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KAZI: Field manager: Mitigation of lion killing in Mpimbwe

Discussion in 'Nafasi za Kazi na Tenda' started by sandet, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. sandet

    sandet Member

    Sep 8, 2010
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    Hi guys,

    kwa wale Wahifadhi wa Wanyama pori kazi hiyo

    The job description is as follows:

    POST: Field manager: Mitigation of lion killing in Mpimbwe

    Location: Kibaoni Village, Mpimbwe Division/District, Katavi Region, with occasional travel to Regional and District headquarters as required.

    Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension pending funding)

    SUMMARY: To implement an on the ground conservation programme designed to reduce Lion killing in Mpimbwe, Rukwa. This post is under the supervision of Dr Emily Fitzherbert, Professor Monique Borgerhoff Mulder and Professor Tim Caro of the University of California. The project involves developing economic disincentives for killing lions, promoting greater self-policing in the community, and offering conservation education.

    SALARY: $1000-1500 / month depending on experience.


    The greatest threat to lion populations across sub-Saharan Africa is thought to be direct killing of lions by local communities in retaliation to livestock depredation and the resultant economic losses incurred. Like many pastoral and agro-pastoral communities, the Sukuma measure their wealth in heads of cattle. Traditionally Sukuma men kill lions in response to livestock losses, and are subsequently rewarded by their clansmen with gifts. Prior research in Mpimbwe, an administrative division to the south of Katavi National Park (western Tanzania), showed that the driving motive behind Sukuma lion-killing has shifted from retaliation for economic (livestock) loss to the quest for economic gain (reward payments given for killing a lion) and men now actively hunt lions in the National Park. This project is the first to attempt to halt lion killing by local communities where economic gains are the primary motive.

    This project will use three participatory approaches to halt this new trend of Sukuma lion hunting. 1. Economic dis-incentivisation – working with Sukuma households to ensure universal refusal to reward lion hunters thereby removing the economic incentives. 2. Regulation - Sukuma lion hunting is illegal and a blatant manipulation of Sukuma tradition. This project will work to promote the adoption of an anti lion hunting policy by the Sungusungu a traditional policing institution. 3. Ecological literacy -- Conservation sympathies do not run high amongst the Sukuma. A cross-societal education programme, including national park visits for key community members, environmental film shows and the integration of environmental workbooks into schools will be implemented to improve the current standard of environmental awareness within Mpimbwe.

    • Formation of an executive committee with WaSukuma leaders for strategy development
    • Organization of workshops/seminars at village and subvillage level about lion killing and the payments of rewards
    • Coordination of trips for Sukuma leaders and youth into the KNP, in conjunction with TANAPA
    • Continuation of supervision of primary/secondary school trips into KNP, in conjunction with TANAPA
    • Planning and execution of field trip to other areas of Tanzania to visit successful lion protection schemes
    • Development of locally appropriate conservation workbooks (in collaboration with African People and Wildlife Fund) for use in schools
    • Coordination of roving conservation videos and displays, in collaboration with Majaabu Films.

    Additional responsibilities:

    • Keep project accounts, manage the field budget
    • Vehicle maintenance
    • General field base management
    • General maintenance of good relations with the village government and villagers themselves
    • Regular reporting to the project coordinator.

    Qualifications / skills:

    · This project will be remotely supervised for some of the time. The post holder will necessarily have a high degree of self direction and initiative.
    · The post holder must be able to operate effectively in a very rural remote setting with basic infrastructure.
    · 3 years experience in community participation programs, ideally including human-wildlife conflict.
    · Driving licence and license required, and ability to drive motorbike.
    · Email and basic computer literacy.
    · Basic ability to manage project finances.
    · Basic/ Moderate English.
    · Post probably unsuitable for a family although this is flexible

    Interviews in Dar es Salaam from September to January 2011. Candidate must travel at own expense to Dar.

    Please contact
    Dr Emily Fitzherbert
    Department of Anthropology, University of California at Davis
    Tel: 0787-460692


    Professor Monique Borgerhoff Mulder,
    Department of Anthropology, University of California at Davis
    Tel: 0782-162935
  2. J

    JIWE2 Senior Member

    Sep 23, 2010
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    thanx. tumeiona