Friday, 21 December 2012

SIC job alert: Volunteer Program Manager

We are seeking a dynamic and organized individual to take leadership of Tanzania-based volunteer programs in rural villages.  This is an eight-month position. The position is split between Arusha and Babati towns, Tanzania.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the position are to:
  • Take overall responsibility for all Tanzania-based aspects of the development, planning, execution and evaluation of volunteer programs for International Volunteers and Tanzanians, including to
    • develop relationships with local leaders, teachers, and other nongovernmental organizations;
    • identify appropriate homestays;
    • organize a ten day orientation seminar;
    • manage transportation logistics;
    • recruit, select, train and manage talented Tanzanian teaching partners;
    • respond to health and safety concerns of volunteers;
    • facilitate community-based events;
    • compile program-related data for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Account appropriately for money used in the administration of the volunteer program, and follow budget guidelines.
  • Participate in development of annual budgets for volunteer programs.
  • Work to improve the quality of SIC volunteer programs – both in terms of the quality of the volunteer experience, and the quality of services provided to target communities.
  • Select, train, supervise and support volunteer program coordinators to facilitate the program.
  • Communicate regularly with other SIC staff, especially the Program Officer and the Field Officers in whose wards volunteer programs take place.
  • Contribute as appropriate to monthly and quarterly SIC reports and SIC’s social media efforts
  • Maintain consistent communication by providing program updates and fielding any questions that arise.
  • Participate in strategic planning meetings both internal and external.
  • Write Program Reports for each volunteer program, based on volunteer evaluations and staff input.
  • Perform any other tasks designated by the Operations Manager, Programs Manager, and/or Tanzania Managing Director.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Experience living and working in a developing country and/or cross-cultural environment.
  • Swahili language skills preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills, and proven ability to multitask and to respond flexibly to changing situations.
  • Experience managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Strong interpersonal skills especially in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Strong leadership, the ability to manage volunteer’s expectations, and the ability to be tough when necessary.
  • Ability to live and work in areas with limited amenities
  • Driver’s License, experience with four-wheel drive vehicles (manual transmission) preferred.
Terms: Preferably the applicant is available to begin work May 1, 2012.  The position is compensated at a stipend level and resident permit costs are included.  Round-trip international airfare included for those applying from outside Tanzania.
To apply: Submit cover letter and CV/resume to by January 11th, 2013.  Please subject your email “Volunteer Program Manager_your last name”.

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