Community Conservation Officer SEMA
An exciting opportunity exists within the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Serengeti Ecosystem Management (SEMA) project for a candidate to fill the role of Community Conservation Officer. The role would suit a Tanzanian graduate with five years or more experience in this field.
1. Name of the position
Community Conservation Officer, FZS Serengeti Ecosystem Management office
Closing date for applications: 26th November 2019.
2. Position in the organisation
- The Community Conservation Officer will report via a SEMA Technical Advisor to the SEMA Project Leader (PL).
- The Community Conservation Officer will work as an integral team member of SEMA alongside SEMA technical advisors, community and conservation field officers, project accountant and accounts clerk(s)
- The Community Conservation Officer will directly supervise any field enumerators and extension officers reporting to him/her.
3. Purpose of the job
FZS Serengeti Ecosystem Management purpose: Serengeti ecosystem natural resources are sustainably conserved, pressures for illegal use of natural resources are reduced whilst adjacent communities are empowered to improve their livelihoods and benefit from government policies to reduce threats to the Serengeti ecosystem.
The Community Conservation Officer will be responsible for undertaking and implementing field activities in accordance with the SEMA project logframe in support of better Serengeti ecosystem management. This position will provide facilitation and technical advice in support of rangeland management, forest conservation and Community Conservation Banks (COCOBAs). This position is responsible for maintaining strong relationships between the project and local communities and partners throughout the Serengeti ecosystem. A successful candidate will have experience in each of these areas with an emphasis on Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) and micro-credit groups.
4. Main outputs and responsibilities
- Responsible for supporting the delivery of the SEMA holistic rangeland management programme in Loliondo, in support of the SEMA Technical Advisor rangeland management
- Responsible for implementing FZS forest conservation activities within communities around Serengeti ecosystem in accordance with the project action plan and logframe
- Initiate, lead and implement Participatory Forest Management in collaboration with the Districts and villagers (CBFM/PFM) as per the Tanzania Forest Act of 2002, which provides a clear legal basis for communities, groups or individuals across mainland Tanzania to own, manage or comanage forests under a wide range of conditions
- Development of practical management plans and bylaws for Village Land Forest Reserve (VLFR) and support the implementation of these at the village level
- Organize, lead and plan for capacity building interventions for stakeholders (District officials, village natural resources committees, village forest scouts and others) as required
- Plan and execute environmental education programmes through Malihai Clubs
- Work in collaboration with District Forest Officer (DFO) and village forest scouts to develop village forests patrols
- Organise and supervise the construction and fitting out of building works including eco-tourism facilities and ranger posts in the forests as required
- Represent FZS among stakeholders including government, communities, NGOs, private sector
- Attend and participate in relevant project and technical meetings including on behalf of the SEMA project
- Monitor and advise COCOBA group members to ensure sustainability of these groups
- Promote environmentally friendly income generating activities among COCOBA groups (e.g: beekeeping, tree planting, eco-tourism)
- Update SEMA PL regularly on activities in the field and report immediate issues and be in constant communication
- To carry out any other duties as may from time to time be assigned by the supervisor
Note: These outputs are general. Individual specific workplans will be prepared and updated annually.
- Field activity reports to be prepared and submitted to SEMA PL within two days of implementing a field activity
- Contribute to report writing as needed and decided by project management
- Assure proper, efficient and transparent use of project funds
- Follow FZS financial guidelines and procedures on imprests, advances and retirements of funds
- Ensure timely retirement of funds, and accurate organisation of financial management
- Ensure responsible use and care of project equipment and assets including vehicles, office equipment, field equipment, housing, furniture, etc
- Report any problems, damage or repairs needed on FZS project assets including vehicles, office equipment, field equipment, housing, furniture, etc
5. Job requirements: Qualifications and experience
- Bachelors degree in Forestry or related a related natural resource management field
- At least three years of experience with Community Based Forest Management
- Good command of spoken and written English and Swahili
- Willingness to work long hours in remote areas with minimal supervision
- Valid class D motor vehicle driving license and clean driving record
- Experience working or living in Serengeti ecosystem
- Experience working with international NGO and donor-funded projects
- Experience on issues of eco-tourism development
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation/data collection
- Experience in microcredit institutions and/or microfinances
c. Behaviour Competencies
- Integrity – Maintain high ethical standards, both personally and professionally; shows integrity, respect and fairness when dealing with others
- Teamwork – Co-operates and works well with others in the pursuit of team’s goals; shares information; supports others. Contributes effectively towards a collective (organizational) goal or towards solving problems/conflicts even when the topic involved does not directly serve one’s own interests
- Flexibility – Adaptable; receptive to new ideas; willing and able to adjust to changing demands and circumstances. Willingness to work on week-ends and during holidays if needed
- Planning and organising – Setting goals and budgeting in a transparent and effective manner; indicating necessary action, time and resources and monitoring progress
- Initiative – Recognising opportunities and acting on them. Pro-active, self-starting rather than passively accepting; actively influencing events.
- Creativity – Conceiving original solutions to job-related problems. Introducing new working methods to replace existing ones.
A competitive salary will be offered to a successful candidate depending on qualifications and experience. The position will be based in Loliondo, Ngorongoro District with extensive further travel in Tanzania, especially around the Serengeti Ecosystem.
Additional benefits include:
- Basic housing provided
- Medical insurance
- 30 days paid leave per annum
- An initial contract will be offered for two years, subject to a three-month probation period, with possibility of extension according to funding and performance.
How to apply:
Candidates should apply by sending their CV and a covering letter to: email@example.com
The covering letter should set out your motivation for applying for the post and your key technical experience relevant to the role. The covering letter will be used to judge the quality of your application and should answer the following questions in no more than one typed page:
1. What would you most like to achieve in this position?
2. What key intervention(s) do you believe can best help ensure sustainable forest conservation in
Your application and covering letter should be sent to the above e-mail address by Wednesday 26th November 2019. Please indicate when you would be available to start.
Applicants should note that interviews for this position will be held on 2nd December 2019 in Arusha. Selected candidates will be required to avail themselves for this date to proceed with the selection process. Only short-listed applicants will be notified. Please make sure that you meet the qualifications required above before applying.
You can download a pdf job description here.