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. Students and youths are future leaders and therefore investing in their knowledge is one of the sustainable approaches toward sustainable conservation and helping the world achieve global agendas. Nature Tanzania has received a 2 years Fixed Amount Award from the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Project to implement a “School Environment Education in Derema (SEED)” project in the Amani-Nilo Corridor within the Derema Forest Corridor (DFC). The SEED project will use education for sustainable development, linked with SDG 4.7, to nurture primary and secondary students to become champions for the conservation and protection of the DFC.
The project will use student-centred and interactive approaches to learning and teaching towards transforming schools into learning hubs for natural resource management and informed decision-making. It will use the eco-school concept to develop a youth workforce that is aware of and concerned about the DFC and its associated conservation problems. It will introduce and pilot sustainable micro-projects to provide a source of income for the eco-schools. The project shall use Gender Youths and Social Inclusion (GYSI) strategies to ensure boys, girls, and commonly excluded groups (e.g. children with disabilities) participate equitably in all project activities. Through outdoor activities e.g. birdwatching, mist-netting and micro-projects, the project will promote and encourage the volunteering spirit and the active participation of young people in environmental protection within the DFC. The project targets six primary and two secondary schools.
Nature Tanzania, therefore, wishes to recruit a competent individual for the position of Environmental Education Officer to support the Environmental Education Program of Nature Tanzania and lead the implementation of the “School Environment Education in Derema (SEED)” project funded by the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Project in the DFC.
2. Job Title:
Environmental Education Officer – Nature Tanzania
3. Location and place of work:
The normal place of work (duty station) for this position will be in our Amani Nature Reserve Field Office, Muheza district, Tanga region, Tanzania. There will be frequent national travel and occasional international travel.
4. Roles and responsibilities:
4.1 Main responsibility:
The main responsibility of the individual will be to support the strategic delivery of the organization’s Environmental Education Program and specifically to lead the implementation of the “School Environment Education in Derema (SEED)” project funded by the USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Project.
4.2 Stakeholder mobilization and engagement and activity implementation:
- Contribute to the planning and preparation of school activities, including stakeholder meetings, trainings and workshops, and provide logistical support during such activities and other project missions;
- Support schools and local communities in the implementation of project activities and act as a local contact point for the project at the project sites;
- Support environmental clubs in the primary and secondary schools in the DFC and build their capacity to become agents of positive change;
- Support and promote the six primary schools in DFC to be registered and qualify as eco-schools and support them to implement and monitor sustainable eco-projects (micro projects);
- Develop training manuals including a teacher’s manual for implementation for in-class and outdoor nature education activities including training programs;
- Coordinate and support interactive outdoors activities – linked to nature education – with the primary and schools. Activities include inter and intra school competitions, essay competitions;
- Coordinate and support birdwatching and mist-netting activities as platforms where students and teachers can learn the role of DFC in biodiversity conservation, habitat connectivity and species dispersal;
- Support and coordinate environmental education and awareness using different approaches including production and broadcasting of radion jingles and print materials;
- Ensure the SEED project is implemented and deliverables are achieved as per the approved work plan and as it will be communicated from time to time with the donor.
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.
- Support project consultants and ensure they have resources and logistics to implement their roles and responsibilities as indicated in the project work plan;
- Maintain relationships with the government officials at all levels, communities, project partners and BirdLife International networks in Africa and globally;
- Maintain communication and relationships with other organisations including NGOs working on 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;
- Disseminate project outputs nationally, regionally and internationally in collaboration with relevant partners.
- Project Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).
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 partners at the national and international levels.
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 management or related fields;
- A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in the above will be an added advantage;
- At least 3 years of practical experience in the implementation of eco-school projects and biodiversity conservation projects in Tanzania.
- Previous experience in managing a USAID funded project will be an added advantage.
- Practical experience in designing and implementing school environmental education programs, awareness raising programs, interactive school competitions and delivering interactive training sessions to school environmental clubs and youths.
- Good understanding and ethics of working with students and youths are required.
- 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 and the shortlisted candidates will be subject to our safeguarding policies.
- 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: 24 months. Duration based on performance reviews.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.