Head of Forests Programme (Maternity Cover)

Application deadline: 
Sunday, 5. September 2021 - 23:45

Head of Forests Programme (Maternity Cover)

• Location: Cambridge, UK preferred; arrangement could be made for a US or Singapore-based candidate under certain circumstances
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: 12 months fixed term
• Salary: up to £40-45,000 GBP per annum, depending on skills and experience, plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 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.
 
BirdLife’s Forests Programme aims to deliver large-scale forest conservation and restoration, generating local and national economic benefits through biodiversity conservation, combating climate change and promoting sustainable development. The Programme focuses on three major objectives: 
  • To conserve and restore forests in priority landscapes,
  • To advance effective approaches to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, and
  • To develop and promote effective approaches for large-scale, long-term governance and financing of forest conservation and restoration
 
BirdLife International’s Forests Programme aims to create synergies among our Partners and other institutions to advance these aims. The programme portfolio combines our Partners’ site-based work as well as science, advocacy and engagement at different levels to address the underlying causes of global forest loss.
 
Additionally, BirdLife, along with Wildlife Conservation Society and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), have partnered under a collaborative initiative called Trillion Trees. A major focus of this partnership is to develop and secure new, large-scale funding for actions that increase global tree cover. BirdLife, WCS and WWF are already working together towards this vision, seeking synergies across our forest conservation initiatives to scale up efforts and catalyze others to join us in meeting that goal. 
By working in close collaboration with BirdLife Partners and teams across the Secretariat and beyond, the Head of the Forests Programme provides coordination, support and thought leadership to the forest work of our global Partnership.  
 
BirdLife is looking for a dynamic, experienced programme leader to join our team as Head of Forests Programme from November 2021 to October 2022. This position is offered as a maternity cover, with a 1-year contract. There may be potential for extension under certain circumstances.  
 
Over the year in post, the Head of Forests Programme will be expected to focus on a number of ongoing and emerging opportunities for forests. In particular, they will:
  • Act as the primarily focal point and support to BirdLife and its Partners to understand and engage in the forest conservation and restoration sector, including strengthening landscape approaches, developing climate finance for forests, and advancing large-scale restoration.
  • Oversee a number of key corporate partnerships and donor relationships supporting conservation in flagship landscapes, REDD+ project development and other funding opportunities.
  • Coordinate a small, global team through direct and matrix management to set and deliver the annual Forests Programme workplan.
  • Engage with external partners, particularly through our Trillion Trees partnership with WCS and WWF, to capitalize on our shared voice, expansive portfolio, and combined knowledge.
 
While much of this will entail taking forward initiatives and work plans already underway, there will be an element of adaptive management, responding to requests from regional teams and new opportunities as they arise.
 
The ideal candidate will be experienced at leading and developing multi-faceted programmes. They come to the role with knowledge of forest conservation issues and approaches, in particular in relation to financing of forest conservation work in both the short and long term. They are organized and able to manage multiple concurrent initiatives and projects in development, yet also creative and pragmatic in their approach.  
 
They understand the realities of conservation in developing countries, and are able to set achievable expectations, and support colleagues who have a wide range of capacities, strategies and operational realities. In particular, they are committed to the BirdLife approach, which focuses on delivering significant value to our national Partners. With a high degree of integrity, they are inspired to be part of a global organization rooted in science as well as local empowerment as critical tools to achieve conservation aims.
 
 
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: recruitment@birdlife.org   
 
Closing date: 5 September 2021
 
Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.