Social Solutions

Chief of Party/Principal Investigator, CIRCLE Project

TZ-Dar es Salaam
2 months ago
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Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions), through the Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence (CIRCLE) Project, will be implementing a four-year Developmental Evaluation (DE) of USAID/Tanzania’s Boresha Afya Project.


The USAID Boresha Afya project aims to support the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to increase access to high quality, comprehensive and integrated health services, particularly for women and youth. The project is implemented in three zones of Tanzania, namely Lake/Western Zone, North/Central Zone, and Southern Zone.


The purpose of the DE is to inform, support, and evaluate the innovative and adaptive development of health service integration in the three zones of USAID Boresha Afya. The DE will support innovative, dynamic implementation by exploring evaluative questions, as implementation proceeds, and by routinely gathering and reporting evaluative data to provide the implementers and other key stakeholders with timely feedback on the results of implementation efforts. The DE team will work closely with USAID, implementing partners, and the Government of Tanzania (GOT) to assess key indicators of health service integration. These will include service quality from the points of view of patients, providers, and managers; health-service utilization; and efficiency. The DE seeks to enhance the impact of the USAID Boresha Afya project by providing timely feedback to make course corrections, in order to increase uptake, efficiency, and quality of integrated health services.


Social Solutions/CIRCLE Project seeks a full-time Chief of Party/Principal Investigator (CoP/PI) who will be responsible for leading and managing the DE from the Dar es Salaam office. The CoP/PI will lead and manage an in-country team of approximately five people, based in Dar es Salaam or one of the three zones of the USAID Boresha Afya project. This is a full-time position to be filled as soon as possible. 


  • Lead all technical aspects of the DE including: development of DE plan/methodological approaches; setup of data collection/collation and management systems; analyses, and reporting
  • Provide technical guidance and training in DE to the local team, USAID, implementing partners and GOT
  • Direct and ensure the quality and timely completion of all data collection/collation, analyses, reports, briefs and other deliverables
  • On behalf of USAID, regularly convene implementing partners and stakeholders to participate in and inform the DE
  • Provide managerial, contractual and financial oversight of the DE and provide regular reporting to the CIRCLE Project Director
  • Manage/supervise country team that may include: three DE Zonal Advisors (one per zone), research assistants (one per zone), Knowledge Management Advisor, and Finance/Admin Assistant
  • Maintain regular communication with USAID/Tanzania, implementing partners and GOT as required
  • Cultivate relationships with USAID/Tanzania, implementing partners, GOT and other stakeholders and represent the DE in external meetings, conferences and presentations
  • Anticipate needs for, and manage, short-term technical assistance and consultants
  • Travel locally (to project zones) approximately 25% of the time


  • Master’s degree required (Ph.D. preferred) in global health or related discipline such as implementation science, public health or other social science
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in an international development context including leading the design and implementation of research and/or evaluation of health projects
  • Experience managing a team of professionals in different locations
  • Experience leading and conducting Developmental Evaluations
  • Expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Experience analyzing and using secondary data from different sources, including routine data, for program improvement
  • Experience building staff capacity in Developmental Evaluation approach, as well as using quantitative and qualitative data for program improvement
  • Experience working with multiple health stakeholders (donors, government, implementing partners)
  • Experience working with USAID desirable
  • Experience living and working in Tanzania or East Africa preferred


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Strong understanding of core principles and purpose of Developmental Evaluation
  • Ability to think creatively and provide adaptive solutions; have a “toolbox” of different methods, (for example, participatory methods, outcome harvesting, network analysis, specialized surveys, etc.) than can be applied to evaluation questions that arise (with rigor and high quality)
  • Familiarity with public health service delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong observation, synthesis, facilitation and listening skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to successfully lead a team and proven ability to build trust and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Strong project management, negotiation, strategic thinking, and analytical skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written English; Swahili desirable

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Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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