RUAHA-KATAVI LANDSCAPE PROGRAM
CURRENT VACANCY: ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Background:The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. WCS is an equal opportunity employer and seeks an Assistant Program Director for its Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program, based in Iringa. The Assistant Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Director will provide technical leadership, oversight and significant input to the strategic direction for the WCS Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program, reporting directly to the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program Director and frequently representing the program at senior levels with government, donor and other partners.Essential Candidate Attributes:- Tanzanian national;- Fluency in spoken and written Swahili and English;- At least an MSc level qualification in a conservation-related subject;- At least 5 years of proven management experience working in a high-level conservation related position, preferably in Tanzania, and ideally within the landscape and involving the management of multi-disciplinary teams;- Working familiarity with the various branches of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in Tanzania;- International NGO experience- Proven communication skills, including proposal and report production, peer-reviewed publications and other evidence of published works;- Proven IT literacy and familiarity with all standard office software. Ability to work with GIS and other conservation related software an advantage;- Extensive experience in finance management and evidence of successful fund-raising ability;- Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines;- Desire (and ability) to work under challenging field conditions with limited supervision;- Highest level of integrity, honesty and sense of responsibility;- Valid driving license and extensive 4WD experience.
- Direct line management of a number of WCS staff including heads of department for protection, ecology, finance and administration and vehicle maintenance;- Close collaboration with the Chief of Party for the USAID Cooperative Agreement to ensure effective support and delivery within that program;- Support the Landscape Head of Finance and Administration to provide orientation for new program staff, ensure staff contract issues are well managed and ongoing employment as well as outgoing staff processes are managed in accordance with WCS HR guidelines;- Oversee staff performance, including assistance with annual evaluations and oversight of staff disciplinary issue (including drafting of query and warning letters to staff as required);- Act as a second reviewer of all staff time and effort reports before passing these on to the Program Director for approval;- Assist with staff recruitment processes, including drafting of ToRs and recruitment advertisements, short-listing and participation in interviews;
- Work with the Program Director to ensure that annual and other grant work-plans are prepared, regularly updated and used each month to guide the oversight of all program activities;- Identify and help develop agreements and guidelines for engagement in new strategic partnerships;- Assist in ensuring that all WCS assets are maintained in good condition and are well managed;- Convene monthly work review / planning meetings with all program staff to assess delivery and ensure the best use of program resources for maximum impact in line with institutional and donor commitments;- Support the Program Director by assisting with the production and onward submission of monthly financial projections and other budgets as requested;- Act as an authorised signatory for the management of program finances;- Assist the Landscape Head of Finance and Administration with procurement related processes, including the importation, clearance and registration of equipment and other items;- Assist the Landscape Head of Finance and Administration with contractual processes for consultants and other service providers, including the elaboration and oversight of terms of reference and provision of essential logistical support to ensure effective delivery against agreed contractual conditions.
- Maintain coordination with all key landscape technical partners including TANAPA, TAWA, TFS, TAWIRI, WMAs, Hunting Companies, and other partners;- Maintain coordination with all key administrative partners including TRA, TCAA, Regional and District authorities etc;- As directed, communicate with program donors on specific issues;- Represent the Program at key meetings, events, conferences etc as directed;
- Ensure that monthly meetings are convened with the Program Director and Landscape Head of Finance and Administration in order to review variances of all grants and agree on resulting actions;- Work with the Landscape Program Director, and where needed the Country Director, to prepare funding proposals;- Lead the collation of information from various staff so that all grant and institutional reporting deadlines are met through the production of quarterly, 6-monthly, annual, final reports etc;- Ensure staff submit regular news articles and updates to the WCS Head of Communications.
- To lead by example at all times, maintaining the good name of WCS;- To provide any other assistance as requested by the Program Director.
- Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter. The CV should list three independent referees. Contact details for previous employers should also be provided. - Applications should be sent to: email@example.com. Also include details of your salary expectations.
RUAHA-KATAVI PROGRAM STAFF
Aaron Nicholas: PROJECT DIRECTOR Nicholas has managed the WCS Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program since Feb 2014. He is Chief of Party for the USAID funded Southern Highlands and Ruaha-Katavi Protection Program (SHARPP), launched in December 2014. Aaron has more than 21 years of experience in African conservation, he has worked previously for WCS in Rwanda and Cameroon and for other conservation organisations in Kenya, DRC and Namibia. Nicholas has co-authored a number of Regional Action Plans, helped establish five new protected areas, managed transboundary relationships and is also a qualified pilot. He will coordinate and conduct the WCS aerial program under SHARPP.
Richard Ndaskoi: USAID CHIEF OF PARTY FOR SHARPP
Anna Kimambo: COMMUNITY CONSERVATION COORDINATOR
Allan Mashalla: ASSISTANT LANDSCAPE PROTECTION COORDINATOR
Msafiri Mgumba: ASSISTANT ECOLOGICAL COORDINATOR Msafiri joined WCS in September 2014, having already spent 4.5 years working in the Ruaha landscape conducting research on antelopes with the University of California (Berkeley), and later, collecting data on human-carnivore conflict and carnivore ecology for the Ruaha Carnivore Project. During this time he also provided training and conservation education for local communities. Msafiri is keen to share his interest in wildlife to a wider audience and has regularly contributed to the Tanzanian magazine Kakakuona.
Chesco Motto: MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALISTChesco is a Social Scientist / Economist with extensive
experience working in community development programs in Tanzania. He has
skills in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies; developing,
designing and managing research projects; data collection, analysis and
presentation as well as M&E practical skills and experience.
Ally Bakari: LANDSCAPE GIS MANAGER
Fadhili Mohabe: PROJECTS MANAGER Fadhili holds an honours degree in Business Management & Business Information Technology from the University of Gloucestershire in the UK. He joined WCS in 2015 to manage the construction of detection dog units in Dar es Salaam port and airport and is now assisting the Ruaha-Katavi program with further project management. Prior to joining WCS he has held several managerial positions in Tanzania and the UK including Administrative and Maintenance office for the Swedish Embassy, the General Manager of Mohabe Bros, Marketing and Logistics Manager for the Tanzania Trade Centre and Services Manager for Ecovert FM.
Harold Rutabanzibwa: COMMUNITY COORDINATOR ASSISTANT Harold graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 with a BSc in Natural Sciences majoring in Zoology and Chemistry. His first job was with the NGO Savannas Forever Tanzania, conducting socioeconomic baseline surveys in rural areas. This included a cotton survey funded by the Gatsby Foundation and a food asset survey funded by the World Food Programme in 2012 as well as the Wekeza survey into child labour funded by the American Labor Department in 2013. In 2015, he was taken on by WCS Tanzania, to supervise data collection on community perceptions of Wildlife Management Areas. After returning briefly to Savannas Forever to assist with the Africa-Rising survey in Manyara Region, he was employed by WCS Ruaha-Katavi Program as Community Coordinator Assistant.
Samuel Krahwinkler: CONSERVATION PILOT
Erik Shayo: FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Edmund Chota: LOGISTICS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Edmund has worked for WCS for 10 years as a logistics and administrative officer and occasional driver. Edmund provides administrative support to the Finance Officer at RKLP, as well as overseeing use and maintenance of all office equipment and property. Edmund also has experience as an electrician.
Elisha Abraham Laizer: MOBILE MECHANIC / FLEET MANAGER
Kissah Yesaya: RESEARCH AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Kissah first joined WCS in 2008 for SHCP, providing administrative support for the office. After a break, she joined RKLP in 2013 providing administrative support to the Finance and Administrative team, as well as conducting data entry for the ecology team. Kissah also cooks nutritious lunches and keeps the office clean.
Erica Malimbwi: BOOK-KEEPING ASSISTANT Erica studied Business Management with a focus on human resources and finance management. She also covered marketing and procurement as part of her college training. In 2015 Erica worked as a consultant agent for Tunakopesha limited where she gained skills in selling financial products. Previously she worked as a trainee in the administration, accounts and evaluation departments for the National Social Security Fund. She initially volunteered for WCS Tanzania in the administration and finance department. In 2016 she was employed as a Book-keeping Assistant for the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program. Erica is an active member of Mutual Generation of Tanzania that is committed to conserving the environment to ensure a better living place.
Joseph Mbombwe: DRIVER Joseph Mbombwe joined WCS in 2008, having completed studies in vehicle systems, driving and vehicle maintenance at the technical college in Iringa.
Anthony Tindwa: DRIVERAnthony holds an advanced drivers certificate from the
Tanzanian National Institute of Transport. Prior to joining WCS he worked as driver and vehicle manager for RPMS, driver and mechanic for COO and
MTANGA Foods Company and tour guide for Tatanca Tourism. He has extensive
experience managing and maintaining vehicles as well as off-road driving.
James Kasapira: DRIVER
John Chapile: OFFICE GUARD John joined WCS in 2010 as an office guard and gardener. As well as having green fingers, he works very efficiently in maintaining cleanliness and security of the office compound.
Issaya Mpwaga: OFFICE GUARD