Tuesday, April 14, 2015

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Chief of Party Jobs in Tanzania

Greater Ruaha & Rufiji River Conservation Program - Tanzania
Job Description
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a Chief of Party (CoP) will plan, coordinate and oversee program activities related to the cooperative agreement between WWF and USAID/Tanzania's Economic Growth Office to support the goal of the Gre
ater Ruaha & Rufiji River Conservation Program, which is to implement sustainable landscape-level action in Tanzania to reverse trends of degradation of biodiversity and to protect water sources for the Greater Rufiji River.
The program duration is to be determined by the solicitation, when released by USAID. The program will be implemented by WWF-Tanzania, in partnership with various national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations and agencies. The CoP will be responsible for planning, directing and overseeing the Program within the parameters determined at the onset of the program and through the program management systems established.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
The Chief of Party will direct staff, oversee grants, sub-grants and consulting contracts as needed, coordinate with staff from WWF and partner organization in the Project region on a daily basis, and collaborate with a range of government and partner organizations across the region in accordance with USAID and WWF field operation regulations.
  • Program oversight : Plans, directs and oversees the management of program activities in accordance with WWF field operations policies and procedures; the program description, approved work plans and budgets, and contractual agreements. In collaboration with relevant Program staff, COP develops annual work plans and budgets for approval by WWF-US before submission to USAID. Ensures that the program is making progress towards its objectives. Assures integration of Program activities within the overall WWF-Tanzania conservation program.
  • Program implementation : Manages the Program and team using a participatory, adaptive management approach. Ensures that management systems are established and administers the program, and ensures that all Program activities are coordinated effectively and are well integrated with other relevant USG or other donor-supported funded initiatives within the Program area. With support from WWF, the COP ensures that the program is in compliance with donor policies and regulations. He/she is responsible for overseeing contractual agreements with program participants. With the support of the financial/grant manager, the COP ensures establishment of sub-grant facility and its effective management. Provides technical leadership in major Program components.
  • Financial management : With the direct support of the financial manager and staff, develops Program budgets for approval by WWF-US and monitors expenditures against budgets. Ensures establishment of financial management systems for the program to adequately meet financial management needs and donor regulations and policies. Monitors accounting, administrative and operational procedures, standards and policies for the Program, including sub-grants. In collaboration with the financial manager, prepares and submits quarterly financial reports to WWF-US in accordance with procedures established by WWF-US.
  • Human resources : Determines the personnel requirements of the Program and participates in the recruitment, selection and hiring of personnel. Conducts performance evaluation in compliance with WWF's policies and personnel management systems.
  • Material needs : Determines the material needs of the Program; develops/updates procurement plans with relevant staff for approval by WWF-US; and in collaboration with the program's logisticians, arranges for procurement of equipment. Assures proper maintenance of the Program equipment inventory.
  • Provision of technical assistance : Provides technical assistance in areas of expertise. Indentifies needs for short-term technical assistance. Develops terms of reference, prepares consulting agreements for consultants, facilitates work, and provides oversight of short-term consultancies.
  • Monitoring and evaluation : In collaboration with WWF staff, develops and oversees the monitoring and evaluation system for the program. Monitors program implementation and identifies and plans for evaluation needs. Develops knowledge management mechanism and oversees its implementation.
  • Relationships : Establishes and maintains efficient working relationships with the Program AOR, AO, and relevant USG staff, other Program participants, stakeholders, beneficiaries, and other relevant organizations in the Tanzania region, including government partners.
  • Risk management : Develop and implement a Risk Register for review and approval, and ensure that mitigation actions are implemented as required.
  • Communications : Develop and implement a communication action plan, ensuring the program meets its objectives and generates required support from key stakeholders.
At least a master's-level degree in hydrology, conservation biology, natural resource management, international development or related field of study. At least 8 years of field experience managing large, complex conservation and/or natural resource management projects is required.
Skills and Abilities
  • Strong background in sustainable natural resource management and governance, including water resource management, species conservation, climate change, land-use planning, and/or related topics.
  • Strong knowledge base on the policies and environmental regulation issues of Tanzania and East Africa that affect sustainable water and natural resource management and biodiversity conservation is preferred.
  • Experience building good working relationships with local and international partners, including government authorities, NGOs, technical partners, and bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors is highly desirable. Must be a team player with very strong diplomatic skills.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage large government agency-funded projects. USAID project management experience highly desirable.
  • Program management skills must include i) program planning, ii) technical direction and oversight and iii) program administration and financial management.
  • Position requires excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and institution strengthening and training skills.
  • Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.
To Apply:
  • Please visit our careers page and submit an online application
  • Submit cover letter and resume to http://worldwildlife.org/about/careers/jobs
  •  job #15002
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  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

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