National Director – Tanzania

Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is looking for a compelling, transformative, National Director (ND) to lead the National Organization (NO) in fulfilling its critical, complex role as a housing expert, convener, and lead implementer of innovative housing solutions. The National Director is to be based in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, with an expectation of both national and international travel. The role is offered on national terms and conditions and candidates must have the right to work in Tanzania.

The National Director will need to demonstrate successful development sector leadership experience encompassing the following: –

  • Orchestrating wide-spread public and donor engagement and support of the organization’s mission and strategy through a clearly articulated value proposition.
  • Building a highly competent, technical leadership team and empowering, agile organizational culture capable of developing and implementing organizational strategy.
  • Leading a wide range of diverse internal and external stakeholders through complex organizational change.
  • Building and leading multi-sector coalitions and strategic partnerships to successfully scale solutions and advocacy impact and expand funding support.
  • Securing institutional funding to support evidence-based, innovative, scalable solutions.
  • Navigating the complexity of matrixed NGO structures, demonstrating collaboration with and accountability to local communities as well as local and international governance structures.
  • Overseeing operational excellence of a direct service organization, including safeguarding, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and other quality controls.

Key Responsibilities

  • Cast a clear and transformative vision of the future of housing to build public and donor support.
  • Lead the organization in developing a clear vision and ambitious strategy informed by articulated, strategic positions on housing deficits, national housing objectives, and Habitat for Humanity’s Theory of Change.
  • Lead the organization in developing strategic positions on national housing deficits and intersecting issues (e.g., urban development, climate change) to inform strategy development.

Build a top-tier, people-centric leadership team and an agile, resilient organizational culture.

  • Recruit a leadership team of highly competent, supportive leaders who can clearly demonstrate a history of driving organizational strategy through technical expertise and prioritizing the care and growth of their teams.
  • Ensure that the organizational culture is inclusive and safe, finding strength in diversity of culture, background, and talent and respecting all employees equally.
  • Champion an agile, transparent, people-centric organizational culture by modelling this culture together with the national leadership team. Build a cohesive, collaborative leadership culture that models effective decision-making and open, honest dialogue.
  • Oversee the implementation of effective talent management, organizational development, and change management infrastructure and processes. As a leadership team, drive the development of critical mindsets and behaviours that support an agile, people-centric culture and integration of these expectations with talent management and development processes.

Oversee the implementation and growth of innovative, evidence-based programming.

  • Lead the organization in implementing and growing innovative, agile programming that delivers on organizational and national housing objectives.
  • Guarantee community empowerment and accountability in all programming through the implementation of the Theory of Change and refined M&E in all programming.
  • Guarantee a responsive and agile approach to all programming through successful leveraging of sophisticated M&E, strengthening community and stakeholder accountability and continuously improving the organization’s evidence-based approach.

Leverage strategic partnerships to drive multi-sector, national and regional impact.

  • Leverage Habitat’s global influence and coordinate with other regional and National Organizations to grow key partnerships and strengthen advocacy efforts.
  • Strengthen relationship and coordination efforts with national and local governments, NGO leaders, and other key development sector organizations.
  • Cultivate and drive strategic, multi-sector coalitions for shelter innovation to advance and scale housing solutions.

Champion good governance and the highest standards of accountability, ethics, and operational excellence.

  • Oversee the installation of and adherence to high-quality safeguarding, financial management, monitoring and evaluation, and other quality control measures. Ensure the organization’s ethical standards adhere to HFHl, international development, and national ordinance requirements.
  • Champion an organizational culture of safety, inclusivity, and accountability. Ensure quality control measures, ethics, and related measures and practices function are integrated into staff training and talent management processes.
  • Leverage previous experience with NGOs and matrixed governance structures to strengthen alignment and collaboration between the NO board of directors and the global Habitat organization.
  • Lead coalitions and implementing partners in establishing shared ethical and quality control standards to actively minimize the risk of harm to Habitat constituents and partners.

Leadership Competencies

  • Compels others through embodiment and clarity of vision, building widespread internal and external support and driving action through a clear articulation of a value proposition.
  • Leads through ambiguity and transformation, modelling agile learning and supporting efforts to prioritize and support employees and stakeholders through change.
  • Upholds the highest standards of integrity and ethics while navigating organizational conflict, critical conversations, and decision-making.

Technical Competencies

  • Scoping the critical technical expertise to develop and drive a transformative strategy.
  • Hiring and developing top-tier leaders who will drive organizational strategy and build the organizational culture needed to achieve this strategy.
  • Building and growing strategic relationships with external partners, including multi-sector and multi-cultural leaders, local and national governments, and foundations and institutions.
  • Aligning goals and strengthening the collaboration between local and international governance within a matrixed NGO system.
  • Familiarity with M&E, financial management, and other quality control infrastructure and processes required to maintain effective operations and programming.

How to apply

  • Closing date: 25th June 2023
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  • As part of the application process kindly submit an MS Word version of your CV and a cover letter. All application documents (cover letter and CV) should be submitted in English.
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Job Type:
International Post
Employment Type:
International Employment
Job Function:
International National Organization, International Programs, Operations, Strategy

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