Capacity Development Officer (Individual and Institutional Capacity)

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 10. March 2021 - 23:45

Capacity Development Officer (Individual and Institutional Capacity)

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Capacity Development Officer. The main responsibilities will be to lead on the process to support BirdLife Partners based on assessments of organisational capacity development needs and identify specific measures required to strengthen the organisation and to monitor the impact of grants provided to Partners from the Hatch (Capacity Development Fund). 
 
Through Hatch, BirdLife intends to strengthen and expand the Partnership, and enhance how Partners work together and with others. To this end, Hatch aspires to deliver three broad results:
1. Systemic, institutional, and individual capacity developed and strengthened across the Partnership in crucial areas, and the next generation of conservation leaders identified and nurtured, including through Partner-to-Partner knowledge sharing, co-operation and support.
2. BirdLife International Partnership expanded to cover priority gaps and Partners established as leading membership-based nature conservation organisations in their countries/territories.
3. All BirdLife Partners actively engaged with governments, and other stakeholders that impact the environment, to mainstream biodiversity into decision-making and ensure adequate resources are available for conservation.
 
Main Responsibilities
 
1. Work with BirdLife Partners in Africa, primarily in West and North Africa to ensure that Partners receive the institutional support necessary to grow within the BirdLife Partnership and attain their full potential in terms of organisational capacity, resource mobilisation, constituency building and conservation results.
2. To ensure implementation of relevant detailed activities of Hatch and/or other capacity development projects as planned.
 
The Capacity Development Officer has the following responsibilities:
 
1: Portfolio of organisational development work developed in consultation with BirdLife Partners that addresses priority organisational needs and institutes corrective measures.
 
• Lead on the process to support BirdLife Partners based on assessments of organisational capacity development needs and identify specific measures required to strengthen the organisation. 
• Assist Partners to update Quality Assurance Data (QAS) to reflect current positions on meeting BirdLife criteria for organisational development.
• Facilitate Partners to develop, review and implement Strengthening Plans annually specifically using the results of the BirdLife Quality Assurance System.
 
2: Provide financial and technical support to BirdLife Partners to reduce or eliminate the need for external support for maintaining core functioning (Hatch’s Support Module 3 ‘Customized core support towards self-sufficiency’)
 
• Liaise with National Focal Points in Africa to identify and develop projects supported by Hatch. 
• Assess and review proposals for Hatch grant funding, technical support and/or training.
• Ensure ongoing support to Partners as needed with implementation of projects funded by the Hatch.
• Develop materials and processes for specific areas/topics identified as needed for capacity development of partners, including training, mentoring and coaching of partners, peer learning and other methodologies.
• Deliver all customized capacity development-related activities in diverse areas of organizational development (i.e. program management, resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation) and technical capacity development.
• Assist Partners to identify and access a wide range of fundraising sources and mechanisms.
• Support the formulation of project proposals comprising capacity development activities, for submission to donors.
• Closely coordinate with relevant Supporting Partners and beneficiary Partners to develop organisational capacity development interventions to complement the objectives of Hatch and strengthen the BirdLife Partnership.
 
 
3: BirdLife Partner staff have enhanced capacity to support continued organisational development and learning
 
• Match technical assistance needs with individual experts from within or outside the BirdLife Partnership and support experience exchange.
• Support and expand a mentoring scheme. 
• Encourage Partners to use online toolkits, policy portals and publications on various programmes. 
• Adapt, translate or create tools to meet Partners’ identified organisational needs.  
• Provide training to Partners in the effective application of tools.
• Support the development of Thematic Working Groups or Communities of Practice across the Partnership as deemed necessary to support organisational development. 
 
 4: Promote BirdLife Capacity Development achievements under HATCH
• Actively profile the HATCH, through a coordinated and impactful sharing of information internally and externally.  
• Refresh Partners’ communication approaches and ensure they are better targeted to demonstrate innovation, impact and opportunities for engagement of new donors. 
• Support Partners to facilitate documentation and share lessons learnt and best practices to influence Capacity Development practice.  
• Encourage and contribute to experiences and lessons learned from Hatch via sharing and developing relevant materials, case studies, workshops etc. and collecting and analysing relevant data. 
• Contribute towards communicating and promoting Hatch to internal and external audiences.
• Support the development of Hatch together with the Secretariat colleagues within the Capacity Development Programme. 
 
Result 5: Monitor and Evaluate the impact of HATCH-capacity development grants in the region.
• Participate in developing a robust monitoring and evaluation system related to capacity building. 
• Undertake country visits in the region to evaluate implementation of projects supported by Hatch, where and if necessary.
• Provide technical and financial progress reports on implementation of projects on in the region.
• Coordinate with appropriate stakeholders in all aspects of activities planning, monitoring, and implementation.
• Participate in relevant Network and Capacity Development meetings, workshops and trainings. 
 
Others
• Any other duties as delegated by the Network and Capacity Development Coordinator.
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• University degree (BSc or higher) in a relevant field, e.g. sciences, education or international development.
• Significant experience in development of NGOs, including strategic planning, governance, membership development and fundraising.
• Have knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to organizational capacity development.
• Excellent organizational and planning skills, ability to think pragmatically.
• Familiarity with the nature conservation sector, preferably in West and North Africa.
• A good understanding of the civil society organisations in Africa, particularly those in West African countries.
• An ability to inspire trust by demonstrating a high level of commitment and responsibility.
• Strong analytical and strategic skills.
• A solution-oriented attitude.
• Excellent interpersonal skills: a high level of empathy and theory of mind, a good sense of humour.
• An ability to easily develop and maintain working relations with teams in different locations.
• Keeps abreast of new development in own occupation/profession, actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally.
• A high degree of flexibility, adaptability and ability to work independently.
• Fluency in oral and written English and French. Command of Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic is an important asset.
 
Salary & benefits:
• Length/duration of the contract: 24 months, with possible extension
• Location: Dakar, Senegal
• Working hours: Full time
• Date when the job expected to start: 1 April 2021
• Salary range: EURO2400 – 2800 
 
Application deadline: 10 March 2021
 
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 application deadline to: recruitment-west-africa@birdlife.org
 
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.