MS Training Center for Development Cooperation (TCDC) is an African, international capacity building institution located near Arusha in northern Tanzania.
The center was established in 1967, the current premises opened in 1976. TCDC is part of ActionAid Denmark (AADK) and as such, ActionAid International (AAI) but caters to a variety of civil society organisations, movements and networks based on the vision of “A Civil Society actively initiating, leading, sustaining and succeeding in popular struggles for a more just, democratic and sustainable world.” TCDC’s mission is to build the capacity of leaders of present and tomorrow’s political struggles through:
Training in democratic governance and leadership to enhance knowledge, skills and motivation/confidence for civic and political action, solidarity building and networking Providing a creative, open and safe space for networking, reflection, knowledge sharing, and organising individual and collective action for a more just democratic and sustainable world Innovative resource mobilisation approaches for sustaining capacity building for leaders of popular struggles TCDC’s Executive Director will take the lead in further developing the center to becoming a Pan African Leadership Development Centre and actively support efforts and ambitions to foster an “African People’s University” as part of the Africans Rising Network currently being established.
The Position The Executive Director is overall responsible for leading and managing TCDC and reports to a body composed by ActionAid Danmark leadership representation and other relevant stakeholders i.e. ActionAidInternational. Starting date: 1st of January 2017 or as soon as possible. The position is offered under AA DK’s international terms and conditions with a fixed term contract for 3 years with the possibility of extension of another 2 years.
Main Responsibilities and Tasks
The Executive Director is responsible for the overall leadership, management and development of TCDC. Tasks are carried out in close consultation and coordination with the center’s Leadership Team, Management Forum, staff and relevant AA federation stakeholders.
Areas of responsibility for the position include:
On the strategic level:
Develop a new long term TCDC strategy, aligned with AAI and AADK strategies and in sync with the current strategy development processes, taking into consideration that 2017 is seen as a year of strategic transition Build a collaborative and strategic relationship with the Africans Rising initiative Further develop existing partnerships with development organisations,
movements, colleges, higher education institutions and other relevant partners; and provide a breeding ground for new partnerships in harmony with TCDC’s mission and strategic direction and in accordance with financial sustainability requirements Participate actively in tripartite discussions and efforts with AADK and AAI targeting an organisational development contributing to consolidating and further developing capacities for training and learning within ActionAid as a whole,
guided by the AA Learning Framework In close consultation with AADK and AAI develop and supervise the roll-out of a comprehensive resource mobilisation strategy Communication and Visibility:
Promote good relations and dialogue with local and national authorities, development partners, media, pertinent organisations and movements Ensure AADK, AAI,
development partners and other strategic stakeholders are kept fully informed on the condition of the organisation and all important factors influencing it Ensure the dissemination of targeted information on TCDC’s mission and vision, strategies,
portfolio of programs, partnerships, and convening capacity Represent TCDC in all relevant fora and in relation to the general public. Management Ensure that TCDC operates in compliance with the Government Agreement between Denmark and Tanzania and with any pertinent legislation, regulations, and rules incl.
AADK’s/AAI’s policies Provide overall leadership and management based on participation, inclusion, dialogue and transparency Stimulate a culture of highly motivated & committed people, professionalism,
cooperation and accountability in the whole organisation at all levels Implement/realise the strategy by designing the organisation and guiding,
Qualifications Professional Qualifications Required:
A Master Degree in social science or other relevant field
Minimum 10 years working experience of which at least 5 years in a management position incl.
people management – preferably with responsibility of middle managers Solid experience in and sound knowledge of governance, leadership, accountability and progressive civil society and social movements Robust experience in strategy development and training management Proven strategic,
analytical and problem solving skills Comprehensive working experience from an African context Strong relations with civil society networks in Africa and globally Fluency in English.
Proficiency in Kiswahili will be an advantage. Personal
Strong intercultural and social competencies
Team player but able to work, act and decide independently Results oriented with strong analytical skills Good sense of diplomacy,
flexible and adaptive Inspiring and inspired by meeting people
Strong communication skills Able to demonstrate differentiated leadership styles