Vulture Conservation Manager

Application deadline: 
Monday, 10. September 2018 - 23:45

 

Vulture Conservation Manager

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to the position of Vulture Conservation Manager in Africa. Vulture conservation in Africa is top priority for BirdLife International with a global campaign for this purpose already in place. This position is therefore critical for the organisation. The job has two main components:
i. to Coordinate and manage the efforts of the BirdLife Secretariat and Partnership in development and implementation of strategies, projects and activities for conservation of vultures in Africa
ii. to be the BirdLife focal point for vulture conservation in Africa.
 
Responsibilities
1. Support the BirdLife Africa Partnership in implementation of its priority plans for vulture conservation in harmony with African Eurasian Vulture Multi-species Action Plan (AEVMsAP) and other relevant initiatives
Coordinate implementation, promotion and monitoring of the BirdLife Africa Partnership vulture conservation priority plans/strategy agreed upon during the partnership meeting in October 2015
Coordinate effective liaison between the BirdLife Africa Partnership and other stakeholders for maximum complementarity of BirdLife’s work on vultures in Africa with the work of African Eurasian Vulture Working Group (AEVWG), IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group and other stakeholders
 
2. Support fundraising efforts for- and implementation of vulture conservation projects in Africa
Coordinate development and submission to donors of a wide range of fundraising proposals and implementation of the Africa Vultures Fundraising Campaign to seek resources for implementation of vulture conservation projects in Africa
Support BirdLife Africa partners in development and submission of fundraising proposals for work on vultures
Provide the CEO, Regional Director and other relevant staff necessary support in approaching donors/champions for vultures
Support efficient management and implementation of funded vulture projects
 
3. Support communications and networking/collaborative efforts for implementation of vulture conservation work in Africa
Support the BirdLife communications team in gathering and development of communication materials
Regularly engage and update the BirdLife Partnership Secretariat in development and implementation of the BirdLife Africa vulture conservation of strategy
Develop and maintain vulture extranet page and webpage
Regularly develop and publish vulture news items for webpage, newsletters and other media
Give quarterly brief updates to partners collaborators regarding vultures and seek their feedback
Keep IUCN SSC Vulture Specialist Group fully engaged/guiding vulture matters
Explore other beneficial and strategic collaborations and keep them engaged
 
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
Master’s degree in conservation / natural resource management / related field; knowledge of biodiversity conservation essential; ornithological knowledge and interest in raptors will be an advantage
Deep understanding of conservation issues in Africa; Good knowledge and interest in ornithology, ecology and applied biology
A proven track record of relevant work experience in biodiversity conservation, including planning, proposal writing, project development and management and networking
High motivation, desire to achieve; Ability to develop and implement species conservation projects
Flexibility and ability to work independently 
Ability to analyse complex problems, and generate creative and pragmatic solutions
Ability to write professional articles and give presentations to international audiences
Ability to generate innovative ways of doing things
Excellent skills in all standard Microsoft Office applications
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: 10 Sept 2018
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
Gross monthly salary: GBP 1500 - 1800
Length/duration of this position: 1 year renewable
Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
Start date: As soon as possible
 
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.