Cowater International Inc.

Team Leader/Chief Technical Advise

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Deadline: Aug 2, 2024
Location: Tanzania
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience:Min 12 years
Date posted: Jun 19, 2024


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Job Title: Team Leader/Chief Technical Adviser
Position Type (full/part time): full time
Duration/Level of Effort (long/short term):  Long term / full-time position for 42 months. 
Position Location (e.g. city, country, remote): Songea, Tanzania, with regular travel to Project Districts
The forestry sector project will aim at increased income and improved livelihoods of communities, smallholder tree growers and SMEs from viable, sustainable forest-based value chains.

  • Responsible for planning, coordinating, monitoring and reporting of all the Project activities;
  • Supervises and leads the TA Team;
  • Oversees the operations of the Project ensuring that the Project achieves its intended results and the resources are managed according to the guidelines and contracts;
  • Co-chairs the Project Management Team (PMT) jointly with the NPC;
  • Supports and advises the districts in planning, coordination and management of their activities, including budgeting and management of funds;
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders;
  • Coordinates and contributes to the institutional capacity building and human resources development activities of the Project (such as orientation workshops, training, studies etc.) according to her/his background and competence;
  • Responsible for the Project administration and financial management, budgeting, financial control and accounting.
  • Prepares and/or approves ToRs for short-term employees, consultancies and studies, participate in evaluation of proposals and supervise contracts;
  • Assesses potential service providers, develops service delivery models, selects service providers as well as develops ToRs and contractual arrangement;
  • Ensures that the Human Rights based Approach and the cross-cutting objectives of gender equality and non-discrimination are mainstreamed into all Project activities;
  • Ensures that disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, low emission development and protection of the environment with an emphasis on safeguarding biodiversity are mainstreamed into all Project activities;
  • Responsible for transferring knowledge to the local personnel;


  • MSc degree or higher in Natural Resource Management, Rural development, Forestry, Land use planning, Local Governance or other relevant discipline

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum 12 years relevant international work experience in rural development and forestry, including (smallholder) plantation management, CBFM, wood industry, and forest value chain development;
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in project management;
  • Working experience to cover several of the following sub-sectors where the Project will be active: Environment Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Rural development, Marketing of forest/agriproducts or Land use planning;
  • Work experience in policy processes in natural resource sector, strengthening of forestry education and research organizations and institutional development;
  • Experience in local governance and capacity building at local levels;
  • Experience in community-based projects.
  • Experience in Africa, and particularly experience from Tanzania will be an advantage.

Other Skills:

  • Excellent human resource management skills;
  • Good financial management skills;
  • Leadership, motivation and good interpersonal skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Swahili will be an advantage;
  • Good facilitation and communication skills, and ability to work and communicate in a multi-sector team and a cross-cultural team;
  • Ability to work and live in remote areas;
  • Good reporting skills.

Language Proficiency: Fluent English is required. Knowledge of Swahili would be an asset.
Employment Conditions: Working time bound contract.
Candidates are encouraged to apply by August 2nd or soon as possible.
For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, date, Title of the Position.
Cowater International is an equal opportunity employer, basing employment on merit and qualifications as they relate to professional experience and position expectations. Cowater does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender identity, disability, age, or any other basis protected by law.
We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted w
Founded in 1985, Cowater International is a leading global development consulting company. Headquartered in Ottawa and with corporate hubs in Auckland, Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Manila, Nairobi, Singapore and Stockholm, Cowater International has successfully delivered a portfolio of over 2500 projects and assignments in more than 95 countries. We work with governments, private sector actors and communities implementing projects that support socio-economic development, institutional strengthening, environmental improvements and advance equal opportunities for all. We are a diverse and experienced team committed to building a better tomorrow for the people we serve. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our yearly award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2017.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.

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