NAFASI YA KAZI BBC Media Action, Project Manager

Project Manager 

Job Title: Project Manager, Responsible Parenting and Family Care project

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Special Requirements: Right to work in Tanzania

Reports to: Senior Project Manager, Tanzania

Contract:  12 months, with the possibility of extension

Salary: Highly competitive within Tanzanian NGO market rates

Closing date: 24th June 2019

Please do not send certificates or other attachments. Applicants with no separate cover letter will not be considered. These are local posts applicable to people who have the legal right to live and work in Tanzania and national terms and conditions will apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

BBC Media Action in Tanzania

BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, uses the power of media and communication to support people to shape their own lives. Working with broadcasters, governments, other organisations and donors, BBC Media Action provides information and stimulates positive change in the areas of governance, health, and resilience and humanitarian response. This broad reach helps to inform, connect and empower people around the world.

We deliver a portfolio of media projects in Tanzania. We work to ensure that our projects are delivered on time to the highest possible standard in accordance with BBC editorial values and BBC Media Action best practice.

Overview of the role

The Project Manager will be responsible for managing and delivering all aspects of BBC Media Action’s new Unicef-funded project, focusing on responsible parenting and family care (RPFC). The project will form part of Unicef’s work to implement its new national RPFC strategy, aiming to address major social and behavioural issues relating to parenting.

These include:

  • Increased mobility, driven by economic needs and incentives, leaving family members isolated from traditional social networks and support
  • Inequality placing pressure on families, leading to young people taking additional risks to access material gains and goods not available in the home
  • High rates of teen pregnancy and associated gaps in good child-rearing practices, relating to early stimulation, nutrition and response to disease
  • Widespread violence and high acceptance of gender-based violence and the use of violence to discipline children
  • BBC Media Action will create and broadcast multimedia content focusing on these issues, encouraging audiences to consider the impact of each one and exploring alternative approaches to parenting and family care. The content will take the form of a centrally produced radio drama, which will be broadcast by a network of regional and national partner stations, and a discussion programme that the partners will produce themselves.

Main duties & responsibilities

  • To deliver the project on time, to budget and to the highest standards in terms of quality, effectiveness, impact and relevance, meeting objectives clearly defined in the project proposal
  • To take responsibility for the co-ordination, planning, budgeting, reporting and general management of all aspects of the project. This includes working with BBC Media Action staff in Tanzania and London to define and develop programme direction, strategies and activities
  • Work closely with production, research and training teams to ensure that project objectives are being met
  • Maintaining external relationships with project partners, donors and other stakeholders, representing the RPFC project to the highest professional standards
  • Ensure all project activities are fully compliant with Unicef regulations, and BBC and BBC Media Action policies and editorial guidelines
  • Support the project and production teams to understand issues related to parenting and family care, and the role of media and communications in this sector
  • Work closely with the research team to ensure activities (including formative research, monitoring and evaluation of outputs and baselines and end line quantitative data) are in line with project objectives
  • May include line management of a project officer
  • Prepare donor and internal reports on project progress and impact and lesson learning dataCommission, write and manage the production of multimedia content on project progress, lessons learned and impact

Skills, knowledge and experience requirements:

  • At least three years’ experience in international development, with proven professional experience or educational background in parenting and family care and/or related themes
  • Experience of directly managing all elements of the project budget cycle – design, budget development and management, work planning and schedule building, implementation of activities, monitoring progress against objectives, reviewing and reporting
  • Provable experience of directly managing budgets of at least $100,000 per year
  • Experience of working on UN-funded projects, with knowledge of their rules and regulations will be an advantage
  • Ability to make sound judgments on editorially sensitive programme issues
  • Experience in line management of staff
  • Strong commitment to, and understanding of, development issues in Tanzania
  • Experience working with, or understanding of, child protection regulations desirable
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with a proven track record in forming effective relationships with a range of partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent written communication skills, including experience writing project briefs, reports, terms of reference and other project documents
  • Fluency in English and Swahili and ability to write reports in those languages
  • Knowledge of the BBC’s values and willingness to apply them
  • Right to work in Tanzania


Candidates should send their CV and a cover letter (PDF or Microsoft Word format) which outlines their experience and suitability for the role in English by email to: with the title of the position applied for in the subject line before 5pm on Monday 24th June 2019.

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