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Seascape Governance Officer, Tanga

Vacancy #:   6541
Unit:   ESARO Tanzania Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Tanzania Project Office, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
Reporting to:   Programme Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR)-TZ
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (17 months)
Closing date:   15 August 2023
Implementation and portfolio management;
Provide overall programme leadership, coordination and oversight including planning, management, budgeting, technical and financial reporting, networking, and procurement for projects in collaboration with other national teams and partners;
Day-to-day coordination of projects implementation and activities delivery in line with the Blue Planet area of work in order to ensure the highest quality of outputs and outcomes as well as guarantee that activities are implemented in line with project workplans and budgets;
Participate in the develop of relevant programme KPIs and ensure its good monitoring and reporting;
Support national COR team on technical reporting and on the development of a regional Blue Planet annual report.
Responsible for the supervision of the day to day operations of the seascape office.

Strategic and Technical leadership;
Provide leadership, strategic guidance and direction to the Blue Planet country area of work, as a member of the country COR Team;
Act as a driving force for innovation to position IUCN as a leading organization in the country terms of innovative conservation approaches, mechanisms and large-scale area-base conservation measures (Networks of MPAs, LMMAs and Seascapes) and in particular on efforts to reach a nature and people positive 30x30 target;
Ensuring that IUCN’s work in the country is of high technical quality, based on good science and drawing upon state-of-the-art thinking and knowledge;
Unlock synergies and collaboration with other country and regional COR area of works and IUCN ESARO’s programmes and projects when and where possible;
Provide leadership overseeing operations and engaging with relevant local government authorities and other stakeholders, to establish stakeholders’ taskforces in the seascape, ensuring that the ReSea activities always works towards greater community involvement and ownership.

External engagement and communication:
In consultation with Country COR Programme Manager ensure that IUCN is adequately represented in relevant country fora and facilitate discussions on relevant marine and coastal emerging issues to position IUCN as a reference in the country;
Provide evidence-based support and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues on emerging issues and policy debates;
Lead coherent and consistent communication of lessons learnt to key decision-makers and other stakeholders within the country, region and globally as appropriate, including via the web, print and media;
In collaboration with Country COR Programme Manager identify and manage potential risks associated with IUCN’s public positions in the country and design strategies to mitigate the risks that have been identified;
Act as a focal point for facilitating and supporting the involvement of IUCN Commissions, Members and other members of the Secretariat in the development and implementation of programmatic activities.

Programme Development and Resource Mobilization:
As appropriate contribute in the fundraising activities including development of concepts and projects documents. This will involve establishing, maintaining and nurturing good relationships with donors, funding agencies and other technical partners so as to ensure the financial viability of the Blue Planet pillar of the COR programme;

Monitoring and Evaluation;
Contribute to the development of the COR Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Framework;
Responsible for the coordination of programme monitoring and evaluation at the seascape level.
In collaboration of Country COR Programme Manager ensure IUCN work is accountable to donors and other stakeholders through the establishment and management of effective accountability mechanisms and processes;
Provide leadership to use data for programme decision making, for the implementation of management actions based on the findings of monitoring, and to ensure that feedback from stakeholders inform programme development;
Lead seascape programme reporting processes and requirements.

Other responsibilities:
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • Position requirements:

An advanced degree in an appropriate field related to coastal natural resource management and conservation, marine biology, fisheries, climate change, environment, governance, social and/or political science, international cooperation or related fields;
Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint) use of internet and online communication tools;

Work Experience;
We’re looking for an outstanding, hands-on, highly motivated, autonomous, innovative, solution oriented, results driven and resourceful individual with at least five years of proven experience with:
Sound expertise in marine and coastal areas conservation, marine protected and conserved area, seascape approach, integrated coastal zone management, locally-led management and inclusive governance or related fields, including experience in field work;
Strong expertise and experience in engaging local stakeholders in inclusive multi-stakeholder’s governance, locally led management activities and multi-use areas, ideally at a large-scale/seascape level;
Up-to-date knowledge on climate impacts on coastal and marine systems, coastal and marine biodiversity conservation, with particular reference to the establishment and effective management of marine protected and conserved areas systems and networks at site and national levels;
Familiarity with established and emerging biodiversity conservation approaches, and methodologies and processes related to coastal and marine management and in particular in the context of the newly established Global Biodiversity Framework and 30x30 target;
Experience in network development and alliance building skills to consult and collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals; demonstrated ability to build consensus in cross-cultural situations;
Ability to interact effectively with and directly support or identify experts required to support all aspects of the COR Programme with information on the status and conservation of marine protected and conserved areas;
Experience with result-based portfolio and project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation methodologies and principles and facilitation skills;
Experience with project and programme development, management and reporting, with demonstrated budgeting and programme planning abilities;
Strong interpersonal, management and supervisory skills and experience, with a minimum of 2 years’ in managing teams;
Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint) use of internet and online communication tools;
Demonstrates strong leadership and people - management experience including supervision of staff, consultants and coordination and effective management of virtual team settings;
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure managing competing demands and complex situations and deliver satisfactory and timely results;
Must be a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy skills and ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams displaying sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Must be a proactive individual who is able to energize and motivate teams;
Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

Language requirement;
Excellent verbal and communication skills in English is essential, with ability to communicate in official languages of respective countries (French, Portuguese, Swahili etc) as an added advantage;

Core Competencies;
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

Functional competencies;
Adheres to IUCN core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;
Strong interpersonal, management and supervisory skills and experience, with a minimum of 2 years’ in managing teams;
Ability to manage complex situations and facilitate the establishment of networks and multi-stakeholder participatory processes;
Be willing to undertake frequent travel and interact with different stakeholders from diverse cultures.

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