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Senior Community Project Officer

  • Mwanga District, Tanzania
  • Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
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African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works with the people of Africa to ensure its wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. The organization is seeking high-performing individuals to fill the position of Senior Community Project Officer (SCDO). S/he is responsible for working with different stakeholders to assist local communities living around Mkomazi National Park in the Tsavo-Mkomazi landscape to implement AWF’s project, Strengthening community engagement in anti-poaching operations and reducing human-wildlife conflicts in the cross-border area of Tsavo (Kenya) and Mkomazi (Tanzania).

This position will be based at Mwanga, Mwanga district with frequent travel within the landscape required and will report to the Landscape Ecologist.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage the project and be responsible for community, government, and stakeholder engagement on the Tanzanian side of the landscape.
  • Conduct a rapid needs assessment based on AWF’s Landscape Conservation Process through scoping.
  • Conduct a rapid assessment of threats facing elephant conservation and management including human-wildlife conflict hotspot mapping.
  • Support the Toloha community scout group to conduct anti-poaching and strengthen mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts.
  • Identify and establish a new community scout group on the Tanzanian side of the landscape (based on the needs and threat assessments) and develop their capacity in anti-poaching.
  • Support community scouts network to undertake regular patrols and enforcement of wildlife laws in their respective localities and as well as through joint patrols with government rangers and operations to reduce poaching threats and illegal wildlife threats and to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.
  • Train and equip local community members and scouts in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and response in selected hotspots.
  • Guide government institutions including Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA) and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) and provide capacity building in CyberTracker/SMART, anti-poaching patrols, and report writing.
  • Support joint cross-border patrols between Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and TANAPA.
  • Establish a good working relationship with local communities and their leaders including other stakeholders.
  • Support communities to communicate with other stakeholders such as local authorities and with other potential collaborators.
  • Support communities to gain access to information, resources, and opportunities that are likely to empower them to manage their natural resources more effectively.
  • Conduct targeted social-economic studies for communities residing around Mkomazi National Park.
  • In close collaboration and under guidance from AWF’s media team at HQ, proactively identify media opportunities and, in close liaison with partners, plan and implement media events including press releases, and report launches.
  • Compile and write technical reports.
  • Represent AWF in strategic forums in Tsavo-Mkomazi Landscape.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Community Development or Natural Resources Management or related fields. Postgraduate (Masters) in relevant field is an added advantage.
  • A minimum of 5 years' working experience in community conservation.
  • Familiarity with dynamic and key issues relating to community-based wildlife conservation in Tanzania.
  • Direct experience of conservation and field work in Tanzania.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Proven ability in project planning, budgeting, and writing high-quality project reports.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Swahili. Knowledge of local languages is an added advantage.
  • Willingness to work long hours/weekends when required.
  • Ability to appreciate diversity such as gender.
  • Ability to work independently and or as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and make sound decisions.
  • Ability to work efficiently in MS Word, Excel, and internet skills.
  • Regular travel within the landscape.
  • Willingness to spend days out in the field.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meeting deadlines.

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