CEPF Programme Officer for Cabo Verde

Application deadline: 
Sunday, 8. September 2019 - 23:45

CEPF Programme Officer for Cabo Verde

 
We are seeking to employ someone on a part time basis to oversee the implementation of CEPF’s programme in Cabo Verde.  
 
• Location: one of BirdLife’s West Africa offices in either Dakar, Senegal; or Accra, Ghana; or potentially Cabo Verde as a home based consultant (see below)
• Part time: We are seeking someone to work approximately 1 day a week, representing 20% of a full-time position. We are willing to consider flexible working hours and patterns with the right candidate
• Contract: Fixed term for 2 years, with the potential to extend (funding dependent) 
• Salary and benefits: remuneration package based on experience and location
 
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.
 
Since 2012 BirdLife has led the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) in the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). CEPF is a joint programme of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation
 
The BirdLife RIT is responsible for leading and coordinating the CEPF investment in the Mediterranean hotspot, including Cabo Verde. CEPF awards grants to civil society organizations through open calls for proposals for conservation projects, which are in-line with the CEPF Investment Strategy for the Mediterranean. CEPF currently has 3 active large grants in Cabo Verde.  
 
BirdLife is seeking to recruit an experienced individual for the position of CEPF Programme Officer for Cabo Verde, to ensure the successful implementation of CEPF’s programme in Cabo Verde. We are looking for someone who will be the RIT focal person for Cabo Verde, responsible for promoting the CEPF programme, building a portfolio of grants to deliver on the conservation priorities of Cabo Verde, building the capacity of civil society, and fostering partnerships in the country. 
 
This person will be an integral member of the RIT, with the following main duties:
 
• Promote the CEPF programme to civil society and other stakeholders in Cabo Verde; hosting outreach meetings and workshops in local languages, translating documents and engaging high-level stakeholders such as local government and donors
• Provide strategic advice for the planning and implementation of the CEPF programme in Cabo Verde; ensuring project outcomes are in-line with the CEPF Investment strategy and part of coherent portfolio of grants in the hotspot
• Support the application process; explaining requirements to applicants, reviewing all small and large grant applications for Cabo Verde, checking for eligibility, and helping applicants finalise their proposals following set procedures
• Provide operational support to grantees; providing training sessions and local language support, helping grantees use CEPF tools, complete all documentation, report correctly and operate in-line with CEPF and BirdLife processes
• Provide practical support and advice on project implementation; supporting grantees through the project cycle, strengthening their ideas, advising on challenging circumstances and mitigating any issues 
• Monitor projects through report reviews, site visits and frequent communication; providing feedback to grantees and CEPF, ensuring projects are on-track and meeting CEPF requirements such as social and environmental safeguards
• Facilitate information exchanges; identify linkages between projects, ensure the exchange of experience and best practices amongst CEPF grantees and other experts, networks and initiatives in the region
• Support the RIT operations; updating databases with grant information, providing translation support, inputting to RIT progress reports, providing and presenting data for RIT meetings and reports, and attending team meetings
 
The ideal candidate will have: 
• Higher-level education at degree-level (or equivalent), in environmental conservation or other related field
• Should have a good knowledge and understanding of conservation and development issues in Cabo Verde, preferably with direct, practical experience
• Should have an interest or experience in capacity building, including support to civil society organizations
• A proven track record of relevant work experience in conservation project management/support, including administration, reporting and communications
• Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to work to high standards with tight deadlines
• Excellent communication skills, with the ability to offer direct 1-2-1 support, and to present and facilitate meetings to wider audiences
• Ability to analyse complex problems, and generate creative and pragmatic solutions
• Ability to work independently and with team members based in different locations
• Computer literacy in all standard Microsoft office applications
• Written and oral English and Portuguese are essential, and Creole is desirable
• Ability to travel to Cabo Verde, with at least one 1-week trip per year (if based in West Africa). Ability to travel within the Mediterranean region at least once per year for team meetings
• The right to work in any of the specified BirdLife International offices in West Africa, or ability to work as a consultant from Cabo Verde
 
 
With the role focused on Cabo Verde we will consider applicants based in Cabo Verde (on any island) who could carry out aspects of the role, on a self-employed consultancy basis. Please state clearly in your application if this is your preferred option. 
 
Closing date: Sunday 8 September 2019
 
Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, their desired working location, 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: recruitment@birdlife.org   
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday 16 September 2019.