Marketing & Sustainability Manager Job advert

The primary role of the Marketing & Sustainability Manager will be to develop existing and new revenue streams for communities managing their VLFRs

Marketing & Sustainability Manager


Position type:

Reporting to:

Mpingo Conservation &
Development Initiative (MCDI)




Start date:


Kilwa Masoko, Lindi Region, TZ

Mid June 2019

12 months, with potential to renew depending on funding availability & performance


Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative (MCDI) is a pioneering Tanzanian NGO with a mission to drive forest conservation and rural development in the country by promoting sustainable and socially equitable uses of forest resources. Since MCDI was established in 2004, working with District Authorities and other partners, it has supported 43 rural communities in eight districts to sustainably manage over 413,700 hectares of forests by setting up Village Land Forest Reserves (VLFRs) under Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM). It facilitated the first and so-far the only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification of community-managed natural forests in Africa. Furthermore, through responsible hardwood timber sales, to date MCDI has supported 21 communities to earn over TZS 1.54 billion ($762,000) to finance their VLFR management and local development.


The primary role of the Marketing & Sustainability Manager will be to develop existing and new revenue streams for communities managing their VLFRs. In addition, the appointee will support also MCDI with self-generated revenues to ensure that the NGO (and the VLFRs it supports) existence is guaranteed and that its impact effectiveness continues improving.


1.      Develop a long-term market strategy for FSC-certified timber (and perhaps other forest products) from VLFRs, including a market study on local and international wood demand and opportunities for introduction of new lesser-known species in community forests

2.      Develop and begin implementation of an effective forest products (timber) production and sales strategy for VLFRs, identify and secure strong interest and sales from at least 10 new buyers for FSC-certified community timber.

3.      Develop and begin implementing a long-term sustainability strategy for MCDI that will, by 2020, enable the NGO to cover at least 25% of its costs with self-generated revenues.



Bachelors Degree in relevant discipline (Marketing, Business Studies, etc.). Masters Degree in relevant discipline would be an added advantage.

3+ years of experience in a senior role in a relevant discipline (marketing/business development)

Experience marketing natural resources products, including domestic and/or international forest products (timber, NTFPs) marketing and sales

Proven experience with sustainability/business strategy development and planning

Experience in developing novel financing models and accounting protocols

Experience working in or in partnership with non-profits in the natural resources sector

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Proficiency in written and spoken English and Swahili language


In order to apply, submit both your CV, Cover Letter (max 2 pages) and contact details for 2 references (incl. name, affiliation, telephone number and email address) to by Wednesday 29th May 2019.

In your Cover Letter, ensure to include details of why you are interested in the position and to what degree you meet the key skills/selection criteria outlined above (include examples from previous work experiences). Applicants who do not address all of the above selection criteria will not be considered.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in the first week of June 2019, with an option to conduct interviews in person in Kilwa Masoko (highly encouraged) or remotely via Skype