29 Jan 2024

Community Development Officer at Jane Goodall Institute

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Job Description


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, DBE. The JGI Tanzania with its partners makes a difference through community cantered conservation, chimpanzees research projects, youths’ environmental education, the innovative use of science and technology, we work closely with local communities in Tanzania, inspiring hope through a collective power of individual action.

The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support implementation of the new USAID funded project, USAID Tumaini Kupitia Vitendo is currently seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and competent Tanzanian to fill the following vacant position:

Job Position:          Community Development Officer

Program:                USAID Tumaini Kupitia Vitendo

Duty Station:          Kigoma or Mpanda

Reporting Line: Senior Livelihoods and Rural Finance Officer

Job Summary:

The Community Development Officer will provide technically and managerial support including general management, oversight, advice, and implementation for all community development related activities include Community Conservation Banks (COCOBA) and development of new conservation-oriented enterprises and livelihoods improvement initiatives. That position aimed to strengthen the participation of communities’ capabilities in all program components including conservation, planning, land use planning, natural resources governance, conservation education, agriculture, agro forestry, livelihood activities, public awareness, gender equity and social inclusion, programs capability to make sure that communities increase understanding and livelihoods.

Key Responsibilities & Duties:

Main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the community sensitization and mobilization meetings that advocate for project objectives and activities.
  • Conduct community conservation-oriented enterprises and livelihoods training sessions and develop training materials to ensure a better understanding of the project initiatives among target communities.
  • Promote community involvement and participation in COCOBA and other program activities.
  • Supervise identification and development of alternative livelihood options as prioritised by the target communities.
  • To support the establishment of environmentally friendly income-generating activities in the project villages to improve the living standards of the target beneficiaries.
  • Promote Gender equality and Social Inclusion in the Program areas.
  • Train income generation activities and entrepreneurship to the communities.
  • Prepare reports, workplans and budgets according as directed by the project management. Control and make the best use of project equipment, tools and materials under your custody as directed in the JGI policies.
  • Supervise social infrastructure support projects supported by the program.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned or delegated by the project management.

Minimum Job Qualifications and Other Requirements:

  •  A holder of at least bachelor’s degree in Community Development or related fields.
  •  At least five (5) years working experience in the same field.
  •  Previous knowledge and experience in working with conservation and sustainable natural resources management project is desirable.
  •  Experience working in rural and remote areas of Tanzania implementing community development projects.
  •  Practical knowledge on proposal writing ability, research methodologies and engagement.
  •  A track record of successfully applying results-based management (RBM) and M&E frameworks to ensure effective on time implementation of complex donor funded projects in developing countries.
  •  Computer literate and ability 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. This position involves working with a wide range of people within the institution, local communities, and local & international partners, including technical and non-technical colleagues.
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Method of Application

All applications should be submitted together with the most recent Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume, copy of relevant academic certificates & transcripts, testimonials, three names of reputable referees, day-time telephone number or e-mail address, and should be send to the following e-mail address: [email protected]

Only the final shortlisted candidates will be interviewed and provided with the interview feedback.

Deadline: Sunday, 04th February, 2024 before 5pm in the evening. 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, gender, and marital status.

QUALIFIED FEMALE APPLICANTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.







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