Carbon Benefit & Land Tenure Officer at CARE
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice and places a particular emphasis on women and girls, their dignity and empowerment to lead their communities out of poverty. CARE began working in Tanzania in April 1994, in response to the crisis in Rwanda and the subsequent influx of refugees into the Kagera Region of North-western Tanzania. Over the subsequent years, CARE Tanzania developed innovative education, health, microfinance, and environmental programs across most regions of the country. In Tanzania CARE works with the Government both in mainland and Zanzibar and other stakeholders to transform communities and ensure financial inclusion and independence, health and nutrition, climate- smart development resilience, especially for women and girls.
Restoring Landscapes & Livelihoods in East and Southern Africa with Climate Asset Management (RESAf) in Tanzania aims to improve livelihoods, food security and resilience to climate change in Tanzania through restoring ecosystem services and improved management of agricultural, pastoral and forest areas contributing to emissions reductions. This Program will enable and build substantial carbon sinks and sequestration opportunities, allowing viable returns to both farmers and investors.
CARE will be leading implementing Organisation in this 5 years’ climate change initiative in a consortium approach with other four international NGOs. The Program will enhance ecosystem services and carbon sinks, using locally appropriate Evergreening practices, to sequester carbon and generate certified carbon credits for the benefit of local communities and the investor. To improve the landscapes and livelihoods across Tanzania, the programme will take a multifaceted, evidence-based approach to strengthen social, institutional, and economic infrastructure, and will develop equitable ever-green agriculture(EGA)value chain markets and ecosystem-based businesses (including the engagement with carbon markets) that underpin the sustainability of scaling-up positive impacts being realized through Evergreening practices.
CARE Tanzania seeks to recruit dynamic qualified Tanzanians to fill five (5) positions for a new project under Restoring Landscapes & Livelihoods in East and Southern Africa with Climate Asset Management (RESAf) based in Ifakara, Morogoro.
POSITION TITLE : Carbon Benefit & Land Tenure Officer
REPORTS TO : Women Empowerment & Financial Inclusion Program Manager
LOCATION : Ifakara, Morogoro
The Carbon Benefits and Land Tenure Officer is responsible for facilitating the process for acquiring land and tenure rights from small scale farmers to give way for the development of Carbon Programming within the Cluster. Whereas the Entire RESAf Tanzania will follow one standard procedure, this position will work quite closely and with guidance from the Consortium’s Technical/thematic/technical lead on the Land Tenure and Rights – Total LandCare (TLC). The position involves a strong element of safeguarding the interest of the target communities we work with, as guided by the organizational vision and mission. The position will take lead in facilitating cluster level development of individual (as appropriate) and community land use plans, community land rights and carbon rights awareness: and deployment of strategies for securing consent from the farmers, leading them to enter carbon contractual engagements. With guidance from Thematic lead, it also involves participation in the establishment of carbon credit standards and guidelines(appropriate)structuring and steering of carbon benefit sharing mechanisms of the project.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS:
- In collaboration with Consortium’s Land tenure rights technical lead, participate in the development, review and/or adoption of land rights and carbon benefit sharing mechanisms manuals for the Restore Africa program in Tanzania.
- With guidance from the Land tenure rights technical lead and in collaboration with other implementing partners within the district, facilitate the development of individual (as appropriate) and community land use plans for creating space for carbon activities.
- Facilitating development of community land rights and carbon rights awareness campaigns, dialogues, and clinics/workshops to increase project acceptance in the communities.
- Facilitating deployment of strategies for carbon contract engagements with the farmers within the implementation cluster.
- Prior execution of the contract, ensure that the process for securing consent from the farmers follows the standard procedures and is agreeable to the local and district government.
- Participating in monthly and/or quarterly Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings organized by partners / the Consortium’s Land tenure rights technical lead for purposes of technical backstopping and resolving land rights and carbon rights challenges/conflicts.
- Facilitate and provide support on the land-based conflict resolution in the project area assigned to you.
Carbon Credit Mechanism
- Participate in feasibility assessments and other evaluations of projects in the perspective of future investments and generation of carbon credits.
- Through guidance from Consortium’s Land tenure rights technical lead and in collaboration with consortium members, Global Evergreening Alliance and sector ministries participate in the establishment of carbon credit standard and guidelines.
- Participate, as appropriate, in the structuring and steering of carbon benefit sharing mechanisms of the project: planning and implementation of project carbon related activities.
with guidance from Global Evergreening Alliance and in collaboration with implementing partners, create and manage carbon sequestration models and carbon benefits calculations and sharing mechanisms in the program area.
- Engage in the implementation of MRV activities and to prepare data and documents necessary for carbon certifications.
- Ensure that there is active dialogue and engagement on the carbon enterprise with participating communities and that decisions made by the communities in relation to their involvement in investment groups or the cooperatives are made with free, prior, and informed consent.
- Contribute and advise any contract related carbon officiating and Credit to safeguard interest of target programme beneficiaries.
- Ensure that the Carbon Development Process adopted by CARE- REAP Tanzania complies with the new national Environment Management (Control and Management of Carbon Trading) Regulations, 2022.
- Following the above, inform the Team Lead and/or CARE CO management of any challenges or discrepancies that may potentially impair non-compliance with the above regulation and devise the ways to address it.
- Program Management and Quality Assurance
- The officer shall keep neat and well-organized records and administer carbon credits inventories within the cluster.
- S/He shall provide oversight to the Carbon Monitoring process such as maintenance of accurate and detailed records in relation to monitoring carbon emissions reductions and carbon sequestration with guidance from GEA and lead technical partner.
- Provide technical support to stakeholders and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to monitor and evaluate project impacts on carbon reduction, livelihoods, and ecosystem services.
- Participate in quarterly and annual planning and budgeting meetings and ensure there is value added with respect to the money spent.
- Assist Cluster Manager in project budget management, especially monitoring deliverables, and burn rates for resources allocated for your work.
- Contribute to writing quarterly, and annual quality program progress reports by highlighting successes, challenges, lessons learned, and opportunities emerging during the implementation of the Programme initiative.
- Facilitate in preparing human interest stories, documentation and dissemination of achievements, lessons learned, and promising practices.
- Promote Gender, Equality and Diversity
- Work with Others to support CARE’s mission.
- Perform Other Duties as Assigned
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree majoring in Land Management and Valuation, Urban and Regional Planning, Land Laws, Forest Resources Management, or other related fields
- 3 years of professional experience in Land and/or Carbon sector, and strong interest / curiosity toward technical topics.
- Successful work experience related to land rights, land use planning and community awareness and/or carbon projects is seen as a strong asset.
- Demonstrated knowledge and expertise of implementation and analysis of research and evidence-generation, including strategies for building and managing strategic alliances and coalitions for common programming in women’s economic empowerment and for policy engagement and advocacy.
MODE OF APPLICATIONS
Only a letter of application and updated CV including names of at least 3 reputable referees from previous jobs (preferable line Managers) with reliable contacts should be sent by email to Human Resources Department TZAHumanResourcesDepartment@care.org not later than 27th May, 2023.
The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email.
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
CARE is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity, and diversity. Female and people with disability candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse.