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Job Description

Sense International (SI) is a disability specialist charity, partnering with local organisations in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda. We are one of the world’s leading international organisations working for people with deafblindness/multi-sensory impairments (MSI) and their families. Our vision is of a world in which all people with deafblindness can be equal and active members of society.

Sense International Tanzania (SI Tanzania) is a nationally registered NGO. Below are some examples of the projects SI Tanzania has run:

  • Inclusive Education: Over 100 children with deafblindness/MSI accessed inclusive education, which included demonstrating the model of teaching assistants in mainstream classrooms to enable and improve the quality of school inclusion for children with deafblindness.
  • Community-Based Education: Together with Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) developed a curriculum that is tailored for home based education for children with deafblindness/MSI, and supported families to
  • Early Intervention: Providing access to early intervention services to infants in Tanzania, ensuring children with deafblindness/MSI get the best possible start in life and can fulfil their potential.
  • Livelihoods: A one-year programme that supported 18 young people with deafblindness/MSI to engage in livelihood activities, supported parents to advocate for the rights of people with deafblindness/MSI and access government social protection schemes. This pilot provides the platform for this new project.

Job Title: Project Officer

Reports to: Programme Manager

Location: Dar es Salaam, with regular in-country travel

Job Purpose:

To coordinate the successful delivery of the SI Tanzania’s Improved Livelihoods for People with Deafblindness in Tanzania. The overall impact of the project is that young people with deafblindness and their family members have improved livelihoods and are actively leading on issues that affect them within their communities. This includes collaborating with like-minded organisations, relevant stakeholders to ensure provision of comprehensive and effective services to people with Deafblindness/MSI. The position is supported by a three-year project specific grant from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF).

Overall Responsibilities

Programme coordination

  • Contribute to the implementation of SI Tanzania’s strategy in line with the Sense International global strategy.
  • Coordinate the NLCF funded Livelihoods programme in order to achieve its intended outcomes using all available project documentation as guides (including activity plans and logframes)
  • Work with the Finance and Administration Officer to contribute to the management of project budget and financial reports.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Implements agreed M&E plans, including contributing to the development of M&E tools and conducting monitoring activities to monitor the progress of the programme.
  • Initiate regular reviews and evaluation of programme implementation, effectiveness, impact and sustainability.


  • Liaise with relevant government departments, professionals in health, education and other sectors, development agencies, Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs), training and other relevant institutions in order to meet programme advocacy objectives.


  • Compile activity reports as required.
  • Continually seek to improve knowledge on deafblindness, staying up to date with international best practice.
  • To perform any other duties that may from time to time be assigned to him/her.

Person Specifications


  • A Masters or Bachelor Degree in Community Development or related field
  • Experience in programme management and coordinating project teams.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation processes, along with reporting.
  • Experience of setting up new projects and the energy to keep going in the face of challenges.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the rights of people with disabilities, including knowledge of the Tanzanian Disability Act, Special Needs Education Policy, etc.
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing people with disabilities, and it would be a preferable to have some understanding of deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments.
  • Sound knowledge of government structures, disability sector and the broad civil society movement.
  • Willingness to travel regularly within Tanzania and occasionally within the East Africa region.
  • Good skills in interacting and mobilizing the community.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills including tolerance and flexibility.
  • Strong training and workshop facilitation skills
  • Excellent written English and report writing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively to tight deadlines with minimum support.
  • Intermediate skills in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent personal communication skills.
  • Fluency in spoken English and Kiswahili languages.
  • Intermediate to Advance level of Sign Language
  • A degree in special needs education, or the equivalent from a recognised university.
  • At least 2 years’ experience of working with persons with deafblindness and/or other disabilities, with particular focus on vocational training programmes.
  • A diploma/higher level training in deafblindness.
  • Training and workshop facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of tactile sign language.

Application Process

To apply for the above position, please email your covering letter (maximum 2 pages) and current CV to the Country Director of Tanzania: [email protected] Please include Project Officer – TANZANIA in the subject line of your email.


Your covering letter must include:

  • Why you are interested in this position
  • How you think your experience and skills match the job description
  • List your current salary/benefits
  • Your day time contact number
  • Available start date

Due to the high number of applications we anticipate receiving, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The deadline for applications is 18th March 2019

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 25th March 2019


The salary is negotiable, in the range of TZS 1,200,000 Gross; a medical insurance for employee, spouse and up to 4 children under 18 years old; and pension contribution by employer of 10% of salary


This position is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF). The NCLF are based in the UK and fund disability programmes throughout East Africa, distributed through the East Africa Disability Fund (EADF), enabling people with disabilities to improve their livelihoods in Tanzania and Uganda. For more information about NLCF please visit: www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

Sense International is an equal opportunity employer.