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Project Officer-PLUS Project-Tanzania Country Office

Vacancy #:   2822
Unit:   Tanzania - Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Tanzania Project Office, Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania
Reporting to:   Regional Programme Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 October 2018
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (27 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   17 July 2018
More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Project Officer include:

1. Project coordination and implementation in Tanzania
• Support in-country technical and financial management of the PLUS project;
• Assist with full compliance of project implementation, management and reporting by the implementing partner (IP)
• Support comprehensive and timely country level reporting on the project to the global project coordinator;
• Support IPs to ensure that project activities are delivered on-time, on-budget, and on-track to showcase achievement of the project objectives, contractual obligations;
• Provide support with regards to the integration of the project into the existing SUSTAIN-Initiative to harmonise IUCN’s engagement in land resources management in the Kilombero cluster;
• Review Implementing Partner technical reports in line with agreed workplan, timeframe, format and standards
Ensure that all project records and sources of verification are documented, finalized and stored in format and content that demonstrating achievements and accountability;
• Provide technical assistance to the Implementing Partner to support timely achievement of targets, results and deliverables according to the expected quality and technical standards;
• Support the activities of SUSTAIN-Africa Programme by ensuring effective integration of the PLUS programme into
the overall SUSTAIN-Africa Programme through the identification of strategic complementary activities for greater
• Provide additional support to the SUSTAIN-Africa programme implementation as assigned by the line manager
• Support SUSTAIN’s work in best practice and knowledge management in the Kilombero cluster ensuring that lessons from the PLUs project are effectively disseminated;
• Support the updating of the project on the IUCN portal with relevant project data;
• Working closely with the Regional Communication Officer, develop communication materials to support information dissemination;
• Represent IUCN at meetings as may be required.

2. Knowledge generation and analytical work
• Ensure that all project information is appropriately documented through an established communications schedule to support stakeholders involvement and project delivery;
• Promote exchange of policy, strategic and technical information with key conservation and development partners in Tanzania;
• Be proactive in seeking and delivering innovative solutions and technical information to relevant partners and other IUCN programmes (national, regional and global);
• Develop and support exchange and sharing of knowledge and lessons learned from the project to ensure timely and quality delivery of knowledge products to specific audiences;
• Ensure effective information flow between all those engaged in or affected by the implementation of the project;
Establish files to ensure that information on progress of the project is appropriately documented and whenever necessary shared with the appropriate audience.
• Provide technical review of programme/strategy documents to support country level reporting;

3. Fundraising and project development
• Support in the identification of new funding opportunities to scale-out project activities within SAGCOT and this shall include:
o Supporting the SUSTAIN programme Coordinator in the development of new project proposals;
o Assisting in the identifying conservation needs in SAGCOT and developing strategies for fulfilling these needs through programmes;
o Supporting networking with key development partners, national institutions and NGOs to support project implementation.
  • Minimum Bachelor Degree (Master’s preferred) in a relevant discipline, including Agriculture, forestry, natural resources management and biodiversity conservation, environmental management or related fields.

• Minimum of 5 years professional experience in conservation, forest and natural resources management- especially on locally controlled forest, Climate change/REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration, or in sustainable development.

• Solid knowledge of conservation, climate change, land tenure and governance, and sustainable development policy issues and how they fit into the national policy and socioeconomic development agendas

• Practical experience in implementation of field projects, with linkages to national policy processes and programmes

• Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization

• Experience in Multi-Stakeholder Processes and in creating and facilitating dialogues, partnerships and synergies;

• Fluency in English and Kiswahili (both written and verbal).

• Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, power point) use of internet and online communication tools

• Excellent report writing skill

• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;

• A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines;

• Must be strategic thinker, highly motivated, results driven and able to energize and motivate teams

• Excellent interpersonal skills to support building networks and partnerships;

• Must be a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy skills and ability to work effectively with multicultural environment displaying sensitivity and respect for diversity

• Committed to continuous learning, proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

• Willing to travel and work in rural areas frequently within Tanzania

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