Project Manager, Oil & Gas Project (Africa)

Application deadline: 
Thursday, 3. May 2018 - 23:45

Project Manager, Oil & Gas Project 

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for a regional Oil & Gas Project in West Africa. As a core staff member within the BirdLife Office in Dakar, you will undertake a range of duties associated with improving environmental performance, particularly in the oil & gas industry in West Africa. Key responsibilities will include:
• Manage project related to BirdLife International’s work on offshore oil & gas developments in West Africa
• Support the team’s engagements in West Africa, particularly on bird and biodiversity safeguard and biodiversity mainstreaming into policy frameworks and development agenda.
• Deliver successful conservation outcomes for BirdLife International in its work with businesses, with a focus on offshore oil & gas developments in West Africa.
• Manage and coordinate a large project working to improve environmental safeguards in the offshore oil&gas sector in West Africa. 
• Engage with BirdLife Partner NGOs and corporate entities to identify sustainability opportunities, particularly related to offshore and near-shore developments in West Africa
• Conduct due diligence and facilitate collaborative projects that address biodiversity objectives of strategic value to both parties, including initiatives that align with BirdLife's conservation programmes, and corporate commitments to biodiversity.
• Support engagement with the priority sectors and sectoral initiatives set out in the BirdLife Business Engagement Strategy; help inform how BirdLife engages and improves corporate practice. 
• Engage with BirdLife Partner NGOs and business partners to facilitate collaborative partnerships that address biodiversity objectives of strategic value to both parties, addressing both species and sites of importance to BirdLife.
• Seek opportunities to raise the profile of the oil & gas project through appropriate networks, publications and events.
• Responsibility for implementation of the new West Africa offshore oil & gas project, working with NGO partners, businesses and consultants on safeguards and best practice for the oil&gas industry in the region 
• Coordinate the preparation of collaborative conservation project plans, contracts, reporting and provide support with their on-going implementation and management.
• Coordinate implementation of project activities with project partners (IDDRI, PRCM and Abidjan Convention) 
• Manage project consultants (including TBC, FFI and experts) and input from BirdLife staff (Conservation and SPI Divisions), ensuring timely achievement of expected deliverables.
• Facilitate development and application of best practice standards around biodiversity management and assist business partners by providing technical advice to operations 
• Contribute to the negotiation of any new agreements between BirdLife and its funders 
• Contribute to discussions on biodiversity and sustainability, particularly in the developing field of biodiversity offsets and corporate frameworks for net gain in the context of extractive industries (particularly the oil&gas sector)
• Share experience from the programme with the BirdLife Secretariat and Partnership, in order to enhance BirdLife engagement with the corporate sector in addressing key industry development issues.
• Develop relationships with other NGOs working on similar issues, and foster a collaborative approach to working with businesses to promote sustainable operations
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• postgraduate degree in natural science and/or nature conservation qualification or in a relevant field of study;
• Good knowledge of offshore development impacts, particularly related to oil & gas development. An enthusiasm to bring about practical conservation outcomes through cross-sector collaboration.
• A proven track record of developing and managing conservation projects; experience in collaborative NGOs and business projects is a strong advantage.
• Experience of managing projects. 
• Experience of proposal development and project management, including budgetary management.
• Work with or within the oil&gas industry and/or corporate sustainability would be a major advantage
• Long-term multi-project management skills.  
• The ability to remotely manage consultant and teams in the achievement of their specific projects across specific lead areas within the programme. 
• A diplomatic but outgoing and confident and committed personality able to enthuse and convince doubters on both sides about the opportunities for biodiversity conservation in the oil&gas industry specifically, and corporate sector generally. 
• A capacity to resolve potential conflicts.
• An individual with the dedication and vision to continue meeting the ongoing challenges of developing and maintaining a successful partnership programme.
• Fluency in French and English essential, ability to work in Portuguese is desirable
• Willing and able to travel; ability to drive in all countries. An ability to travel up to 10 weeks in any one year may be required.
Added Advantage
• An interest in birds and bird conservation
• Working knowledge of Portuguese and/or Spanish.
• An understanding of the business case and drivers for conservation of biodiversity.
• Relevant postgraduate qualifications.
Application deadline: 3rd May 2018
The position will be based in Dakar, Senegal. Preference is therefore for residents of Senegal and those who have permission to work in Senegal.
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
• Gross monthly salary of EURO 3000 - 3500, plus pension and other benefits 
• Length/duration of this position: 3 years (renewable)
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
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:  by the application deadline.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.