Conservation Programmes Coordinator

Application deadline: 
Tuesday, 13. November 2018 - 23:45

Conservation Programmes Coordinator

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to the position of Conservation Programmes Coordinator in Africa. The main responsibilities will be to coordinate the implementation of a set of BirdLife’s Conservation Programmes in Africa, leading the conservation programmes unit, and being the focal point for the Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA) and Preventing Extinctions Programmes in Africa.
 
Responsibilities
1. Leadership and coordination of BirdLife’s Conservation Programmes in Africa:
• Support the Programme Managers in the development and delivery of a set of conservation programmes in Africa, in light of BirdLife Global Strategy and programme priorities and plans of the BirdLife Africa Partnership
• Facilitate effective communications and liaison within and across the Conservation Programmes
• Ensure strategic coherence in the development and implementation of BirdLife’s conservation programmes in Africa  
• Ensure implementation of conservation programmes reinforce the BirdLife approach with appropriate engagement of Partners 
• Catalyse BirdLife’s influence in Africa, ensuring BirdLife’s presence and or impact is felt in priority geography for bird and biodiversity conservation
• Provide guidance on integrating science into BirdLife’s Conservation model in Africa
 
2. Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBA) programme and Preventing Extinctions Programme (PEP):
• Represent the Africa Secretariat on the IBA & PEP Coordination Teams
• Coordinate participatory development, implementation and monitoring of IBA and PEP priorities in Africa
• Support Partners (including through fundraising, information sharing, technical guidance and effective communications) to attain excellence in the implementation of IBA & PEP in Africa.
 
3. Mobilise resources (funds, partnerships and information)  and manage projects for conservation work in Africa:
• Support fundraising drive for biodiversity conservation, including through cultivation and maintenance of relationships with donors and development institutions
• Lead the development and implementation of large scale conservation 
• Oversee the management of large conservation projects and ensure timely delivery of high quality reports and other deliverables
 
4. Promote BirdLife Conservation achievements:
• Prepare and deliver presentations on BirdLife conservation achievements at key forums
• Support development of knowledge products to profile BirdLife’s success stories
• Facilitate documentation and dissemination of lessons from conservation actions in Africa
 
5. Country support:
• For a specific suite of countries, provide focussed Country Programme support to ensure that the Partners attain excellence in organisational management and conservation impact
• Coordinate with Supporting Partners in specific countries to develop and deliver country visions for BirdLife engagement
 
6. Organisational management:
• Provide strategic and operational support to the management of the BirdLife Africa Secretariat 
 
7. Others
• Any other duties as delegated by the Head of Conservation 
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Master’s degree in Natural Science, Wildlife Management or related field
• Significant relevant experience at senior management level in international conservation (with demonstrable experience in Africa) and organisational management
• Experience in design and implementation of complex and multi-disciplinary  conservation projects
• Experience in design and implementation of scientific research
• Good understanding of ornithology, ecology and applied biology work in Africa, and different countries
• Strategic management, networking at senior level, negotiation, programme development and management.  Ability to act independently
• Basic financial literacy
• Ability to write professional articles and give presentations to international audiences
• Ability to look at the strategic and operational dimensions of issues and plan accordingly
• Understanding of key institutions driving biodiversity loss and nature conservation in Africa, their mandates and opportunity to influence them.
• Excellent skills in all standard Microsoft Office applications, Word processing, presentations, spreadsheets and database management
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with and fluency in oral and written English, French will be an added advantage
• Willingness to travel at short notice when required
 
Application deadline: 13 November 2018
 
Location:
The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.  
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
• Length/duration of this position: 2 year renewable
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
• Date when the job expected to start: 1 December 2018 - negotiable
 
Application: 
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email before the to: recruitment-africa@birdlife.org by the application deadline.
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.