Partnership Development Coordinator – Capacity Development Fund for West Africa

Application deadline: 
Friday, 11. January 2019 - 23:45

Partnership Development Coordinator – Capacity Development Fund for West Africa

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Partnership Development Coordinator – Capacity Development Fund for West Africa. The main responsibilities will be to develop partners’ capacity, including through application of BirdLife tool and guidelines for capacity development and to provide support in the implementation of the Network Development Plan in Africa.
 
Promote consultation of Partners and identify capacity development needs
• Support partners in auto-evaluation exercises to assess their progress and needs according to the QAS, and facilitate the development of strengthening plans that reflect the results of such self-assessment
• Support partners to ensure they incorporate strengthening plan activities into their annual plans
• Facilitate identification, develop/update inventory of Focal Points for various programmes amongst the Partners
• Disseminate and share the capacity development toolkit e.g. Good Practice Guides, Capacity for Conservation website, templates among others as made available to the BirdLife International Partnership and support Partner organisations to incorporate and adopt practices and tools in their development plans
• Work collaboratively with the Capacity Development Programme Implementation and Coordination Team members from across the BirdLife partnership to identify needs in a variety of contexts (nationally and internationally) to deliver the programming expected results in the BirdLife International Partnership 2022 strategy
 
Enhance effective engagement of Partners in regional meetings
• Pro-actively engage Partners to identify their capacity building needs by convening at least 3 annual sub-regional consultative meetings with Partners in Africa via skype, emails or physical meetings
• Assist in organising the CAP Preparatory Meetings, involving selected Partners
 
Facilitate production of the Africa report on an annual basis
• In consultation with Partners, draft templates and coordinate input into the production of annual Africa Reports which reflect progress on how Partners are contributing to the implementation of the BirdLife strategy
 
Facilitate identification of new Partners
• Develop TOR and identify appropriate personnel to engage national conservation NGOs where BirdLife is not represented with a view to develop a long-term BirdLife presence for conservation action
• Regularly update the inventory of support of the BirdLife Partner to Partner Capacity Development System and proactively disseminate this information so that Partners are aware of who works where and who does what
 
Partner to Partner Facilitation
• Support initiatives that promote cooperation and support among partners with regards to the development of organisational and personnel development
• Promote and enhance collaboration and cooperation between Partner Development staff in particular and also other Supporting Partner staff as appropriate
• Promote linkages and coordination between several BirdLife Partners providing international assistance to the same BirdLife Partner 
• Develop a uniform monitoring system that assesses the impact of partner development support on an annual basis 
 
Communications
• Regular communication with Partners to keep them updated on skills and resources that they can access from the BirdLife Africa Secretariat
• Promote a communication culture focusing on Partner’s efforts in contributing towards successful delivery of the BirdLife strategy i.e. Newsletters/Website should reflect Partner achievements
• Ensure Partners have upgraded their websites
• Disseminate best practices from the BirdLife Africa Partnership
 
Fundraising
• To actively fundraise for the regional capacity building programmes and initiatives in alignment with the BirdLife Global Capacity Development Programme Plan as well as other regional programmes as needed and agreed on
• Identify funding opportunities for Partners to participate in regional meetings
• To support BirdLife Africa Partners in applying for and implementing grants i.e. Capacity Development Fund Grants, CEPF
Any other duties as delegated by your Line Manager.
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Relevant BA/BSC  degree 
• Post-graduate (degree) qualification in management. Professional experience of NGO development and capacity development, supported by practical experience
• Good understanding of  NGO development and Natural Resource Management in Africa
• Established track record relevant experience in NGO Development and Capacity Development.  Significant hands-on training and strategic planning delivery experience.  Line management experience
• Strong project, coordination and people management skills. Ability to organise and manage own and other people’s time/priorities
• Work with a high level of initiative and work well under pressure
• Ability to develop a clearly defined and focused business vision and personal vision
• Skilled at both thinking with a strategic purpose as well as creating a visioning process and willingness and ability to do so
• Work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organisational goals, solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise
• Effective at building strong working relationships
• Strong internal and external communications skills
• Building effective donor relations, writing sound proposals
• Effective at analyzing complex environments and resolving problems with practical solutions.
• Ability to motivate and guide staff particularly in non-line-management relationship.  
• Good IT literacy in Word, Excel, Email, Internet and PowerPoint
• Skills in written, spoken and comprehension for both English and French (other relevant languages an advantage)
• Likely frequent travel within Africa to Partners, Partnership Meetings. Likely expectation 3 -4 months pa.
 
Application deadline: 11 January 2019
 
Location:
The position will be based in Dakar, Senegal. 
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
• Gross monthly salary: €3200 - €3600
• Length/duration of this position:2 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-west-africa@birdlife.org  by the application deadline.
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.