Project Coordinator

The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS)
10 March 2011

The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) in collaboration with the Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF) is seeking to recruit a dynamic, highly professional and ambitious Project Coordinator to be based at Arusha implementing a one year project on monitoring of wood and wood products Trade in Kenya and Tanzania Border points. The candidate should also link the implementation process of this project with another one looking at timber trade between Tanzania and Mozambique.

EAWLS came into being in 1961. EAWLS has been at the forefront in the efforts for protecting endangered, rare or threatened species and habitats in East Africa. Currently, EAWLS is seen as a leader in advocating for conservation of natural resources in the region. EAWLS has an active conservation programme that initiates and implements projects based on pertinent conservation issues facing the East African region.

 TNRF is a network organization registered in 2006 as a Non-Governmental Organisation, with the aim of promoting the improvement of natural resource governance to achieve more sustainable rural livelihoods and better conservation outcomes.  TNRF works for improved natural resources governance by helping to bridge the gap between; people’s local natural resource management needs and practices, and national natural resource management priorities, policies, laws and programs.

Overall Responsibilities and duty station:


As the project coordinator will be operating from the TNRF offices in Arusha, day to day supervision will be provided by the Tanzania Forest Working Group (TFWG) Coordinator. A Project Implementation Agreement between TNRF and EAWLS will provide the overall institutional framework.                                                                                                  

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Promote sharing of information and establishing a cross border collaboration between EAWLS, TNRF, TRAFFIC, East African Community (EAC) secretariat, the judiciary and Surveillance units, police units (prosecutors), Provincial Administration, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Tanzania Revenue Authority, Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA), Forest Catchment Department, Regional and District Natural Resource Department and other relevant institutions, including civil society organisations.
  2. Facilitate research on domestic timber or wood market patterns, origins, transport systems or other information that would facilitate improved governance of domestic use of resources and cross border trading.
  3. Working with lead government institutions (KFS, KWS and Tanzania Forestry and Beekeeping Department, Regional and District authorities), TRAFFIC and timber trade associations, facilitate the development of a system for regular monitoring and tracking of timber and forest products trade at Kenya and Tanzania border sites.
  4. Strengthen regional and international cooperation in forest law enforcement and governance in cooperation with relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations and intergovernmental bodies by facilitating awareness and use of the monitoring tool in law enforcement/ compliance at cross border sites.
  5. In close collabroation with TNRF communications department, Tanzania Forest Working Group (TFWG) and EAWLS, promote policy dialogue and exchange of experience and information on international market developments related to the demand for legal and sustainable tropical timber through publication of a bi-annual policy brief highlighting cross border timber and wood issues.
  6. Establish a platform (forum) for addressing cross border biodiversity issues with EAC at Arusha and organise meetings between Kenya and Tanzania Government agencies and EAC to discuss cross border timber and forest products issues. 
  7. Write project concept papers and proposals for fund-raising for continuity of the project.
  8. Maintain an overview of national, regional and global conservation issues.
  9. Represent on occasions EAWLS and TNRF
  10. Produce quarterly work plans and budgets.
  11. Produce quarterly technical and financial progress reports.
  12. Be responsible for project equipment.
  13. Manage budgets of the project, based on the quarterly budgets approved by EAWLS Executive Director and TNRF on accounting procedures of the EAWLS and the donor.
  14. Publicize the vision, mission and activities of EAWLS and TNRF
  15. Responsible for EAWLS coporate membership liaison and Swara distribution and retail.

Candidate Profile 


  1. A minimum Bachelors degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., biological sciences, forestry, natural resources, environment, economics, etc.).
  2. A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in natural resources and environment sectors.
  3. Familiarity and practical experience working on policy and programmatic issues related to timber and forest products trade, forest management and biodiversity conservation.
  4. Proven skills in programme and project planning, monitoring and evaluation and report writing.
  5. Flexible, adaptable, dynamic and culturally sensitive.
  6. Willingness to travel and work within the region.
  7. Excellent spoken and written English and Kiswahili skills are essential
  8. Computer application skills (e.g. Email, MS Office) are essential and capabilities in geographic information systems (GIS) / remote sensing applications will be an added 


This position is open to Kenya and Tanzania nationals initially for one year. Further contract renewal will depend on availability of funds. EAWLS with TNRF is an equal opportunity employer; women are highly encouraged to apply for this post. For more information on EAWLS and TNRF, please consult the websites and

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and full CV (including contact information of 3 professional references) to no later than 11h March 2011 and make reference to the post: “Project Coordinator” in the subject line. 


How to Apply: 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and full CV (including contact information of 3 professional references) to no later than 11h March 2011 and make reference to the post: “Project Coordinator” in the subject line. 

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