System Transformation Coach at Spark Health Africa | March 2024

March 26, 2024
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Job Description

Job Title: Systems Transformation Coach

Location: Tanzania

Employment term: Initial term of 18 months with potential for extension

Application deadline:

About Spark Health Africa

Spark Health Africa is a South African registered not-for-profit organisation with a unique approach to health system strengthening through transformative leadership development and a mindset shift. We seek to build resilient health systems by changing the work culture of professionals in African Ministries of Health through interactive workshops and thought partnership during on-the-job mentoring. Since our inception in 2011 we have worked with over 1,600 healthcare professionals across 9 African countries. We are launching a transformative leadership and culture change initiative in Tanzania working across the various sectors in early childhood development including health, education, community development, finance, and others.

Position Summary:

We are seeking a highly motivated and passionate Systems Transformation Coach to lead our efforts in driving organizational change within Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Tanzania. The ideal candidate will possess a unique blend of interpersonal skills, analytical acumen, and a deep commitment to improving the early childhood development ecosystem. While technical expertise is valued, we prioritize character traits such as emotional intelligence, perseverance, and a dedication to excellence.

Key Competencies:

Non-negotiable Traits:

  • Emotional Intelligence: High level of self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-motivation.
  • Grit: Ability to cope with pressure and challenges, demonstrating perseverance and persistence.
  • Passion: Enthusiasm and commitment to the mission of transforming public sector systems.
  • Commitment: Dedication to excellence and achieving desired results.
  • Self-directed Learner: Curiosity and willingness to continuously learn and grow.
  • Understanding and Managing Complexity: Agility and adaptability in navigating complex environments.
  • Interpersonal and Relationship Building: Ability to build strong relationships and effectively manage stakeholders.
  • Collaborative: Proven ability to work collaboratively within a team and across different levels of authority.

Important Skills:

  • Critical Thinking: Strong strategic and problem-solving skills.
  • Analytical Skills: Ability to analyse data to drive decision-making and system improvement.
  • Professional Writing Skills: Proficiency in written communication to articulate complex concepts with clarity.
  • Public Speaking Skills: Ability to effectively communicate ideas and engage audiences.
  • Teaching/Mentoring Experience: Experience in mentoring and coaching teams to achieve desired outcomes.

Good-to-Have Skills:

  • Technical Expertise: Relevant experience in data analysis or clinical expertise.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Ability to think creatively and innovate solutions.
  • Relevant Credentials: Certifications or qualifications related to public health or systems transformation.
  • Awareness of ECD Landscape: Understanding of the ECD ecosystem in Tanzania.
  • Organizational/Self-Management: Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks effectively.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Training, Coaching, and Mentoring

  • Develop workshop agendas and materials.
  • Prepare coaching session materials, including presentations and case studies.
  • Design, administer and analyse pre- and post-training surveys to assess changes in knowledge and application.
  • Schedule and facilitate capacity development coaching and mentoring sessions with multisectoral teams.

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration

  • Engage with stakeholders to secure their participation and support.
  • Liaise with stakeholders to align coaching session topics.
  • Share progress reports and success stories with stakeholders.
  • Facilitate communication channels for cross-fertilization of ideas among stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular meetings and consultations with stakeholders.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Capture photos, videos, and written accounts during workshops and sessions.
  • Analyse and interpret survey data collected before and after sessions.
  • Implement a monitoring and evaluation framework to track program progress.
  • Establish a system for documenting stories and evidence of improved capacity.
  • Develop reporting templates and guidelines for compiling data and progress reports.
  • Communicate with stakeholders to coordinate activities and share information.


  • Must be a Tanzanian citizen.
  • Tertiary-level qualification in a relevant field.
  • Extensive skills in Early Childhood Development program.
  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing).
  • Solid skills in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Deep understanding of systems transformation.
  • Knowledge of project management will be an added advantage.

This position offers a unique opportunity to drive meaningful change in the public health sector and contribute to improving Early Childhood Development outcomes for Tanzanian children. If you are passionate about making a difference and possess the necessary skills and traits, we encourage you to apply.

How to apply

Email a CV, cover letter, and at least 2 references to

Salary will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and will be commensurate with experience and education.

Spark Health Africa is an equal-opportunity employer.