Project Manager (Advisor on rural water supply)

Belgian Development Agency

Kigoma, , TZ

General information

Reference code: TAN/14/032-1  
Work location: Kigoma, TANZANIA 
Contract duration: 58 months
Expected contract start date: as soon as possible
Monthly salary package:  (cat. B476) between 5.633,37 euro and 7.980,52 euro (this includes the gross monthly salary and the expat benefits: hardship allowance and expat allowance). The salary is calculated, depending on the composition of the family and the number of years of relevant experience.

Objectives of this function

Under the BTC representative, the internationally recruited Technical Advisor represents BTC. The Project Manager is supervising, coordinating and guiding the staff of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) and work executed through contracted service providers. Jointly with the Project Coordinator, the Project Manager is responsible for the coordination and outcome of the project. As Project Manager, he/she has the task of contributing to the attainment of the specific objective of the service being provided, as stipulated by the project documents (Technical & Financial File (TFF), agreement or contract).

The Project Manager:

–           reports to the BTC Resident Representative.

–           supervises the staff of the PIU and the contracted service providers


Management responsibilities, planning and reporting:

  • Ensure proper planning of the project in order that the activities are planned and executed in accordance with the TFF;
  • Ensure the elaboration of annual work plans and budgets, and ensure that annual and semi-annual consolidated budgets, work plans and reports are produced and submitted in time to the Steering Committee (SC), GoT and BTC-Brussels (through the BTC-Dar es Salaam Resident Representative);
  • In collaboration with the national Project Coordinator, the Project Manager serves as secretary to the SC meetings;
  • In collaboration with the national Project Coordinator, plan and coordinate the intervention with development partners, develop Terms of Reference (ToR), tender documents and openly advertise and evaluate proposals for Service Provider contracts, and monitor contract performance and quality, supervise the grant contracts with the project’s Implementation Partners.

Implementation and monitoring:

  • Ensure the proper implementation of the project by ensuring that the activities are executed in accordance with the TFF, approved annual work plans and budgets;
  • Ensure the implementation of a M&E evidence based learning framework and process, which is oriented toward achieving results rather than only monitoring activities.

Human and resource management:

  • Ensure proper financial management of the project. Monitor expenditures and use of BTC contribution and assets in line with PIM. Ensure the execution of the management and finance duties as described in the TFF;
  • Give, in collaboration with the national Project Coordinator, guidance to the National Technical Assistants (NTAs) in charge of assisting the District Focal Points (DFP) at their level, assisting to maintain quality, in consolidating their work plans, budgets and reporting as per AFM Manual;
  • Ensure coordination and supervision of BTC employed staff of the PIU at district level;
  • Ensure that capacity assessments are undertaken and that training programs and skill development are put into place for both PIU, LGA, NGO and private sector partners.

Technical Responsibilities

  • Make sure the crosscutting themes of the Belgian Cooperation are taken into account as described in the TFF, with special attention for gender and environment;
  • Input and supervise strategic studies that will guide the project orientation: COWSO assessment, works design studies, assessment of hygiene practices;
  • Ensure, in collaboration with the national Project Coordinator, proper planning and budgeting of project activities in relation with WSDP II activities at regional and District levels;
  • Ensure the coherence of approaches implemented by the project (action research, communication for development, capacity development, collaboration with NGOs, double anchorage) with the national policies and strategies.


Level of education

  • Higher University degree in Water and Sanitation or related field.

Experience required for the function

  • A minimum of 10 years professional experience, of which at least 5 years with Rural Water Supply;
  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience as a project manager in the International Development Sector;
  • Proven technical expertise in the following fields:
    • Rural water supply design, works, Operation and Maintenance,
    • Working with local government authorities, including institutional strengthening and capacity building at local government level and of institutions linked water & sanitation services;
  • Proven experience with financial management of donor funded projects : experienced in co-management, in managing accounts, preparing reports, work plans and budgets, and reporting to Steering Committees.

Technical skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, some knowledge of Swahili would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of office software packages;
  • Knowledge of engineering software packages;
  • Skilled in capacity assessment and capacity development and facilitating participatory processes.

Behavioural skills:

  • A good communicator;
  • Positive and open attitude towards gender issues. Experience with management of projects with gender component;
  • An excellent and inspiring team manager;
  • Willing and able to be based permanently in the region, travel extensively with extended stays in remote and rural locations.

If you are interested in the position, please apply no later than February 26th 2017. If you have any further questions, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

We thank you in advance for your interest in our company.