IBA Programme Manager

Application deadline: 
Monday, 30. April 2018 - 23:45

IBA Programme Manager 

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of IBA Programme Manager. The main responsibility will be to lead the development, implementation and monitoring of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA) programme in Africa, in light of BirdLife Strategy and programme priorities of the BirdLife Africa Partnership, and to manage and supervise projects that contribute to delivery of the IBA Programme in Africa.
 
1. Representation of the Africa Region on the IBA Programme Coordination Team and IBA Team
     • Represent the BirdLife Africa Partnership and Secretariat in Global IBA Programme Coordination Team and IBA Team.
     • Through these teams, continually make contributions from Africa on strategic planning, setting priorities and tracking progress in implementation of the IBA programme at the Global level in liaison with other colleagues from the Global Secretariat and other regional secretariats.
 
2. Coordination of participatory development and implementation of the Africa IBA Programme Regional Plan
     • Lead the development and implementation of a Regional IBA Conservation Strategy (RIBACS) that takes into account BirdLife Africa Partnership and Programme priorities.
     • Support development, implementation and monitoring of National IBA Conservation Strategies to deliver aspirations of the RIBACS
     • Develop and manage effective delivery of regional conservation projects that contribute to implementation of the IBA programme.
     • Monitor and evaluate progress in implementation of the Africa Regional IBA Programme Plan and provide timely feedback to the partnership and other stakeholders.
 
3. Support to Partners to implement  IBA Programme priorities Africa
     • Continually identify support needs of BirdLife Partners in Africa and other needs brought forward through frequent liaison and communication with national IBA focal points from respective Partners.
     • Provide to the BirdLife Partners in Africa with technical guidance, capacity building and information necessary for effective implementation of the IBA Programme.
 
4. IBA Monitoring, Review and Information management
     • Facilitate IBA monitoring in Africa with monitoring data entered into the World Bird and Biodiversity Database.
     • Support BirdLife Partners in up-dating their IBA inventories and identifying new IBAs, including the verification of the application of the IBA criteria
     • Coordinate publication of regional and national IBA status and trends reports
 
5. Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)
     • Support BirdLife Partners in Africa in the transition to KBAs, including the provision of training and capacity building, supporting National Coordination Groups, working closely with KBA Regional Focal Point and the KBA Community Regional Representative, informing Partners about major developments of the KBA Partnership and promoting the KBA brand in Africa
 
6. Fundraising 
     • Raise funds to implement IBA Programme priorities 
 
7. Communication
     • Ensure outputs and results of the IBA Programme are communicated through media managed by BirdLife to reach internal and external audiences
     • Coordinate regular update and dissemination for action, of IBA documentation, including through publication of IBA Status and Trends Report, review of Regional and National IBA Directories
 
Any other duties as delegated by the Conservation Programmes Coordinator
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Masters degree in ornithology, natural sciences, ecology / natural resource management/ related field; knowledge of biodiversity conservation
• Good knowledge of conservation issues in Africa, especially regarding site conservation approaches.
• A proven track record of relevant work experience (at least 5 years) in biodiversity conservation, including planning, proposal writing, project development and management, policy advocacy, communications and networking. 
• A good understanding of the IBA and KBA concept, and experience in IBA work, including site monitoring in Africa.
• High motivation, desire to achieve; ability to develop and implement site conservation projects and programmes
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and diplomatic skills; Excellent oral and written fluency in English; Working knowledge of French would be an added advantage.
• Ability to work with people with various levels of competence; Ability to use social media effectively
• Excellent project and financial management skills
• Flexibility and ability to work independently
• Excellent computer skills in all standard Microsoft office, knowledge of GIS, remote sensing and/or database management would be an added advantage
• General interest in keeping update on conservation  issues in Africa, with a good network of people interested in site conservation
• An international ‘outlook’ and understanding of different cultures.
• 10-12 weeks per year international travel, and willingness to travel at short notice when required
 
 
Application deadline: 30th April 2018
 
Location:
The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
• Gross monthly salary: GBP1500 – GBP 2000 
• Length/duration of this position: 1-year contract - renewable
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
• Date when the job expected to start: 1st June 2018, with possibility for negotiation.
 
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 of 30th April 2018.
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.