Zanzibar Project Coordinator

Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Location: Zanzibar

Grade: SB-4, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement – Junior level

Closing Date: 2017-12-15


Globally there has been a rising risk of Violent Extremism (VE), which has a direct negative impact on peace, security and sustainable development. In 2016 the UN Secretary General presented a Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism to the UN General Assembly that provides a framework to tackle violent extremism through preventive measures addressing the drivers. 

The Plan calls for national and regional Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) action plans and encourages member states to align their development policies with the Sustainable Development Goals, many of which are critical to addressing global drivers of violent extremism and enhancing community resilience. In particular, Goal 16 on the promotion of peace and inclusive societies for sustainable development.

In support of this developmental approach, there is a three-year UNDP-led project, “Preventing and Responding to Violent Extremism in Tanzania”, whose main objective is to support a preventive and developmental national effort for preventing and responding to violent extremism. 

The main counterpart of the project is the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which is responsible for coordination on PVE work in Tanzania, as well as preparation of the envisaged National Strategy and Action Plan.

The project will also involve relevant Government line Ministries, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, the Tanzania Police Force, faith based organizations, civil society organizations and other UN agencies.

The indicative outputs of the project are:

1. National policy framework and intervention capacities strengthened to address the phenomenon of violent extremism;

2. Improved interaction between security providers and local population in target areas;

3. Increased livelihood opportunities for “at risk” youth in target areas;

4. Responsible, quality and conflict sensitive news reporting supported, and public awareness and dialogue around violent extremism promoted;

5. Community resilience to violent extremism strengthened;

6. Understanding of violent extremism in Tanzania improved, better managed, and applied to prevention and response efforts;

7. Gender and women’s active participation across all efforts to prevent and respond to extreme violence promoted in Tanzania.

The project is divided into two phases: a first phase focused on research, support to the inclusive preparation of a National Strategy and Action Plan, and the implementation of pilot projects in Zanzibar, Mwanza, Tanga, Pwani, Lindi and Mtwara. 

The second phase is dedicated to support implementation of the National Strategy and Action Plan once approved and adopted by relevant authorities.


Under the overall supervision and strategic guidance of the Technical Specialist and the National Project Coordinator, the Regional Project Coordinator will be responsible for:

• Ensuring delivery and reporting of project results; promoting effective and efficient management of the project through result-based work plans;

• The Regional Project Coordinator will support the project management in progress reporting, audits, monitoring and evaluation process; strengthening coordination and collaboration with stakeholders; participating in resource mobilization and sustaining strategic engagement and partnership with development partners and donors;

• The Regional Project Coordinator will be furthermore responsible for ensuring regular analysis of situational factors driving violent extremism and radicalization in the assigned target area; development of knowledge products; and supervision, coordination and leadership responsibilities over the field staff team assigned to the project;

• The Regional Project Coordinator is accountable and responsible for the day-to-day management of the project and oversees its implementation process according to the Project Document and approved Project Work Plans in the assigned target area;

• Supports the project implementation process with relevant stakeholders such as the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Government line Ministries, the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, CSO’s, Academic institutions, donors and partners as necessary in order to ensure the coherence of the project;

• Provides technical support for strategic planning and decision-making in project implementation;

• Organizes regular Team meetings in the assigned target areas;

• Supports the preparation and submission of high quality annual work plans, prepares results framework for each output and establishes performance and results reporting;

• Supports the establishment and regular monitoring of the project M&E framework, risk log, issues log, and quality log; and the preparation of audits, annual reviews, mid-term and final evaluations;

• Ensures the mainstreaming of relevant issues such as Gender, Human Rights, Anti-Corruption, etc;

• Supervises and organizes the field team for effective and efficient realization of project outputs;

• Contributes toward the creation of early warning and response groups (EWRG) for preventing and responding to violent extremism, comprising local religious and community leaders, teachers, health professionals and social workers, as well as representatives of youth groups, women’s groups and other CBOs;

• Support the community sensitisation, knowledge and resilience of and to PVE;

• Ensures the organization of Peer Group Discussions, workshops, outreach meetings with the community – especially with young men and women – to identify radicalisation techniques and processes affecting selected communities;

• Ensures the compliance of project implementation with UNDP rules, regulations and policies;

• Coordinates and collaborates with other UN agencies, as well as other responsible partners under the project to link and harmonize approaches and promote innovations and lessons in achievements of common results;

• Participates in resource mobilization and sustaining strategic engagement and partnership with development partners and donors;

• Develops and strengthens links with local, regional and international partners to promote the activities

• Undertakes any other responsibilities as may be assigned.


• Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

• Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the project;

• Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

• Treats all people fairly and without favouritism;

• Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;

• Promotes a learning environment; facilitates the development of individual and team competencies.

• Technical Expertise

• Knowledge Management and Learning

• Development and Operational Effectiveness

• Management and Leadership


• Master’s Degree in relevant academic field such as conflict management, security studies, peace building, political science, international relations or social sciences;

• 7 years of increasingly responsible working experience in the area of project management/coordination. Experience with UN agencies an advantage;

• Experience in preventing violent extremism, de-radicalization, peacebuilding/ conflict management;

• High level of familiarity with UNDP/UN 

and/or Government management/ financial procedures;

• Demonstrated abilities and contribution to policy formulation, resource mobilization, team building, team leadership and management;

• Experience in establishing and maintaining inter-organizational partnerships and networks at operational level;

• Computer literacy in Microsoft Office and social media applications;

• Knowledge of the local area is a strong asset.


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