New Job opportunities at SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania


SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is a local non-government organization affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide child care and protection organization that provides orphaned and destitute children with a permanent home and educational opportunities. Established 60 years ago, SOS Children’s Villages International the umbrella organization, currently has Children’s Villages and other projects in 135 countries around the world. Globally, it runs the SOS Children’s Village Programme

which has two main arms, i.e. Family Based Care based at SOS Children’s Villages and Family Strengthening Programmes supporting families in local communities. SOS has been working in the United Republic of Tanzania since 1991, and implements its programs in the following locations Zanzibar, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Iringa. SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania seeks to recruit suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions.

Job Title             : Village Educator (1 Post)

Duty station       : Arusha

Reporting to : Alternative Care Coordinator



  • Behaves in an exemplary manner at all times so that the children may have a model from which they may learn how to live successful lives.
  • Is present during weekday evenings, weekends and holidays in order to guide the children during their rest, meal and study hours.
  • Participates fully in all cultural or Village festivities and celebrations.
  • Work closely with SOS Mothers to play a significant role in their children’s education, stimulating their interest in learning within the home.
  • Provides advice, guidance and support to Mothers on educational and psychological issues. SOS children must be made to see learning as a worthwhile, interesting and enjoyable activity.
  • Encourages and assists Mothers to improve their own educational skills so that they are able to provide greater educational support to their children. This includes the development and implementation of programs to raise the educational level of Mothers.
  • Organizes educational and extra-curricular activities which the children will find interesting and enjoyable.
  • Plans, implements and supervises Village holiday programs and activities, providing input to possible educational activities, and sports recreational and other activities.
  • Acts as liaison between the Village children and the schools they are attending. This involves maintaining contact with teachers and other school staff as necessary.
  • Ensures that all teachers / trainers involved with SOS children are informed of how SOS operates. Encourages teachers to visit the Children’s Village to gain a deeper understanding of the children and their educational needs.
  • Attends Parent-Teacher Association meetings of all schools in which SOS children are enrolled, together with the Alternative Care Coordinator, Child and Youth Development Officers and relevant SOS Mothers
  • Maintains active files on all Village children (including youth). Ensures such files contain all documentation relevant to each child’s academic progress, including reports and performance evaluations. Regularly updates such files.
  • Conducts regular reviews (at least half-yearly) of each child’s educational progress, together with the Alternative Care Coordinator and relevant SOS Mother, in order to assess educational development and needs of each child.
  • Develops and coordinates a study program for all Village children (e.g. guided home-work sessions) highlighting study methods and providing support in the children’s weaker areas, in order to improve academic performance.
  • Identifies alternative educational / vocational skills training opportunities for those children who are not progressing in SOS or community schools.
  • Ensures that all children attain religious education and practice their spiritual development in accordance to their religion.
  • Supports the Administration in the budget proposal on expenses related to education, sports and other extra-curricular activities
  • Develops a clear understanding of each child’s skills, abilities, potential, future prospects, and aspirations. Supports the Mothers and Child and Youth Development officers in the preparation of children’s development plans.
  • Provides children with ongoing career counseling and job orientation designed to prepare them for their eventual independence.
  • Keeps informed of available vocational training and educational opportunities, including those offered by SOS locally and in other countries.
  • Works in close cooperation with the Child and Youth Development Officers, where applicable.
  • Attends management meetings as a part of the Village management team, and assists with general managerial duties as required.
  • Support the program on the implementation of “ One Child Objective” in the village
  • Performs any other reasonable duties as required by the Alternative Care Coordinator from time to time.


  • Bachelor degree in Education, psychology and counselling
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience in working with children/youth environment preferably in NGO
  • Ability to work independently, self-organize, use initiative, keeps commitments and meets deadlines.
  • Interested and skilled in educational and career guidance.
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills.
  • Stable and mature personality, good listener, patient and understanding
  • Fluent in English and Swahili.
  • Computer literacy

Job Title : Alternative Care Coordinator (1 Post)

Duty station : Mwanza

Reporting to : Program Manager


  • Providing strong effective leadership to the affairs of the Children’s Village.
  • Leading the SOS community comprising of children, youth, SOS mothers, supporting the children’s educational, emotional development and physical needs.
  • Managing the planning and activity programs, as well as the financial and administrative function of the SOS Children’s Village.
  • Ensure Child protection and safeguarding mechanisms in Village community.
  • Monitor Children and Youth academics and performances in collaboration with mothers/parents.
  • Representing the Village in the local community, creating local networks that support the Children’s Village program.
  • Being a role model for the children, youth and mothers..
  • This candidate should have knowledge and skills on partnership building with various stake holders such as Government officials, NGOs, FBOs as well as with the private sector
  • In cooperation with the Program Director, he/she should be able to design and implement the project proposals in order to enhance resource mobilization in the village
  • A working knowledge on HR and performance management


  • Degree in Social work or Sociology.
  • At least three years of relevant professional experience at management level.
  • Experience in working with children/youth environment will be added advantage.
  • Ability to work independently, self-organize, use initiative, keeps commitments and meets deadlines.
  • The candidate should possess the emotional stability to lead and guide the large community of children and youth, by maintaining the required high standards.
  • Mature personality (male or female), stable socially and emotionally.
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills.
  • Fluent in English and Swahili.
  • Computer literacy

Note: The position requires the Alternative Care Coordinator to live within the SOS Children’s Village.

Job Title : Alternative Care Advisor (1 Post)

Duty station : National Office – Dar es Salaam

Reporting to : National Program Director


  • Ensure that every child in care receives the highest quality of services and the best interests and well-being of every child is taken into consideration during admission, while participating in the alternative care programme at the time of re-unification and dis engagement.
  • Support location Alternative Care Coordinators to develop and implement quality Alternative Care programs and ensure organization and government standards are met.
  • Monitor and supervise the implementation of Alternative Care programs in the MA.
  • Ensure that service planning is integrated with the community based child welfare models including community case management system.
  • Develop and maintain an effective team process by scheduling regular team meetings amongst directly reporting staff; and, provide support to team members by advising, planning and coordinating all Alternative Care Services.
  • Ensures that case assignment and consistent departmental supervision to team members occurs and that comprehensive supervision notes are maintained for performance management.
  • Develop and implement the department work plans outlining the respective departmental goals to achieve service outcomes and address organization strategic directions and planning.
  • Keeps staff informed of current and changing legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines relevant to the Alternative Care departments.
  • Monitor, report and evaluate the Alternative Care departmental budgets and provide recommendations when required.
  • Conducts and completes written performance evaluations for directly- reporting staff and provides recommendations for salary increases, permanent appointments and performance enhancement where required.
  • Serves as resource to the National Programme Director, Programme Director Zanzibar and locations programme Managers by providing recommendations and technical support related to designing and implementing Alternative family based Care Programmes.
  • Facilitate designing of training manual and guides on different options of alternative care implemented by SOS Tanzania and Zanzibar Support the National Programme Director to ensure regular supervision visit to SOS Families, foster parents and SOS-mothers/Parents are conducted on regular basis and recommendation from audits, monitoring reports, and investigations are implemented.
  • Regularly review Government policies and SOS children’s Villages Policies in implementation of alternative care Programmes to identify changes that would impact existing programme and forward the recommendations to the national Programme Director.
  • Facilitate the rollout of SOS children’s Villages international policies and Guidelines on implementation of alternative care.
  • Collaborates with Programme Managers and departmental Heads to identify and meet training needs of Core Care Co-workers.
  • Provides narrative and statistical summary reports as requested to the Executive Director on the programs managed including caseloads, service statistics, customary care program updates, placement statistics, planning and evaluation, work plans, and performance targets.
  • Participate in the preparation of the Strategic Plan and Annual Plan to ensure the strategic plan and Annual plans are aligned with government policies and strategies on alternative care and Most Vulnerable children.
  • Establishes and maintains a collaborative relationship with the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development
  • Plan and implement community sensitization programmes on foster care parenting, protection of children in alternative care arrangements
  • Ensure local government leaders, community leaders and Faith based Organization leaders in SOS Children’s Villages Programme locations are oriented and trained on alternative care for children in need of alternative care.
  • Ensure Programme managers have plans to engage local government leaders, community leaders and faith based organizations leaders to work as champions of foster care parenting and ensuring community based support systems and structures for foster care parents are in place.


  • Degree in Social work, Masters in Child development or Community development will be added advantage.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience at management level.
  • Experience in working with children/youth environment.
  • Ability to work independently, self-organize, use initiative, keeps commitments and meets deadlines.
  • Matured candidate with good analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and team skills.
  • Fluent in English and Swahili Computer literacy.


To apply for this position, send your application letter by email describing how your experience, qualifications and competencies make you the right candidate for this position. Enclose ONLY detailed and updated CV with telephone contacts, email address and details of at least 3 referees. Only contacted candidates for the interview will submit copies of academic, professional certificates and passport size photo.

To apply please send to;

The National Director SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Please Note: SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and committed to keeping children safe from abuse and harm, therefore candidates applying for this post will be subject to child safeguarding recruitment procedures and checks.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

The deadline for submitting the application is 21 February, 2021