Zimbabwe Country Coordinator

Published March 27, 2022
Location Harare, Zimbabwe
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


Job Description


Management and Engineering Technologies International, Inc. (METI), in support of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Office of International Programs (IP), is recruiting a Zimbabwe Country Coordinator to lead in-country programs in collaboration with a diverse suite of partners. This skills search outlines activities and objectives for a potential full-time Coordinator position.


The US Forest Service (USFS) promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USFS with partners overseas, the agency can address the world’s most critical forestry issues and concerns. International Programs regularly engages the agency's wide range of expertise. Wildlife biologists, forest economists, hydrologists, disaster and fire management specialists, and policy makers are among those who comprise the staff of over thirty thousand employees.

The USFS is building a program with partners in Zimbabwe and may need a country coordinator. The USFS Zimbabwe Country Coordinator will work with colleagues from the USFS, USAID, and other partner organizations on a daily basis to oversee technical cooperation and serve as the representative of the partnership. In support of this effort, the coordinator will work with the USFS to recruit, schedule, and manage the work of short-term technical advisors from the USFS who will contribute their skills and expertise alongside counterparts from partner institutions.

Position Description

Responsibilities of the Coordinator will include, but are not limited to:


Implementing, in coordination with other USFS staff, technical assistance and capacity building activities to improve natural resource governance, in collaboration with in-country partners and stakeholders;

Collaborate with colleagues from non-governmental organizations, private sector, academia, and community partner organizations on design and oversight of core project activities;

Maintain excellent relationships with key Government and NGO partners

Coordinating with other related US Government technical assistance programming in Zimbabwe to ensure maximum programming impact and effectiveness on initial projects (native tree nurseries and watershed management and improved mining practices), and identifying potential new areas of technical support;

Providing program updates and reporting to USFS, US Government partners, and other relevant stakeholders;

Orienting and coordinating the activities of visiting teams of USFS and other international experts, as well as coordinating with program country counterparts and other technical consultant missions;

Contributing substantively to the preparation and execution of national and regional training workshops;

Managing logistics, financial, and administrative tasks for program activities, including but not limited to events, meetings, and regional travel, and

Representing the program to partners and providing ongoing reporting and documenting program implementation.

Support preparing and developing program narrative reports and other communication material.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:


Minimum Bachelor’s degree in forestry, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, or related discipline, or equivalent professional experience in natural resource management;


Experience working in developing countries, preferably within sub-Saharan Africa and Zimbabwe;


Demonstrated leadership and management skills: capable of executing complex tasks with minimal supervision over an extended timeline;


Demonstrated experience managing multi-stakeholder partnerships, engaging in consultative work planning, and coordinating activities and meetings;


Excellent interpersonal, writing and presentation skills in English;


Prior experience managing U.S. government-funded or other international donor-funded activities, including maintaining compliance with U.S. government (or other international donor) regulations, strongly preferred;


Ability to work in a dynamic environment with in-country and U.S. government agencies, international donors, NGOs, community groups, and other stakeholders;


Experience working with key government partners in Zimbabwe strongly preferred;


Ability to think critically and synthetically across fields and topics related to natural resource management and sustainable development in the developing country context;


Demonstrated capacity to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks to ensure their efficient and timely accomplishment;


Willingness to work out-of-doors in potentially arduous conditions for prolonged periods of time and in areas with intermittent power supply and internet connectivity; and,


Zimbabwean nationals and women are especially encouraged to apply.


Oversight and Reporting

The Coordinator will report to the USFS/IP Zimbabwe Program Manager.

Period of Performance: One year with a possibility of extension

Location of Work: Harare, Zimbabwe with regular travel in country, and regional or international travel as needed.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications


If you would like to share in METI’s success, please send a resume or CV, references, and letter of interest by email. Please include Zimbabwe Country Coordinator in the subject line.

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