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Social Safeguards Officer at Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)

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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.

Role
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: jobs.tanzania@fzs.org
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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