Project Manager, Lake Victoria Basin Project

Application deadline: Monday, 21. July 2014 - 23:45

BirdLife International is the largest global partnership of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) striving to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards the sustainable use of natural resources. In Africa, the BirdLife Africa Partnership is a growing network of 24 such organisations, with a combined total of more than 500 staff and 87,000 members.  Through projects, BirdLife is active in a further 15 countries, hence overall working in a total of 40 countries.
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Project Manager, Lake Victoria Basin Project whose main responsibility will be to manage and coordinate the implementation of the Lake Victoria Basin project, build strategic alliances with stakeholders/institutions operating within the Basin and fundraise to scale up project interventions.
Main duties and responsibilities will include: 
Project management

Ensure efficient and effective delivery of project goal, objectives and plans.
Coordinate effective and timely reporting with project partners and to the donor.
Provide guidance, technical and administrative support and leadership to project staff and implementers (e.g. community members, volunteers and other stakeholders in Lake Victoria Basin). 
Support National Project Partners and coordinate effective implementation of activities at the national and regional level.
Oversee resource allocation and ensure budgetary control. 
Facilitate the development and oversee implementation of annual work plans.
Create awareness and project visibility, and facilitate dissemination project results and lessons.

Networking and Partnership Development
Coordinate integration of BirdLife’s projects in the LVB and the wider Great Lakes region.
Explore synergies with other conservation actions in the basin.
Foster collaborations that will enhance project delivery and visibility.
Fundraise to leverage financial support for the project.
Contribute to the design and development of new project proposals for LVB and the wider Great Lakes region.
The required qualifications and skills are:
  • Minimum academic qualification of a Master’s degree in Environmental, Natural or Social Science.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the ecology of the Lake Victoria Basin, ecosystem functions and processes and problems
  • Significant field based experience in lake/river basin management, resource governance and community development.
  • A good track record and experience in conservation work in Africa.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with NGOs in Africa (or elsewhere) will be advantageous
  • Experience in influencing policy and practice at local, national, regional and international level
  • Excellent project and financial management skills
  • Excellent facilitation and institutional capacity building skills
  • Ability to determine and set work priorities, organise activities, meet deadlines and monitor projects
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Good analytical skills required
  • Proven ability that the person is a self-starter capable of working with little or no direct supervision will be desirable
  • Competent computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Proficiency in English and French
Location: The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya with at least two weeks of travel in the year.
Salary& benefits: Gross salary of between 15,000 – GBP 22,500 annually inclusive of taxes, depending on experience and qualifications, and according to BirdLife International/Africa Division terms and conditions. Pension, medical and life insurance benefits additional.
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 21st  July 2014  to:   Preference is for people in the East Africa Region. 
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Interviews will be held the week of 4-5 August 2014.
* For further information about the project, visit   The ToRs and Job description can be received by contacting BirdLife Africa Secretariat: Tel: +254 20 2473259 or