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Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) is one of Africa's most eminent health research organizations with a history of more than 50 years. IHI is an independent, non-profit organization, registered in Tanzania and led by Tanzanians. The institute won the Asturias Award for International Cooperation (2008) and several other national and international awards. This non-governmental organization conducts a wide range of health-related research, including biomedical and environmental studies, trials of drugs, vaccines and diagnostics, health-systems research, and monitoring and evaluation.

Title Deputy Chief Executive Director



Job Title


Deputy Chief Executive Director


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Reports to

Chief Executive Director


Administrative assistants to the directorate


Purpose of The role / job summary

Reporting to the Chief Executive Director the Deputy Chief Executive Director will be an assistant to the Executive Director. He/she will be working hand in hand with the Chief Executive Director to  support him in day to day activities of running the office including but not limited to the following



  1. As part of the SMT, contribute to the strategic planning, financial management and day-to-day running of the Institute.  
  2. Responsible for the management of the scientific output in alignment with donor’s requirements, international scientific and ethical standards.
  3. Assist the CED in overseeing the strategic direction of the Institute by monitoring implementation of the scientific activities and nonscientific activities.
  4. Assist the Chief Executive Director in running of the Management Meetings.
  5. Assist the Chief Executive Director to supervise Heads of Departments / Chief Officers at the Institute.
  6. Assist the Executive Director in the preparation of the board papers, taking minutes of  Board meetings and assist the Executive Director in implementing the Board and its sub-committees directives 
  7. Contribute to implementation of strategic plans, financial and administrative policies in support of Institute(s) objectives.
  8. Facilitate and pro-actively support grant/contract bids and represent

Institutes in liaison/negotiation with external funding agencies – often

in being solely responsible for the Institute’s Fundraising activities.

  1. Approve and support the preparation of research grant applications, advising on sponsor regulations.
  2. Authorize the submission of research grant applications on behalf of the Institute
  3. Represent Chief Executive Director in meetings  within and outside the office

Qualification and skills

  • Corporate Management, MBA, MPH or similar qualification
  • PhD in any scientific field would be an added advantage though not a requirement.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the  scientific research Management,
  • Good overview of research Management
  • Good fundraising experience.

Competences necessary of the Job

  • excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • strong influencing and leadership skills
  • excellent planning, organizational and time management skills
  • Strategic thinker to anticipate and address short term and long term financial needs and cash flow management issues.  
  • resilient and able to work well under pressure, priorities a heavy workload and work both reactively and pro-actively
  • proven planning skills
  • a strategic outlook with the ability to drive change where necessary
  • experience of motivating & developing teams –including performance management & appraisals
  • highly competent with Information Technology
  • a high degree of integrity, tact, diplomacy and corporate spirit
  • hands on approach and be a team player
  • Result Oriented  

Work experience

3 - 7 years experience in leadership position, with strong team coordination experience

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