Head of Conservation Division

Application deadline: 
Monday, 10. September 2018 - 23:45

Head of Conservation Division

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to head its Conservation Division in Africa. The main responsibility will be to provide high-level strategic leadership and coordination in the development and execution of the BirdLife conservation work in Africa. This work is guided by the conservation results in the BirdLife 2020 Strategy and the conservation targets of the BirdLife Partners in Africa. The delivery of the conservation work should take into account the roles of BirdLife Secretariat and BirdLife Partners in accordance with the BirdLife Operational Procedures.
 
Key responsibilities include:
• To lead, coordinate and monitor the operations of two functional units: Conservation Programmes and Marine Unit
• To coordinate Africa Region’s input into global conservation initiatives, especially those that address multiple programmes, and/or engage non-BirdLife organisations
• To mobilise resources (funds, partnerships and information) for driving forward the conservation work of BirdLife in Africa
• To promote BirdLife Africa Partnership’s conservation achievements at regional and global forums
 
Responsibilities:
 
1. Lead the operations of Conservation Programmes and Marine Units
• Support the unit coordinators to develop and implement strategies and plans for effective support to the Partnership and delivery of conservation results and targets 
• Facilitate information flow and coordinated action among and between the units and the wider secretariat
• Ensure that operations of the units reinforce the BirdLife model with appropriate engagement of Partners
• Oversee monitoring of effectiveness and efficiency of conservation work in Africa and the conservation impacts realized
 
2. Coordinate Africa Region’s input into global conservation initiatives
• Increase the influence of BirdLife in the conservation of Biodiversity in Africa
• Promote biodiversity consideration in private policies and practices, including through the establishment of government, private sector and civil society cooperation 
• Provide leadership in the development and implementation of BirdLife global conservation initiatives in Africa
 
3. Mobilise resources (funds, partnerships and information) for conservation work in Africa
• Cultivate relationships with donors, corporates and high net worth individuals for purposes of resources mobilisation
• Lead the development of large conservation projects
• Oversee the management of large conservation projects and ensure timely delivery of high quality reports and other deliverables
 
4. Promote BirdLife Conservation achievements
• Prepare and deliver presentations on BirdLife conservation achievements at key forums
• Negotiate collaboration agreements with strategic partners to deliver key conservation outcomes with appropriate BirdLife leadership and recognition
 
5. Country support
• For a specific suit of countries, provide focused Country Programme support to ensure that the Partners attain excellence in organisational management and conservation impact
• Coordinate with Supporting Partners in specific countries to develop and deliver country visions for BirdLife engagement
 
6. Organisational management
• Provide strategic and operational support to the management of the BirdLife Africa Secretariat as a member of the Africa Region Executive Team and the Africa Region Management Team
• Contribute to the governance of the BirdLife Partnership through inputs to the Council of Africa Partnership (CAP) and its subcommittees
 
7. Others
• Any other duties as delegated by the Regional Director for Africa
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Master’s degree in Natural Science, International Relations, International Law
• Design and implementation of complex and multi-stakeholder conservation projects
• Excellent understanding of conservation, development and political issues in Africa
• Understanding of key institutions driving biodiversity loss and nature conservation in Africa, their mandates and opportunity to influence them
• Networking at senior level
• Extensive management and organisational experience in international conservation (with demonstrable experience in Africa)
• Ability to manage strategically with confidence to network at a senior level
• Programme development and management
• Ability to act independently
• Basic financial literacy
• Ability to promote BirdLife to senior level stakeholders in international organisations, government, private sector and civil society
• Ability to write professional articles and give presentations to international audiences
• Ability to look at the strategic and operational dimensions of issues and plan accordingly
• Ability to generate innovative ways of doing things, and in the process enhancing the quality of products and efficiency in the use of resources
• Good skills in all standard Microsoft Office applications
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with and fluency in oral and written English, French will be an added advantage
• Frequent travel, up to 15 weeks per year
 
Application deadline: 10 Sept 2018
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
• Gross monthly salary: GBP 2,600 - 2,900
• Length/duration of this position: 3 years
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
 
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 to: recruitment-africa@birdlife.org by the application deadline.
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.