Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Job Opportunity at Global Resource Alliance, Inc. (GRA), Tree Program Manager


Tree Program Manager  

Job Description

Global Resource Alliance – Tanzania

Job Title:  Tree Program Manager

Location: Musoma, Tanzania



Supervisor: GRA-Tanzania Director

Global Resource Alliance, Inc.

Global Resource Alliance, Inc. (GRA) is a non-profit organization headquartered in Ojai, California. It was founded in April 2002 to provide financial and technical support to community organizations in the world’s least developed regions working for social, economic and environmental change. GRA’s local organization has partnered with Belgian NGO, WeForest, since 2011 to plant trees with institutions, such as schools and churches, and individuals and farmer groups, who have collectively planted over 1 million trees through their Tree Program throughout the Mara Region of Tanzania. These seedlings are grown in two nurseries, one in Kinesi, established 10 years ago, and one in Butiama, established in 2019. All trees have to date been provided to individuals who come to the nurseries to pick the tree species and number they choose, and for schools, which receive free delivery of seedlings each season. Beneficiaries are given basic training on transplanting and managing tree seedlings, and establishing their own tree nursery. The seedlings are monitored over time to verify tree mortality rates and offer technical support to beneficiaries on how to best manage and benefit from their trees.

WeForest

WeForest is a fast-growing international non-profit association headquartered in Belgium and with current projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. The mission of the organization is to advance innovative, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest and landscapes for climate, people and planet. We promote scientific evidence for the ways in which forests contribute to climate change mitigation, beyond their impacts as stocks of carbon, by increasing water availability, enhancing local cooling and improve rural livelihood and resilience.

Role

This position leads a highly collaborative effort between GRA and WeForest to plant trees throughout Tanzania’s Mara Region and beyond. An experienced Tree Program Manager is needed to improve, manage and scale tree planting operations. The Tree Program Manager is responsible for supervising, planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating all aspects of the Tree Program. Individuals applying to the position must meet the selection criteria below, and be able to function with minimal technical supervision, they will be directly supervised by the GRA-TZ Director.

Responsibilities

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

Project Responsibilities

  • Supervise all Tree Program staff
  • Provide training and mentoring for Program staff on project methodology, responsibilities, and expectations, as well as capacity building opportunities
  • Oversee the Program’s strategic plan, logframe and work plans with assistance from the GRA Director and WeForest
  • Oversee the Program budget and financial accounting system
  • Oversee the Program reporting tools and processes, submit reporting requirements (financial and programmatic) to GRA-TZ, GRA-US and WeForest in a timely manner
  • Assist with procurement of materials, tools, equipment, etc.
  • Assist in seedling distribution
  • Assist in delivering training among beneficiaries, communities, institutions and government
  • Work with Program staff to implement and manage all training and M&E activities
  • Monitor the overall Program to ensure it annually meets milestones and goals in accordance with the scope, timeline, and budget
  • Work with Program staff to schedule and coordinate monthly project activities in accordance objectives and budgets
  • Identify, assess and develop strategic locations and partnerships for new Program initiatives
  • Collate and review all Program reporting data to ensure consistency and accuracy
  • Provide accurate and current information as requested for grant proposals and fund-raising activities
  • Provide accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information as requested for marketing and outreach, reporting, and other publication material

Partnership and Networking Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with relevant government offices at all levels in accordance with Program goals and priorities
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships with national and international corporations, development organizations and non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) involved in agroforestry or complimentary work
  • Represent the organization at and participate in relevant meetings, task forces, working groups, consortiums, and conferences relevant to GRA’s mission and objectives



Administrative Responsibilities

  • Ensure all Program staff and fiscal and human resource activities adhere to both local and organizational laws and policies
  • Hire quality Program staff and conduct performance reviews with assistance from the Program Coordinator, GRA-TZ Director and WeForest
  • Process administrative requests/documents (e.g., travel requests, expense claims, vouchers, visa applications, etc.) with assistance from the GRA Director
  • Plan and organize workshops, conferences, meetings and other ad-hoc events as appropriate


Required Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelors degree or equivalent in forestry, agriculture, environmental science, development, project management, or other relevant field; masters’ degree preferred
  • Work experience: Minimum three years’ in a supervisory role working in rural development for an NGO in Tanzania; experience with smallholder farmers is desirable

Skills: Excellent in organizing and multi-tasking, coordinating, training, reporting, communication and computer software; experience with GIS is desirable
Language: Fluent in English and Kiswahili (speaking and writing)
Nationality: Tanzanian

Required Attributes

Commitment to GRA and WeForest’s mission and vision
Excellent personnel management skills
Focused, disciplined, and determined
Innovative and collaborative
Patient and flexible, particularly in cross-cultural environments
Good interpersonal skills
Willingness to keep flexible work hours


Terms & Conditions

Start date: As soon as possible

Duration: One year, with potential to extend subject to performance and funding (6-month probationary period)

Salary: Small NGO competitive package

Location: Musoma, Mara Region

Working hours: Full-time


How to apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to Corrie Mauldin (corrie.mauldin@weforest.org) by 8 July, 2020. Due to the anticipated number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We thank you for your interest.

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