Head of Conservation Programmes (HCP), BirdLife Project Office, Tanzania

Application deadline: Tuesday, 31. December 2013 - 16:00

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to head the BirdLife Project Office in Tanzania in accordance with BirdLife’s mission and strategy.

Main duties and responsibilities will include:

  • To ensure sound governance of the organisation in terms of human resources, financial and administrative management and the organisation’s adherence to current Tanzanian labour laws and practices.
  • Take overall responsibility for the management of BirdLife project office staff and create an effective working atmosphere for the successful delivery of existing projects.
  • Secure resources to continue the work started under the DFID Ulugurus project.
  • Ensure that the BirdLife project office finances are professionally managed at all times, activities undertaken within allocated budgets and timely financial reports submitted.
  • Represent the BirdLife Project Office in local and international fora and build the reputation of the organisation.


The required qualifications and skills are:

  • MSc or equivalent in an environmentally related subject
  • Knowledge of Environmental issues in Tanzania, Tanzanian environmental policy, legal and institutional structures
  • Knowledge of NGO Governance
  • Conservation experience  (10years +)
  • Project development and Management
  • Advocacy skills, Leadership skills, Strategic Management skills, Good communication skills and Diplomacy

Location: The position will be based in Arusha, Tanzania with frequent travel to Dar-es-Salaam

Duration: Initially a 15 month contract with a 6 month probation period

Salary& benefits: Gross salary of between GBP 18,000 – GBP 21,000 annually inclusive of taxes, depending on experience and qualifications, and according to BirdLife International/Africa Division terms and conditions. Pension, medical and life insurance benefits additional.

Application: Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email before 31st December 2013 to: edith.onyango-hongo@birdlife.org.  Foreign applicants should have the necessary permission to work in Tanzania.

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held on 23rd January 2014.

The  Job description can be downloaded here