4 Dec 2023

Tanga Watershed Partnership Specialist at Nature Conservancy

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Job Description

Tanga, Tanzania

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our or on .

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

Since establishing the Africa Program in 2008, TNC’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the nine countries where we operate.

For over two decades, TNC has been implementing Water Funds around the world. These are collective action governance platforms that bring together different water users – usually utilities, businesses, agriculture and local governments – to invest in ecosystem protection and support upstream communities within the catchments they depend on. By design they enhance financial and governance mechanisms, unite public, private and civil society stakeholders around a common goal to contribute to water security through Nature-based Solutions and sustainable watershed management. Upstream communities act as stewards and providers of watershed services and are paid for measures that contribute to flood risk mitigation, water purification, aquifer recharge, erosion control, and regulation of the climate. They function as both a governance and long-term financing modality. With a regional TNC aims to ensure health of freshwater systems and the societies that depend on them. To accelerate the process, TNC and a partner established the Nature for Water Facility for enabling local champions to build watershed investment programs faster and at scale.

This position will oversee implementation of one of the products from the facility in Tanzania. In close collaboration with Commonland (CL), Eastern Arc Mountains Conservation Endowment Fund (EAMCEF) and others, we will invest to protect some of the world’s most intact ecosystems. TNC aims to harness our collaborative organizational resources and leverage existing global expertise to protect

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Based in the Tanga area in Tanzania, the position holder will work closely with stakeholders in the wider coastal region – who will include urban water utilities, water user associations, national and local government, NGOs, as well as private sector leaders. This position reports to the TNC Tanzania Country Director with a dotted line to the Africa Water Funds Director and is part of the larger Africa Freshwater Protection Strategy. It is also aligned to the TNC Global Resilient Watersheds program. No relocation or visa sponsorship or assistance is being offered with this position. This is a 2-year term limited position. Extension of tenure will be subject to performance and fundraising outcomes.

The responsibilities and scope for this position are:

Reach out and creating a common source water protection vision with key stakeholders in water, conservation, forest management, agriculture (including spice and tea farming), and businesses within the Tanga region. Broker partnerships and invite collaboration agreements with targeted partners around the agreed upon vision. Develop teaming arrangements for matched resources and joint fundraising to ensure activities are done effectively and on time.
Coordinate the emerging steering committee of the water fund (or WIP) and reach out to key stakeholders to support conservation work. Promising avenues of funding include climate adaptation and targeted corporate philanthropy.
Lead development of annual workplans and budgeting for timely approval and execution.
Mobilize capacity and resource persons within TNC Africa, TNC Global Resilient Watersheds, EAMCEF and Commonland team to ensure timely and successful implementation of the workplans.
Oversee field operations by developing systems and ensuring timely and accurate reporting.
Coordinate donor pitching and learning trips to source water protection projects within Tanzania and on the continent.
Compile and share the data needed for public information channels and key partner organizations.
Travel may require up to 20% of time.


The Tanga Watershed Partnership Specialist coordinates future multi-stakeholder projects focused on implementing Nature based Solutions (NbS) for watershed health and climate resilience within the source watersheds of Tanga city in Tanzania (primarily the Zigi River and Mkulumuzi River watersheds). This will involve creating governance arrangements and agreed upon science-based objectives for the proposed Watershed Investment Program (WIP) for the source waters of Tanga. Once objectives are defined, the position will establish implementation teams and a monitoring and evaluation system, mobilizing human and financial resources towards common goals. The position and the program will be guided by a toolbox populated with necessary resources and other materials available in TNC Africa’s Resilient Watersheds program. See Link for more information: .

The Tanga Watershed Partnership Specialist will bring all stakeholders in the source watersheds of Tanga together and build a collective long-term vision, implementation strategy, and proof-of-concept implementation. This will feed into the development and establishment of a water fund, creation of implementation plans for WIP in collaboration with partners, other key stakeholders; and governance structures. They will manage grant funds from the program’s targeted donors, including government agencies, bi- and multi-lateral funding agencies, corporates, and private foundations. The position will include identifying donor prospects, donor cultivation, and grant writing with support from The Nature Conservancy and Commonland.

BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in fundraising, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
Experience managing complex or multiple projects and/or multi-agency projects, including managing finances and coordinating inputs from multiple professionals and partners.
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 in negotiating complex agreements and partnerships, including with government.
Experience in communicating with the public and media both in writing and verbally.
Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
Experience negotiating.


Master’s degree and 5 years’ experience in Water Resource Management, Agriculture, Water Engineering or Business or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Over 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated ability to work with multiple team members from different organizations and delivering results on time
Good report writing skills for multi-lateral donor level projects such as IFAD, French Development Agency (AFD), European Union corporates among others.
Knowledge on spatial science and technology as well as hydrology and climate studies.
Demonstrated experience in bringing partners together for a common goal and maintaining trust and collaboration over time.
Good understanding of the following areas: voluntary leadership cultivation, multi-stakeholder events planning and workshop hosting
Managing and prioritizing tasks to meet multiple demands and deadlines.
Experience developing donor reports and coordinating monitoring activities involving multiple partners.
Willingness to travel to remote geographies in Tanzania and lead prolonged field work and with multiple cultures and socio-economic contexts.
Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
Ensures integrity of both data collection, management and analysis leading to quality and timely reporting on outcomes
Ability to act independently with minimal supervision, resolving complex issues within the watersheds and being a resource to others.
Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and Swahili.
Politically savvy.
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 on nature.org/careers.

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

Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 250005

Salary Grade: 7

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

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Closing Date : 15th December, 2023.

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