Chief of Party, Tanzania Marine Biodiversity Conservation
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Resonance is seeking candidates to serve as Chief of Party (COP) for an anticipated USAID-funded project based in Tanzania, focused on marine biodiversity conservation. The 5-year contract will incorporate a series of interventions that support and strengthen capacity for biodiversity conservation in a manner that i) reduces the use of illegal and unsustainable fishing; ii) improves the governance and management of coastal land and seascapes; and iii) improves policy development and capacity to implement policies. These interventions together will reduce threats to marine and coastal biodiversity in Tanzania while moving Tanzanian institutions further on their journey to self-reliance.
The COP will be responsible for overall leadership, management, and technical direction of the project. As the project’s leader, the COP will be the principal project planner, designer, and implementer and will ensure that all deliverables are high-quality and delivered to USAID on time. They will be the primary POC with the Mission and will ensure all stages of project implementation work to meet Mission goals and priorities. As primary POC, they will work directly with the COR to drive internal project and Mission learning and will ensure that approaches are adjusted to respond appropriately and effectively to task resourcing and implementation requirements.
- Serve as key liaison with USAID, the Government of Tanzania, project partners, and counterparts in the public and private sectors.
- Provide overall technical, administrative, and operational oversight for the project on all activities and at all levels (both in Dar Es Salam and target areas for value chain improvements and fisheries resources management).
- Lead the planning, design, implementation, and reporting of technical activities, including the drafting of annual work plans, leading organizational activities, and overseeing the completion and submission of quarterly and annual project reports and other project deliverables.
- Lead the project’s marine biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management agenda and activities in conjunction with the Ministry of Fisheries and local institutions.
- Manage project team; oversee, mentor, and provide guidance to short- and long-term staff.
- Lead financial oversight and procedures and ensure compliance with USG regulations and Resonance policy.
- Report regularly to the Resonance headquarters and USAID/Tanzania on project activities, deliverables, and events.
- Travel regularly for monitoring and oversight of activities and evaluations.
Required Education and Experience
- A record of exemplary professional experience in fields related to marine resource management and conservation, including several among the following: coastal resource resilience, marine protected area management, sustainable fisheries management and/or enforcement, local community development and livelihood diversification, local governance capacity building, and behavior change promotion.
- At least (10) years of management and supervisory experience with a U.S. Government foreign affairs agency, international assistance organization, or nongovernmental organization.
- An advanced graduate degree in a related technical or management field (e.g. marine biology, natural resource management, public administration, business administration, international development, governance, etc.)
- Demonstrated ability to liaise and work collaboratively with government stakeholders, international donors, and local partners at the national and sub-national levels.
- Proven leadership in the management of similar sized international donor programs with annual budgets of 1-3 million USD and that requires collaborative adaptive management and the ability to respond quickly to newly emergent tasks.
- Demonstrated experience managing multi-disciplinary, multicultural, and diverse teams, with strong interpersonal skills.
- Superior written and oral communication skills.
- Fluency in written and spoken English required.
Preferred Education, Experience, & Competencies
- Direct experience or working knowledge of East African fisheries, coastal and marine resource management issues preferred.
- Working knowledge of Swahili
- Experience in partnerships and private sector engagement.
- Ability to travel around Tanzania as needed. Ability to also travel internationally as needed up to 20% of the time.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Resonance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.