Position Title: Land Tenure Specialist
Status: Regular, Full Time
Location: Dar es Salaam / Landesa Tanzania Program Office
Contract Duration: Two Years, renewable subject to availability of funds
Classification: Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime Pay)
Job Summary: The Land Tenure Specialist position includes informing public discourse on the issue of Land based Investments; influencing policy reforms and programmatic interventions; building capacity to gather, analyze, use and validate data collected to track progress on land rights commitments; convening key stakeholders to develop a country-specific strategy to leverage opportunities to advance change, and participate in advocacy and communications efforts targeting regional and sub-regional bodies as well as initiatives aligned with Land based Investments.
Reporting and relationships: The Land Tenure Specialist reports to the Tanzania Program Director.
Availability: The Land Tenure Specialist is expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours, plus additional hours as necessary to complete work. The position may require significant international travel.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Identify and develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in government, civil society and at the community level, who are working for, or supportive of, change in the area of land based investment in Tanzania, in close collaboration and coordination with relevant Landesa project and program staff.
- Map existing networks and complementary or cross-sectorial initiatives to help build a regional network of Landesa partners and other land and women’s rights organizations, experts and practitioners focused on common goals.
- Plan, design and implement strategies for communications and outreach for public awareness concerning women’s and men’s land rights, government commitments, and the progress African countries have made over time towards such commitments.
- Work with civil society actors and community members to strengthen their abilities to communicate (to various audiences using audience-appropriate media) the importance of women’s and men’s land rights and the unique opportunities for change and validate government-generated land data through trainings, workshops and other learning opportunities.
- Work with key government officials at the national, regional and local levels who engage on land-related issues to support efforts to design and implement a strategy to achieve and track progress towards 2030 Agenda commitments.
- Engage in dialogue and help coordinate capacity development efforts with relevant Landesa Research Evaluation and Learning (REL) staff and Tanzania government officials to strengthen and enhance existing data collection processes and data analysis to support the rigorous monitoring of progress on 2030 Agenda commitments and provide support to present this data in compelling ways.
- Convene a multi-sectorial national-level group of key stakeholders and supports this group to develop a country-specific strategy to advance the 2030 Agenda and leverage opportunities this international effort presents.
- Develop and disseminate communications and outreach materials such as op-eds, briefs, policy documents, newsletters, infographics, websites, and social media in close cooperation with Landesa communications and advocacy program staff.
- Support Landesa’s senior management and other staff to develop project budgets and produce project reporting documents.
- Establish an effective data collection system and reporting forms for capturing quantitative and qualitative information and implement the established M&E system.
- Perform other duties as assigned by country program director or any other senior staff.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- A deep commitment to the mission of a better, safer future for the world’s poorest people through secure access to land.
- Research, analysis, synthesis, reasoning, and writing abilities that have been developed to a level that permits the Land Tenure Specialist to work independently and lead Landesa projects.
- Strong problem-solving skills.
- Strong oral presentation skills and an ability to think on one’s feet when defending policy recommendations.
- Familiarity with legal, economic, sociological, agricultural, political, institutional, geographic, and anthropological concepts that can be applied to rural development.
- Ability to develop concrete work plans and manage tasks, teams, people, funds, products, and other elements so that work is performed according to agreed budgets, schedules, delivery requirements, and staffing plans.
- Ability to manage documents and correspondence, track and report on project labor, and carry out other administrative tasks efficiently, routinely, and in conformance to Landesa standards and procedures.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including those from host country governmental and non-governmental organizations, and other counterparts, clients and funders. Ability to demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, tact, and poise.
- Ability to lead and work collaboratively as a member of teams, regardless of role within the team, through consensus building, communication, and leadership.
- Exceptional ability to communicate in writing and orally in English. Ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communication, depending upon the circumstances and audience.
- Commitment to Landesa’s core values.
Education and Experience:
- Required: graduate or professional degree in law, agricultural economics, economics, sociology, geography, anthropology or related field.
- Required: minimum of three years of professional work experience in law practice or focused on policy research and design and implementation of related projects.
- Preferred: experience working with land tenure issues, field experience in the Global South, and work experience with multilateral or bi-lateral international donors such as USAID or the World Bank.