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Consultancy Opportunity

Project Coordinator- Forest Governance Policy - We are looking for someone who will be able to work with BirdLife Partners to support the coordination and finalisation of a major, five year (2017-2022) forest governance initiative.

Flexibly within the UK, Brussels or SE Asia


BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

We are looking for someone who will be able to work with BirdLife Partners to support the coordination and finalisation of a major, five year (2017-2022) forest governance initiative, funded by the European Commission, aimed at building the capacity of civil society organisations in the Asia-Pacific region to participate effectively in forest monitoring, management, planning and policy processes. The focal countries of the project are Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea

This is a short-term contract for an experienced individual to rapidly engage with and support the final stages of the project, which ends in July 2022, and the subsequent six-month close-out period; ideally you will be able to dedicate hours equivalent to full time until the end of July,  switching to a maximum of 18 hours per week for the close-out period.

Main Tasks and Activities:

Project planning, coordination, sustainability and evaluation

  • Support implementation and wrapping-up of the €5 million EC-funded Asia-Pacific Forest Governance initiative in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (project end date 14 July 2022, with six-month close out period to complete reporting, auditing and final evaluation following this)
  • Support internal and external evaluation and reporting of the Asia-Pacific Forest Governance initiative, including final reporting, auditing and terminal evaluation
  • Support the Project Manager to coordinate project management meetings and information sharing between project partners
  • Liaise with the project partners and coordinate with the SPI and Partnership, Communities and Capacity Development teams to ensure effective implementation of project exit strategy and outreach and uptake of science/policy outputs by national stakeholders and sustainability of project activities
  • Coordinate with the Global Forest Policy Coordinator and Communications team to support promotion of project policy and communications materials
  • COVID19 restrictions depending, support the Project Manager and partner(s) to deliver final in-country project team meeting and technical workshops

Budget and financial management

  • Work with the Project Manager, project partners and Finance team to analyse, monitor and review the project’s budget and spending in line with funder rules
  • Manage the project budget against forecast and estimated costs, maintaining a project expenditure tracking system, ensure that exceptions are identified, justified, mitigated and approved, and coordinate with the Finance team and project partners to ensure efficient and timely completion of project audits

Funder compliance

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of funder compliance requirements and provide support to programme teams and partners to meet such requirements, including developing funder compliance summaries/checklists/systems 

Risk management

  • Review and update the risk register for project management purposes

Further information:

You will have initiative and appropriate experience to help ensure the timely and successful completion of this exciting project. Including:

  • Finance and project management qualifications, or significant on-the-job experience.
  • Knowledge of the conservation and/or forestry sectors.
  • Familiarity with project administration and management frameworks, ideally in an area related to conservation/development/ forest governance.
  • Sound financial acumen.
  • Substantial work experience in project administration and project reporting, with a proven track record of budget management.

Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s experiences relating to this opportunity, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. You should also provide an indication of your fees. Applications should be sent by email: [email protected] marking your application with “Project Coordinator – Forest Governance Policy” in the subject line.

Shortlisting for this opportunity will take place as applications are received.  We therefore reserve the right to close this opportunity once a suitable applicant has been engaged. 

Interviews: Only shortlisted applications will be contacted.