IUCN logo

Human Resources
Management System

Organisation Logo

Programme Officer – Sustainable Agriculture- Ifakara

Vacancy #:   5770
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 – SUSTAIN II
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 October 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (27 months)
Closing date:   18 October 2021


Established in 1948, The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organizations and the input of more than 10,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. IUCN has had its operations in Tanzania for more than four decades working with many partners and supporters to implement a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects ranging from management of protected areas, forest ecosystems, coastal resources, aquatic ecosystems and climate change resilience.

IUCN Tanzania is seeking a Programme Officer - Sustainable Agriculture to support the SUSTAIN Pro Programme.

Under direct supervision of the Programme Manager – SUSTAIN II (and Water for Landscape Manager), the Programme Officer - Sustainable Agriculture will support the overall implementation of SUSTAIN Pro at landscape level to ensure the promotion, adoption and institutionalization of sustainable agriculture tools and practices in the SAGCOT corridor.


More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Programme Officer – Sustainable Agriculture(Ifakara) - include:
Support the technical and financial management of the SUSTAIN Pro Programme
Provide technical backstopping to project partners and other project stakeholders to support timely achievement of targets, results and deliverables
Deliver on technical reporting as per donor and IUCN guidelines and requirements
Provide support to the implementation of SUSTAIN Eco programme as assigned by the Line Manager
Establish linkages with other relevant projects in the landscape to increase synergies and complementary.
Support networking with key development partners, Government institutions and NGOs to support project implementation
Support the documentation, collation, storage and packaging of project information
Support exchange and sharing of knowledge and lessons learned from the project
Update the projects on the IUCN portal with relevant project data
Organize and facilitate project events – meetings, workshops, field visits and related activities
Represent IUCN at meetings as may be required
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time
  • Education;

Minimum Bachelor Degree in a relevant discipline, including agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural economics, business administration, or related fields.
Knowledge of issues related to sustainable agriculture, climate change, will be an added advantage.
Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint) use of internet and online communication tools

• Work Experience;
At least five years of professional experience in sustainable agriculture, agribusiness or in sustainable development.
Solid knowledge of policy issues on sustainable agriculture, agribusiness or related themes
Practical experience in leading / supporting the implementation of field projects including on sustainable agriculture
Experience in creating and facilitating dialogues, partnerships and synergies;
Experience in the working with farmers groups, input suppliers, processors and other value chain actors
Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint) use of internet and online communication tools;

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

• 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 ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability
Excellent report writing skill
A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines;
Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, power point) use of internet and online communication tools
Demonstrates strong leadership and people -management experience including supervision of staff, consultants and coordination of programme/projects teams in an multi-disciplinary environment and effective management of virtual team settings;
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

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: https://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.