VACANCY: Northern Tanzania Program Coordinator

Lion Guardians
30 July 2014


 Northern Tanzania Program Coordinator




Northern Tanzania


Executive Director


Lion Guardians is a leading lion conservation organization that supports rural communities to conserve declining lion populations. This is done by working with highly skilled Lion Guardians, drawn from their local communities, to monitor the movements of lions, collect data, inform local people of their exact whereabouts, and help prevent human‐lion conflict. Based in the Amboseli ecosystem, Lion Guardians is now expanding to additional ecosystems in East Africa as a result of demand from other communities and conservation groups due to the substantial and sustained success it has achieved in reducing lion mortality.

Lion Guardians is in need of a northern Tanzania Program Coordinator (PC) in Tanzania to further develop and oversee the Lion Guardians partnered projects in Tanzania (mostly northern Tanzania). The PC will be responsible for providing coordinated support to the different site‐based projects Lion Guardians is undertaking in northern Tanzania, in order to support the attainment of the broader Lion Guardians’ program goals to reduce local persecution of lions and increase lion survival outside protected areas on community lands in this region. The PC will work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Science as part of the senior management team in strategic decision‐making and coordinating operations, playing a critical role in the further expansion and development of Lion Guardians’ quality programming and overall capacity.

The PC will be provided with comprehensive training of the Lion Guardians program in Kenya prior to starting the work in Tanzania. The PC will be chiefly responsible for implementing and supervising the requisite programmatic systems needed to support substantial growth and replication of the Lion Guardians projects in Tanzania.  On taking up the post, the PC will have direct oversight responsibility for a growing team, which includes project site and community managers and Lion Guardians field coordinators.

The successful candidate will be an experienced, highly motivated, hands‐on collaborative manager. This is a tremendous opportunity for an early‐career aspiring conservation leader with great knowledge of East Africa, and advanced skills in community conservation, management, and field‐based operations.

Duties and responsibilities

1. Supervision and Management

  • Work Protocols: Ensure that each Lion Guardians partnered project is following agreed upon work protocols and procedures (including: data collection, entry, and analysis).
  • Work with directors and project managers to analyze Lion Guardians collected data to measure project performance against stated goals
  • Supervision: Provide close supervision and management of each project manager
  • Verify each Lion Guardians project site is running smoothly by verifying the work of the project, community managers and field coordinators
  • Follow up with each Lion Guardian at the multiple sites to ensure they are performing their duties as expected.
  • Training & Capacity Building: If necessary, provide further training to project managers to ensure they improve and develop their management, computer and writing skills.
  • Work with Lion Guardians to ensure they are receiving adequate training and oversight the project site managers
  • Communication: Regular and thorough communication and reporting to partnered project directors and LG Executive Director
  • Verification: Carry out verifications of Lion Guardians in the field.
  • Accounts: Manage monies and keep organized accounting for all petty cash
  • File accounting each month with LG accounting office

2. Administration

  • Human resource management – overseeing and further developing all human resource management systems including maintaining staff contracts, leave and other benefits as well as resolving staff issues at each project site
  • Procurement – overseeing the procurement of all necessary project equipment for project sites in close coordination with the Executive Director
  • IT management – ensuring that the IT systems (computers, hard drives and internet devices) are functioning and data backups are occurring regularly at each project site.
  • Communications management ‐ ensuring that all communications between various managers, directors, coordinators and Guardians are appropriately addressed or passed on to appropriate staff.
  • Logistics and transport – oversee project managers to ensure that the organization’s transport equipment (vehicles, motorbikes) are maintained, serviced and appropriately cared for and operated by respective projects
  • Performance metrics ‐ capturing key data and processes in order to demonstrate the relationship between Lion Guardians’ achievements on the ground, its goals and resulting fundraising needs.


  • Bachelor’s  degree  (Master’s  degree  preferred)  in  environmentally  related fields (including social science degrees)
  • High proficiency of English and at least advanced conversational Kiswahili
  • Experience with working in rural communities
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent team‐building and collaborative skills, with an ability to work effectively within a dynamic and visionary leadership team.
  • Demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, attention to detail, strong professionalism, investing in people, credibility, and commitment to Lion Guardians’ conservation mission.
  • Flexibility and ability to simultaneously carry out multiple diverse tasks and objectives; ability to work within an ambitious, fast‐moving environment, while also driving toward clear solutions and quantifiable outcomes; demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and proposing new ways of creating efficiencies, and guiding investment in people and systems.
  • A strong team player that can also lead and work independently.
  • Experienced off‐road driver and basic bush mechanic knowledge
  • Can comfortably live in remote sites with limited access to phone network, power, and water.
  • The  ideal  candidate  will  have  experience  with  and  knowledge  of  social development and conservation sectors in East Africa.
How to Apply: 

Interested candidates may send a CV and cover letter to: ‐ please put: “Application for Northern Tanzania PC position” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: July 30, 2014