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Zonal Roots & Shoots Assistant Coordinator at Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) March, 2023

About Us

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall by conserving chimpanzees and inspiring communities to conserve the natural world we all share. We improve the lives of people, animals, and the environment, we strongly believe everything is connected and everyone can make a difference.

The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) is a reputable and rapidly expanding non-governmental organization committed to wildlife research, conservation, socio-economic development, and environmental education. The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) was founded in 2001 by Dr. Jane Goodall. The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania with its partners makes a difference through landscape and community-cantered conservation, chimpanzees research, youths’ empowerment, the innovative use of science and technology, we work closely with local communities in Tanzania inspiring hope through a collective power of individual action.

Project Summary:

Tanzania’s Coastal line along the Indian Ocean is endowed with rich marine biodiversity. Like many other African countries, Tanzania is likely to become more vulnerable to climate change and biodiversity loss. The increasing human population and livelihood activities along the coastal regions contribute to the threats that affect the marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Tanzania. Adding to these challenges is the massive biodiversity loss due to climate change, weak mitigation responses, and related drivers of deforestation. The coastal zone not only sustains but is a significant contributor to the country’s economy. The livelihoods and economies of the growing population living in the rural coastal areas of Tanzania are entwined with the coastal ecosystems’ well-being for protection from natural hazards, obtainment of livelihoods and food security and fish and other marine creatures’ reproduction. Climate crisis and unmanaged human exploitation degrade the natural systems humans rely on for survival and reduce coastal communities’ adaptive capacity and resilience, especially among marginalized groups, such as women, young people, and children. Coast region communities already experience significant poverty and social inequity.

The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania, in partnership with Jane Goodall Institute Canada and Plan International, have designed a project for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (COSME). It is a three (3) years project funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in partnership with JGI Canada and Plan International. The project objective is to upscale community livelihoods and capitalize on opportunities for South-South learning by working between Kenya/Tanzania cross-border communities within the same Marine and Coastal Forest Eco-regions on three thematic areas: (i) Mangroves restorations and conservation (ii) Sustainable seaweed farming and (iii) locally led forest management and conservation. The project will apply an ecosystem-based approach that utilizes significant potential for nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate adaptation with biodiversity co-benefits.

JGI Tanzania is currently seeking to recruit suitably qualified and competent Tanzanian to fill the following vacant positions:

Project: Conservation and Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (COSME)

Duty Station: Tanga

Reporting Line: Project Manager

Job Position: Zonal Roots & Shoots Assistant Coordinator 


Key Job Responsibilities & Duties:

The key responsibilities will include, but not limited to the following:

  • Support the establishment and coordination of all Roots & Shoots clubs in the project area.
  • Organize training for teachers and Roots & Shoots volunteers on Roots & Shoots pillars and philosophy.
  • Promote knowledge, Compassion, and Action Models to deliver youth-led compassionate actions and advocacy on climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation.
  • Implement Roots & Shoots Community Science model by facilitating schools in mapping programs.
  • Promote understanding, knowledge, awareness, and passion for climate adaptation and biodiversity conservation.
  • Establish and maintain R&S clubs in schools within the project area where the need arises.
  • Identify and coordinate the distribution of Education materials from the Zonal coordinator and the Project Manager to support Roots & Shoots clubs in the project area.
  • Organize annual Roots & Shoots events that demonstrate children’s and youth-led actions toward and promote Biodiversity Conservation and climate change adaptation.
  • To coordinate and provide data to feed the National Roots & Shoots membership database.
  • Supervise and report all Roots & Shoots administrative matters related to memberships, certifications, and registrations in the zone.
  • To facilitate, coordinate and manage Roots & Shoots student’s education field activities on mangroves restorations, climate changes, and biodiversity conservation education.
  • To induct and train Roots & Shoots volunteers, interns, and youth leaders on relevant Roots & Shoots thematic areas (Environments, Animals, communities)
  • To facilitate all Roots & Shoots membership registrations, certification, club activities, events, and networks in the project area
  • To promote Roots & Shoots transboundary interactive exchange for members, youths, and teachers.
  • Under the consultation with National and Project Coordinators, liaise with Roots & Shoots Kenya Coordinator on joint Roots & Shoots actions, organize campaigns, and events to benefit members and the local communities.
  • Participate in the Annual National Roots & Shoots summit and Plan of Actions
  • Provide quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports to the Project Manager
  • Conduct any other duties as shall be directed by your supervisor.

Minimum Job Requirements & Qualifications:

The minimum job requirements and qualifications will include, but not be limited to:

  • Holder of at least BSc. in Education major in biology, environmental sciences, or natural resources management
  • At least 3 to 5 years work experience in project management in conservation and sustain­able natural resources management, climate change, and integrated coastal and marine conservation
  • A good track record of Roots & Shoots membership and volunteer
  • Previous experience in managing environmental conservation education, outreaches, and excursion programs.
  • Ability to effectively manage and lead a team of volunteers and interns.
  • Computer literate and able to use data analysis programs (SPSS), word, Xcel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc
  • Ability to work under pressure, tight deadlines and less supervision, self-motivated person, team player, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Good Communication skills – fluent in Swahili and English, both verbal and written.
  • Experience working in rural and remote areas of implementing community development projects.


Application Instructions:

All suitably qualified candidates should send/submit their applications together with the most recent curriculum vitae(resume), copy of relevant certificates, testimonials, three names of reputable referees, day-time telephone number or e-mail address to [email protected] and include the title of the job position you are applying in the subject of your email.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Deadline: Applications should be submitted not later than Seven (7)days from the first date of advertisement.

JGI Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, national or tribal origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, and marital status.


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