Land Tenure Analyst


This post will support Landesa’s work on women’s land rights and will promote the implementation of related Sustainable Development Goals. This position will help to drive change at the local, sub-national and national level by identifying, collaborating with and supporting an engaged set of key stakeholders who will promote the importance of women’s and men’s land rights for Tanzania, the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda and the need to rigorously monitor progress towards the achievement of women’s and men’s land rights. This position will map key stakeholder groups and individuals in the government, civil society, and selected communities and identify and collaborate with existing networks engaged on these and related issues to strengthen women’s and men’s land rights and advance the 2030 Agenda. Overarching goals for the position include: informing public discourse on the issue of women’s and men’s land rights; influencing policy reforms and programmatic interventions that implement the 2030 Agenda; building capacity to gather, analyze, use and validate data collected to track progress on land rights commitments; and convening key stakeholders to develop a country-specific strategy to leverage opportunities to advance change created by the 2030 Agenda. The Land Tenure Analyst will also participate in advocacy and communications efforts targeting regional and sub-regional bodies as well as in initiatives aligned with the 2030 Agenda and other standards.

Reporting and Relationships:  The Land Tenure Analyst reports directly to the Country Program Director.

Availability: The Land Tenure Analyst is expected to work a standard work week of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done.  The position may include travel of up to 40 days/year domestically and internationally.

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement advocacy agenda on women land rights and SDGs
  • Write and publicize reports, briefing papers, letters, news releases and submissions to governments, international bodies, the media, and others based on the findings
  • Support partners to develop and implement local, regional, and international strategies to secure land and property rights for women
  • Keep abreast of policy developments relevant to women land rights
  • Work closely with other organizations and experts to ensure that Programmes work complements and enhances their work; collaborate with other organizations on research, media work, and advocacy
  • Fundraising

Essential Job Functions:

  • Identifies and develops 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 women’s and men’s land rights in Tanzania, in close collaboration and coordination with relevant Landesa project and program staff.
  • Maps existing networks and complementary or cross-sectoral 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.
  • Plans, designs and implements strategies for communications and outreach for public awareness concerning women’s and men’s land rights, government commitments under the 2030 Agenda, and the progress African countries have made over time towards such commitments.
  • Works 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 created by the 2030 Agenda.
  • Works with civil society actors and community members to strengthen their abilities to use and validate government-generated land data through trainings, workshops and other learning opportunities.
  • Works 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.
  • Engages in dialogue and helps coordinate capacity development efforts with relevant Landesa RME 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 provides support to present this data in compelling ways.
  • Convenes a multi-sectoral 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.
  • Develops and disseminates 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.
  • Supports the Country Office Director and staff to develop project budgets and produce project reporting documents.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience & Knowledge


  • Commitment to the values, aims and objectives of Landesa
  • First degree in law and gender skills (i.e., a training in gender and development or Women Land Rights training).
  • 3 years working experience of high level policy influencing work at national as well as regional or international levels
  • Result- oriented team player with strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and facilitation skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well and flexibly in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to undertake travel within Africa in order to achieve work objectives;
  • Ability to identify, research, analyze and effectively communicate human rights issues related
  • to women land rights;
  • Ability to research and produce concise, accurate, high-quality written materials under tight deadlines is required;
  • Ability to develop and implement effective advocacy strategies, including strategies targeting the Africa Union, Regional Economic Communities, multi-national corporations and international financial institutions;
  • Knowledge of international human rights law and voluntary guidelines relevant to international land acquisitions;
  • Ability to link women land rights to development across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and
  • Strong project management skills and experience.Desirable
  • Experience working with partners and managing multi-country advocacy programmes;
  • Experience with USAID, DFID, EU funded projects;
  • Experience with use of new media and social media to further advocacy and outreach goals;
  • Demonstrable awareness of own strengths and areas of weakness and evidence of self managed learning;
  • Work Environment and Working Conditions:   While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards that are prevalent for the location and/or country of assignment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work.Additional Comments: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Applicant must be legally eligible to work in Tanzania.

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