The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature.
WCS is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a Landscape Protection Coordinator for its Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program, based between Iringa and the Chunya area.
The Ruaha-Katavi Landscape Program works with a variety of government, non-government and community partners to implement a wide range of activities aimed at strengthening the protection and improved management of threatened species, habitats and ecosystem services. A crucial element of the program is improved law enforcement and law enforcement monitoring in parks, game reserves and WMAs.
A Landscape Protection Coordinator is needed in order to deliver on the terms of reference listed below:
• MSc minimum in an Environmental Management related discipline;
At least 5 years working experience in wildlife related law enforcement with extensive experience working at levels of considerable responsibility with key government partners, as well as experience in as many of the following related fields as possible:
- Experience in training field operatives in anti-poaching;
- Experience in managing ranger teams and protection systems in both government and community settings;
- Experience in developing and implementing protection strategies;
- Experience in coordinating law enforcement actions between different relevant government partners;
- Familiar with the wildlife laws applicable in Tanzania;
- Working familiarity with the application of various protection assets (such as dogs, aviation, covert camera systems etc);
- Experience in coordinating ground to air anti-poaching coordination a distinct advantage (experience in small planes a distinct advantage);
- Managing handlers and intelligence gathering operations (HUMINT);
- Experience in law enforcement monitoring and the application of various GPS based monitoring approaches (SMART etc);
- Capable in terms of writing and presenting verbally technical assessments and reports related to the above fields of work;
- Experience in planning field based capacity building programs of different kinds;
A very high level of integrity, honesty and sense of responsibility;
Excellent communication skills and fluent spoken and written English and Swahili;
Proven experience in reporting writing and budget management;
Ability to work under pressure- independently and as part of a dynamic team;
Valid driving license and extensive 4WD experience essential with a clean driving record;
General IT literacy and familiarity with all standard word processing packages. A working knowledge of SMART, QGIS and other related software applications a distinct advantage.
Outline Terms of Reference:
This position will report to the Assistant Program Director;
Oversight of WCS support to Village Game Scout (VGS) networks in different WMA areas;
Liaison with key government law enforcement partners including TANAPA, Wildlife Division, Regional Police, Anti-Poaching Unit (Southern Highlands Zone), US Embassy and Army and others on various actions aimed at curbing poaching and wildlife trafficking;
Liaison with other partners including SPANEST, STEP as directed;
Provide support to the implementation of SMART law enforcement monitoring across the landscape and ensure that monthly feedback is secured outlining in particular how such approaches have benefited the protection of different areas;
Provide support to visiting anti-poaching and law enforcement specialists and donors in terms of planning travel and training/visit logistics and mobilization of trainees/partners etc;
Assist WCS in procuring law enforcement equipment from within Tanzania and internationally;
Support as directed the WCS aviation support program in the landscape;
Act as key liaison as directed on any projects that introduce new protection assets to WCS’ work;
According to agreed indicators, ensure that the monitoring of all WCS supported wildlife protection actions is carried out, data is collated and made available to the Program Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist;
Maintain an up to date work-plan and assist with the drafting of internal and donor reports;
Take a leading role in developing and strengthening the WCS wildlife law enforcement strategy with reference to national anti-poaching strategies, established best practice etc;
Assist with any other tasks as directed by either the Assistant Program Director or Program Director.
A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidate who will also have the opportunity to work in a large, dynamic conservation program with opportunities to apply and further develop a wide range of protection related skills and approaches.