Economic Recovery Coordinator – Energy: Carbon Offsetting Project job at Danish Refugee Council

Vacancy title:
Economic Recovery Coordinator – Energy: Carbon Offsetting Project

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Social Services & Nonprofit ]

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Danish Refugee Council

Deadline of this Job:
Thursday, December 28 2023 

Duty Station:
Within Tanzania , Kasulu, Kigoma, East Africa

Date Posted: Friday, December 15 2023, Base Salary: Not Disclosed

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Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world. DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection (CBP, PSN, GBV, CP and Legal), Shelter and infrastructure, and Economic Recovery.

Overall purpose of the role:
The Economic Recovery Coordinator, under the management and supervision of the Economic Recovery Manager, and in close collaboration with private sector donors, and Local Government Implementing Authorities will be responsible for overseeing and providing technical and programmatic support for the development and implementation of DRC’s components of a larger carbon offsetting project and new energy and environment initiatives, alongside DRC’s in-country energy and environmental initiatives and in line with the overall DRC environment and climate change framework. The Economic Recovery Coordinator will particularly be responsible for the development and implementation of a novel carbon offsetting /environment project in the refugee-hosting districts of Kibondo, Kakonko, and Kasulu districts in the Kigoma region. The Economic Recovery Coordinator will work closely with the Economic Recovery Manager, Area manager and Country Director in the development and harmonization of tools, implementation strategy, and training to ensure DRC has a consistent and clear approach to carbon offsetting /environment across all project sites contributing to a positive working environment with all

key stakeholders.
Overall responsibilities include quality and timely management of carbon offsetting project in the refugee-hosting districts of the Kigoma region, supervising carbon offsetting /environment project teams, representation at relevant clusters and Working Groups, and coordination and relationship building with stakeholders. The role contributes to the development of energy and environment strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and technical guidance to country operations.

Main Responsibilities:
• Carbon offsetting/environment project and sector oversight
• Have oversight on the overall carbon offsetting/environment portfolio in geographic areas, including identifying funding and capacity gaps.
• Ensure targets are met under DRC’s agreement with donors, to be accountable to the stated goals of the program.
• Ensure the highest quality of the interventions including adherence to best practice programming and minimum standards in coordination with the Economic Recover Manager.
• Ensure coherence between all projects/activities ongoing and proposed, according to the overall DRC environment and climate change framework.
• Ensure high quality and timely deliverables, narrative reporting and financial overviews, close cooperation with donors, Government counterparts, and coordination mechanisms on site, and in synergy with other DRC interventions in the area.
• Support the development of the carbon offsetting/environment program strategy based on yearly projected funding (Including locations and activities).
• Hold regular meetings with all Economic Recovery Officers to understand programmatic challenges and technical support requirements. Highlight when programs are off-track in implementation for further discussion with the Economic Recover Manager, the DRC Global Climate Mitigation Advisor, and AM. Identify any areas where further technical support, oversight, or resources are needed.
• Provide overall budget monitoring, financial management, and expense control for the project activities, including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements.
• Develop monthly work plans with economic recovery TLs and Officers for support to each area.
• Participate in BFU meetings and update on budget/indicator achievements and delays.
• Support new proposal design, including activity design and budgeting, along with PMs, where needed. Sign-off on all project proposals and budgets related to energy and environmental activities.

Technical Management
• Support the development and implementation of locally led forest carbon offset projects including project design, development of risk assessments, and development of monitoring requirements under Verra’s Verified Carbon Standard among others.
• Coordinating the process of Village Land Use Plans (VLUPs) and Forest Resources Assessments (FRAs) including designing forest inventories and sampling protocols for the estimation of carbon and other forest inventory variables in line with Verra’s relevant methodologies.
• One part of the project deals with livelihood-related interventions such as agricultural support, Vocational Skills Training, and other interventions to be co-designed with the targeted villagers.
• Overtime, the utilization of carbon credits at the village level will be a component in which DRC will play a facilitative role. This will be developed later in time.
• Lead in developing other sustainable energy and environment programming initiatives/proposals and fundraising relating to the emergency and longer-term response.
• Regularly review and provide technical advice on project work plan implementation and the roll-out of SOPs and guidance.
• Work with the Economic Recovery Manager to provide regular technical training and capacity building to Economic Recovery staff, and partners, and on key DRC carbon offsetting/environment concerns and product solutions.
• Support the development of awareness curricula for carbon offsetting/environment materials for the implementation of a comprehensive training and awareness package.
• Organize and facilitate regular economic recovery team meetings for knowledge sharing, peer support, and quality improvement.
• Based on existing assessments, he/she will participate in designing interventions, national and local strategies, and plans for the implementation of environmental programming activities.
• Providing technical inputs to the program throughout the project cycle and carrying out sector needs assessments, as needed.
• Undertake regular field/onsite visits to ensure technical support to carbon offsetting/environment programming staff and proper monitoring of the activities implemented in the area of operation.
• Participate in reviewing and endorsing relevant financial and narrative reporting on all carbon offsetting/environment interventions.
• Participate in providing overall budget monitoring, financial management, and expense control including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements.
• Ensure continuous capacity building (i.e., direction, and on-the-job coaching) among staff in handling the carbon offsetting/environment programming.
• Foster and ensure Economic Recovery staff members maintain productive, supportive, and respectful relations with Incentive Workers and/or Village Agents/Community Mobilizers employed in the program.
• Work in the multi-functional team approach and work in close collaboration with the program and other technical experts, to ensure carbon offsetting/environment interventions are approached from a cross-sectoral perspective.
• Ensure implementation of carbon offsetting/environment activities is compliant with the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and the DRC Code of Conduct (CoC).
• Perform other related duties as required.
• Coordination, Representation, and Relations
• Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on issues related to the carbon offsetting/environment sector, including experts from the Vice President’s Office (VPO), the National Carbon Monitoring Centre (NCMC), Local Government Authorities, relevant UN agencies such as UNHCR, FAO, and WFP, embassies such as the Danish and Belgian Embassies, and other relevant partner organizations.
• Coordinate, monitor, and support the development and implementation of partnerships with other operational partners across multiple offices.
• Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with project beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders at the field level (e.g., beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs)
• Where relevant, liaise with donors and work closely with partners on project updates, site visits, and other communication.
• Liaise closely with other DRC sectors especially Protection, Camp management, and support services to ensure productive coordination and smooth implementation of the program activities.
• Represent DRC at relevant coordination meetings, and Energy and Environment Working Groups, ensuring that issues from the field are raised and addressed.
• Perform any other relevant tasks as requested by the Line Manager.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and reporting
• Ensure transparency and accountability tools, processes, and mechanisms for affected communities are in place.
• Work with the Economic Recovery Manager and MEAL team to ensure the M&E plan is being implemented, data is being collected from the field and regular reports are being produced.
• With support from IMs and MEAL review and update of the carbon offsetting/environment Monitoring system on an annual basis or as needed.
• Advise on internal carbon offsetting/environment MEAL tools and IM systems and integration with donor inputs.
• Participate in preparing monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/reports and proposals and budgets for donors.
• Contribute to and coordinate the design, implementation, and evaluation of carbon offsetting/environment–related programming to secure follow-on or expansion funding for carbon offsetting/environment portfolio as per identified needs and in a standardized manner across programs.
• Undertake regular field/onsite visits to ensure technical support to Economic Recovery and Environment staff and proper monitoring of the activity’s implementation in operation.
• Ensure equal participation by all segments of the community, taking into consideration issues regarding gender, age, clan, and tribal and religious affiliations.
• Ensure lessons learned are documented, shared, and reflected in program planning and decision-making.
• Provide regular updates on progress to the Economic Recovery Manager, other team members, and senior management.
• Provide budget monitoring and expense control including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements.

Experience and technical competencies
• Extensive knowledge of carbon offsetting/environmental programming with a particular focus on Nature-based Solutions to climate change mitigation initiatives such as carbon offsetting schemes.
• Hands-on experience in methodologies for carbon project development and certification in the AFOLU sector of the Voluntary Carbon Market, including familiarity with carbon standards like Verra’s VCS, CCB, and SD Vista, in particular the development and validation of project design documents.
• Professional history of advising carbon projects that restore landscapes, and working directly in carbon finance and other result-based finance markets is preferred.
• 3 to 5+ years working in forestry, land-use management, ecosystem modeling, carbon markets, and forest carbon project development process, including quantification, monitoring, and/or verification.
• Previous working experience with international organizations in humanitarian settings in leadership and or managerial positions.
• Experience in preparing energy and environment programming strategies and advocacy strategies for a complex program covering multiple sites.
• Experience working with indigenous/local communities, government authorities/institutions, and line ministries on environmental and climate change issues.
• Experience in local governance, community development, and participatory natural resources management programming is highly advantageous.
• Experience providing remote technical guidance and developing training to suit a variety of audiences.
• Knowledge of and experience in handling situations of statelessness and durable solutions.
• High level of computer literacy and associated software (Microsoft Word PowerPoint and Excel, SPSS)
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity, and flexibility.
• Comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well, able to engage with community members openly and maintain confidentiality and respect.
• Demonstrated ability for rapid analysis of complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic learning and priorities into operational strategies.

Education: (include certificates, licenses etc.)
• University Degree in forestry, natural resources management, climate change, or closely related fields. A Master’s Degree is preferred.
• Strong scientific and technical skills that include a mixture of statistical analysis, remote sensing, GIS, carbon modelling, and/or forest biometrics.
• This role requires a proven understanding of Village Land Use Planning, forestry management, forest inventories, carbon dynamics, and issues around the science of climate change and climate policy and regulation at the national, regional, and global levels.

• Fluency in English
• Fluency in Kiswahili

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 24

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree

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Job Info
Job Category: Accounting/ Finance jobs in Tanzania
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: Thursday, December 28 2023
Duty Station: Kasulu, Kigoma
Posted: 15-12-2023
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 15-12-2023
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 15-12-2077
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