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Human Wildlife Conflict Program Officer at Tanzania People & Wildlife November, 2022 Job Description
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Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund (TPW) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and important natural habitats through a community-driven approach. TPW helps rural communities develop their skills and abilities to protect natural resources in a manner that maximizes their benefits from these landscapes while also preserving ecological integrity. Emphasizing the critical importance of community-led initiatives, the organization provides information, training and service level support to its rural constituencies to strengthen local institutions and community-driven actions for natural resource management and wildlife conservation.

TPW operates from the Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe in northern Tanzania. Sharing a boundary with Tarangire National Park, this center acts as TPW’s regional headquarters as well as an educational center where rural community members improve their understanding of the environment and develop hands-on skills in natural resource management. From this center, TPW operates programs in four major programmatic areas:

(1) wildlife conservation and human-wildlife conflict prevention,

(2) youth environmental education and adult capacity building & training,

(3) natural resource conservation and rangeland management, and

(4) environmentally-sustainable conservation enterprise and development.

Position Description:

TPW is seeking a passionate, energetic and hard-working individual to fill the position of Human Wildlife Program Officer as a member of TPW’s HWC team. The successful applicant will assist with TPW’s Human Wildlife Conflict Program through capacity building of community HWC officers, coordinate all Human Wildlife conflicts, conducts regular condition assessments of existing living walls (fortified bomas) and verifying installations of new living walls. We are looking for a person with a strong interest in both traditional and innovative methodologies for collecting and analyzing HWC quality data for internal and external reports. The successful candidate must have impressive communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with diverse stakeholders. This position will be based at the Noloholo Environmental Center but will require travel to remote program areas with limited facilities; applicants should enjoy a balance of field and office work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all Human Wildlife conflict
  • Oversee conflict assistants/officers
  • Conduct regular field assessments of the condition of existing Living Walls
  • Document incidences of livestock depredation by carnivores and record this information in a standardized format
  • Support the installation and monitoring of Living Walls
  • Educate and communicate with community members on wildlife conservation and ways to reduce conflict between people and wildlife
  • Working in collaboration with villagers and relevant government authorities to find joint solutions to HWC
  • Entering HWC data into a standardized database
  • Supporting village-level monitoring officers in the timely collection of carnivore-conflict monitoring data
  • Monitoring conflict data
  • Organizing and delivering training seminars and workshops for different target groups that raise awareness of solutions to HWC.
  • Support the development of educational material on HWC topics.
  • Monitor and prioritize the installation of living wall
  • Informing TPW staff on a regular basis regarding program development and writing regular and timely reports.

 

Qualifications:

The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Wildlife Management, environmental management, natural resources management, Rangeland Management or conservation science. We are looking for an individual with the ability to learn quickly, work in a team, and collaborate with diverse communities and government agencies. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in Wildlife management, and community engagement.

Required:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in one of the above fields
  • Proven experience in pastoral community engagement
  • Proven experience working with local and regional government stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including training and capacity building, and respect for other cultures
  • Experience with community-based conservation
  • Willingness to live and work in the field (must be willing to camp)
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills

Preferred:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel and ArcGIS or QGIS

Reports to: TPW Chief Program Officer
Salary & Benefits: Full-time position based on experience and qualifications; salary commensurate with experience. Basic housing and food provided onsite.

To Apply:

Tanzania People & Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send the following to [email protected] with Rangeland Management Program Officer in the subject line by November 30th, 2022:

1. Resume
2. Contact information
3. Three references
4. Cover letter outlining interest in applying for the post, along with relevant experience, qualifications and skills

TPW is open to receiving applications immediately and intends to make the position available beginning December 2022. Recruitment will remain open until a suitable applicant is contracted. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted

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