Senior Project Officer – National (7 Month Position)

January 5, 2017

ID: 1357
Department: Relief Development and Protection
Job Type: Exempt – National
Salary: TSHS: 2,059,374 (gross/monthly)
Job Level: Grade 7
Division:  RDP
Salary: TSHS: 2,059,374 (gross/monthly)
Location: Tabora – Tanzania
Duration: 7 months (January, 2016 to 30 June 2017); renewal subject to available funding

About CWS

CWS is a non-governmental, faith-based humanitarian agency that works to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice worldwide.  CWS conducts activities with local partners and through direct implementation in more than 30 countries, assisting vulnerable communities and households regardless of their faith.  For 70 years, CWS has assisted refugees and migrants to access durable solutions, including third-country resettlement, local integration and voluntary repatriation.

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CWS Africa offers a total compensation package.  The total compensation package includes life insurance, comprehensive health insurance, dental coverage, vision coverage; retirement contribution, 22 vacation days a year, sick days, compassionate leave, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Other Incentives 

CWS Africa will provide accommodation stipend; one off travel allowance to the duty station on appointment of $250; travel allowance from the duty station back home after six months of $250; end of contract travel allowance from the duty station back home of $250.


CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, disability, or veteran status in employment or the provision of services.

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, only those individuals shortlisted will be contacted.

To Apply:

This position is open to national applicants.

Please note that CWS does not accept resumes for positions that are not posted.  All applicants are required to submit their resume using the online applicant tracking system.

Primary Purpose

This position is responsible for the daily management of the WASH project activities and oversees the local integration activities and livelihoods programs in Ulyankulu, Tabora Region 


This position reports to CWS Tanzania Country Liaison and Self-Reliance Coordinator in Dar es Salaam.

Essential Duties

  • Work with the Communities in Ulyankuru for improving access to potable water supply and sanitation and simultaneously increasing access to hygiene and knowledge of good hygiene practices in the targeted communities in Ulyankuru, Tabora.
  • Manage WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) activities undertaken inUlyankuru by CWS
  • Interpret feasibility study and present to the community
  • Organize Project Launch
  • Conduct community-based planning meetings
  • Community organization and campaigns: community awareness raising, community mobilization to promote Water and sanitation practices in Ulyankuru.
  • Formulation of Community Water Management Committees
  • Training of Water Managements committee members
  • Supervision of the construction of identified water source/s
  • Provision Community-Based Hygiene and Sanitation Education
  • Provision environmental sensitization and facilitate creation of community based natural resource management plans
  • Consult with the community representatives about access, design and management of water systems and sanitation facilities, as well as hygiene promotion needs
  • Networking and collaboration
  • Lead in provision of livelihoods support and implement livelihoods programs to the communities in Ulyankuru to ensure increase in income from agricultural production
  • Work with Consultants and/or implement a designed water project in Ulyankuru and ensure work is done as per the agreed TOR and consultancy contracts
  • Undertaking other duties as assigned by CWS and/or the supervisor

The Senior Project Officer will perform the following duties:

  1. Interpret feasibility study and present to the community
  2. Stakeholders’ mobilization and workshop
  3. Organize Project Launch
  4. Develop monthly plans and budgets
  5. Collect relevant data and analyze it
  6. Conduct community-based planning meetings
  7. Organize communities: conduct community awareness raising sessions, mobilize communities
  8. Formulate of Community Water Management Committees
  9. Train of Water Managements committee members
  10. Supervise of the construction of identified water source/s
  11. Provide Community-Based Hygiene and Sanitation Education
  12. Provision environmental sensitization and facilitate creation of community based natural resource management plans Networking and collaboration
  13. Conduct Post training follow ups
  14. Write and submit project monthly and quarterly reports

Essential Duties 


  • Lead the CWS Project according to the work plan and budget, ensuring a smooth implementation of all the planned activities
  • Produce monthly implementation plans with detailed budgets, weekly activities plans and reports
  • Provide on-job training, coaching and supervision for the WASH activities in Tabora region ensuring the highest standards of project implementation
  • Assume a result-oriented leadership role, setting quality standards and targets for project activities
  • Liaise with the CWS Country Liaison and Self-Reliance Coordinator and M&E department to ensure that project data are accurately collected, stored and analyzed
  • Represent CWS in relevant WASH coordination groups in Tabora Region
  • Implement livelihoods programs in Ulyankuru  according to the program design provided by CWS


  • Ensure that all operating procedures, organizational policies and systems are adhere to
  • Lead the procurement of the project materials according to the available budget and in accordance to the authorization level
  • Ensure that all the material procured for the WASH project are properly utilized and
  • Ensure that all payments due for the WASH project are timely disbursed and documentation is collected in accordance with the CWS financial requirements
  • Ensure that all project finances are properly documented and floats for activities implementation are timely retired to the finance officer
  • Liaise closely to the finance officer, ensure that monthly financial reports are reviewed and the expenditures occurred are accounted appropriately



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Water and Sanitation (WASH), engineering, social sciences or a related field
  • Master’s degree is preferred


  • At least five years of relevant work experience, preferably in the NGO sector,
  • Two years of experience at a managerial level with responsibility on HR, logistic and finance.
  • Prior experience working with groups or water management committees required; experience in applying gender lens in WASH programming or community empowerment activities is preferred.
  • Familiarity with community based sanitation and livelihoods programs, for rural communities
  • Experience to coordinate with Government, NGOs and local Government authorities is essential
  • Experience working with Development partners, UNHCR, UNDP, Word Bank and NGOs working with communities preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of project monitoring
  • Experience in micro-credit and micro enterprise support programs in rural communities.
  • Experience in leading livelihoods programs that enhance communities capacity to self-reliance and production
  • Prior experience as a trainer or facilitator is preferred


  • Strong leadership and motivational skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Strong verbal and written English language skills
  • Demonstrated IT skills, including experience using MS office


The Senior Project Officer must have the ability to:

  • manage autonomously the CWS livelihoods project ensuring that policies and procedures are implemented and executed in accordance with guidelines and standard;
  • deal with stress in a positive manner;
  • maintain a diplomatic, professional manner at all times;
  • exercise good judgment and seek guidance as appropriate when confronted with unanticipated problems;
  • communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in English;
  • follow instructions from the Supervisor with a positive and receptive attitude;
  • deal effectively and courteously with a large number of associates, outside agencies, refugees and members of the general public;
  • conduct oneself in a professional and courteous manner to represent the best interests of CWS;
  • maintain a high performance standard with attention to detail;
  • manage a large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities;
  • carry out all of the duties of the position efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision;
  • work independently and contribute to overall operations of CWS Africa;
  • maintain strict confidentiality with CWS Africa administrative and operational information;
  • work well as a team in a multi-cultural environment while maintaining a high level of motivation
  • Provide effective stewardship to CWS financial and material resources

Working Conditions

  • Physical: This position requires bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, sitting, standing, walking, pushing/pulling, handling objects (manual dexterity), reaching above shoulder level, using fine finger movements and lifting/carrying heavy loads.
  • Environmental: Incumbents in this position will be exposed to excessive noise, marked changes in temperature and/or humidity, dust and infectious diseases, harsh weather climates, long work hours, bumpy roads, extended travel, excessive sun exposure, and non-ventilated spaces.
  • Special Requirements: The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions, and have a high degree of flexibility.
  • Certificate of Good Conduct (Police Clearance) is required before the start of employment. A valid passport and the ability to maintain a valid passport throughout the entire appointment is required, which includes having enough passport pages for travel. The candidate should be of good health, willing and able to travel extensively in often difficult conditions, and have a high degree of flexibility.

Licensing/Certification:  Not applicable.




Ensure effective exchanges of information with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include speaking to others respectfully; expressing ideas in a logical, organized way; sharing information appropriately; and clarity and conciseness in written communication. 


Ensure constructive and supportive interactions with others. Examples of skills and behaviors include being positive and supportive when working with others; sharing information and resources freely; resolving conflict constructively; and proactively working to remove obstacles to success for others.

Job Knowledge

Utilize and apply job related knowledge to complete job tasks at a level that meets or exceeds expectations. Examples of skills and behaviors include utilizing job knowledge to solve problems or develop new approaches; maintaining or enhancing skills through continuing education; and taking on projects that will develop or enhance skills. 


Work effectively and contribute as a member of a team. Examples of skills and behaviors include supporting other team members by sharing information; covering the work of others during absences, vacations etc.; and actively participating in developing ideas for ways to increase team effectiveness. 

Problem Solving

Analyze information and develop solutions to challenges that arise during the course of performing a job. Examples of skills and behaviors include researching and collecting facts; defining the issues and the parties affected; formulating options/solutions for addressing the problem; and engendering support for and implementing the solution.

Program Planning and Management

Organize work and/or plan projects and ensure timely completion and/or successful implementation. Examples of skills and behaviors include identifying and analyzing program options; identifying the tasks and deliverables required for successful completion; managing one’s time; monitoring the resources involved and ensuring that they are directed most effectively; and working with all involved to ensure successful completion.


Guide and direct oneself or other individuals and groups toward a desired outcome. Examples of skills and behaviors include taking the appropriate level of initiative to resolve problems or remove obstacles, bringing individuals together around a common goal; evaluating information and making decisions; navigating conflict and obstacles; and ensuring that communication takes place between all parties involved.

Resource Building and Stewardship

Balance the acquisition or investment of organization resources with responsible use of those resources in line with the organization’s mission. Examples of skills and behaviors include taking advantage of all opportunities to cultivate potential donors; evaluating situations to identify the best use of resources; and making responsible investments of resources that increase organization effectiveness.