Regional Flyways Officer (Africa)
Under the auspices of the UNDP/GEF project entitled “Mainstreaming Conservation of Migratory Soaring Birds into Key Productive Sectors along the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway” BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to lead on Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) conservation activities at the regional level, and provide technical support to the national implementing agents on all issues relating to the conservation of MSB. Particular emphasis will be on the implementation of activities that integrate flyway issues into existing national or donor-funded “vehicles” of reform or change of management in the key sectors through provision of technical tools, content, services and support. The general duties includes but not limited to:
- To supervise and co-ordinate the performance of national implementing agents, and ensure the integration of national components with the regional component
- To provide technical support to national implementing agents, especially in relation to work with project vehicles and the development of double mainstreaming activities.
- To provide expert knowledge on soaring bird conservation issues in support of all aspects of the project.
The required qualifications and skills are:
- Degree (MSc desirable), or proven equivalent experience, in any discipline related to the natural sciences.
- Proven knowledge of the environmental sector in North and/or East Africa.
- A minimum of five years experience in project management, related to conservation and the conservation of habitats and/or their biological diversity.
- An ability to work with stakeholders including government officials, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local stakeholders, experts and consultants.
- Good organizational and planning skills and an ability to adhere to deadlines.
- Good communication skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of French will be a distinct advantage.
- Willing and able to travel to project countries in North and North East Africa.
- Knowledge of ornithology and relevant bird conservation issues
Location: The position will be based at the BirdLife Regional Secretariat in Nairobi.
Duration: Two years subject to annual contract-renewal, with appropriate probationary period, and possibility for a 3rd year extension.
Salary& benefits: A salary range of between $20,000 – $30,000 annually inclusive of all benefits, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and according to BirdLife International/Africa Division terms and conditions.
Input: Full time post, funded by the project.
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 6th February 2013 to: Edith.email@example.com
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Successful candidates will be notified to attend interviews in Nairobi in during the week of 11th – 16th February 2013