Managing Director

Position: Managing Director – Tanzania

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Job Specification: Start Date, November 2013

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter to: with the subject line: MD Application

The Foundation For Tomorrow (TFFT); Arusha Office

TFFT is a high-energy and fast-growing international nonprofit that focuses on improving access to education for orphaned and vulnerable children and advocating for quality education. Through comprehensive scholarship and teacher training programs, TFFT is transforming the education landscape in Tanzania.

TFFT’s Philosophy

TFFT believes in the power of education and that education should not dictate an individual’s potential. TFFT’s strategy for change is multi-lateral, longitudinal, and individualized. Through its Scholarship Program, TFFT equips marginalized children in Tanzania with the education and skills required to reach their potential and have a positive impact on society. While TFFT prioritizes the daily needs of its 94 scholars, TFFT simultaneously works to transform Tanzania’s education landscape. TFFT’s Teacher Training Program improves the quality of instruction in primary and secondary schools and ensures that schools are child-friendly, non-stigmatizing, gender-sensitive, and supportive of the needs of marginalized children.

TFFT team members constantly examine TFFT’s efforts and generate fresh, innovative ideas with the bold vision to improve Tanzania’s education system and to increase access to quality primary and secondary education. This is an organization that truly places children at its core, holds them in their hearts, and thoughtfully makes every decision with only the kids’ best interest in mind. The TFFT team is proud to see the exponential growth of the TFFT scholars as a result of seven years of TFFT’s programs, guidance, and support. Students who entered TFFT’s Scholarship Program at age five will soon prepare for mastery of their secondary education, proceed to university, and become leaders of change in their community.

Position Overview

With the vision to continually strengthen TFFT’s operations, the tenacity to increase TFFT’s impact, and the drive to maintain and form strategic partnerships, TFFT’s Managing Director is responsible for proactively managing TFFT’s team and all programs and initiatives in Tanzania. This person will report directly to the Executive Director (ED) in the United States and will work closely with the Director of Operations (DOO) in the United States. The MD will ensure that the TFFT Program Directors in Tanzania, contract staff, and all schools, orphanages, and teachers working with TFFT are working efficiently and effectively towards successfully reaching our mutually agreed upon goals.


Vision and Strategy

  • Ensure strategic and operational execution of TFFT’s mission and vision
  • Design, update, and evaluate the country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant Program Directors and other staff
  • Establish and implement plans to achieve strategic objectives

Program Operations Management and Reporting

  • Proactively manage the TFFT team and volunteers
  • With the assistance of the Learning and Evaluation Director, develop and implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation tools for TFFT’s programs
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on the activities on the ground and share them with ED and DOO
  • Oversee all HR-related issues within the organization including job descriptions, recruitment, appraisal, management, development and training, health and safety, team structures, disciplinary action, etc. in collaboration with the relevant staff members

Finance and Budget Oversight and Management

  • Manage TFFT’s budget and ensure transparency and efficiency in the use of funds
  • Prepare monthly expense reports

Partnership Building

  • Seek out and maintain strategic relationships with local and international partners
  • Develop and maintain contact with the Tanzanian representatives of relevant funding partners (e.g. institutional donors or private donor organizations) in order to secure funding for the country programs
  • Promote the activities of the TFFT and its impact through media


  • Bachelor’s Degree (required); Masters Degree (valued)
  • Willingness to commit to at least two years
  • Knowledge of East African culture
    • Proficient with Excel
    • Experience working with budgets
    • Experienced user of Microsoft Office products
  • Four years experience in a professional environment


Passion for TFFT’s Mission and Vision
In-depth knowledge and understanding of Tanzania, Tanzanian government, and OVC
Dynamic and Engaging Leadership

  • Excellent project manager
  • Translates strategy into impact-oriented programs and results
  • Meticulous attention to detail and follow-through; performing tasks accurately and efficiently
  • Ability to simultaneously monitor multiple work-streams, partners, and stakeholders
  • Balances competing priorities while keeping constant sight of overall objectives
  • Superior problem solving and conflict resolution skills

Thought leader

  • Critical, analytical, and creative thinker
  • Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills, performing effectively under pressure and handling difficult situations with poise, judgment, and tact while maintaining a positive, problem-solving attitude
  • High degree of flexibility in a demanding, fast-paced, and frequently changing environment
  • Tenacious in times of growth

Relationship builder

  • Naturally develops strong rapport with multiple public & private sector stakeholders, both local and international
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary skills
  • Works as a team player; seeks and acts on feedback as appropriate

Unwavering Strength of Character

  • Works from a place of integrity, compassion, and professionalism
  • Empathizes with mission and values of TFFT
  • Sensitivity to working with confidential information
Arusha, Tanzania,
The Foundation For Tomorrow, Inc