Environment Associate

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 🇹🇿

The DPG-E, the Development Partners Group on Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change was formally established in 2004 with the aim to build a coordinated development partner response to the Government’s Joint Assistance Strategy for Tanzania (JAST), within the overarching framework of the National Development Plan (MKUKUTA). Over the years the nature and objectives of the DPGE have evolved, and today the DPGE provides a coordination platform for DPs active in Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change to achieve the objectives detailed below. 
The objectives of the DPG-E are:  
  • • To support the Government of Tanzania in achieving its goals and targets in protection and sustainable management of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, as stated in governmental development strategies;
  • • To conduct a structured policy dialogue with the Government of Tanzania (GoT) in the areas of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, involving other stakeholders as deemed necessary;
  • • To enhance coherence, consistency, predictability and visibility of DP’s projects and Programmes;
  • • To facilitate joint advocacy & communication with the GoT, DPG main and other stakeholders, including civil society and private sector;
  • Within the Government of Tanzania, the DPG-E works closely with the Vice-President’s Office (VPO), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development (MALF). The VPO is the core co-ordination body for the implementation of the Environmental Management Act and the National Climate Change Strategy, while Natural Resources management is governed by the MNRT and fisheries policy by the MALF;
  • The DPG-E works also with the Government of Zanzibar for all policy issues within its remit. The DPG-E has also developed close contacts with other stakeholders, including NGOs, Private Sector and other community based organizations.
Detailed objectives and expected outputs for each of the areas covered by the DPGE are jointly discussed and reflected in the DPG-E rolling work-plan. The group is chaired by two Co-Chairs which are elected for a year with the possibility of renewal. The Co-chairs chair and secure venue for the monthly DPG-E meetings; represent the group vis-à-vis GoT and other stakeholders as well as DPG Main; ensure implementation of DPGE Work-plan; Manage (guidance and supervision) of DPG-E Secretariat. For areas of particular importance to the DPGE for which a closer follow-up and coordination is necessary (focal areas) a Coordinator is chosen amongst the Members. Focal areas include: Wildlife management, Forestry and climate change (including REDD+). 
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Facilitate: Serve as main contact point for DPGE Members and general public. Support the implementation of the DPGE work-plan;
  • Lead the preparation and follow-up of calendars for specific work-programs with the Government;
  • Administrative support such as: Prepare key documents and agendas for meetings, drafting minutes and sending those timely, organise meeting logistics, record-keeping of internal and external meetings, contacts and documents, organise technical workshops, internal communication;
  • Communicate: Support communication with other important DPGs, with strategic partners such as private sector and civil society and an interested public;
  • Support with strategic input: Provide strategic support to the DPG-E.
  • Management and Leadership;
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness;
  • Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;
  • Building support and political acumen;
  • Building staff competence,  creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standard;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Fair and transparent  decision making; calculated risk-taking.
Required Skills and Experience
  • BSc/BA in Natural Resources Management, Environmental or any other relevant sciences.  
  • Minimum three years of relevant professional experience;
  • Sound knowledge of the environment, climate change and natural resources management in Tanzania;
  • Familiarity with Development Cooperation;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Organizational development skills;
  • Proven pro-active and self-motivation skills;
  • Excellent ability to work independently.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili;
  • Good communication skills.

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