Financing Mobilisation/M&E Expert at Songwe River Basin Commission February, 2020

The Governments of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Malawi are jointly implementing the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP), which is managed by the Secretariat of the Joint Songwe River Basin Commission (S-SRBC) with offices located at Kyela, Tanzania. The Songwe River Basin (SRB) covers an area of 4,243 km2 in seven districts of: Karonga and Chitipa (in Malawi); and Kyela, Mbeya Rural, Ileje, Mbozi and Momba (in Tanzania). The basin is part of the wider Zambezi River basin. The river forms part of the border between Malawi and Tanzania. Increasing competition for space, water and natural resources is degrading the Songwe River Basin.

Both riparian countries in 2017 ratified the Convention on the Establishment of the Joint Songwe River Basin Commission (SRBC) to sustainably manage the basin natural resources and implement the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The Convention came into force on 1st July, 2018. The SRBDP is a multipurpose transboundary Programme under which the challenges and opportunities resulting from the behaviour of the Songwe River are planned to be worked on through various projects. The projects are to cover construction of dams for flood control and hydropower productions, development of irrigated agriculture, water supply, fisheries and tourism to mention a few including non-structural measures.

The Strengthening Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Songwe River Basin (STCINRM-SRB) Project as one of the non-structural measures has been established to prepare the ground for the implementation of the SRBDP by addressing the problem of environmental degradation. Specifically, the Project objective is to enhance basin protection, livelihoods and integrated water resources management through improved transboundary cooperation and sustained ecosystem services. The Project will be implemented for a period of four years.

The Secretariat of the Joint Songwe River Basin, therefore, seeks to use part of the proceeds of the grant package to recruit individual consultants to fill the positions of the Hydrologist/FEWS Expert; a Financing Mobilisation/M&E Expert; an Environmental/Agro/Forestry Management Expert; an ICT/GIS/MIS Expert; and a Procurement Expert to provide services in the Project at the S-SRBC headquarters in Kyela, Tanzania.


Position Title: Financing Mobilisation/M&E Expert
Reporting to: The Acting Executive Secretary for the Songwe River Basin Commission.
Reference Number: SRBC/STCINRMSRBP/FM/1
Publication date: 25th February, 2020
Closing date: 10th March, 2020
Place of duty: S-SRBC Offices in Kyela, Tanzania
Terms of Appointment: Four (4) year contractual appointment renewable every year based on performance.


Functions and Responsibilities

The Finance Mobilization/M&E Expert functions and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Develop, maintain and update the SRBC resource mobilization strategy and associated work plan;
  2. Manage development of strategic options for raising resources; lead the conceptualization, elaboration and presentation of SRBDP resource mobilization and negotiation documents; elaborate papers relevant to resource mobilization and/or negotiation process;
  3. Engage with financiers and donors, ensure a steady lobbying and prepare financing requests;
  4. Ensure constant coordination with the Ministries of Finance of both countries to make sure that the SRBDP is prioritised and budgeted for in the Governments documents;
  5. Lead/ participate in the organization of regular internal and external outreach events for the benefit of staff and other stakeholders to explain the activities of the Songwe Basin Development Program, participate in key Meetings, and important donor and international meetings;
  6. Producing high quality, consistent and appropriate country-specific fundraising materials, activities, processes and messages;
  7. Establishing working relationships with partner prospects in form of organizing meetings and regular information sharing etc.;
  8. Conduct timely and accurate monitoring and evaluation activities to ensure the fundraising objectives are met and the strategy is effective;
  9. Develop, maintain and update partner and donor relations contact list/database;
  10. Evaluate the current running activities undertaken by the Ministries in both countries and AfDB on financing the SRBDP (e.g. donor conference 2017);
  11. Prepare together with the Ministries in both countries the financing strategy to incorporate International

Financing Institutes, Governmental organizations and/or private investors;

  1. Organize one or more donor conference(s) to explain and attract financers for the execution of (parts of) the


  1. Regularly update the Joint Steering Committees on the progress;
  2. Continuously update the latest knowledge on financing possibilities;
  3. Communicate internally at the S-SRBC about these new developments and opportunities that arise within the S-SRBC or from other stakeholders in adaptation to the SRBDP; and
  4. Capacitate staff of the SRBC on resources mobilization processes and techniques.





Qualifications and experience:

    1. Master’s degree in Finance, Business Administration, Economics, Economics, or relevant financial education;
    2. 5 years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in fundraising, marketing, sponsorship, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and Project Management, including work with the private sector;
    3. Solid grounding in the use of quantitative methods; experience in governmental and international financing and understanding of both public and private sector perspectives;
    4. A good track record in fund-raising with international, public and private sector sources;
    5. Familiarity with debt related issues and debt management strategies;
    6. Demonstrated ability to work across institutional boundaries with various teams, build and lead a team of professional staff, and utilize talent and the expertise of team members productively;
    7. Fluency in spoken and written English language. Swahili and/or Chichewa is a pro; and
    8. Excellent writing, analytical, presentation and reporting skills, with proven skills in writing reports.


HOW TO APPLY                                                       

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, copies of academic certificates, professional certificates and Curriculum Vitae (not exceeding four pages) with names and contact information of three traceable referees to:

The Secretariat of the Joint Songwe River Basin Commission
P.O. Box 300,
Contact name: Eng. Gabriel M. Kalinga
Email:; cc:

To reach him not later than 10th March, 2020, 17:00 Hours Local time (EAT).

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