Open position: Programme Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience – Deadline 09 May 2023


The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates in twenty-four countries in the Horn of Africa, covering Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). The ESARO region is extremely rich in pristine land systems, oceans and inland waters. ESARO’s Programme focuses on an integrated conservation approach through a diverse portfolio of projects and programmatic initiatives ranging from activities at the level of individual landscapes and seascapes to shaping regional policy on inclusive conservation, climate change and restoration related. ESARO defines and delivers on its programmatic priorities in collaboration with IUCN members, commissions and other strategic partners.

The Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR) Programme is responsible for marine and coastal issues, including biodiversity conservation, development and management of marine protected areas and their networks, ecosystem and fisheries management, marine spatial planning, marine pollution, integrated management and governance of coastal areas, adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable utilization of marine and coastal resources. The strategy, “The Great Blue Wall”, aims at rolling out IUCN ESARO’s Blue Resilience Framework comprised of three key pillars: Blue Planet, Blue People and Blue Partnerships. The three pillars respectively aim to secure the integrity of critical blue natural capital features, increase ocean and coastal conservation benefits and stewardship; and establish innovative and ambitious partnerships to dramatically increase impact. The strategy aims at responding to the needs of the WIO region, both in terms of conservation and development by unlocking the potential of WIO’s natural capital through a blue economy.

IUCN has had its operations in Tanzania for more than four decades working with many partners and supporters to implement a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects ranging from management of protected areas, forest ecosystems, coastal and marine resources, aquatic ecosystems and climate change resilience.

The scope of programme growth in IUCN Tanzania office is expanding based on: growing national and regional focus on the blue economy, commitment to multilateral environmental management agreement targets (2030 Global Biodiversity and Climate Change framework actions), development partners interest, sound government relations and bilateral partners interests. Specific to coastal and ocean resilience, the country is implementing a number of flagship conservation projects including: Bahari Mali funded by the Irish Embassy in the Tanga Pemba seascape; Save our Mangroves Now; Locally Empowered Areas of Protection funded by the German Government, the Regenerative seascapes funded by Canada and WIOCOR (Seagrass project) funded by French Fund for the Global Environment. . .

Given the expanding portfolio, the IUCN Tanzania office seeks to hire a Programme Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR) to provide managerial, technical oversight and reporting responsibilities in the implementation of the portfolio of IUCN COR projects. Key among the functions would among other incorporate: 1) Multi-year project design and development 2) Project activity management; 3) Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Reporting; 4) Broad level policy level engagement across the broad-spectrum of marine and coastal natural resources management sector and 5) staff management including supervision



This position reports directly to the Country Representative, Tanzania with functional reporting to Regional Head, Coastal and Ocean Resilience, on matters related to the Tanzania programme. He/she will serve as a senior member of the regional coastal and ocean program that helps set strategic directions and define priorities for IUCN engagement on marine and coastal issues in the region.The Programme Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will be directly responsible for the development, resourcing, and management of IUCN COR programme activities in Tanzania, and regional activities to address LMMAs and MPAs, ensuring that they are coherent and consistent with IUCN’s “One programme” approach, build on and align with IUCN ESARO’s Blue Resilience Framework and add value to nationally defined priorities. The Programme Manager, COR will also provide additional support on activities in the broader WIO region when required, in close collaboration with the Regional Head, COR and other relevant IUCN programmes, Members, Commissions and partners.

The Programme Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR) is responsible for: i) Guiding the strategic direction and development of the thematic area, including development and marketing of project proposals with donors (including multi-country proposal when opportune and relevant); ii) Ensuring that programmatic activities within the thematic area are effectively and efficiently implemented; iii) Promoting learning, knowledge generation and innovation within both the thematic area and in relation to the ESARO Intersessional Programme and Strategy; and iv) Ensuring that progress and performance of the COR programme in the country is regularly monitored and evaluated.

The Programme Manager, Coastal and Ocean Resilience (COR) will be based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.


Strategic management;

  • In collaboration with the Country Representative, Tanzania, facilitate the strategic development of the COR Country thematic Programme;
  • In collaboration with the Country Representative, Tanzania, develop and maintain strong strategic partnerships with in-country programmes, global programme units, members, commissions, technical partners, policy bodies and donors and work closely with and other thematic programmes to develop and maintain an appropriate project portfolio and funding for implementation of the country programme;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of any relevant marine and coastal initiative in the country and provide where needed, guidance and support to the development and implementation of other IUCN Initiatives;
  • Ensure that IUCN is adequately represented in relevant country fora and negotiations on marine and coastal issues and facilitate discussions on relevant marine and coastal emerging issues to position IUCN as a reference; Provide additional support at regional and international level when required and in close coordination with the Country Representative, Tanzania;
  • Develop, coordinate and supervise COR programme country team to ensure that individuals work together as an integrated team, that there is coherence and consistency in programmatic outputs and a high quality of technical advice is given to IUCN global and regional programmes, field programmes, projects, members and partners;
  • Oversee the development and implementation of annual budgets and work plans and provide a timely progress report of the
  • Programme financial and technical activities in accordance with IUCN’s standards and procedures.

Project management;

Coordination and implementation of activities of all Coastal and Ocean resilience related projects), including

(i) lead the planning and implementation of regional and national project activities

(ii) represent IUCN at relevant regional and national meetings;

(iii) define project tasks and resource requirements;

(iv) develop full scale project plans;

(v) maintain necessary linkages and partnerships with the relevant national and regional institutions;

(vi) manage project budget and resource allocation;

(vii) plan and schedule project timelines;

(viii) track project deliverables using appropriate tools; and

(ix) constantly monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders;

Provide managerial oversight of the Country COR programme portfolio of projects;

Ensure that IUCN’s COR work in the country is of high technical quality, based on good science and drawing upon state-of-the-art thinking and knowledge;
Convene regular meetings with project staff and other technical partners (including implementing partners) to review progress on projects as well as cost recovery and provide monthly reports to the Country Representative, Tanzania and Regional Head, Coastal & Ocean Resilience;
Ensuring that project/programme strategies and workplans are developed and implemented according to plan and commitments to partners and donors (including assuring quality of performance & progress, timing and budget);
Capitalize and disseminate to key decision-makers within the country and region, lessons learnt from program and projects as well as those learnt from partners;
Working closely with the Finance and Administration Department as well as Human Resource focal point to ensure that projects/programme are financially viable and have the necessary human and other resources necessary for effective implementation;
Ensuring that contractual obligations and IUCN’s policies and procedures are efficiently adhered to;
In close coordination with the Regional Head, COR and the Regional Communications & Constituency Officer, ensure that IUCN’s work is effectively and widely shared (including by producing high quality communication material), including on online platforms and other media channels.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting;

In close collaboration with ESARO’s Regional M&E Manager, support the development and implementation of in-country COR monitoring and evaluation systems and processes at programme and project level, including inputs to IUCN Tanzania Intersessional Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Framework in line with the overall regional M&E framework;
Oversee IUCN portal entries and management, and mid-year and annual reports development for in-country COR portfolio;
Facilitate targeted socio-economic and scientific surveys and analysis, and in-country project evaluation management.

Programme development;

Leading fundraising and resource mobilization for the programme through the development of proposals and maintaining good relationships with donors and funding agencies so as to ensure the financial viability of the programme.
Work with GEF/GCF task manager to develop the in-country COR portfolio.

Other Duties;

Carry out other relevant tasks assigned by, and mutually agreed with, the line manager.
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.




  • Advanced degree in environmental sciences, natural resources management, political sciences, business administration, sustainable development or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources;

Work Experience;

  • 7-10+ years of proven knowledge and experience in natural resource management, coastal and marine conservation, environmental economics, blue economy is considered a great asset;
  • Demonstrated experience in programme management, development and fundraising;
  • Demonstrated budgeting, programme and project planning and day-to-day activity coordination abilities;
  • Experience with result-based portfolio and project cycle management, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies;

Language Proficiency;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;

Function Competencies;

  • Sound ability to see the big picture, think strategically, connect the dots and able to deal with complex situation and projects
  • Entrepreneurial character and capacity to work autonomously highly desirable
  • A high caliber professional self-driven and solution oriented
  • Strong interpersonal, management and supervisory skills and experience, including working with remote implementing partners and teams;
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating the establishment of networks and multi-stakeholder participatory processes;
  • Experience in advocacy and policy influencing;
  • Computer literacy (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint), use of web-based online communication tools, including facilitation skills for virtual webinars and related events as well as capacity to guide the production of high-quality, story-telling type communication material (video, blogs, etc.)
  • Be willing to undertake frequent travel (at least 25% of their time) and interact with multicultural stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated work experience and in-depth understanding of Tanzania and the WIO region at large.
  • Established network within Tanzania coastal/marine/blue economy related stakeholders highly desirable, as well as among potential technical partners and donors.

Core Competencies;

  • Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
  • Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
  • Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

For further information about this opportunity, click here.

via IUCN
Have any news or opportunity in ocean sciences to share? Send it to
Share with your networks
Scroll to Top