Project Manager, MMH Program

Job Type

Full Time






History: When Touch Foundation launched in 2004, Tanzania faced a daunting healthcare environment. Tanzanian life expectancy was declining, infant and under-five child mortality was increasing, and Tanzania’s physician density was among the lowest in the developing world, even when compared to its sub-Saharan African neighbors. Lowell Bryan, a Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company, founded Touch to address this crisis. His aim was to combine the best of private and public-sector approaches and expertise to increase access to essential quality healthcare for those who need it most. We do so by designing and testing solutions based on a data-driven problem-solving model, to ensure our programs are efficient, locally-led and tailored to the environment we operate in.

Position Summary: We are seeking a Project Manager to play a key role in the implementation of Touch projects in Tanzania. In particular, the Project Manager will lead the on-the-ground implementation activities for the expansion of an Emergency Transportation System (EmTS) to the entire Shinyanga region of Tanzania. The EmTS is an innovative, cost-effective system that uses technology and private community drivers to transport mothers and newborns to health facilities when an emergency occurs, and has been developed and tested by Touch and other partners as part of the Mobilizing Maternal Health (MMH) program in Tanzania. The system has demonstrated to reduce maternal mortality by 27% (in the most conservative scenario) during the testing phase. The Project Manager will take on substantial cross-functional responsibilities to meet strategic program objectives in collaboration with program leadership and senior management. The Project Manager will drive the development, management and implementation of the project, managing partners, setting milestones and ensuring completion, monitoring activities on the ground and reporting to the Program Manager for MMH. The entire team will work under the strategic direction of our Chief Program Officer and Executive Vice President, a former McKinsey Senior Engagement Manager.

Location:       Time will be split between Mwanza and Shinyanga, Tanzania

Responsibilities and Duties

1.     Lead the full implementation of select projects and take full responsibility of project deliverables and milestones

2.     Direct various activities related to the development of the Foundation’s projects, working in collaboration with management, in-country leadership and program funders

3.     Prepare, manage and monitor project budgets and implementation workplans in collaboration with program team and financial management

4.     Own and manage relationships with project partners, including sub-contractors, vendors and other local and international partners, ensuring that they deliver on agreed upon objectives within time frame and budget

5.     Collaborate with program team to undertake effective monitoring and evaluation of the projects

6.     Conduct data analyses and prepare reports on project implementation progress and impact for management, donors or other stakeholders

7.     Assist with compliance with USAID and other donor requirements, Government of Tanzania relevant regulations, and organizational policies and procedures

8.     Maintain holistic and detailed understanding of project work as well as opportunities for expansion

9.     Assist with preparation of funding proposals

10.  Contribute to suite of communication vehicles, including conference presentations, articles, and marketing materials

11.  Communicate regularly and effectively with various project partners

As job vacancy announcements cannot be exhaustive, the Project Manager may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties. A minimum 2-year work commitment is required from the successful candidate.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate  

1.     Minimum 2-3 years relevant professional experience in project management

2.     Masters or Doctorate degree in relevant field (e.g. MPH, MBA, MPA, MD, international development) or equivalent demonstrated professional experience

3.     Prior management and/or consulting experience in a developing world environment preferred

4.     Experience working with donor regulations, in particular with USAID funded programs

5.     Experience in program monitoring, evaluation and reporting

6.     Leadership, organizational and problem-solving skills and excellent attention to detail

7.     Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative

8.     Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially in the functional use of Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft word

9.     Solid relationship-building skills and cross-cultural sensitivity: ability to interface with external constituents from a variety of backgrounds

10.  Good judgment and discretion to represent the Touch Foundation in a highly professional manner, as well as respect for local culture.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume outlining your interest in the position to

Touch Foundation, Inc., is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V).