Program Manager-Right To Play


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – 1 Program Manager, 1 Field Facilitator & 1 Project Officer - Tanzania


Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures, while driving lasting social change in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 14,400 local volunteer Coaches.

RightTo Play Tanzania is currently searching for Tanzanian National to fill the position of Program Manager to be based at Dar Es Salaam, 1 Project Officer and 1 Field Facilitatorto be based at Kisarawe.

JOB SUMMARY: RightTo Play is currently searching for Tanzanian National to fill the position of Program Manager, based in Dar Es Salaam.The Program Manager reports directly to Country Manager (CM) and technically to the Regional Program Manager (RPM) in Kampala, Uganda. The incumbent is responsible for the program development and implementation in all project locations in Dar es Salaam, Morogoro and Mara.


Job Responsibility #1:Program Strategic Planning (35% of Time)

  • Leads the programmatic management of all in country projects.

  • Leads the design and development of program strategies and plans with the program team and ensures their alignment with RTP strategies.

  • Ensures the program teams are implementing program activities in line with donor requirements to achieve project outcomes.

  • Coordinates the preparation of timely and cost effective operational plans, budgets and strategic plans with the program team.

  • Acts as advocacy manager ensuring that the program addresses the needs of the people and is appropriate for the respective country and support CM in developing project proposals for new project

Job Responsibility #2:Program quality, Accountability and Reporting (35%)

  • Maintains the existing process of monitoring and evaluation (ME)and reporting system of RTP.

  • Oversees submission of proper accountabilities of program funds and quality narrative reports in line with donor requirements.

  • Provides quarterly updates of lessons learned and best practices to CM’s and stakeholders ensuring that program lessons are being used to promote improved program delivery.


Job Responsibility #3:Program Financial Management (10%)

  • Coordinates with finance team to provide financial training for non-financial staff in effective country program financial management, including procurement, project implementation, compliances and project financial reporting.

  • Supports the budget planning processes to ensure that program funds are expended according to procedures and plans.

  • Collaborates with the program team and develops new initiatives to be integrated into the budget.

Job Responsibility #4:Team Management, Compliances and Capacity Building (10%)

  • Communicates the program vision to the program team, leads and directs them toward achieving the program goals and objectives.

  • Ensures that the program team have a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; supported by clear job descriptions to ensure quality performance.

  • Conducts program staffing needs assessment, presents recommendations to the CM and participates in the recruitment of the program team.

  • Facilitates the capacity building of program team to ensure they have the appropriate skill levels for their positions and are developing to their full capacity; provides the necessary feedback to the program team and completes their performance appraisals.

  • Provides direct support to the program team in the form of systems and tools.

  • Implements policies and procedures that guide and support RTP activities, ensures compliance with RTP code of conduct, gender and child protection policies.

  • Develops and strengthens the program team’s understanding of project cycle management.


Job Responsibility #5:Representation and Collaboration (5%)

  • Facilitates linkages, collaboration and networking with other civil society organizations and government and other relevant institutions to enhance RTP visibility and program activities.

  • Represents RTP in various platforms and maintains positive relationships with governments and other relevant stakeholders regarding RTP activities.

  • Identifies and develops new partnerships with local NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and the communities.

  • Oversees the management of existing partnerships.

  • Ensures ownership of the program by local partners and stakeholders.

  • Meets with partners’ staff and community leaders to discuss program improvement as needed.

  • Joins the CM in meetings and represents him/her when required.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in social sciences, development studies or other related disciplines.


EXPERIENCE: Required (must have):

5 years’ experience managing international development programs and liaising with government officials and donors. Provenexperience in project planning, proposal development, report writing, resource mobilization, networking, partnership-building and working with NGOs.


  • Superior organizational skills and ability to multi-task on a constant basis

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills to build rapport with staff, partners, government officials, donors and community leaders

  • Ability to work under pressure meeting deadlines in a fast paced fluid environment

  • Creative and flexible with problem solving skills and demonstrated professionalism and diplomacy


1 Project Officer

To be based in Kisarawe, the Project Officer reports directly to the Program Manager (PM). The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of Right To Play project activities and provides support and guidance to the community team in using RTP tools in the project location. He/she is also responsible for monitoring the project for quality of delivery and effectiveness.

Summary of the Job Responsibilities

  • Contributes to the formulation of the project strategic plans feeding into the overall country strategic plan.

  • Prepares and leads the implementation plan of project activities.

  • Guides Field Facilitators on executing the activities in the project location.

  • Ensures that activities are compliant with RTP methodology and standards.

  • Oversees the program implementation in schools and community in collaboration with partners

  • Develops and strengthens understanding of project management cycle with project staff and partners.

  • Compiles reports received from the Field Facilitators and submits monthly activity reports to PM.

  • Completes monthly budget projections and tracks expenditures.

  • Participates in the planning of budget and tracks activity expenses occurred against cash projections.

  • Procures project equipment (in coordination with Logistics Assistant) within authorization levels set in the In-Field Authorization Levels policy.

  • Monitors security situation in project location and reports to the PM.

  • Follows up on logistics issues at project location and ensure assets, including project vehicles are maintained

  • Represent the organisation in stakeholders meetings with government and other networks.

  • Ensures implementation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements with local representation of Government and partner organizations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, social sciences, or other related discipline.

EXPERIENCE: Required (must have):

5 years’ experience in project administration or community work including managing direct reports

1 Field Facilitator to be based in Kisarawe. The Field Facilitator reports directly to the Project Officer (PO) and is responsible for the implementation of Right To Play project activities and providing support and guidance to the community team in using RTP tools in the project location. He/she is also responsible for monitoring the project for quality of delivery and effectiveness.

Summary of the responsibilities

  • Ensures participation of partners, children/young people and stakeholders in the process of project planning and implementation of the proposed activities.

  • Supports partners schools and partners CBOs in developing their activity plans, ensuring alignment with the project proposal,

  • Support the partners to organize and conduct special events activities, play days and sports tournaments.

  • In coordination with partners, Teachers/ Coach and Trainers, evaluates events, provides updates of lessons learned and best practices and reports on progress and challenges as they arise.

  • Manages the logistical arrangements for training workshops and events.

  • Assesses training needs of Coach Trainers, Coaches, Junior Leaders, teachers and partners, recommends the suitable intervention and works with them to develop training schedules.

  • Organizes and facilitates training workshops conducted by other program staff and participates in the training as required.

  • Facilitates the training sessions conducted by Coach Trainers, evaluates them and reports to the PO.

  • Follows up on how partners are implementing the program including financial management and verifies the accuracy of their narrative and financial reports and reports to the PO.

  • Assesses needs for facility repairs and upgrades in the community, facilitates the authorized work and ensures that overall work has been completed in accordance with the approved standards.

  • Conducts regular field visits with partners, Coach Trainers and Coaches to follow up and provide support as needed.

  • Provides narrative, qualitative and quantitative monitoring information/data to support monthly, quarterly and annual reports to update Country and Regional Office on project progress

  • Ensures partners and Coaches are in compliance with Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Represents RTP in the project location and relevant forums and have regular consultations with local partners, stakeholders and key beneficiaries in the assigned community.

  • In collaboration and consultation with partners identifies potential Coaches who can become Coach Trainers and recommends Coach Trainers and Coaches for certification.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, Education, Adult education or any related discipline.

  • 3 years’ experience working in project implementation and facilitation part of which should have been in leading a team.

All position require the candidate to have the following criteria:

TECHNICAL SKILLS: Understanding of adult education principles, Computer literacy in outlook, MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Internet, Effective report writing, Understanding of a community-led process, Understanding of the concept of sport for development, Understanding of child rights and child protection, Understand project management cycle, Effective report writing and analytical skills

COMPENSATION AND ELIGIBILITY: The compensation package is competitive and the position is open to Tanzanian Nationals only

HOW TO APPLY: If you meet the requirements for one of the positions and are interested in working with a diverse and dynamic team of professionals, please send the motivational cover letter and your current CV to:, kindly include “Job Tittle and your name in the subject line”. Also indicate how you got to know about the vacancy in your application letter. Please indicate your salary expectation in the cover letter. The deadline for receiving applications is 13th October 2016. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only selected applicants will be contacted.

Right To Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at