Project Manager - OYE Project

  • Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Contract
  • Contract type: National employment contract

Company Description

 SNV is a not-for-profit international development organisation that applies practical know-how to make a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty. We use our extensive and long-term in-country presence to apply and adapt our top-notch expertise in agriculture, energy and WASH to local contexts. SNV has over 1250 staff in more than 25 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We are proud to be a not-for-profit organisation that uses project financing to implement our mission. This requires us to work efficiently and to invest in operational excellence.

In our new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change during project preparation and implementation - by strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects. We will continue to position ourselves as a premium organisation and invest in making knowledge flow to and from the frontline.

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Project Summary  

The Overall OYE Programme focuses on creating Opportunities for Youth Employment in Agribusiness, Sustainable Energy and WASH.  The Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) approach has had its first implementation in Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania in partnership with Mastercard Foundation since 2013 and has provided (self-) employment for an estimated 25,000 young people (with 40% young women) between 2013-2018.  OYE is currently live in several other countries, including Mali, Niger and Ethiopia.  OYE is a market-based approach which requires a combination of youth competencies with a business orientation; emphasis on youth economic empowerment and entrepreneurship that involves much more than vocational training.

SNV Tanzania is currently implementing this project in partnership with Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC) with the aim to improve sustainably youth livelihoods by skills and capacity development and subsequently link these youth to market opportunities for employment and enterprise development in growth sectors that have concrete potential for youth – notably agriculture and energy (with a focus on renewable energy).

The project aims to achieve access to direct employment and business opportunities in agriculture and renewable energy sectors targeting at-least 3,000 direct beneficiaries in the Central and Northern Regions of Tanzania.

The Project manager will work closely with Country Finance and Operations team. Strategic guidance and backstoping is provided by the Global Youth Coordinator.

Job Description

Overview of the Position 

The Project Manager Tanzania will provide guidance and manage the implementation of the Tanzania project and ensure that the objectives and targets are achieved. S/he will manage programmatic, financial, and operational and HR resources dedicated to the project; oversee performance and expenditures in close collaboration with the Project Finance Officer and ensure timely and compliant procurement together with the SNV Operations Department. S/he will report to the SNV Country Director and maintain effective relations and coordination with all project stakeholders.

The position requires regular travel across the Central and Northern regions of Tanzania.

The successful candidate will be focusing on finalizing the achievement of the project targets before the end of the current project duration as well as supporting the preparation, design and implementation of the Second Phase of the project.

Key responsibilities:

  • Guide the project planning and implementation in Tanzania including engagement with local stakeholders and subcontractors; development of annual operational work plans and budgets on the basis of the existing project activity plans and budget;

  • Project management: effectively manage the human, physical and financial resources allocated to the project ensuring that work is implemented no time and to budget and achieves the promised deliverables;

  • Monitor and guide local implementing partner organisations;

  • Provide monthly, quarterly and annual reports to donors and contribute to development of overall SNV global annual report.

  • Liaise with the OYE Tanzania Agriculture project leader on cross-cutting matters, both programmatic as well as financial;

  • Contribute to synergy between the OYE project, the SDC OYE project and SNV’s energy programmes in Tanzania by providing strategic guidance to guarantee a balance between contextual opportunities and effective implementation of the project approach;

  • Monitor performance of the project team to ensure that all milestones set in the annual work plans are met, and develop mitigation plans to reduce setbacks; take corrective actions to fix any deviation from work plans;

  • Report to the SNV Country Director

  • Guide knowledge development, documentation and communication & branding – in close collaboration with the Country Director and the donor

  • Donor relations:  Effectively manage in country donor relations and establish professional partnership with key private and public sector stakeholders



  • Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline e.g. related to development, energy, or social studies;
  • Proven track record with at least 5 years’ experience in the management of projects in development organizations;

  • Proven experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Renewable energy;

    • inclusive business/market models;

    • public – private partnerships;

  • Experience with development of youth skills towards employability is desired;

  • Demonstrated experience in managing capacity building programmes.

  • Demonstrated experience as a trainer is desired.

Desired Skills

  • A proactive and entrepreneurial individual who will explore and develop innovative approaches that appeal to rural youth in Tanzania;
  • Visionary who is able to strategically inspire and energize the project team;

  • Excellent social / networking skills, ability to engage with government, private sector and civil society;

  • Excellent communication (writing and oral) skills, reporting and presentation skills.

  • Monitoring and evaluation skills

Languages: Proficient in English and Kiswahili.

Additional Information

Contract Information.

Starting date:          1st October, 2019?

Contract type:         National

Length of contract: 1 year (with potential to extend by three years if the Second Phase is awarded)

How to apply

Interested candidates that meet the key qualifications are encouraged to send in their applications. These applications must contain:

    • CV (that lists at least three referees from previous employers),

    • Motivation letter,

    • Certified Copies of your stated Academic Qualifications, and

    • Declaration of your Salary History for the last three years.

The applications should be marked ‘OYE Project Manager’ in the subject line and the deadline for sending in applications is Thursday July 22, 2019. SNV reserves the right to reject outright any applications that do not meet the application requirements listed above. We will require that you provide us with full details of three people who are willing to act as a referee.  We will not contact these referees without your explicit permission.

We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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