2019.