Chief of Party

  • Africa Programs
  • Kigoma, Tanzania, United Republic of

Chief of Party

Job description

Chief of Party

Kigoma, Tanzania

 

The Jane Goodall Institute is currently recruiting for a Chief of Party (COP) for a proposed USAID grant in Kigoma, Tanzania focused on strengthening the landscape-scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania. 

 

The successful candidate must be a senior-level professional with a proven track record of successfully designing, implementing and managing USAID-funded conservation projects in geographical locations similar to western Tanzania. 

 

About the Jane Goodall Institute 

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) USA is an international non-governmental organization that continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering work on chimpanzee ecology and behavior.  Its mission is to promote wildlife conservation, in particular chimpanzee sustainability, through research, education, and community conservation.  The breadth of JGI’s mission reflects Dr. Goodall’s personal philosophy that the survival of all species, whether chimpanzee or human, depends upon the collaboration of all people.  In 2012, JGI formally adopted an ambitious 30-year goal to protect 85% of Africa’s wild chimpanzee populations in their natural habitats.  In reaching this goal, JGI will capitalize on its considerable strengths and experience gained from working throughout the chimpanzee range, which includes more than 50 years of chimpanzee behavioral research at the Gombe Stream Research Center; its 20 years of developing people-and community-centered conservation strategies; its impressive expertise in the use of geospatial technology to innovatively map and monitor human and chimpanzee use of forest resources; and its global environmental and humanitarian youth program – Roots & Shoots. 

 

Under its Department of Africa Programs (AP), JGI USA implements community-based conservation activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Uganda. Our Africa Programs partners include, but are not limited to, USAID, Disney Foundation, Arcus Family Foundation, Allen Family Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS), the Turner Foundation, and a strong individual donor base.

 

The USAID-funded Landscape Conservation in Western Tanzania Project intends to strengthen landscape scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania.  This will be achieved by developing a strategic landscape approach and building upon USAID’s previous and continued support to NRM and conservation in Western Tanzania.  This is a five-year funded cooperative agreement under USAID.

The Chief of Party will oversee all aspects of program implementation, including technical, financial and administrative management, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting; and ensure quality, impact and cost effectiveness of the program.

 

Requirements

Essential Functions:

Providing strategic direction and overall technical vision with USAID:

  • Speaking at global forums;
  • Monitors progress in achieving project objectives.
  • Evaluates program effectiveness, through the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation instruments, and determines corrective action needed to enhance program implementation and impactful results.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures designed to support the strategic direction of the organization and the program. 

Manage relationships with peer organizations and the Government of Tanzania:

  • Works to build and/or maintain constructive relationships with government officials, project partners, environment sectors, donors;
  • Works to build and/or maintain constructive relationships with government officials, project partners, environment sector leaders, donors/collaborators, and others as appropriate;
  • In coordination with the Program Director, organizes and facilitates Stakeholder Review meetings and other ad hoc meetings with stakeholders and partners as necessary.

Manage a 30+person team and 3-5 direct reports as well as partner staff and consultants:

  • Visits project sites and provides direction and informs the Program Director of progress, issue, challenges and concerns; makes recommendations; and implements decisions;
  • Maintains regular contact with staff and consultants. Establishes leadership and personal credibility and implements and maintains clearly understood chain of authority and accountability;
  • Conducting staff performance reviews for director reports and support evaluations for other staff.

Manage Budgets and Financial Reporting:

  • Works with the finance team to ensure timely, cost-effective, and procedurally correct procurement and transport of goods and services to meet project objectives;
  • Works closely with the Finance Director, closely monitoring project expenditure and cash flow. Keeps the Sr. Program Director apprised of significant variances;
  • Ensures accurate and timely technical and financial reports to donor(s) and JGI management;
  • Assists in managing grant/project budget within approved spending levels. Ensures grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent, and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations. Supports auditing procedures as needed;
  • Assists in monitoring grant management, sub-awards, service agreements or contracts, meeting with NGO subcontractors regularly for updates, planning, and problem-solving;
  • Assists with property and equipment acquisition, disposition, and management in compliance with donor requirements.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in natural resource management, natural or biological sciences, economic growth or other relevant discipline.
  • At least five years of experience in working with landscape scale conservation projects with integrated conservation and development; 
  • At least ten years of senior level experience in the design, implementation, and management of programs of similar size and complexity in terms of grant dollar value and number of staff and partners;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience building and maintaining productive working relationships with donors, national government and local actors;
  • Proven track record of managing and working through U.S. government funded initiatives and related reporting requirements and funding parameters;
  • Exceptional English written, and oral communication skills required, excellent spoken and written Swahili preferred;
  • Relevant experience in East Africa is preferred.

Apply through the JGI career portal at www.janegoodall.org by the closing date of 29 October 2018.  Due to the number of applications received, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.