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20 Oct 2022

Lake Tanganyika Program Coordinator at Nature Conservancy

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Job Description

The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


We aim to achieve strong and sustained TNC relationship with Lake Tanganyika Authority (LTA) which delivers conservation efficiency around Lake Tanganyika riparian states. The Lake Tanganyika Program Coordinator supports Lake Tanganyika Program Director to cultivate and maintain relationship with the LTA, respective government agencies, other conservation organizations and development partners in the basin. They strengthen lake-wide partnership for a sustained and responsible fisheries management on Lake Tanganyika and support the Lake Tanganyika Program Director to guide the implementation of the Lake Tanganyika Program by fostering strong partnerships with governments and partners in the four riparian countries. Reporting to the Lake Tanganyika Program Director and working closely with the Lake Tanganyika Monitoring Officer, Tuungane Program team, the Africa Freshwater Director, and Africa freshwater protection staff, this position will be based in Tanzania at the TNC office in Kigoma with possible relocation to Rukwa.

The Lake Tanganyika Program Coordinator supports the design of the TNC Lake Tanganyika Program strategic plan, and annual action plan

Main roles and responsibilities include:

Provide technical leadership and management of a complex freshwater program.
Supervise the monitoring of key deliverables, outputs, and outcomes as per work plans.
Ensure coordination among numerous stakeholders, partners, and participants for the project.
Coordinate budget management and tracking of Program progress with assistance from the TNC Operations team
Oversee project management for the program, using TNC’s Highly Effective Teams and any other approaches to effectively manage key projects and support the work of cross-functional, cross-geographic teams towards the desired outcome.
Coordinate work plans, manage consultants, and negotiate contracts with vendors.
Oversees preparation and implementation of grants and contracts.
Mentor and manage professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development.
Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the department or program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
Supports the Lake Tanganyika Program Director to ensure that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs, in support of the TNC Africa philanthropy team.
Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals, particularly with the Lake Tanganyika Authority and riparian governments as well as other partners.
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.
Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
Experience negotiating complex agreements.
English and French language fluency
Experience in building and managing consortia of partners across institutions (e.g., communities, NGOs, private and government) and varying sectors.
Experience with organizational and communication skills.


Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience required.
5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice, Natural Resources management, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation and/or fisheries policy and plans.
Knowledge and experience in fundraising, linking and collaborating with international organizations, and fostering Public–Private–Community – Partnership (PPCP).
Knowledge of current trends and practices in inland fisheries and freshwater conservation
Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity and fisheries information systems and initiatives
Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English, French, and Kiswahili
Demonstrated experience in fundraising and donor-related reporting experience.
Politically savvy.
Strong understanding of the ecological, social, and economic background of Tanzania, Burundi, DRC, and Zambia and fishing communities.
Knowledge of the environmental sector and wildlife management policies, laws, and development issues of the Lake Tanganyika four riparian countries
Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.

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Closing Date : 27th October, 2022.

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