Rangeland Management Technical Advisor
An exciting opportunity exists within the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s Serengeti Ecosystem Management (SEMA) project for a candidate to fill the role of Rangeland Management Technical Advisor. The role would suit a Tanzanian with a postgraduate qualification in rangeland management or a related natural resource management discipline and with five years or more experience in this field.
1. Name of the position
Rangeland Technical Advisor, FZS Serengeti Ecosystem Management office
Closing date for applications: 26th November 2019.
2. Position in the organisation
- The Technical Advisor will report directly to the SEMA Project Leader
- The Technical Advisor will directly supervise field officer(s), community extension officers and consultants assigned to them
3. Purpose of the job
FZS mission: FZS conserves wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.
FZS Serengeti Ecosystem Management Project Vision: 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.
As part of our growing conservation efforts within the Serengeti ecosystem, FZS is looking for a Technical Advisor to facilitate a Holistic Rangeland Management approach in Loliondo in villages close to eastern border of the Serengeti National Park. The successful applicant will have proven knowledge and experience of stakeholder mobilization and sustainable rangeland management programmes.
The Rangeland Management Technical Advisor will work with partners and key stakeholders to promote a balance between the needs of local livelihoods, livestock production and wildlife and natural resource conservation. The successful applicant will demonstrate experience in working with pastoralist communities, in improving livestock productivity and access to livestock markets, and in developing grazing plans with active and adaptive monitoring and management systems to improve rangeland quality.
The Rangeland Technical Advisor will supervise FZS-SEMA conservation and rangeland management activities within target communities, supervise designated FZS staff, manage FZS and third-party funds and budgets, conduct project and activity planning and reporting, and will maintain good relations with project partners and collaborators.
4. Main outputs and Responsibilities
- Coordinate community engagement exercises to tailor the FZS approach in Loliondo to best meet local circumstances and needs
- Work with the relevant District Councils and villages around Loliondo to prepare participatory grazing plans
- Integrate mechanisms for reducing threats to conservation of the ecosystem into grazing plans at village and ward level, including systems for grassland improvement and restoration, access to water in ways that not degrade rangelands, reducing human-wildlife conflict and methods for increasing overall livestock productivity and market returns
- Manage and coordinate the delivery of participatory grazing plan implementation in collaboration with District Councils and project partners
- Establish systems for grazing control, including adaptive management responses, by-laws and mechanisms for reviewing adherence to grazing plans, in partnership with district and communities
- Supervise external consultants input and establish collaborations with institutions and technical experts to contribute to high-quality rangeland management
- Synthesize and incorporate existing and traditional data and knowledge to inform best practices for rangeland management around the Serengeti ecosystem
- Provide technical advice, facilitation and capacity building to district authorities and other relevant stakeholders for better rangeland management.
- Responsible for overseeing implementation of FZS forest conservation activities within communities around Serengeti ecosystem in accordance with the project action plan and logframe
- Prepare work plans, budgets, and technical or donor reports as needed
- Ensure project monitoring and evaluation in line with the project monitoring plan
- Maintain relationships with project partners, ensuring a good two-way flow of information
- Represent FZS-SEMA in meetings with key ecosystem stakeholders
- Identify and develop effective partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders and institutions
- Ensure project strategies are based on best-practice and adaptive management
- Promote long-term sustainability of community initiatives
- Manage, mentor and build the capacity of project and partner staff including advising FZS on sustainable rangeland management.
- Adhere to all FZS financial and administrative policies and regulations
- Assure proper, efficient and transparent use of project funds
- Ensure responsible use and care of project equipment and assets including vehicles, office equipment, field equipment, housing, furniture, etc
- Make timely retirement of funds, ensure compliance with FZS financial management requirements and procedures on imprests, advances and retirements of funds
- Report any problems, damage or repairs needed on FZS project assets including vehicles, office equipment, field equipment, housing, furniture, etc
- Undertake other tasks and duties as may from time to time be assigned by the SEMA Project Leader
Note: These outputs are general. In the individual work plan they will be specified annually.
5. Qualifications and Experience
- Master’s degree in any of Rangeland Management, Livestock Production, Veterinary Science, or Zoology
- Extensive experience in range management and pastoralism issues in northern Tanzania
- Extensive knowledge of Tanzanian laws, acts and regulations pertaining to rangelands and land tenure
- At least 5 years’ experience in range management or livestock development in Tanzania
- At least 3 years experience working in natural resource conservation or related field
- Fluency in Kiswahili and English
- Ability and willingness to live and work in remote areas and travel extensively within Serengeti ecosystem including rural field sites
- Excellent communication skills
- Qualification in natural resource planning
- Experience in working in Serengeti ecosystem
6. Behavioural Competences:
- Work systematically: Structuring one’s work in an orderly and transparent manner; carrying it out with an eye for detail and accuracy
- Integrity: Maintaining high ethical standards both personally and professionally: being incorruptible
- Sensitivity: Showing consideration, concern and respect for other people’s attitudes, feelings, or circumstances and being aware of the influence of one’s own behaviour on them
- Negotiating: Obtaining maximum results in situations of different interests in such a way that all parties accept and agree and that relationships are not damaged
- Team work: Cooperating and working effectively in order to achieve a shared goal – even when the topic involved does not directly serve one’s own interests.
A competitive salary will be offered to the successful candidate depending on qualifications and experience. The position will be based in Loliondo (Wasso) Town (Ngorongoro District) with frequent visits to the SEMA project office in Fort Ikoma and to the field.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your 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 rangeland management in Loliondo ?
Your application and covering letter should be sent to the above e-mail address by Wednesday 26th November 2019.
Applicants should note that interviews for this position will be held on 3rd 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.