Programme Manager – Sustainable, Just and Equitable Stewardship

  • Full Time
  • Zanzibar
  • Applications have closed


As a programme manager you help and facilitate our partners to implement development projects in East Africa. You will be part of a programme management team, and of our new regional office located in Zanzibar. You will head our collaboration with partners to strengthening local communities’ access, use and protection of natural resources – to reduce poverty, and to enhance sustainability for people and the East African part of our planet. Being successful at the job is about inspiring, facilitating, guiding, and leading development projects together with our local partners – while you connect Danmission’s strategic intents with practical implementation.

About the job
Some key tasks will include guiding partners in Danmission’s methodologies within all steps of the project cycle, writing reports, monitoring projects and developing new project opportunities. The job entails working together with Lutheran dioceses, secular NGOs, universities, and public institutions to address the engagement of stakeholders in relations to natural recourse stewardship and conflicts – for example in relations to the nexus of the church, pastoralists, and agrarians.


The programme manager builds and maintains relationships with our implementing partners and refers directly to the Regional Director for management and guidance. Further collaboration with other colleagues who are either here at the office, or who are working on similar activities in other Danmission offices, is a great opportunity for inspiration. Further quality assurance and guidance can be sought from the senior thematic advisor at our headquarters in Denmark.

The position is full time (40 hours per week) at the Danmission Regional Office in Zanzibar. Very experienced applicants might be able to telecommute from our satellite office in Dar es Salaam for a few days per week. Travel in the region is expected. The salary is dependent on negotiations but range from 2,000,000-6,000,000 TZS per month. The initial contract period is 1 year with opportunity for renewal for sequentially longer periods: 2-4 years at a time, depending on performance. The first 6 months serve as a probation period.

About you

  • You should have a combination of a relevant university-level education and hands-on experience with project implementation. We will provide further on-the-job training as needed, to ensure success for you, our partners, and beneficiaries.
  • The job requires collaboration with people from all walks of life, so it is important that you interact naturally in different social and professional contexts
  • We collaborate via IT-platforms every day – so it is a requirement for the position to have extensive experience with, as well as flair for, working with different office programmes. Any previous experience with Microsoft 365 is an additional advantage
  • We interact on sensitive issues where misunderstandings are critical, so proficiency in English is a requirement – both written and verbal. Furthermore, any proficiency in Swahili is an advantage.
  • Keen to work ecumenically and with partners who have other worldviews than ours.

About Danmission in East Africa
Danmission has worked with partners in Tanzania for the past 75 years and is now setting up a new regional office in Zanzibar, to cover our activities across the East African region. Danmission is a Danish NGO, based on Christian values, working with both churches, other religious institutions, as well as secular partners to create a world we can live in – and a world we can live in together. We work within 3 major themes: (1) Contextual theology for faith and social action, (2) Peace and interreligious dialogue, and (3) Sustainable, just, and equitable stewardship.

In East Africa in general, and in Tanzania in particular, we have a strong foundation, good relationships, and valuable on-going projects, but we are also initiating several new projects to further our impact. At Danmission’s regional office for East Africa located in Zanzibar, diversity and inclusion are part of our core values. Together, we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees. It fuels our innovation and connects us closer to our partners and the communities we serve. We strive for good administration of what is entrusted to us – not least our employees. We balance fair salaries with fair benefits in an international and modern workplace, so that we can look both our donors and each-other in the eyes with comfort. As we are setting up a new office and a new team, there are great opportunities to influence how we work and to grow with the organization – both in the office in Zanzibar and via our modern internet-based collaboration tools, with colleagues throughout the world.

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