Social Solutions International, Inc. (Social Solutions) is accepting curricula vitae from mid- to senior-level Tanzanian development specialists who are available and interested in a one year posting in Iringa, Tanzania. This position will be under the Expanding Monitoring and Evaluation Capacities (MECap) task order for which Social Solutions is the prime contractor.
The main goal of MECAP is to contribute to the strengthening of project design, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Program Cycle Fellow Explanation
Program Cycle Fellows will be members of a technical assistance (TA) team providing support and advisory services to USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. MECap bolsters capacity in USAID missions and operating units to plan for, undertake, and use high-quality program-cycle related products and processes to achieve better development outcomes. It does this by providing technical expertise and support that strengthens the capacity of USAID staff in program-cycle related skills, extends PPL’s ability to communicate and collaborate with implementing partners and USAID staff, and provides the Agency with improved access and capabilities to apply state-of-the-art practices. MECAP coordinates closely with other PPL and Agency awards and utilizes a facilitating and mentoring approach in all of its work.
Strategic learning and collaboration are fundamental to an adaptive approach to development. By embedding collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) throughout the Program Cycle, USAID aims to strengthen our programming and maximize development outcomes. A learning-focused and adaptive approach helps ensure that our programs are coordinated with others, grounded in evidence, and adjusted as necessary to remain relevant and effective throughout implementation.
Introduction to USAID Tanzania Iringa Activities
Since 2010, USAID Tanzania has invested in one of its priority regions, Iringa, across development sectors. In mid-2013, USAID/Tanzania placed an Advisor for Program Integration and Quality Improvement (later Program Integration and Coordination) in Iringa to support regional coordination and program integration as a means to more holistic programming and better development results. USAID’s subsequent CDCS (October 2014 – September 2019) has emphasized strengthened coordination as the foundation of its integrated approach to programming, with Iringa Region as a key focus for strengthening linkages and collaboration among implementing partners (IPs), regional and local government (RALG) authorities, and Peace Corps Volunteers, as well as with other donors working at the regional and district levels. Regional coordination is a key component of USAID/Tanzania’s strategy-level approach to integrated programming: it strengthens coordination and action across sectors and among stakeholders at the regional, district, and local levels to deliver development impact that is greater than the sum of its parts.
With a focus in Iringa, USAID-supported activities in the region are more cohesive, engaging further along the spectrum of integrated development. Furthermore, a system of forums has been established including IP “Touch-Base” Meetings and Thematic Groups on key issue areas such as Improving the Value Chains, Food Security and Nutrition, Gender-Based Violence/Violence against Children, Youth Development and others. An Iringa Integrated Activity Hub piloted in Kilolo District Council has served as a proving ground for more intentional partner collaboration and integration across sectors. Opportunities are abundant to document and learn from the field, from IP activities and reports, and through these collaborative and thematic forums. This position, embedded as it is in the Iringa Regional Secretariat, is strategically positioned to advance Collaboration, Learning and Adaptive Management of USAID programming in the Region.
After a brief orientation period, this Program Cycle Fellow will serve in an advisory and capacity-building role for program-cycle related functions within the Iringa Regional Secretariat in Tanzania. S/he will serve in a coordination and facilitation role for the Iringa Integrated Activity Hub and support implementation USAID Tanzania’s CLA Plan and building CLA capacity at the regional level. The Fellow will generate, analyze and share information and knowledge among Hub partners to inform decision making and adaptive management, while also functioning as a regional representative of the Program Office and serving as a feedback channel from the field to the cross-sectoral Development Objective (DO) teams. The Fellow will play a key role in supporting IPs to better engage with local government organizations and one another, to further institutionalize mechanisms for regional coordination and integration, with greater focus on building Council-level capacity in this regard.
The Program Cycle Fellow is expected to work under the guidance of the USAID Program Office, and in collaboration with the Regional and Local Government staff. The Fellow will work day-to-day with a team of Government of Tanzania (GOT) staff across development sectors, including health and population, nutrition, social welfare, community development, agriculture, education, democracy and governance, and economic growth, including natural resources management and energy. S/he will also support monitoring and evaluation of the Iringa Hub’s integrated programming efforts and document results and lessons learned for USAID/Tanzania and partners. The Fellow will be expected to work independently, yet collaboratively, with regional and district counterparts and maintain open communication with Program Office, DO-team colleagues, and managers of representative activities and will report to the USAID/Tanzania Program Office MEL Team Lead.
The ideal candidate will be able to balance regional/district concerns with strategic priorities, s/he will be passionate to learn about all of the different sectors supported by USAID in Iringa region and will be visionary in how they bring people together and motivate them to collaborate.
Principal objectives of this placement are to: