Country Director and Clinical Training Project Manager -Ifakara – SolidarMed

Contract Type

Fixed term appointment

Place of Assignment:

Ifakara, Tanzania (with regular dislocations to project sites)

Start of duties: as soon as possible, with a certain flexibility


SolidarMed is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health of disadvantaged people in rural Sub-Saharan Africa through a combination of clinical and public health interventions. We work with national partners to strengthen health systems and community capacities. Scientific evidence and policy dialogue are the foundation and objective of our work.

Program Tanzania:

In Tanzania, SolidarMed implements a thriving health program consisting of three pillars: (1) Quality of care with focus on maternal and child health, HIV and TB; (2) Human resources for health (3) Community based health.

SolidarMed promotes implementation research to inform policy dialogue and knowledge exchange.

The position comprises both the management of the Edgar Maranta and Lugala Schools of Nursing collaboration project, and the coordination of the country program.

Key responsibilities as country director:

Assume overall responsibility for the monitoring, reporting, budgeting, and annual planning of the country program; proactively look for new partners
Provide strategic and public health guidance and leadership to the program
Support and supervise the project managers, promote project steering based on data
Oversee SolidarMed’s administrative support team (human resources, logistics, accounting)
Contribute to program and project development
Engage in local fundraising (in Tanzania)
Promote, support and participate in public health best practices, evidence-based interventions, implementation research and policy dialogue
Collaborate with national and international project and research partners, donors, stakeholders, SolidarMed head office, e.g. Ministry of Health Tanzania, Tanzania Training Center for International Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Ifakara Health Institute, Saint Francis University College in Health and Allied Sciences
Direct clinical work is not required; however, options of part time clinical collaboration do exist for interested candidates

Key responsibilities as project manager

Assume overall responsibility for the implementation, management, monitoring, budgeting and reporting of the SolidarMed project “Edgar Maranta and Lugala School of Nursing”
Actively contribute to the introduction of Clinical Instructors into the national training schedule
Lead the development of the next phase of the project in collaboration with the partners and SolidarMed head office
Identify research questions and conduct research activities as part of project implementation
To best fit into our interdisciplinary team, we expect the following qualifications:

Advanced degree in health (medical or nursing) and/or MPH/health economics
Good understanding or clinical experience in maternal and child health, and infectious diseases
Experience in a public health context in Sub-Saharan Africa
Applied experience in project cycle management, logframe and project development
Good writing and reporting skills in English
Interest in implementation research and innovation
Ability to assume leadership and responsibility in a team

Language skills

Excellent English (written and spoken)
Basic Kiswahili. If not spoken: readiness to learn
German would be an asset

SolidarMed offers an attractive benefit package commensurate with Swiss standards, professional development opportunities and stimulating linkages with competence and academic networks
A professionally run, innovative health program in a rural African setting with a committed team and flat hierarchies
Semi-urban African setting; family posting possible; English Medium Primary and Secondary School


Please send your application with CV and a short letter of motivation to:
Deadline for application: 05 March 2018
Applications are accepted in electronic format only, and with the reference “Tanzania Country Director and Clinical Training Project Manager”
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview
Further information can be obtained by calling Mrs Dr.Pfeiffer at SolidarMed or sending an email to
Please also indicate how you heard about the job posting (if internet please mention which site)

SolidarMed Luzern

Obergrundstrasse 97

CH – 6005 Lucerne

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