Job Summary

We are seeking a Partnerships Advisor, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to lead D-tree’s partnerships efforts with the government, NGO partners and funders in Mainland Tanzania.

  • Minimum Qualification: Masters
  • Experience Level: Management level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description

Who we are

D-tree International is a digital health organization with 15 years of experience using innovations in technology to strengthen the quality of health systems in low and middle income countries. D-tree works through partnerships with Ministries of Health and NGOs to bring human-centered design approaches to collaborations in which we support partners to define key programmatic challenges and priorities, explore if and how technology can be used to improve program efficiency and quality, and then work with our partners to choose the most appropriate technology platform to meet their needs. This may include using or building on existing tools or configuring new solutions through a variety of software platforms. A key aspect of our work is our end-to-end partnership, in which we also supportpartners to use systems thinking to roll out, implement and monitor programs and facilitate a culture of data use among multiple stakeholders.

D-tree has received funding from USAID, the Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fondation Botnar, Human Development Innovation Fund, Packard Foundation, UN Foundation and more than 20 international NGOs. As a pioneer in the field of digital health, D-tree has supported more than 8,000 health workers serving over 5 million families in 16 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Evaluations have demonstrated improved heath impact through D-tree’s digital programs, including 27% reduction in maternal mortality, 50% increase in facility delivery rates, four-fold increase in postpartum follow-up, 70% increase in contraceptive prevalence rates and 15-fold improvements in health worker performance.

D-tree has worked in Tanzania since 2008 on a variety of digital health projects focused on improving the quality of healthcare delivery through the introduction of innovative technology and processes. A core aspect of our work is engagement and integration with government health systems and other stakeholders working in the digital health space. As our portfolio continues to grow, we have the opportunity to expand our engagement with the government in Tanzania (largely through partnerships within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoHCDGEC) and the Office of the President of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG)) to support government ownership of digital health programs, in line with their digital health strategy. We also have the opportunity to expand partnerships with stakeholders within Tanzania, including local and international

NGOs and funders. The Partnerships Advisor will be instrumental in strengthening and expanding strategic partnerships with all of these groups to help expand D-tree’s reach and achieve our mission of improving access to high quality healthcare for all.

Who you are

We are seeking a Partnerships Advisor, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to lead D-tree’s partnerships efforts with the government, NGO partners and funders in Mainland Tanzania. You are someone with strong existing relationships within the government, NGO and donor community—particularly as related to public health and digital health. You have a strong understanding of Tanzania’s government system and experience working with key players within MoHCDGEC and PORALG. You are strategic in turning relationships and conversations into concrete partnership opportunities and you are proactive in following through and cultivating these opportunities to turn them into concrete and impactful projects and programs for the organization. You are experienced with developing, implementing, and realizing business development plans and have experience setting and achieving measurable targets. At the same time, you are experienced in collaborating with teammates to develop and implement strategies to promote government ownership of programs and systems integration through understanding the health system context and relevancy and benefits of D-tree programs. You are comfortable and confident in high-level meetings with government, funders, and NGO partners, and you enjoy developing and executing program plans and strategies to grow the portfolio and reputation of the organization. You have strong analytical skills and can assess the environment, needs, and opportunities within Tanzania and then identify strategic opportunities for D-tree. You are a strong public speaker and have the ability to clearly articulate D-tree’s vision and strategically position our work within the broader health landscape in Tanzania. Finally, you are proactive and a strong communicator, which will foster productive collaboration with colleagues across international time zones.

What you will do

This is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding role requiring an individual with extensive experience working with the Tanzanian government and key stakeholders, and fostering strategic partnerships. You will be a key member of the D-tree Tanzania team and will work closely with the Dar es Salaam team of 7-9 staff as well as D-tree’s global support team. Working with D-tree’s Regional Program Director and Director of Business Development & Partnerships (based in the United States), you will design and implement a partnership and business development plan to build D-tree’s pipeline within Tanzania and achieve measurable targets. Finally, as part of your role you will stay up to date on current trends in digital technology and innovation to improve healthcare delivery, both within Tanzania and globally, in order to inform D-tree’s growth, the scale and sustainability of our programs, and expand D-tree’s reputation within the region.


Government engagement & partnership development

  • Develop and foster strong relationships within the MoHCDGEC and PORALG to increase D-tree’s visibility and cultivate opportunities to support digital health initiatives within Tanzania, with particular attention to the scale and sustainability of D-tree innovations and programs.
  • Develop, foster, and bolster relationships with other NGOs in Tanzania to increase D-tree’s visibility, understand Tanzania’s health landscape, identify synergies, and initiate discussions around potential collaboration.
  • Represent D-tree to senior government, NGO and funding stakeholders, promoting D-tree’s mission and vision as a trusted digital health partner in Tanzania.
  • Collaborate with the D-tree Tanzania program team in developing and implementing strategies to support government ownership of D-tree supported initiatives and integration of D-tree’s programs into government systems
  • Communicate effectively through available forums at regional, district, ward and village level the position or/and role of D-tree International
  • Present project highlights and results at meetings and forums/conferences


Business development

  • Work with D-tree’s Director of Business Development and Partnerships to develop and lead execution of a business development strategy for the Tanzania office based on D-tree’s vision, strategy and mission.
  • Identify new donor funding opportunities and partners, and collaborate remotely with the Director of
  • Business Development and Partnerships to identify and vet new business opportunities and develop value propositions on where we can help solve challenges.
  • Communicate regularly with Program Directors in D-tree’s global offices to continuously understand D-tree’s global efforts, strengths, and experience and consider how they may be translated or adapted in Tanzania.
  • Lead meetings with potential partners and funders in Tanzania to understand programmatic challenges and needs and propose ways that D-tree can support and provide value to their work.
  • Collaborate with the D-tree Tanzania program team and Global Support Team on proposals or new project plans and elicit input and approval from government counterparts.
  • Maintain strong relationships with existing partners and funders.


Technology

  • Gain a basic understanding of the common global health software platforms and mobile applications—particularly those utilized by D-tree--in order to effectively communicate about current and potential uses of technology with potential partners
  • Possess a deep understanding of the field of digital health—its history and evolution—particularly in Tanzania. Understand digital health best practices and become competent in articulating and explaining these ideas to non-technical audiences. Become highly familiar with Tanzania’s Digital Health Strategy and Investment Roadmap and gain a strong understanding of government ICT and digital health priorities through conversations with the ICT units of PORALG, MoHCDGEC, and relevant partners.
  • Stay abreast of advancements in technology and innovation for health, both globally and within the Tanzania ecosystem


What we are looking for

We are looking for a motivated, passionate individual who is willing to wear multiple hats and do what it takes to support D-tree’s continued growth and quality. The following attributes are a general overview, but we will consider individuals who do not meet all of the details below if you have the right skillset and attitude.


Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years’ work experience,
  • Master’s degree
  • Significant experience engaging with government officials at national, regional and district levels and established relationships with key stakeholders within Tanzania’s MoHCDGEC and PORALG
  • Knowledge of the Tanzanian health sector and digital health priorities
  • Superior analytic skills; ability to think logically and rationally about problems
  • Experience working with digital technology and innovation
  • Experience with business development including fostering and maintaining relationships with partners and donors; writing concept notes and proposals; and proactively seeking and securing opportunities for new engagements.
  • Must be able to work independently, multi-task, collaborate with a distributed team, be persistent and work under tight deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and spoken Swahili and English


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with digital health programs
  • Experience in government systems strengthening and building government capacity to oversee strengthened programs; health system strengthening experience preferred
  • Experience in scaling and sustaining innovations within public sector system and/or with private sector collaborations
  • Experience working with the ICT and community health units within MoHCDGEC and PORALG


Desired characteristics

  • A can-do attitude: You remain optimistic in the face of adversity and creatively solve problems to get things done.
  • A systems thinker: You are able to understand linkages and interactions between individual components in a health system, and design solutions to strengthen the overall system.
  • An innovator: You enjoy thinking outside of the box and want to use that thinking to solve pressing global health problems.
  • A detail oriented &strategic thinker: You pay attention to small details and focus on quality and consistency, but also have the ability to see the big picture and think strategically.

Application information

To apply for this role please fill in the google form here https://bit.ly/2SewSqe (copy this link to your browser and open it). Only applicants who respond to all questions and include their CV as well as a thoughtful, tailored cover letter will be considered.

This position is open to Tanzanian nationals only.

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