Operations & Finance Manager (DMI Tanzania)

Job Summary

This Operations & Finance Manager will support the Country Director in the delivery of DMI’s projects in Tanzania.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

Operations & Finance Manager (Tanzania)

Reports to: Country Director (DMI Tanzania)

Responsible for:

Start date: 01/08/2020 (or earlier if available)

Term: Until September 2021, full time

Based in: Mwanza
Application deadline: Thursday 9th July

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Job description

This Operations & Finance Manager will support the Country Director in the delivery of DMI’s projects in Tanzania. He/she will contribute to the management and successful delivery of DMI’s activities at the national and local level in Tanzania. He/She will primarily focus on administrative and financial tasks but she/he is expected to fully participate in country operations, ensuring project activities are carried out on time and on budget. Engagement with local and national level stakeholders and consortium partners will also be key parts of the role.

This position will initially be offered on a full-time basis until September 2021. Subject to securing additional projects and funding there may be opportunities to extend the duration of the contract. DMI expects high professional standards from all our employees but, in return DMI offers a competitive salary, pension-fund contributions, health insurance, and regular employment benefits such as annual leave.

More specifically, the Operations and Finance Manager role will include the following responsibilities:

  1. Managing local payroll (including filing returns relating to taxation, social security, SDL and WCF) and maintaining local records in line with internal procedures and statutory requirements

  2. Managing national level project budgets, in line with internal procedures, including financial reporting, maintaining accurate records of expenditure and forecasting future expenditure within budgetary constraints

  3. Supporting internal and external audits

  4. Acting as the senior staff member at DMI Tanzania when the Country Director is not


  5. Building and managing productive relationships with in-country stakeholders, such as

    consortium partners, government authorities, production companies, broadcasters

    and other NGOs

  6. Contributing to project management by planning appropriate national level activities

    and tasks in line with the wider country plan and reporting progress against agreed

    milestones, budgets and timelines

  7. Managing general office operations (rent, electricity , water , office suppliers)

  8. Communicating with, and reporting to, relevant personnel at DMI UK and other DMI offices as required

    9. Other tasks as required by DMI

Person specification
Required knowledge, skills and experience

  1. Advanced degree in Administration, Accounting, Management or related fields

  2. Proficiency in English and proven ability to write official letters and documents in English and Kiswahili

  3. Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience in administrative/accounting role

  4. Experience in administration of donor-funded cooperation projects, budgeting and reporting

  5. Proven experience in preparation of financial statements

  6. Applied knowledge of Tanzanian Laws concerning NGOs, Taxation and Fiscal Regulations

  7. Proficient in Excel, accounting software packages commonly used within small and medium sized organizations, and Internet based technology solutions

  8. Self-motivated, able to manage own tasks, prioritise workload and deliver to deadlines

  9. Commitment to promoting the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls is critical

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience

  1. Knowledge and experience working within media production, global health and/or mass media environments

  2. Professional project/programme management qualifications (PRINCE2, MSP, APMP, etc.)

About DMI

Development Media International (DMI) delivers media campaigns aimed at changing behaviours, promoting health and saving lives in developing countries. We are the first organisation to scientifically demonstrate that mass media can increase life-saving behaviours. DMI recently published the results of its 5-year, £7m randomised controlled trial in West Africa which showed that 56% more children were taken for treatment for malaria, 73% more for diarrhoea and 39% more for pneumonia following exposure to our campaign. Modelling indicates that over 3000 lives were saved during the campaign and that our approach is one of the most cost-effective ways of saving children’s lives.

DMI has two priorities: first, to continue to generate ground-breaking research (we have just completed a second successful randomised control trial measuring our impact on contraceptive uptake), second, to take our proven strategies to scale, saving as many lives as possible. We work across a range of health issues, including child survival, reproductive health, nutrition, hygiene, and early childhood development. DMI works in close partnership with leading experts in health, including WHO, UNICEF and LSHTM and has been funded by some of the world’s most prestigious organisations including the

Wellcome Trust, DFID, Comic Relief, the Global Innovation Fund, Unorthodox Philanthropy and the Mulago Foundation.

We are an innovative and rapidly growing organisation, working at the nexus between science and creativity. DMI has demonstrated that knowledge is not only a human right, but is also the key to saving lives in a cost-effective way. Our intellectual rigour, enthusiasm and willingness to learn from both our successes and mistakes, makes us distinct. Our ethos is non-hierarchical: all our staff are intellectually high-powered and we have a “best idea wins” culture. By working at DMI you will have a genuine, measurable impact on improving lives in low-income countries.

DMI has a permanent presence in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and Tanzania and has recently expanded to Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. Its regional operations include five more countries in West Africa as well as Burundi. DMI’s headquarters is in London and provides the strategic direction for the whole organisation.

DMI is ranked as one of the most cost-effective non-profit organisations in the world by GiveWell and was the first organisation to receive the maximum rating from Impact Matters. It is also endorsed by the Centre for Effective Altruism, Giving What We Can and The Life You Can Save.

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