Biodiversity Conservation Manager / Forest Program

Application deadline: 
Monday, 20. January 2020 - 23:45

Biodiversity Conservation Manager / Forest Program

 
• Location: Quito, Ecuador
• Full time: 40 hours per week
• Contract: Open-ended
• Salary: 35,000 USD a year
• Annual Leave: 21 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 25 days
 
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 a Biodiversity Conservation Manager / Forest Program to:
• Lead the development and management of the BirdLife Americas Forest program.
• Oversee the implementation and management of an agreed portfolio of Americas Forest projects under the Forest program, with emphasis on the Atlantic Forest, and provide strategic advice for their development. 
• Fundraise for/ provide input necessary for the development of funding proposals relevant to the Americas Forest Program. 
• Provide strategic support for the Americas Regional Program. 
• Provide strategic support to BirdLife Partners, through the Forest program and facilitate and support the Forests Working Group.
 
The ideal candidate will have:
• Relevant first degree (e.g. biology, natural resources management, geography, environmental science, agronomy, forestry or others associated).
• M.Sc. in Biodiversity Conservation, Natural Resources Management or related areas or equivalent experience
• Good knowledge of birds, their habitats and priority sites in the Americas and understanding of key regional political, conservation and development issues. Proven ability to design, manage and co-ordinate programmes, projects and budgets to completion. Proven ability to secure funds. Familiarity with international conservation issues, including relevant multilateral environmental agreements and instruments
• Substantial work experience (preferably 5 years or more) and proven track record in biodiversity conservation and development fundraising, strategic planning, program and project development, and management of conservation projects, preferably at international level
• Fluency in English and Spanish. A third language desirable (Portuguese or French). Ability to avoid jargon and use clear, simple language when the situation demands 
• Willingness to travel regularly, sometimes for extended periods within the Americas.
The job holder will be a team leader and a team player, but have the ability to work independently, being motivated by a passion for bird and biodiversity conservation in the Americas.
 
 
Closing date:  15 January 2020
 
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to: itala.yepez@birdlife.org
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.