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Job opportunities at African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Tanznaia

- January 19, 2018
Senior Enterprise Officer, Tanzania
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is implementing a dynamic integrated conservation and development program in the Kilombero Valley of southern Tanzania. The program aims to catalyze economic growth in a way that enhances the livelihoods of people and protects ecosystem services. The Senior Enterprise Officer will lead in the development and management of the Conservation Enterprise Program in the Ihemi/Kilombero cluster of Kilombero Valley and support AWF partners in other Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) clusters for maximum conservation and development impact.

Responsibilities
  • Identify and develop viable business opportunities that are consistent with AWF's green growth agenda in the Kilombero landscape. Such opportunities may include tapping the financial, management and marketing resources of the private sector; creating access to venture capital, commercial loans and grants, and unlocking economic/entrepreneurial opportunities for rural communities as a catalyst for their involvement in conservation.
  • Execute due diligence and business planning processes for new enterprises to ensure economic and commercial viability.
  • Facilitate partnerships with the business sector in the landscape to enable market linkages to communities, delivery of economic impact at scale and large-scale conservation outcomes.
  • Monitor enterprise success, including but not limited to revenue generation, income paid to communities, number of communities engaged, value of products sold, and project development progress.
  • Support and advise communities on how to manage revenue, distribute and invest income, and promote enterprise planning to ensure commercial and ecological sustainability.
  • Manage and monitor all conservation enterprise projects by providing well-targeted business development services and expertise, evaluating their quality and impact as well as measuring the efficiency in the provision of services and goods (including benefits management) to a rapidly changing market environment while also measuring economic viability and feedback mechanisms to the overall conservation enterprise strategy.
  • Strengthen and support the development and management of appropriate partnerships with third party organizations/individuals that will efficiently accelerate the fulfilment of AWF's conservation enterprise strategy. This involves managing relationships and propagating fair, mutual and beneficial partnerships between private sector businesses and communities in addition to responsively supporting and servicing the demands of all partners and third-party organizations relevant to each conservation enterprise project.
  • Provide technical oversight, supervision and mentoring to the Project Officers to ensure delivery of all enterprise related outputs in the IUCN SUSTAIN programme, GNF and IKI grants in Ihemi/Kilombero.

Qualifications
  • Bachelors' degree in the above-mentioned fields with at least 10 years direct experience in enterprise development. Master's degree in relevant business field is an advantage.
  • At least seven years' experience in private sector business development or management, or in enterprise development with proven experience in implementing successful businesses in challenging conditions.
  • Experience in advising and designing benefit management strategies and projects that contribute to conservation threat abatement and improve value chains and the livelihoods for target communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management including delivering to tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in the field with communities and private sector operators.
  • Capability to serve as an interface between local communities, technical experts, and private sector.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a broad group of collaborators, including proactive sharing of information and reporting.
  • Proactive nature of problem-solving and the ability to assess and react appropriately to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and to work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent organizational aptitude and coordinating ability.
  • Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment.
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and statistics programs.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes to remote areas.
  • Commitment to AWF and its mission.

The recruiting organization, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), has either not specified a closing date for this vacancy, or continues to list jobs after their stated closing date. Because such positions may remain open, they are listed here until removed from the recruiting organization's website.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Programme Coordinator - Mara Water Program (MWP)
Reports to: WWF TCO - Freshwater Programme Coordinator
Supervises: Technical and Support All Staff
Duty Station: Musoma, Tanzania
Date: Immediate 

1. General requirement and major functions

The Programme Coordinator will coordinate the delivery of Water Allocation Plan (WAP); among other outstanding outputs in the Mara River sub-basin work plan, as well as overseeing the implementation of other projects in the Tanzania side of the basin. The incumbent shall carry out her/his duties in the manner that embraces and encourages convergence of experiences and resources from key partners including but not limited to: Relevant Ministries, Institutions and other hierarch of water and natural resources management, private sector (mining, fishing etc.), other NGOs, Riparian Local Government Authorities, Education institutions - Schools and Colleges and whole stakeholders including vulnerable and poor communities; without forgetting the special needs of nature. The position requires a dynamic and experienced freshwater professional to work with these key partners to meet the need of people, wildlife and environmental flows of the Mara river

2. Technical Duties and Responsibilities
A. Program Design and implementation:
Coordinate the development and implementation of the Mara river programme in line with the project documents.
Facilitate linkages and resource synergies between the MRWP and other projects to realise the greater impacts in project areas and ensure that those projects build and benefits from each other,
  Assist in designing simple tools (to be used by basin Authority) to allow water use within a sustainable limit guided by water allocation plan (WAP).
Assist in designing and where appropriate, the implementation of training and capacity building initiatives for officials and beneficiaries in the respective partner institutions and communities
Facilitate documentation of lessons and best practices from the Project interventions that would be shared with partners and also for supporting and influencing development of appropriate policies and mechanisms that would ensure long term sustainability of the project results.
Ensure that Project operations under WWF-TCO are aligned and contribute to the WWF Global Freshwater Practices Strategy and Africa Regional Office (ROA) Strategy.
Advise and collaborate with TCO Freshwater Programme Coordinator to ensure that national freshwater interests are addressed accordingly in priority landscapes within the Coastal East Africa Network Initiative and African Rift Lakes Region (ARLR) ,
Support the project planning processes and coordinate respective fundraising activities in collaboration with the TCO and ROA management.
Supervise all the projects activities to ensure effective management including timely development of annual work-plans, budgets, technical reports and effective partnerships.
Facilitate respective projects evaluations and ensure implementation of agreed recommendations.
Participating in the project related meetings, dialogues and discussions in the country and within the WWF-Network and work with TCO Freshwater Programme Coordinator to advice the Conservation Manager and Country Director accordingly on the Project issues of interest as appropriate,
Maintain a good image of the organization to ensure that WWF remains among the most respected in the country and outside.
Provide pro-active and constructive support to related global programmatic work including WWF’s Water Security and Water Stewardship programmes, and work on climate adaptation.

B. Program Communication and Sharing
Work with colleagues to develop an effective approach to communications on MWP issues that supports programmatic objectives and promotes WWF as a leader in the field.
Ensure lessons, stories and experiences are documented as appropriate and exchanged with colleagues in WWF-Tanzania and other WWF offices around the world.
Support fundraising efforts for implementation of the components of the WWF Tanzania Conservation Strategy.
Ensures the program is in compliance with donor policies and regulations. Be responsible for overseeing contractual agreements with program participants.

C. Financial management:
With support from accountants, develops Program budgets for approval by Management in consultation with relevant donors and monitors expenditures against budgets.
Ensures establishment of financial management systems for the program is adequately meet financial management needs and donor regulations and policies;
Monitors accounting, administrative and operational procedures, standards and policies for the Program, including sub-grants;
In collaboration with relevant program staff, prepares and submits monthly, quarterly, semi- annual and annual technical and financial reports and other specific reports according to schedules and work plan to Freshwater Coordinator/Donors in accordance with procedures established by WWF.

D. Human resources: In collaboration with Human Resources Manager, the Coordinator shall determine the personnel requirements of the Program and participates in the recruitment, selection and hiring of personnel. Conducts performance evaluation in compliance with WWF’s policies and personnel management systems

E. Material needs: Determines the material needs of the Program; develops/updates procurement plans with relevant staff for approval by management. Ensure proper maintenance of the Program equipment inventory

F. Monitoring and evaluation: In collaboration with WWF staff, develops and oversees the monitoring and evaluation system for the program. Monitors program implementation and identify and plan for evaluation needs. Develops knowledge management mechanism and oversees its implementation.

G. Program Relations: Develops key programme relations with local, national, regional stakeholders across the Africa Region Office (both government and non- government partners); and Maintain good relations among all program partners as well as other important stakeholders, especially Water Basins and Ministry of Water & Irrigation

H. Risk management: Develop and implement a Risk Register for review and approval, and ensure that mitigation actions are implemented as required.

I. Communications: Develop and implement a communication action plan, ensuring the program meets its objectives and generates required support from key stakeholders.

J. Program development: Establishing and nurture excellent relationships with present partners and donors and initiates new program concepts and partnerships to grow the program in compliance with WWF Tanzania’s Conservation strategic plan and resource mobilization strategy; takes the lead in project proposal formulations and design.

3. Qualification and Experience
i) A first degree or an advance Diploma in hydrology, water resources management or environmental studies.
ii) Minimum of 5 years of working experience in conservation work in relation to water resources management issues.
iii) Experience in carrying out ‘Environmental Flows’ and the use of participatory methodologies on maintaining the agreed water allocation.
iv) Facilitation skills including engagement of local communities and other stakeholders to participate in the delivery of project plans.

Additional Requirements
i) Good analytical and writing skills in both Kiswahili and English
ii) Computer literacy
iii) Ability to work with others in a team including consultants
iv) Familiarity with the working area; Water allocation modeling and work experience with NGOs are added advantage

Working relationships: (a) Internal (WWF): Interacts with the Senior Management team and all WWF-TCO staff and (b) External: Interacts with various stakeholders/partners of the projects both in the country and WWF-network



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