Social Impact Biodiversity Conservation Expert/ Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili Jobs in Tanzania

Social Impact Biodiversity Conservation Expert/ Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili Jobs in Tanzania

Background of Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili (RNRG)

On March 6, 2020, the Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team (LEAT) launched the five-year (March 6, 2020-March 5, 2025) Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili (RNRG) activity funded through a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Tanzania.

The Activity was designed to address the primary threats to biodiversity and build the resilience of communities and ecosystems in the Sumbawanga and Nkasi District Councils, Rukwa region.

To achieve this goal RNRG focuses on the development and implementation of inclusive land-use plans; improved capacity of communities to hold institutions entrusted with managing natural resources accountable; improved capacity of communities and local government authorities to holistically manage natural resources; and increased community awareness on natural resources management and climate change.

Position Description:

Social Impact is seeking a Biodiversity Conservation Expert with strong experience in conducting evaluations using mixed methods to support the Team Lead in conducting this End of Project Study.

This is a consulting position with an estimated start date of December 2023. The estimated level of effort (LOE) for the Biodiversity Conservation Expert will be 52 days with expected travel of up to 21 days in Tanzania. The Biodiversity Conservation Expert will report directly to the Senior Assessment and Evaluation Specialist/Deputy Chief Party.


The Biodiversity Conservation Expert will closely collaborate with the Team Lead in the evaluation process of the project. This expert is instrumental in executing a comprehensive desk review, formulating the evaluation design, conducting data collection and analysis, and contributing to the final report writing. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of land use planning, especially within the Tanzanian context, combined with exemplary analytical and writing skills.

  • Provide subject matter expertise on Land Use Planning and Land Governance on the evaluation of the Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili Activity.

  • Engage with key stakeholders to gather insights and feedback regarding the Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili Activity.

  • Conduct KIIs with stakeholders identified, analysis, and interpretation processes, ensuring accuracy and comprehensiveness.

  • Participate in the desk review and identify additional information required for analysis.

  • Conduct the Qualitative Data Analysis using Dedoose or similar software.

  • Participate in the development of codebook and synthesize findings into actionable recommendations to inform new designs.

  • Collaborate with the team to compile and present detailed evaluation reports, highlighting key findings, insights, and actionable recommendations.

  • Collaborate with other ET members to identify potential risks associated with the evaluation process and develop mitigation strategies to address them proactively.

  • Work collaboratively with USAID and other stakeholders to understand and address any concerns or challenges that may arise during the evaluation process.

  • Conduct evaluation in accordance with USAID's policies and standards, maintaining the highest levels of quality and integrity.

  • Participate in the development and refinement of the evaluation design and methodology, ensuring alignment with project objectives and USAID expectations.

  • Implement and oversee rigorous quality control measures throughout the evaluation process, from data collection to report drafting, to ensure the highest standards are met.

  • Where possible, systematically gather and incorporate feedback from all stakeholders to enhance the relevance and utility of the evaluation findings.

  • Participate in the dry runs before presentations, and serve as the lead presenter during presentation, to share the findings, insights, and best practices derived from the evaluation with a broader audience.

  • Document all processes, methodologies, and key decisions for future reference and for building institutional memory.

  • Conduct an evaluation in an ethical manner, respecting local customs, traditions, and values, and ensuring the safety and confidentiality of all participants.


    With support from USAID/T-MELA and team members, the Team Lead will be expected to actively lead and be responsible for the production and management of the following:

  • Final Evaluation Design: A detailed, full evaluation design and
    work plan following an initial consultation with USAID that will include chosen methodologies and data collection tools.

  • Kick-off meeting/In brief: A PowerPoint presentation summarizing the Evaluation design of the evaluation and key partners prior to the launch of data collection.

  • Findings Conclusions and Recommendations (FCR) Matrix: An analysis tool through which data is triangulated and findings, conclusions, and recommendations specific to each evaluation question are produced. Two FCR matrixes are expected, a preliminary document after the first full week of data collection, and a final matrix at the end of the data analysis period.

  • Preliminary Findings PPT: The team will present the key findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the wider USAID/Tanzania Mission through a PowerPoint presentation. The TL is expected to update this PowerPoint after the final report.

  • Draft Report: A draft report with fully developed findings, conclusions, and recommendations, no longer than 30 pages excluding annexes, will be submitted to the T-MELA COP who will submit to the USAID COR for T-MELA activity. The format will include an executive summary, table of contents, methodology, findings, and recommendations. USAID/T-MELA and key local stakeholders will provide comments on the draft report.

  • Final Report: The team will submit a final report that incorporates responses to USAID's/partner's comments and suggestions. The report will be submitted electronically in English. The report will be disseminated within USAID and key stakeholders.

    Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of Masters in Biodiversity Conservation or any other related field on Natural Resource Conservation, Environmental Conservation.

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in conducting livelihoods programs linked to land use planning, against natural resource management and biodiversity conservation framework.

  • Extensive experience conducting quantitative surveys and qualitative efforts in Tanzania in these sectors is preferred.

  • Proven ability to interact with people from different social and economic backgrounds.

  • Experience in rapid appraisal methodologies, including interviews and focus groups and institutional analysis.

  • Strong knowledge of Tanzania and its political processes.

  • Willingness and ability to travel to the RNRG landscape.

  • Biodiversity and forest conservation implementation models in low-income countries.

  • Knowledge of alternative enterprise development (including incentive programs) and capacity to support sustainable models in conservation programs.

  • Solid technical background in land use planning at village and district levels.

  • Knowledge of sustainability issues at local, national, and regional levels with stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of Gender equality and women’s empowerment.

  • Knowledge of public participation, accountability, and transparency.

  • Knowledge of local government structures and capacities to support NRM.

  • Strong evaluation experience.

  • Excellent writing/organizational skills and a proven ability to deliver quality written products (Study Report and PowerPoint).

  • Strong understanding of Nature Conservation or Biodiversity Conservation is preferred.

  • Proven record of working in diverse teams and ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality reports.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to liaise effectively with stakeholders at various levels.

  • Familiarity with USAID's evaluation policies and procedures would be advantageous.

  • Prior experience working in Tanzania, or in a similar context, would be an added advantage.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work cohesively in a team.

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with USAID, local organizations, other program partners, and counterparts.

  • Must be fluent (writing and speaking) in English. Additional language proficiency in relevant languages (e.g., Kiswahili) would be an asset.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Social Impact Biodiversity Conservation Expert/ Usimamizi Endelevu wa Maliasili Jobs in Tanzania

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