Tanzanian Emmanuel Mtiti is director of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) Landscape-Scale Community-Centered Conservation Program in the Gombe-Masito-Ugalla area of western Tanzania. An experienced and knowledgeable program manager, Mtiti has successfully directed and managed a wide range of projects focused on natural resource management, conservation and health.
Mtiti began his career in the public health sector as a nursing officer at the Kigoma Regional Hospital after receiving a diploma in nursing and psychiatry from the Bugando Consultant Hospital in Mwanza. After six years, Mtiti was promoted and charged with overseeing the surgical department.
Just one year later, Mtiti became the hospital’s principal trainer for auxiliary health workers. During his tenure as principal trainer, he also served as a regional trainer of trainees for AIDS counseling and control and, later, regional AIDS control coordinator for the Kigoma Regional Health Department.
In 1996, Mtiti joined JGI-Tanzania as the education coordinator for the TACARE (Lake Tanganyika Catchment Reforestation and Education) project, an integrated conservation and development approach created by Dr. Jane Goodall. For four years, he acted as the project team leader, and in 2006, he was promoted to project director of JGI’s landscape-scale conservation efforts in western Tanzania.
Over his 16-year tenure with the Institute, Mtiti has taken on greater challenges and assumed more responsibilities related to the implementation of community-centered conservation and integrated conservation and development programs. In his current role as program director, Mtiti is leading the organization’s largest ongoing project with a budget of US$5.6 million and a team of 30 staff members who work closely with the district and other local partners to implement activities to improve environmental conservation and livelihoods.
Mtiti has attended numerous trainings in Tanzania and around the world focused on international health, health management, monitoring and evaluation, and environmental education. These trainings were hosted by a variety of organizations, including Danish Development Aid, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the Jim Brett Global Environmental Fund.
Throughout Mtiti’s career, he has consistently focused on working with local people to build capacity for governance of natural resources and the integration of health care into conservation initiatives.