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Organization Overview:
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 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 the United States Agency for International Development (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 strengthens landscape scale conservation in the western geographical landscape of Tanzania through the development of a strategic landscape approach built upon USAID’s previous and continued support to NRM and conservation in Western Tanzania. This is a five-year funded cooperative agreement under USAID.

JGI is searching for a Finance & Administrative (FAM) Manager to join a dynamic team of professionals responsible for the implementation of the program and the responsible stewardship of resources. Reporting directly to the Chief of Party (COP) based in Kigoma, the FAM will be responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial management, accountability requirements and human resources management for this project, ensuring accurate and timely financial and administrative support services are providing to the program team. S/he has overall supervisory responsibility for the finance team and the administration team, focusing on general ledger activity, daily posting process, payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable, month-end closing process and financial report preparation.

Work involves the ability to manage a queue of priorities; responsibility for making independent decisions based upon knowledge of organization operations, policies, and procedures; and assigning and reviewing the work of support staff. Providing technical assistance to staff in implementing and complying with financial and administrative procedures to ensure compliance with regulations and serve as the financial liaison to JGI, local NGOs, other implementing partners and implementing units.

1. Finance and Administrative Manager
JGI is currently seeking to recruit suitably qualified and competent Tanzanian to fill the position of Finance and Administrative Manager with the following job functions and qualifications below:

Essential Functions:
  • Coordinate, including being able to perform, activities across the various accounting functions: payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and general accounting.
  • Manage weekly accounts payable process under the direction of program leadership. Support Staff Accountant in payroll, monthly billing, and daily accounts receivable processes.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate monthly reconciliation of general ledger accounts. Work with HQ accounting to report timely and accurate financial data.
  • Facilitate “closing” of financial records on a monthly basis and in a timely manner.
  • Support the leadership for the external annual audit process.
  • Work closely with the Tanzania and HQ program and financial support teams.
  • Review expenses to ensure that they have been recorded consistently and in accordance with JGI policies and procedures, generally accepted accounting procedures and USAID requirements.
  • Ensure the collection of accurate and complete documentation to support accounting entries in accordance with established JGI policies and procedures and USAID requirements.
  • Work closely with accounting staff to review accounting process and procedures, analyze, and reconcile accounts and recommend controls to prevent errors and promote efficiency.
  • Coordinate with the Grants Manager to assess the capacity of grant applicants and review request for advances, liquidations, and support documentation.
  • Provide high quality and proactive technical support to the program team including the review and interpreting financial results and making corrections in the G/L as identified.
  • Ensures proper cash handling procedures, responsible for proper control of petty cash.
  • Performs related duties as required
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree (preferably a Master’s degree) in Business Administration or Finance,
  • At least five years of experience managing the financial and administrative aspects of donor-funded assistance programs of similar size, complexity and setting,
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and supervising a team.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing sub-grants including conducting risk assessments o Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing,
  • Broad understanding of national laws, policies and norms related to accounting and administration,
  • Demonstrated experience in budgeting, human resources, procurement, and compliance issues.
2. Conversation Officer
Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall by conserving chimpanzees and inspiring communities to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment, we strongly believe everything is connected and everyone can make a difference.

The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) is a reputable and rapidly expanding non-governmental organization committed to wildlife research, conservation, socio-economic development, and environmental education. The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) was founded in 1977 by Dr. Jane Goodall. The JGI Tanzania with its partners – USAID and many others makes a difference through landscape and community-cantered conservation, chimpanzees research projects, youths’ environmental protection education, the innovative use of science and technology in wildlife research, conservation & education. We work closely with local communities in Tanzania, inspiring hope through a collective power of individual action.

JGI Tanzania through its countrywide Youths environmental education program (Roots & Shoots) is currently seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and competent Tanzanian to fill the following vacant position:

Job Vacancy: Conversation Officer
Work Station: Pugu, Dar es salaam
Reporting Line: National Coordinator for Roots & Shoots

Job Overall Summary:
The Jane Goodall’s Nature Centre is established to offer diversity of knowledge and information about nature, the natural history of soil, flora and fauna, with the cultural diversity of Tanzania. The Roots & Shoots Conservation Officer will be responsible for the operational management of the Centre. The Officer is expected to conserve the centre from all threats by protecting biodiversity and its entire ecosystem, restore the nature by raising and managing the tree nurseries, tree planting in the restoration site, conduct wildlife and biodiversity surveys to feed the centre’s database management systems. Conservation Officer will design structured conservation education programmes for different groups (Primary schools, secondary and private groups) to connect them with nature and provide skills to ensure nature is well conserved, and that Roots & Shoots is able to respond to the needs it’s partners. The Job holder is also expected to demonstrate strong forest and Nature Center management skills to support natural ecological integrity through nature interpretation programmes, trainings, nature camps, excursions and exhibits of habitats of the natural history of species.

Below Are The Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • To design nature interpretive information packages and signages.
  • To facilitate and manage school nature excursions.
  • To develop forest and nature interpretive education materials in the form of brochures, kids’ books, posters, pamphlets, and leaflets.
  • To develop and institute nature centre regulations.
  • To facilitate customer engagement and relationship management procedures.
  • To organize seasonal conservation education trainings for teachers, tour guides, private groups and families
  • Facilitate internship training programme for international volunteers.
  • Establish a multiskilled network of conservation minded people to form friends of Pugu nature conversation platform.
  • To produce 100,000 seedlings per year and coordinate transplanting at pugu restoration site.
  • To recruit, train and supervise high school and university students for field practical trainings.
  • Maintain high quality, and hygienic standard and cleanliness of the centre.
  • To conduct ecological monitoring for both biodata and spatial coordination using various surveys and software.
  • Coordinate with JGI-USA to provide geographical data for spatial analysis mapping and forest monitoring system.
  • Coordinate and supervise community engagement programmes including meetings, focus group interactions and creation of neighbourhood relations
  • Custodian of all nature centre assets, facilities and provide day to day’s management and control of equipment’s, materials, and assets.
  • Serve as a link to promote relationship with Tanzania Forest Services (TFS), local government authority, University of Dar-es salaam and other research and training institutes in conservation and management of forest and biodiversity.
  • Support establishment of Roots & Shoots School nurseries outside close to Pugu Nature Centre.
  • Coordinate distribution of tree planting campaign materials around and close to the centre.
  • Create and manage tree planting database, seedlings data sheets.
  • Conduct continuous and periodic biodiversity resource inventories in the centre
  • Coordinate wildlife health monitoring in the centre.
  • Be part of all other Roots & Shoots programme and activities in Dar es Salaam.
  • Conduct any other official related duties as shall be directed by your supervisor.
Key Job Qualifications:
  • in wildlife, zoology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, natural resources Management from any recognized higher learning institution.
  • A solid practical, and hands on experience in development of forest, wildlife and biodiversity education materials and camp/nature Centre management.
  • Proven understanding of nature surveillance, facility renovation, interpretive and nature trail designs.
  • Ability to work under pressure, deadlines, and little supervision.
  • Ability to learn and coordinate geo-spatial mapping, coding and digitization of maps, locations, species
  • Dynamic ability to work in a team of different national and international culture.
  • Experience in Roots & Shoots, conservation education, environmental education, outreach, and expeditions.
  • Ability to effectively manage a team of teachers, interns, volunteers, international and local government officials
  • Knowledge and experience databases, speared sheets, finance, assets management, procurement system, and records keeping is desirable.
  • Computer literate and ability to analyze and present data etc.
  • Experience working in a multiskilled, high pressure, and a dynamic ability to communicate effectively with various audiences
Method of Application
All applications should be submitted together with the signed application letter, most recent curriculum vitae (resume), copy of relevant certificates & transcripts, testimonials, three names of current and reputable referees, active mobile phone number & e-mail address, and should be sent to the following e-mail address: jgi-tanzania@janegoodall.or.tz with a subject ”Application for <<Job Title You are applying for>>”.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

The deadline for submitting the application is October 15, 2020

JGI Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, national or tribal origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, and marital status.

QUALIFIED WOMEN ARE ALSO HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
 

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