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									                                     Project Manager
                                     Coastal Tanzania
                                        12 months


Trade Aid is a UK based charity providing education and training opportunities for
the people of Mikindani, Southern Tanzania.

We are about to embark on the renovation of Livingstone House, a landmark
property within the town. Mikindani was the starting point of David Livingstone’s
final journey into the African interior. The Tanzanian government rebuilt the
house in which he lived, but the coral building has been left to fall into disrepair
and now requires total renovation.


Supported by the Government of Tanzania, once renovated, the property is to be
used as a community-learning centre with classrooms, office space, and
information boards detailing local history.

We are seeking an experienced Building Project Manager to oversee this and
other projects.

The ideal candidate will have experience in managing building projects of this
nature, have a good understanding of the building skills, be able to monitor
progress against an agreed action plan and budget and preferably have
experience of African building techniques.

Although a voluntary position, travel, accommodation and a modest monthly
allowance are provided.

Further information on and

Applications with CV and covering letter to:

Applicants must be available for interview in UK.

The Ideal Applicant

The complex nature of building conservation in this area requires an unusual combination of
Civil Engineer, Site Manager and Conservationist.
The position also requires the overseeing and control of the building maintenance programme
for the Charity’s other properties including the Old Boma Hotel and Base House. The Old
Boma is a prime example of a previously successful restoration project completed by Trade
Aid in 1999. The ideal applicant should have:

Knowledge of:
   •  Building construction techniques, correct choice of building materials, appropriate
      methods of repair and alteration for old buildings.
   •  Existing methods and practices used in similar restoration works
   •  Good and effective site supervision.
   •  Health and Safety good practice.
Ability to:
    •   Understand technical drawings and specifications and detect deviations from them by
    •   Appraise the performance of buildings, which are in use and produce effective
        maintenance management information.
    •   Detect and reject faulty materials and workmanship
    •   Write clear concise reports to be submitted to the Chief Executive Tanzania and
        subsequently to the UK Trustees
    •   Communicate confidently with people at all levels,
    •   Analyse situations accurately, adopt an effective course of action, and maintain and
        establish cooperative public relations.
    •   Work outside on site and at heights
    •   Manage and cost budgets
    •   Demonstrate the practical skills required in building conservation and assist others to
        learn and achieve these practical skills.
    •   Work under pressure with ability to meet critical deadlines

    •    Project planning and management
    •    Good time management
    •    Presentation of concepts and the ability to enthuse others with the ideals of
    •    Evidence of having worked on construction project
    •    Use of computer
    •    Confident team worker and communicator

Persons interested should apply for further details to:
Jane Langford (Chief Executive UK)

         The Restoration of Livingstone House, Mikindani, Mtwara
                                to provide a
                       Community Learning Centre

The conversion will provide:

    •    A Computer Room
    •    A Classroom/Library/School Resource Centre
    •    A small Museum/ Visitors Information Centre/Shop
    •    A Trade Aid Office
    •    Letting Rooms for visitors

The Property

The house is a memorial building to the
explorer Dr David Livingstone. It is the house
where Dr Livingstone stayed for some time in
1866 before proceeding on his last journey
into the interior of the country.

The building bears a plaque to this effect and
stands in a very prominent place on one
corner of the open square below the Old
Boma Hotel and near the Old Slave Market.
The building is an excellent example of local, traditional stone construction with an Indian
upper balcony. The property is of two storeys with corrugated iron sheet roof. It was once
used to accommodate the colonial staff and by the 1980’s it was in the hands of the
Department of Antiquities, Dar es Salaam and still used as a residential property. The
Department undertook repair work in 1981. In 1987 the building was still in reasonable
In the intervening period the local authorities as Council offices have used the property, but
funds for maintenance have been non-existent.

Current state

Not unexpectedly, with the absence of maintenance funds, the property has deteriorated
markedly and this is an accelerating process. It is very difficult to see how it will continue to
be any useful function unless significant work is undertaken to arrest its decline. It would be
a great pity if this historic property were lost to future generations.

Our proposal will save the building, provide learning opportunities, and will generate funds to
ensure the building is maintained properly in the future.

Background to the proposal

Under the auspices of the Department of Antiquities, there has been significant activity in
Mikindani over the last three to four years to save the historically significant buildings. The
drive has also been to do this in a way that regenerates opportunities for local people to earn
income to provide for themselves, their families and the infrastructure of the area. The
essential aspect is that projects are created in a sustainable way so that the current
deterioration seen will not be repeated.

The principal evidence of the work promoted in Mikindani is:-
a.      Work funded by the Gatsby Foundation Trust Tanzania in relation to upgrading the
        Old Slave Market premises to form 6/8 artisan workshops. These have all been let.
b.      Work funded by us, Trade Aid (a registered charity), to renovate the Old German
        Boma as an eco-tourist hotel to promote the area of Mikindani and Mtwara as a
        destination for visitors. It was felt that this would be an activity easily assimilated by
        the local people and one which would enable them to take best advantage of their
        craft and other skills. A local labour force of some 40 persons was sustained over the
        three-year renovation period. The Hotel is now operative under the control of Trade
        Aid Tanzania (registered in Tanzania) and the letting income sustains 40 jobs for the
        local community. This excludes the opportunities arising for others, to provide
        services that guests of the Boma would need. The hotel surpluses are used to
        support other Trade Aid projects in Mikindani.
c.      The beneficial effects of this work have become increasingly evident over the ten
        years since the Old Boma took its first guests. The income generated has trickled
        down through the community. Other businesses have arrived both in Mikindani and in
        the nearby district.

The way forward

By invitation from Trade Aid, representatives from The Department of Antiquities and the
Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism have visited Mikindani and have expressed their
desire to see the work being done in Mikindani expanded and sustained for the “betterment
of the community and for the protection of the historical heritage of Mikindani”.

A co-ordinated plan to conserve the character of Mikindani and to regenerate the ability of
the community to earn a reasonable living through which it can sustain its environment is
being developed through liaison between Trade Aid and the Authorities. The generation of
future opportunities for the children of Mikindani is important.

It has been agreed that the general central area around the Boma, Old Slave Market and
Livingstone House continues to see improvement so that the investment made so far is
protected and the true benefits for the future can be realised. The Livingstone House forms a
very prominent part of this equation.

At a meeting in December 2008 contracts were signed allowing Trade Aid to lease Livingstone
House, complete renovations, in accordance with the legislation from the Department of
Antiquities and to develop the building as a Community Learning Centre.

               Plans for the Restoration of Livingstone House
           Other Buildings for Consideration

                 The Old Boma Hotel

The Old Bank House                      Base House

                Customs House

                     Governor’s House

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