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Programme Manager – SUSTAIN II

Vacancy #:   5769
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:   Regional Programme Coordinator / Country Representative, IUCN Tanzania
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 March 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (34 months)
Closing date:   18 October 2021


IUCN/Tanzania is implementing the SUSTAIN Productive Landscapes for Inclusive Growth (SUSTAIN Pro) that is designed to tackle food systems challenge by decoupling productivity from land degradation and ecosystem loss, reconnecting the relationships between governance structures for land and water by improving integration and inclusion, aggregating success and innovation in food system processes and practices and through building landscape partnerships to drive change; and SUSTAIN Ecosystem stewardship to balance sustainability & growth (SUSTAIN Eco) projects that aim to addresses ecosystem degradation and enables the sustainable and inclusive management of natural resources through improved governance and rights, sustainable management practices and by catalyzing investment in protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems within the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridors of Tanzania (SACGOT). The projects core objectives include:
• Enhance food security and climate resilience of local communities by enabling demonstration, replication and scale up of sustainable and productive agricultural knowledge, practices and technologies.
• Apply nature-based solutions to restore land health and
• Incentivize inclusive value chains that rely upon sustainable production systems.

IUCN Tanzania is seeking a high caliber Programme Manager to facilitate the implementation of the SUSTAIN Pro and SUSTAIN Eco projects. S/he will be responsible for leading overall project activities to be implemented by IUCN team at the national and site level (Kilombero, Mbarali and Sumbawanga clusters) as well as oversee the execution of project activities by service providers involved. The Programme Manager will also coordinate the other IUCN projects within the SACGOT including GEF 7 Food Systems and Land Use Restoration (FOLUR) project to ensure integration and coherence of strategy, approaches and aggregation of stakeholders.

Under direct supervision of the Tanzania Country Representative (and technical line management to GWP lead), the Programme Manager will work closely with CEO and technical team from SACGOT Center Ltd., designated contacts from Ministries of Agriculture, Trade and Natural Resources, as well as technical partners and service providers. The Programme Manager is responsible for the overall planning, budgeting, technical management and monitoring of the SUSTAIN Pro and Eco projects in collaboration with the Government of Tanzania, Service providers and within the scope laid down by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and landscape level actors in Kilombero, Mbarali and Sumbawanga clusters.


The specific duties and responsibilities of the Programme Manager;

I)Provide overall management of the SUSTAIN Pro/Eco projects
Lead the development of annual activity plan, budget and procurement work plan based on expected annual outputs;
Follow up on the compliance of project implementation in line with policies and safeguards
Supervise agreed project management procedures to facilitate project implementation and ensure delivery of high quality outcomes;
Supervise the landscape management team, service providers and consultants that work for the project;
Work with project staff to receive, review and synthesize monitoring information to support adaptive management and ensure timely compliance with internal and donor monitoring and reporting requirements, especially to produce the SUSTAIN Pro/Eco annual performance reports (APRs);
Prepare any required updates / summaries on the projects and participate in project-related meetings with the donors, government, service providers, etc.
Supervise personnel engaged in delivering aspects of the project
Prepare any required updates / summaries on the projects and participate in project-related meetings with the NORAD, SIDA, GEF IA project steering committee, service providers, private sector, development partners working group etc.

II)Coordinate partnership with key SUSTAIN Pro/Eco stakeholders;
Build, maintain and manage effective working relationships with partners.
Ensure that partners deliver to the highest standards, support project objectives and targets;
Ensure landscape management team and related multi stakeholder platforms, FFPOs and AMCOs work coherently;
Facilitate communications and linkages at sub-regional and national levels, as well as within the SUSTAIN Pro/Eco service providers;
Ensure continuous liaison with the relevant Government agencies, NGOs and private sector;

III)Provide technical advice and support to the monitoring and implementation of the Project activities;
Provide technical inputs to the implementation of the different project activities and outputs – by providing technical inputs to workshop presentations, to studies, to advisory services and to other activities and outputs of the project;
Provide economic, scientific, technical and administrative leadership to the project team and act as the main representative of the project;
Draft terms of reference and conduct hiring procedures for consultants
Oversee all cross-cutting activities and ensure their strong support of and synergy with technical implementation objectives and vision, including, but not limited to: communications and outreach; monitoring, evaluation & learning (MEL), knowledge management; and, gender and social inclusion;
Monitor and report the implementation of environmental and social risk management measures through the project cycle.
Coordinate and contribute to the preparation and publication of national scientific and technical outputs from the Project

IV)External relations and resource mobilization;
Engage with the government of Tanzania to support implementation of land restoration and food systems improvement targets
Scope out opportunities for policy and technical engagement with key stakeholders;
Lead in the development and submission of concepts and funding proposals
Facilitate integration of the technical missions with broader work of the IUCN ESARO in close collaboration with technical coordinators.

VI) Other responsibilities;
Staff management and development

Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge, experience in the region and skills to ensure coherence and consistency in spite of urgent deadlines.

• Education;
Advanced university degree (Masters/Ph.D.) including in agricultural economics, agribusiness, rural development, land use planning, business management and natural resources management;

• Work Experience;
Minimum of ten years of experience in the management of international projects preferably as team leader or technical coordinator;
Proven technical leadership in food systems management, land use planning, value chains development and knowledge of environmental management;
Proven experience in integrated project management and administrative management;
Proven experience in facilitating meetings or discussions;
Experience with donor projects policies and procedures including log frame, Theory of Change and similar project planning tools will be an added value;
Ability to work and engage with senior government officials, private sector, research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities, etc.;
Demonstrated experience working in an international and/or multi-cultural environment

• 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;
Management/Monitoring and Evaluation: Knowledge and M&E Concepts, Principles and Policies and the ability to apply in strategic and/or practical situations.
Relationship Management/Partnerships: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships .
Writing: Excellent report writing skill.
Knowledge Management: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results.
Priority Setting: Ability to scan and synthesize divers sets of information to arrive at strategic priorities and positioning recommendations.
Analysis: Demonstrated excellent research and analytical skills that can be applied to gather data and generate knowledge relevant to decision-making functions
Planning and Organising,Communication and teamwork
E-literacy: Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, power point) use of internet and online communication tools
Willingness and ability to travel frequently;

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