Project Officer (Women and Water for Change in Communities (WWCC) Coca Cola Project)

BirdLife International

Musoma, Tanzania 🇹🇿

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Project Officer Women and Water for Change in Communities (WWCC) Project. The main responsibility will be to support the  the implementation of the WWCC Project, and to provide support for the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) programme in Africa, in light of BirdLife Strategy and programme priorities of the BirdLife Africa Partnership.
The 2-year project “Women and Water for Change in Communities” aims to empower women across a number of rural African communities including Mara wetlands Tanzania, to increase sustainability of local water use, WASH practices, and improve stewardship of natural resources. The primary objective of the project is to empower women in the community by enhancing their skills so they can take on a leadership role in local sustainable use of water, water-related natural resources management and public health. It is based on the premise that women in the community can act as key agents of change, but may lack both the skills and social position to achieve that.
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, and help with communication of the project in local media and on social media;
  • Contribute to development of communication and training materials, in particular providing local examples to showcase events and advice on local adaptation and translation into local languages;
  • Facilitate pay-outs of seed grants to local women entrepreneurs;
  • Contribution to regional and international knowledge exchange through participation in joint events and general planning and research activities of the project;
  • Networking activities, in particular exploring and developing opportunities for co-funding and leveraging activities aiming at promoting female leadership in water-related decision-making and local citizen science.
Administration, communication and information management:
  • Write and submit monthly project reports;
  • Maintain relationships with project partners and BirdLife networks;
  • Produce news articles with regards to the project implementation, successes and learning from the sites;
  • Design and produce awareness material to promote the wise use of Mara wetlands;
  • Liaise with policy makers locally, at the district, nationally and regionally to ensure that information collected through the project can be integrated in the development of regional policies.
Project management:
  • Conduct the day-to-day project implementation activities at the sites;
  • Develop and produce high quality reports as required;
  • Develop and implement basic data tools for data collection. 
Carry out any other duties from time to time as required by the line-manager.
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
  • Bachelor’s degree in community development, natural resource management, sociology or a relevant field of study;
  • Good knowledge of community development, natural resource and wetlands management;
  • At least 2 years of demonstrable experience of working in community-based natural resource management with extensive interaction with community groups, government department, civil society organizations. Experience of working with stakeholders in the Mara wetlands in an added advantage;
  • Good knowledge of community-based natural resource management and community development;
  • Ability to determine and set work priorities organise activities and meet deadlines;
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Proven ability that the person is a self-starter capable of working under limited supervision;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Competent communication and writing skills in English;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to project sites and stay for extended periods of time and regional travel;
  • Be a Tanzanian national or able to legally work in Tanzania.
Application deadline: 8 March 2018
The position will be based in Musoma, Tanzania.
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
  • Gross monthly salary: USD 450 – 550  
  • Length/duration of this position: 18 months
  • Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
  • Date when the job expected to start: 27 March 2018
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email before the to: [email protected] by the application deadline.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted