The US Forest Service (USFS), as a part of the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) programs in Mozambique, may require the services of a country coordinator to provide support to a nascent partnership between the USFS and Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC). The coordinator will serve as the liaison between ANAC, USAID/Mozambique, and the USFS and manage the partnership’s technical portfolio.
The USFS is looking to support the National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC) to address natural resource challenges in key areas across Mozambique. Since 2011, ANAC has been the lead agency responsible for the management of 16 conservation areas within the country. These areas represent 25% of the national territory, or 20 million hectares. The largest of these protected areas, Niassa National Reserve (NNR), remains a key hotspot for biodiversity and boasts many challenges and opportunities for effective natural resource management.
The USFS conducted a scoping mission to Niassa National Reserve in 2019 and identified a suite of activities through which the USFS is ideally suited to contribute to ANAC’s important work. These activities focus on five overarching themes: fire management and training, protected area infrastructure design, capacity building for law enforcement, and community engagement and outreach. With support from USAID/Mozambique, the USFS and ANAC have designed a program around these themes that, for the immediate future, will focus on NNR.
The USFS Mozambique Country Coordinator will work with colleagues from ANAC, the USFS, USAID, and other partner institutions such as the Wildlife Conservation Society on a daily basis to oversee technical cooperation and serve as the representative of this partnership. In support of this effort, the coordinator will work with the USFS to recruit, schedule, and manage the work of short-term technical advisors from the USFS who will contribute their skills and expertise alongside counterparts from ANAC and other partner institutions.
- Advanced degree in forestry, conservation biology, ecology, geography, or related discipline, or equivalent professional experience in natural resource management;
- Demonstrated leadership and management skills; capable of executing complex tasks with minimal supervision over an extended timeline;
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
- Project administration and financial management skills, and associated attention to detail;
- Experience working in developing countries, preferably within sub-Saharan Africa;
- Ability to work in a dynamic environment with in-country and U.S. government agencies, international donors, NGOs, community groups, and other stakeholders;
- Experience working with key government partners in the target countries strongly preferred;
- Excellent writing and presentation skills;
- Willingness to work out-of-doors in potentially arduous conditions for prolonged periods of time and in areas with intermittent power supply and internet connectivity;
- English and Portuguese fluency required.
In collaboration with the USFS International Programs (IP) office in Washington, DC, the USFS Mozambique Country Coordinator will oversee the design, implementation, and management of activities with ANAC and related partners. All the while, the Coordinator will recruit and manage short-term technical advisors from the USFS who will contribute their expertise to these initiatives over the tenure of the project.
The Coordinator will report to the US Forest Service Assistant Director for Africa and the Middle East and will plan, direct, and coordinate the logistical management of the initiative in Maputo, with occasional travel to Niassa National Reserve. The Coordinator will work with colleagues from ANAC and partner institutions (e.g., governmental and non-governmental institutions, local communities, academia, development partners and relevant development partner-supported projects) on a continuous basis. The Coordinator will ensure that USAID/Mozambique is kept up-to-date on project progress and respond to requests for information in a thorough and timely manner.
Responsibilities of the Coordinator include, but are not limited to:
- Collaborate with colleagues from ANAC and partner institutions on design and oversight of core project activities;
- Provide reporting and program implementation information on a regular basis to USFS/IP Washington and USAID/Mozambique;
- Finalize work plans and reports in a timely and thorough manner;
- Work with USFS/IP Washington in the recruitment and scheduling of USFS short-term technical advisors who will contribute skills and expertise to the initiative;
- Provide technical and logistical support to short-term USFS technical advisors on mission to Mozambique;
- Collaborate with other relevant programs, as necessary, and associated development partners, NGOs, and other institutions.
- Develop statements of work (SOW) for USFS technical experts, as appropriate,
- Ensure thorough, high quality, and timely reporting for program activities,
- Within the first two months of the position, develop and manage:
- A work plan detailing activities over the first year of the program,
- A communications strategy that aligns with communications protocols of ANAC, USAID, and the USFS,
- Complete USAID reporting, including indicators metrics, on an established schedule
Oversight and Reporting: The Coordinator shall report to the Assistant Director for Africa and the Middle East at the USFS/IP Africa & Middle East office and provide regular evaluation and guidance.
Period of Performance: One year with a possibility of extension
Location of Work: Maputo, Mozambique
Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
If the US Forest Service were to secure the services of an individual with these technical skills, the successful applicant would be hired through a contractor.
Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to the HR Department at METI to IPJOBS@meticorp.com with USFS Mozambique Country Coordinator in the subject line; fax: 915-772-2253. METI is an Equal Opportunity Employer: M/F/V/D www.meticorp.com