New Job Opportunity at Jiamini Tanzania – Operations and Grants Manager, Newala 



Operations and Grants Manager
Jiamini is a small non-profit that provides educational resources and comprehensive support to vulnerable children and young people in Southern Tanzania. With two staff currently in Newala, we are deeply integrated in the local community, working through the government school system to bolster the quality of education available to all students in the area. We are looking for a new Operations and Grants Manager to help fulfill the big aspirations we have for our small organization.

About This Job
Reporting to our Chairwoman of the Board, you will work with the Jiamini Board and staff to coordinate many of the day-to-day activities of the organization in Newala. You will oversee Operations including financial management and filings, human resources, and bookkeeping. You will also write and manage grants, develop new capacity, and help us to set the long-term strategy for the organization. You will be a primary contact for local Jiamini partners, school administrators and teachers, and government officials. You will also interface with our donors, sponsors, and grantors. Your work will be essential in achieving Jiamini’s mission to provide brilliant kids with education, health, and safety– empowering them to change their community and society.

This job is based in Newala in southern Tanzania and will require you to live full-time in Newala. 
Position Title:
 Operations and Grants Manager
Duty Station: Newala Town
Reports to: Chairwoman of the Board
Direct reports: Senior Program Officer
Duration: 1 year, with possible extension

What You’ll Do

  • Manage local budgets, expenditure reports, government filings, and basic bookkeeping
  • Seek out, write, and manage grants together with other staff, including spearheading narratives, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and budgets/expenditure reports
  • Lead all human resource activities in the office, including supervising two staff and identifying training and capacity building opportunities
  • Compose drafts of quarterly newsletters and our annual report to donors
  • Improve our social media presence and manage social posts
  • Liaise with the Board of Directors to implement Jiamini’s strategic plan, evaluate new opportunities to support children in Newala, and bring your own creative ideas to life
  • Support Jiamini students in their academic progress and personal lives – acting as an advocate for them with school officials, guardians, and health workers, as needed
  • Communicate with donors and sponsors about the progress of our students and programs; finding new ways of communicating the kids’ success, e.g., video, live chat etc.
  • Use Salesforce or other systems including Excel to track our sponsors and students, monitor and evaluate our activities, and generally improve our digital record keeping

About You
You will be a great fit for this job if you are:

  • Passionate about the power of education to transform society, and love working with kids
  • Interested in innovating at a small, established organization – strengthening our programs, professionalizing our model, and broadening the scope of our work to meet your imagination
  • Organized, resourceful, self-managing, solution-oriented, and have a positive attitude
  • A collaborative worker who loves problem solving to get outstanding results
  • Comfortable living in Newala, a rural town with inconsistent electricity and internet
  • Understand and respect the culture of our students and families
  • Qualifications And Experience
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field (finance, social work, education, monitoring and evaluation, etc.) A Master’s Degree is highly preferable but not required
  • At least 2 years’ experience in operations, finance, or project management at an NGO/CSO
  • Budgeting and financial record-keeping experience, including government filings
  • Experience writing, executing, and reporting on institutional grants
  • Demonstrated work and living experience of at least 1 year in a district capital town or smaller
  • Experience working with Local Government Authorities (LGA)
  • Excellent writing skills in English, and speaking skills in both Kiswahili and English
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel and in use of email
  • Creativity and drive to start new fundraising initiatives, including via social media
  • Should be a strategic thinker, who possesses strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Must be willing to live and work full-time in Newala

Salary And Benefits

  • A competitive salary based on experience
  • Phone and internet allowance
  • Four weeks paid leave annually
  • Relocation allowance after trial period
  • Per diem/posho are rarely earned, as almost all activities take place in Newala town

About Jiamini
Jiamini started as a non-profit scholarship fund for vulnerable students and was registered in Tanzania in 2011. Four friends founded the organization with a commitment to providing support to children in need. We operate within the Tanzanian educational system to change the lives of our students, improve school facilities, and support the government in its education goals. We rely on local teachers, education officials, and our students’ families as full partners to ensure local ownership of all activities.

Our organization was founded on a core scholarship program that has since grown into working with primary and secondary schools across the Mtwara region and supporting more than 100 students each year at all stages of their education. We work closely with each of the students in our scholarship and other outreach programs. Knowing their individual academic and familial circumstances ensures we can offer support in whatever area they need.

About The Team
The Jiamini team is small and agile. Composed of the four founders, a Senior Program Officer and an Academic Officer in Newala, and a group of student teachers and tutors – we work efficiently to maximize the impact our programming has on the community in Newala and the government schools in the Mtwara region. Each team member provides unique talents and assets that are critical to the success of our organization. We have fun and support one another. Our work is guided by integrity, trust, and heart.

How To Apply

Click the link below to Send your CV, Applicants must clearly describe their relevant project or operations management experience in their cover letter. Applicants must also indicate their required gross salary per month in their cover letter. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
DEADLINE: April 01st, 2022

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