Nature Tanzania is a national conservation Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with interests in biodiversity conservation, community empowerment and engagement. The mission of the organization is to conserve and restore key biodiversity habitats that are identified as Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Tanzania for the benefit of the present and future generations. Vultures in Africa are in crisis with seven of 11 species Critically Endangered or Endangered with poisoning the cause of ~61% of recorded deaths. The Mara-Serengeti landscape of Kenya and Tanzania is a stronghold for vultures and a huge array of other wildlife. Tracking data show that vultures travel large distances over the landscape, making it vital that conservation covers both sides of the border. Incidents of retaliatory poisoning against mammal predator attacks are widespread, threatening the predator species but having an even greater impact on the vultures that may feed, in great numbers, on the poisoned carcass. Poisoning of vultures and other species for belief-based use of body parts or whole carcasses is also a major threat. Loss of vultures reduces biodiversity, but also poses risks to ecosystem functioning and, potentially, human health as vultures perform their essential clean-up function. Their value to communities is underappreciated. Poison can also cause damage to the broader environment, potentially remaining in substrates used for grazing and crops, posing further risks to human health.
In light of the above challenges, Nature Tanzania, Nature Kenya and BirdLife International have secured a 3 years grant to support Vulture conservation activities, specifically to protect and conserve Vultures in the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. Nature Tanzania will be working in Western Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania and Nature Kenya in Mara ecosystem in Kenya.
Therefore, Nature Tanzania wishes to recruit a competent individual for the position of Species Conservation Officer to support the Species Conservation Program of Nature Tanzania and lead the implementation of “An integrated approach to protecting wildlife from poisoning in Mara-Serengeti” project linking with Nature Kenya and BirdLife International.
2. Job Title:
Species Conservation Officer – Nature Tanzania
3. Location and place of work:
The normal place of work (duty station) for this position will be in Meatu district, Simiyu region, Tanzania. There will be frequent national travels and occasional international travel.
4. Roles and responsibilities:
4.1 Main responsibility:
4.2 Stakeholder mobilization and engagement and activity implementation:
- Contribute to the planning and preparation of community activities, including stakeholder meetings, trainings and workshops, and provide logistical support during such activities and other project missions;
- Supporting local communities in the implementation of project activities, act as a local contact point for the project;
- Organise awareness events alongside print and broadcast media to reduce poisoning behaviours and shift attitudes towards wildlife and vultures;
- Design data collection tools to understand the extent and drivers of belief-based use of vultures in Makao WMA;
- Design and implement (with partners) a Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) to urgently respond to vulture poisoning events, therefore, reduce vulture mortality when poison incidents occur;
- Engage with traditional healers in Makao WMA for vulture conservation, specifically addressing the belief-based killings of vultures informed by lessons learned in other parts of Africa e.g. Nigeria;
- Support the design, implementation and monitoring of the Community Revolving Fund (CRF) in Makao Wildlife Management Area (WMA), Meatu district, Simiyu region for vulture conservation and community livelihood development;
- Contribution to regional and international knowledge exchange through participation in joint events and general planning and research activities planned during the project;
- Provide entrepreneurial training and advice promoting investment in livestock protection and supplemental businesses (inc. opportunities for women);
- Work with community rangers for monitoring and baseline information collection;
- Organise awareness events alongside print and broadcast media to reduce poisoning behaviours and shift attitudes towards wildlife and vultures.
4.3 Project administration, communication and information management:
- Liaise with policy makers locally, at the district, nationally and regionally to ensure that information collected through the project can be integrated into plans and policies at the district, regional and national levels.
- Maintain relationships with the government officials (local, district, regional and national levels), communities, project partners and BirdLife networks in Africa and globally;
- Maintain communications and relationships with project partners i.e. Nature Kenya and BirdLife International.
- Maintain communication and relationships with other organiations including NGOs working in a similar topic in Tanzania and beyond.
- Write and submit project reports as per agreed timelines;
- Produce news articles with regards to the project implementation, successes and learning from the sites;
- Design and produce awareness material to promote vulture conservation at the local, regional and national levels.
- Disseminate project outputs nationally, regionally and internationally in collaboration with relevant partners.
4.4 Project and partner management:
- Conduct the day-to-day project implementation activities at the project sites;
- Develop and implement basic data tools for data collection;
- Manage communication and lesson sharing with project partners i.e. at the national levels (including Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority, Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)) and internationally (including Nature Kenya, BirdLife International and BirdLife partners).
4.5 Other responsibilities:
Carry out any other duties from time to time as required by the Line Manager.
5. Qualification and Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, including natural resources management, biodiversity conservation, wildlife science, community development, environmental policy and management or related fields;
- A Master of Science degree or equivalent qualification on the above will be an added advantage;
- Practical experience in biodiversity conservation projects in Tanzania with good networks and relationships with government and private sector stakeholders;
- A good understanding of national and international development and conservation programmes;
- Fluency in English and Swahili, both written and verbal;
- Highly creative and excellent written communication skills as well as a process-driven, ability to think in scales, and rely on data to make suggestions and decisions;
- Ability to work on own initiative to deadlines and within a small and integrated team.
- This position is preferably for Tanzanians.
- Members of Nature Tanzania who meet qualifications are encouraged to apply.
6. Salary and benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with Nature Tanzania terms and conditions.
- Length/duration of this contract: 36 months. Duration is based on performance reviews.
- Working hours – Full time, 40 hours per week
- Date when the job is expected to start: 1st July 2022
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position and a detailed CV with names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email to email@example.com
- Application deadline: 17th June 2022, 2359 EAT
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted remotely through Zoom Meetings or any other online communication platforms.
10. Equal opportunity employer and opportunities:
Nature Tanzania is an equal employer. Applications from female applicants are encouraged. Nature Tanzania offers a dynamic and fast-paced environment that encourages growth and leadership.