United Republic of Tanzania: Director of the Rift Valley Children’s Village

Organization: Tanzanian Children’s Fund
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 08 Sep 2017

Tanzanian Children’s Fund (TCF) is looking for a compassionate, committed, dynamic, and experienced partner to lead the operations at the Rift Valley Children’s Village (Children’s Village) in the Karatu region of northern Tanzania.

The Tanzanian Children’s Fund provides a loving and permanent home to 97 marginalized children living at the Rift Valley Children’s Village. They range in age from 2 to 21 years. Over the past 13 years, the organization has been expanding its programming to provide the broader community with high-quality primary and secondary education, access to health care and new economic opportunities. Our multi-pronged approach to addressing systemic poverty is catalyzing real and lasting change in the area and is widely recognized as an innovative model.

The Children’s Village is a vibrant, self-sufficient community located on the slopes of Ngorongoro Crater, a UN World Heritage Site. The Karatu region of northern Tanzania is rural, approximately 3-4 hours from the city of Arusha.

Reporting to: Executive Director

Location: Karatu Region, northern Tanzania

Website: www.tanzanianchildrensfund.org

Position Summary

As our Director of the Children’s Village, you will be one of two top leaders for TCF living at the Children’s Village. Peter Mmassy, co-founder of the Children’s Village will be responsible for strategic vision, expansion of existing programs and the overall education of the children. You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the staff and the welfare of the children at the Children’s Village. You will be a critical communication liaison between TCF’s Board, TCF’s U.S. office and the Village. You will also play an important role in ensuring responsible use of donor funds, and cultivating donor and volunteer support.

Qualities and Character

The Director of the Children’s Village must be deeply committed to TCF’s mission, and purpose. Successful candidates will be able to recognize themselves in the following description:

You are passionate about child development and child protection. You love kids and have a strong sense of family. Young children and teenagers find you warm, compassionate, and approachable. They recognize that you share their dreams about their future but at the same time honor who they are now and have been. You can serve as a role model for self-reliance and resilience.

You care about building and nurturing a healthy community life. You understand that raising a child involves building close connections with members of their community and that the healthier a child’s community, the better off the child will be.

You are an operations ace. You are well organized, have strong analysis skills and are motivated to roll up your sleeves to find new solutions to complex challenges. Juggling ongoing tasks and long-range issues comes easily. You are a detail-oriented planner, able to work in a fast-paced environment, but have the flexibility to roll with the punches and readjust when necessary.

You have a team ethos. You are a motivator and a leader who finds value in shared leadership, adeptly creates effective working relationships, and you make time to mentor and cultivate other leaders. You are curious and listen deeply to others, are willing to make and learn from mistakes, and are always willing to ask for help when needed. Team members find you decisive but fair, and capable of making tough decisions when necessary. Your management style is transparent and guided by integrity.
You enjoy and are effective across cultures. You have an innate social intelligence that makes it easy to relate to people with very different backgrounds from your own. Compassion, trust, and respect are core values. You are outgoing, friendly, and easygoing, patient with all types of personalities, and sensitive to other customs and points of view.

You practice an open door policy. You enjoy making yourself available for children and staff who seek your advice, your attention to a crisis (perceived or real) or perhaps just a hug.


  • Oversee day-to-day operations at the Children’s Village, with primary responsibility for helping foster a loving, safe, and supportive family environment for the children who live there, as well as the adults overseeing their welfare.
  • Maintain a high bar of accountability regarding day-to-day accounting functions and prepare monthly audit of accounts and monthly financial reports for the board and institutional donors that reflect accuracy and integrity.
  • Motivate and oversee a staff of 120+ full and part-time employees to develop high performance teams. Coordinate work planning toward specific objectives of the TCF strategic plan.
  • Develop and implement overall HR strategies, systems, and protocols; serve as point person for any issues that arise.
  • Supervise and mentor the Volunteer Coordinator, the Sponsorship and Communications Coordinator, the Children’s Village Nurse, and Community Health staff to ensure strategy is followed, efficiencies are met, potential risks are mitigated and all are committed to promoting a healthy and happy environment for the children living at the Children’s Village.
  • Manage Microfinance Director and work closely with the program to expand offerings, take advantage of emerging opportunities, and plan for changing needs of children at the Children’s Village and targeted groups within the community.
  • With the Founder and Executive Director, help build partnerships with community, private sector and government people in Tanzania to support operations, create financial opportunities and lay the foundation for future support to the Children’s Village and the community.
  • Participate and offer reflections and reports on ongoing operations in monthly TCF Board of Directors calls and work closely with board members and U.S. Office staff on organizational strategy and long-term project planning.
  • Coordinate with TCF’s US office to prepare grant applications and reports.


  • Ability to commit to a long-term contract; 5 years or more strongly preferred
  • Bachelors or advanced degree
  • English fluency; knowledge of Swahili is a plus
  • Track-record of working effectively with children and adolescents in education or social services sector
  • 5+ years of experience relevant to non-profit leadership, management and operations
  • A passion for and commitment to financial responsibility; advanced budgeting and expense tracking skills required
  • Strong communication skills and high degree of emotional intelligence; human resource and team management experience strongly preferred
  • Successful track record of working in the developing world
  • Ability to thrive living in a beautiful, but very rural and isolated setting

What TCF Offers:

The Director of the Rift Valley Children’s Village will be provided with the following salary and benefits:

  • $45,000 – $65,000 salary based on experience
  • Housing in a three bedroom house located on the Children’s Village campus
  • All housekeeping support, meals, Internet, local phone.
  • Health insurance, including for all accompanying family members.
  • A yearly travel allowance
  • Paid vacation/family leave time.
  • Use of organization’s vehicle

How to apply:

Send your resume and cover letter to jobs@tanzanianchildrensfund.org by September 8th. Candidates selected for first-round interviews will be contacted by September 11th to set up an initial Skype video call.

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