Position Description

Chief of Party (COP): USAID Tanzania Marine Conservation Activity: Tuhifadhi Bahari Yetu
City: Dar Es Salaam
State:
Location Tanzania
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Position Type:
Expatriate Project Staff

ECODIT is an international development firm working with governments, businesses, and local communities to advance environmentally- and socially-responsible development around the world. We provide technical assistance services ranging from quick-turnaround assessments and evaluations to design and implementation of long-term multi-million-dollar projects. Since its founding in 1993, ECODIT has provided professional services through more than 250 projects/contracts to diverse clients in more 50  countries. Building on our track record of success, we have continuously expanded the depth and breadth of our expertise in the energy, water, environment, and urban and local governance sectors.

About the Opportunity:
The proposed Tanzania Marine Conservation Activity, recently retitled Tuhifadhi Bahari Yetu, will incorporate a series of interventions that support and strengthen capacity for biodiversity conservation in a manner that i) reduces the use of illegal and unsustainable fishing; ii) improves the governance and management of coastal land and seascapes; and iii) improves policy development and capacity to implement policies. These interventions together will reduce threats to marine and coastal biodiversity in Tanzania while moving Tanzanian institutions further on their journey to self-reliance.

The Chief of Party (COP) will oversee all strategic, technical and operational aspects for the anticipated activity, which will seek to support and strengthen capacity for marine biodiversity conservation through public sector and civil society capacity building, private sector engagement, and improvement to the overall enabling environment for Marine Protected Areas and Fisheries Management. This is expected to be a five-year activity based in Tanzania.

The COP will be responsible for overall leadership, management, and technical direction of the project. As the project's leader, the COP will be the principal project planner, designer, and implementer, and will act as the main point of contact between USAID, ECODIT and partner organizations, ensuring timely communication and collaboration and overseeing the submission of high-quality deliverables that respond to USAID’s priorities and expectations.

Specifically, the COP will: 

  • Assume overall technical, financial, and administrative leadership of the Activity, ensuring that all tasks are implemented effectively and that all deliverables are submitted on time, within budget, and in compliance with applicable United States Government (USG) regulations and ECODIT policies; 
  • Identify and execute strategies to build strong, viable relationships with key stakeholders, including USAID, Tanzanian ministries and government officials; the private sector; civil society; and other important actors in the marine and fisheries sector; 
  • Provide technical and advisory services to address barriers and challenges to marine conservation in Tanzania, including in such areas as legal and regulatory reform, financial and operational performance of the fisheries and MPAs, and the development of a more robust coastal eco-tourism sector.
  • Engage and coordinate activities with other USAID programs in Tanzania, participate in existing donor coordination platforms for marine and terrestrial biodiversity conservation interventions in the country; 
  • Liaise regularly with USAID to ensure the timely production and submission of high-quality deliverables, including regular project reports ; 
  • Work with the ECODIT Home Office to coordinate technical and editorial review of project deliverables prior to submission to USAID; 
  • Oversee project start-up, in-country legal registration, and office set-up for the Activity; 
  • Supervise technical and administrative personnel; and
  • Perform other tasks and duties as necessary for the success of the project.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, Conservation, Public Policy, International Development or another related field. 
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience leading and managing international development   programs in resource management and conservation. 
  • Experience with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) management, coastal resource resilience, sustainable fisheries management and/or enforcement, local community development and livelihood diversification, local governance capacity building, and behavior change promotion 
  • Strong understanding of MPA and Fisheries sector policy and market operations in Tanzania;
  • Strong understanding of ecotourism and conservation enterprise development
  • Prior experience living and working in Tanzania or East Africa preferred;  
  • Proven experience in assembling and/or managing diverse teams to effectively execute tasks;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English; and 
  • Fluency or professional level knowledge of Swahili preferred. 

To apply, please send a cover letter and updated resume/CV in English through the “Our Jobs” section of the ECODIT website. Please note that positions are contingent upon contract award. Applications will be received and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants who fail to meet the application criteria may be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

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