Project Officer – CRAG Great Lakes Project

Application deadline: 
Friday, 20. July 2018 - 23:45

Project Officer – CRAG Great Lakes Project

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Project Officer – CRAG Great Lakes Project. The main responsibility will be to support with the implementation of the CRAG Great Lakes Project in Sebeya and Ruhwa Catchments of Rwanda and Burundi.
 
Project Implementation:
• Carry out climate change vulnerability assessment for each of Sebeya and Ruhwa Catchments;
• Plan and conduct field work in remote areas of Rwanda, particularly at the identified potential sites for climate change interventions (ongoing project);
• Develop one climate change adaptation plan for communities in Sebeya Catchment;
• Conduct the on-the ground climate change adaptation interventions at the proposed sites;
• Liaise with the project partners: Association Burundaise pour la Protection de la Nature (ABN) and the National Fisheries Resource Research Institute (NaFIRRI) in Uganda;
• Maintain relationships with these partners, other stakeholders and BirdLife network;
• Prepare training materials, organize and moderate stakeholder workshops, including local community capacity development;
• Produce high quality project reports as required;
• Prepare the outreach materials (reports, articles, videos) to communicate the successful stories and project approaches to a range of stakeholders in the Great Lakes Region, including Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda;
• Carry out any other duties from time to time as requested by the line manager and the BirdLife Kigali Project Office.
 
Fundraising:
• Support the CRAG Project Manager in developing new proposals – to scale up the CRAG initiatives in other Lake basins of the Great Lakes Region;
• Attend regional and international conservation meetings, and present the CRAG work, and at the same time meet with different donors.
Any other duties as delegated by the Line Manager.
 
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Relevant first degree (BSc or MSc) in Environmental Management, Natural Resources Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Geography, Agronomy.
• Sound scientific understanding of climate change impacts in high altitudinal gradients.
• Proven track record in designing, planning and implementing conservation projects. 
• Familiar with conservation issues in Rwanda, ability to mobilise and train local communities.
• Substantial experience in working with community groups, a track record on project development including financial management, maintaining good donor relationships. 
• Experience of working in a team, to follow up day-to day project activities on sites.
• Ability to negotiate, network and work under pressure to meet deadlines. Experience to work in a multi-culture environment.
• Experience in planning a complex project and collaborating with partners in other countries.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills (both French and English). 
• Must be quickly adaptable to the work team, have a positive attitude, and able to raise awareness on BirdLife’s work. 
• Ability to keep the project activities in tandem in both Rwanda and Burundi.
• The ability to use initiative to pursue new and unfamiliar challenges, working both independently and as part of a team.
• The ability to learn new tools for climate change vulnerability. 
• Ability to set work priorities, organise activities, meet deadlines. 
• High proficiency in MS Office (e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint). Knowledge of GIS and R programming is an added advantage.
• Willingness to frequently travel nationally to the project sites, and occasional regional travel.
• This job requires a good understanding of the water resources in Rwanda, Burundi and Rwanda. Knowledge on selecting suitable and beneficial climate change interventions is very important.
 
 
Application deadline: 20 July 2018
 
Location:
The position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda. Preference is therefore for residents of Rwanda and those who have permission to work in Rwanda.
 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
• Gross monthly salary: USD 750 - 900
• Length/duration of this position:16 months
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
• Expected start date: September 2018
 
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.