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Organization Development And Advocacy Advisor

Dar-Es-Salaam Tanzania

12 Months | Start Date between Jan - Mar 2019

Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Start Date Jan - Mar 2019  (flexible)

Length of Placement 12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role


This placement is a good opportunity to strengthen the Tanzania Midwives Association (TAMA) as a centre of excellence in promoting quality of midwifery education, practice and empowering midwives to improving access to quality midwifery care. The Organization Development and Advocacy Advisor will fill the current gap in TAMA within the current strategic plan and within midwifery programs, helping boost the technological capacity of TAMA; thereby strengthening its capacity to improve and develop implementable advocacy plans basing on TAMA’s strategic plan.

The volunteer will directly contribute to Cuso International’s Midwives Save Lives (MSL) program in Tanzania. The program aims to help reduce maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity by strengthening the availability, access, acceptability and quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services delivered through midwives. Strong associations will be able to provide professional support, contribute to national policy development, and support relationships with other healthcare professions.

Overall purpose:   To help strengthen the capacity of TAMA in developing strategic plan that will help in improving the    provision of Quality Midwifery services in the country through enhancing the capacity of their members in Nursing and Midwifery Training Institutions as well as in the clinical practices.

Overall Objectives:

  • Finalize the reviewed strategic plan for TAMA
  • Develop Advocacy Plan
  • Undertake Stakeholders mapping and analysis
  • Undertake organization situation analysis
  • Identify focus areas
  • Facilitate consultative meetings to enrich the strategic plan
  • Visit active TAMA branches in the regions for technical inputs
  • Develop strategic objectives and key results areas

As a volunteer, you will:

 - Develop advocacy strategy

- Work with TAMA to finalize the reviewed strategic plan

- Develop tentative for schedule stakeholder mapping and analysis; develop tools for stakeholders mapping

- Perform any other task related to organization and development of monitoring and evaluation framework

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-MSc/BSc Public Health

-MSc /BSc in Policy Management

-3- 5 years’ work experience in policy and strategy development

-Skills in developing strategic plan

-Skills to moderate different groups

-Knowledge on policy Issues

Essential Professional Background:

-Knowledge and skills on developing strategic plan

-Knowledge and skills in adult facilitation method/approach


About Our Partner


Tanzania Midwives Association

The Tanzania Midwives Association (TAMA) was established in February 1992 with branches in all 26 regions across the country. The number of members has increased since its establishment, going from 100 in 1992 to a strong and growing membership of 5000 in 2016.

The Association is a Member of International Confederation of Midwives since 1992.

Vision: Is that every woman of childbearing age in Tanzania has access to    skilled midwifery care for her and her baby.

Mission: To strengthen midwife’s skills and advance the profession of midwifery nationally by promoting autonomous midwives as the most appropriate caregivers for women of childbearing age; and keeping birth normal in order to enhance the reproductive health of women, their newborns and families. Also to safe guard the voice of midwives and advice the Government, Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sectors and Individuals on the provision of high quality maternal, newborns and child health services.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.