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Social Safeguards Officer at Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)

  AjiraLeo Tanzania       Friday, February 9, 2024
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Social Safeguards Officer
Job Overview
Social Safeguards Officer at Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) February 2024
FZS Social Safeguards Officer for Tanzania
Title : Social Safeguards Officer
Position Holder Reports to
Tanzania Country Director, under technical guidance FZS HQ Social Safeguards Coordinator.

Position’s Objective
Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) conserves wildlife and ecosystems focusing on biodiverse protected areas. We aim to work with and for people to secure biodiversity in key ecosystems worldwide as the basis for all life and the livelihoods of present and future generations. FZS maintains long-term conservation programs in Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe.

In Tanzania, FZS works in the Serengeti and Great Mahale ecosystems, the Nyerere National Park, and the Selous Game Reserve.

FZS works in protected areas and community land by Protecting wildlife and promoting sustainable development of the local communities go hand in hand. The Frankfurt Zoological Society works with the people living in the ecosystem to become actively engaged in conservation and find sustainable livelihood opportunities. As local people rely on natural resources and ecosystem services, the program promotes alternative ways for communities to earn an income and benefit from the area’s protection by creating incentives to conserve the ecosystem.

The Frankfurt Zoological Society works closely with our major partners including the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority (TAWA), and Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA). We also work with local Districts government authorities and local communities surrounding or overlapping protected areas.

FZS recognizes that the conservation of biodiversity is hardly possible without involving local communities endowed with rich conservation skills and strategies. Local communities in Tanzania possess useful indigenous and local knowledge potential for rangeland and forest management and biodiversity conservation. The coexistence of local communities with complex ecosystems and diverse living species enabled them to gain experiences in biodiversity conservation. However, conservation initiatives can have considerable impacts on local communities, chiefly due to the need to protect or acquire large areas of land. FZS is concerned with managing challenging issues and processes to minimize impacts on communities, mitigate any impacts that do occur, and, ideally, leave communities better off through sustainable livelihood development and by supporting community initiatives.

FZS adopts a set of human rights standards to influence policies and practices in those cases where conservation actions negatively affect local people. Such standards include seeking to ensure that government authorities with whom we partner when making land use decisions, obtain free prior informed consent from all people denied access to land or resources and ensure that local people are provided with viable or equivalent access to land, resources, or opportunities if they lose legitimate access.

Local communities should be fully engaged in the conservation process from decision making to implementation of targeted plans. This empowers local communities and helps reduce bias and conflicts among conservation stakeholders. Indigenous and local knowledge should be mainstreamed into conservation practices and education, with local communities empowered to diversify their livelihoods to reduce reliance on natural resources.

This position will ensure that FZS implements systems and measures that safeguard the economic, social, and cultural rights of local communities living in the landscapes and ecosystems where we work.
This position will guide FZS in the field of social safeguards for land use planning and land titling, community-managed forest areas, Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), sustainable rangeland management, benefit-sharing mechanisms, human and wildlife conflicts, scout patrolling and monitoring, Community Conservation Banks, and conservation initiatives that restrict access to natural resources.

This requires an in-depth understanding of the local contexts and their communities, including the challenges, objectives, historical context, and potential risks including extensive travel to the field. This position will be conversant with international best practices of human rights and social safeguards in conservation, will serve as an advisor for field-based activities, and provide guidance on program development and arising issues.

It includes training and capacity building for FZS field staff, partners, and communities to ensure oversight and adherence to human rights policies and standards, as determined by the needs of the programs. The position should also help amplify local voices from the landscapes and ecosystems regarding land rights.

We offer a two-year contract with the possibility of extension based on performance and availability of funds, the position is expected to be based in Arusha with frequent travel to the landscapes and ecosystems where FZS works.

Main Tasks
a) Conduct risk assessments to identify the negative impacts of FZS activities on local communities and adopt the required measures to prevent, mitigate, or remedy them;
b) Provide technical assistance and training to the FZS team and partners, including relevant government national and local authorities, and local communities;
c) Assisting in identifying technical experts needed to support local communities in socioeconomic mapping and surveys, consultation processes, and information sharing when conservation initiatives result in restriction of access to natural resources and other negative impacts on economic, social, and cultural rights;
d) Identifying social, economic, and cultural dynamics, including gender, and relationships of power present in the local communities that might be taken into consideration in livelihood development projects and community initiatives supported by FZS;
e) Engage local communities in the design, implementation, and monitoring of FZS conservation programs and initiatives that might impact them positively or negatively;
f) Engage with District Council Officers, Village Leaders and Officers, community leaders, TANAPA and TAWA officers, and other relevant stakeholders in the design, implementation, and monitoring of social safeguards required for joint conservation initiatives that impact local communities;
g) Develop Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Protocols for FZS engagement with local communities in the design, implementation, and monitoring of its activities, including land use planning and titling, management of human and wildlife conflicts, scout patrolling and monitoring, forest and rangeland community management, benefit-sharing mechanisms, Community Conservation Banks, and conservation initiatives that restrict access to natural resources;
h) Provide training to local communities on participatory mapping and in developing their FPIC protocols.
i) Put grievance and feedback mechanisms in place for local communities and other stakeholders to receive and address direct negative or potential impacts from FZS programs or activities;
j) Establishing an appropriate system for recording all FZS activities, including engagement with local communities, and collecting and storing data;
k) Develop relevant Standard Operational Procedures to guide FZS work with local communities and partners for the implementation of social safeguards;
l) Drafting of position statements on relevant requests from FZS, donors, and media;
m) The job holder will liaise with the Country Director, Project Leaders, the HQ Social Safeguards Coordinator, and the Communication Officer to help ensure a common understanding of complex issues related to conservation and local communities’ rights; and
n) Support partners with preparation of Code of Conduct for rangers/game scouts/forest scouts where necessary.
a) A Master’s or other advanced degree in law, social studies, anthropology, or similar.
b) More than five years of professional experience working in the field of community and livelihood development, community and stakeholder engagement, and social and environmental safeguards.
c) Be familiar with existing environmental and social safeguards standards, human rights norms, and local legislation and policies applicable to the local community and livelihood development, stakeholder engagement, FPIC, IPLCs rights, Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, etc.
d) Excellent written and oral communication skills in Kiswahili and English.
e) Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills with the ability to engage at all levels including with local communities, local and national governments, international stakeholders, and partners.
f) Ability to conceptualize, design, and implement training at various levels, especially for communities.
g) Team-oriented working style and ability to set goals and priorities effectively and meet deadlines.
h) High standard of integrity beyond question. Mediation and/or conflict resolution skills are an advantage

Behavioural Values
a) Integrity: Maintaining high ethical standards both personally and professionally and being incorruptible
b) Sensitivity: Showing consideration, concern, and respect for other people’s attitudes, feelings, or circumstances and being aware of the influence of one’s behavior on them.
c) Problem analysis: Pointing out problems, recognizing important information, and tracing potential causes for problems.
d) Coaching/developing others: Encouraging and guiding colleagues to make their performance more effective and to enhance their self-perception and problem solving skills.

Application Process and Deadline
Please send your electronic application documents a CV and a cover letter (as one single PDF) and indicate your salary expectations and the earliest possible starting date to:
Application deadline: 08th March 2024 at 16.00 hours.

Equal Opportunity Statement
Frankfurt Zoological Society is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We strongly believe in equal opportunities and encourage women to apply for this position. Candidates will be selected on merit and qualifications for the role.

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