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Program Manager with M&E at Helen Keller International (HKI)

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Program Manager with M&E

Helen Keller International (HKI)


Established in 1915 with Helen Keller as a founding trustee. Helen Keller International works to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Headquartered in New York City. Helen Keller Intl currently conducts programs in 20 countries in Africa and Asia as well as in the United States. Helen Keller Intl is known for sustainability, reliability, efficiency, and the highest level of technical expertise in fighting and treating blindness and malnutrition.

Helen Keller Intl Tanzania works in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Local Government Authorities (LGAs), local NGOs, and other national and international development partners in the areas of nutrition and Neglected Tropical Diseases. Helen Keller Intl is seeking the Program Manager with M&E to support all of its nutrition programs in Tanzania.

Scope of Position

The Program Manager will provide overall program management for the nutrition portfolio of Helen Keller International Tanzania country office. Additionally, he/she will lead on overall strategic issues and demonstrate a very high capacity for management and monitoring and evaluation.

The Program Manager with Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing the execution of various programs or projects within the organization.This role also involves designing and implementing a robust M&E system to measure and report program outcomes and impacts. The Program Manager with M&E reports to the Country Nutrition Lead and works closely with program staff, M&E specialists, and other stakeholders to ensure program success.

Position Title: Program Manager/M&E

Department: Nutrition
Duty Station: Dar es Salaam
Reports to: Country Nutrition Lead
Duration: 2 years (with possibility of extension)

General Responsibilities:

  • Support the efficient implementation of program while securing integrity of Helen Keller resources.
  • Ensure sound management and optimal performance of CO by integrating all Nutrition programs.
  • Support the Country Nutrition Lead to develop country office strategies and staff goals.
  • Enhance collaboration between programs staff and finance and administrative staff.
  • Work in a risk management approach.
  • Back up the responsibilities of the Country Nutrition Lead.
  • Direct project or program implementation takes full end to end responsibility of programs.
  • Support all COs with the RO in a specific technical area.

Specific Responsibilities

The Program Manager will be responsible for the following, under each area of accountability:

Program Management

  • Develop, implement, and manage program plans, including setting objectives, timelines, and resource allocation.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure effective program implementation.
  • Monitor program activities, budget, and resources to ensure they align with program goals and objectives.
  • Identify potential issues and risks and develop mitigation strategies to address them.
  • Prepare regular program progress reports and communicate updates to relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage relationships with government officials, donors, partners, and nutrition implementing partners in-country.
  • Coordinate and provide technical assistance as needed.
  • Represent Helen Keller in national and international forums. Communicate program results and create a supportive working environment.
  • Manage nutrition portfolio budgets and in collaboration with Finance Manager ensure project finances are utilized efficiently.
  • Travel domestically and internationally as needed.
  • Ensure that team members are effective, efficient, and diligent in meeting program goals.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Design and implement a comprehensive M&E framework and system for program evaluation.
  • Develop data collection tools, indicators, and data management protocols.
  • Oversee data collection, analysis, and reporting processes to track program progress.
  • Conduct regular data quality assessments and ensure data accuracy and reliability.
  • Analyze M&E data to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities for program improvement.
  • Prepare and share M&E reports with program staff, leadership, and donors.
  • Continuously improve the M&E system based on feedback and findings.
  • Provide training and guidance to program staff and partners on M&E best practices.

Representation and coordination within the organization and other stakeholders

  • Engage with key Government Agencies and other stakeholders to support the implementation of Helen Keller International Nutrition projects/ programs in Tanzania.
  • Identify and participate in relevant nutrition forums and meetings where there may be a strategic benefit to Helen Keller.
  • Develop and maintain a detailed understanding of the health and nutrition issues in Tanzania including national policy development, key players in government, INGOs, UN and national/regional and local civil society organizations

Business Development

  • Maintain an ongoing awareness of the operating environment in-country and identifies needs that fit with Helen Keller International core priorities and competencies.
  • Lead, design, and analyze needs and identifies relevant programmatic interventions in line with Helen Keller strategic focus.
  • Liaise with Helen Keller Africa and Global business development teams and provide relevant inputs for Tanzania relevant opportunities.

Safeguarding Responsibilities

  • Understands what safeguarding means for the teams they manage
  • Leads teams to develop the necessary skills and expertise to undertake their roles and responsibilities for safeguarding
  • Leads on organisational change for relevant teams to ensure safeguarding is embedded
  • Holds teams accountable for delivering on safeguarding standards
  • Ensure relations based on respect.
  • Understands organisational safeguarding and gender policies
  • Reflects on their value system and takes account of their biases towards individuals
  • (including children and young people) in all their diversity
  • Understands the relevance of safeguarding to their work
  • Acts as a role model for the organisation’s commitment to non-discrimination, safeguarding and safeguarding standards
  • Is able to implement safeguarding requirements in their area of responsibilities


  • Degree or equivalent experience in nutrition, public health, or related field. A Master’s degree in a relevant field is an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years of experience in the similar role and/or 8 years of experience in international public health programming with an emphasis on nutrition, capacity building, health systems, food systems, including at least five years of direct experience implementing public health and nutrition programs in Tanzania.
  • Languages: English and Swahili fluency required. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in the application of nutrition-sensitive approaches.
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and organizational skills
  • Strong understanding of global guidance and technical literature on nutrition, public health, and nutrition-sensitive programming in lower to middle income countries.
  • Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities and teams, simultaneously, with minimal supervision, and follow through to completion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the application of information technology to this type of work including Excel and Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent.
  • Experience in implementation of quantitative and qualitative research studies in nutrition, including analysis of food consumption data.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and social-emotional intelligence; experience working effectively in teams and cross-cultural settings.
  • Commitment to Helen Keller Intl’s mission
  • Ability and willingness to flex work hours to accommodate multiple time zones.
  • Experience providing and managing technical support to nutrition programming in Tanzania.
  • Travel: Ability and willingness to undertake domestic travel in Tanzania (approximately 40%).

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a Cover Letter and Resume at with the subject line: Program Manager with M&E by 30th November 2023.


Helen Keller is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity of all types is fully valued
– All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, race, caste, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic that has no bearing on the ability to perform the required job duties.
– We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.
– If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the email above.


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