Project Officer - (Upper Guinea Sub Region) CEPF Guinean RIT

Application deadline: 
Friday, 25. October 2019 - 23:45

Project Officer – (Upper Guinea Sub Region) CEPF Guinean RIT

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Project Officer – (Upper Guinea Sub Region) CEPF Guinean RIT Project. The main responsibility will be to promote stakeholder engagement and ensure successful implementation of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)’s Guinean Forest of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot Regional Implementation Team.
Project Implementation:
1. Act as the RIT Focal person in the four countries of the Upper Guinea Sub Region – Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire 
Promote stakeholder engagement in the sub region 
Communicate with applicants throughout the application process to ensure applicants are informed and fully understand the process
2. Provide project implementers with technical support and build their institutional capacities
Provide ongoing support to large and small grantees so they understand all elements of their grant contracts and deliverables, understand processes and mitigate any issues.  
Build the capacity of grantees through technical support and advice on project implementation. 
Ensure grantees complete all necessary tracking tools, reports and forms throughout their project implementation. 
Ensure the application of CEPF social and environmental safeguards by grantees.
Review all grantee reports, provide feedback and liaise with the RIT and CEPF Secretariat on any actions to be taken. 
Support the organisation of project events (meetings, workshops, training programmes etc) to build institutional capacity of grantees to ensure efficient and effective project implementation
3. Monitor and report back to RIT team and CEPF on programmatic performance
Manage calls for proposals, advisory service, processing and reviews of Small / large grants Letters of Interest (LOIs) for the Sub Region
Support the review of large grantees' technical reports (2 / year) specifically for the Upper Guinea countries
Ensure all grant documentation is correctly filed and captured on RIT and CEPF databases. 
Conduct monitoring visits to the field or grantee offices to monitor grant progress and provide support to grantees.
Support and organize supervision missions by CEPF, RIT or donors to grantee projects and sites.
Facilitate workshops, exchange visits and other mechanisms for exchanging experience among CEPF grantees.
Collect and monitor indicators at grantee level on the Upper Guinea Sub Region 
Support programmatic performance reports to CEPF (2x / year)
Support the monitoring of conservation outcome statistics for all projects. 
4. Contribute to the successful implementation of all the components of the RIT Terms of Reference
Implement all agreed project administrative procedures
Support the RIT in the capacity needs assessment and development of civil society
Actively participate in the dissemination of the portfolio and RIT activities
Support the Communication Officers to share lessons learned and success stories.
Support the RIT and CEPF with fundraising activities.  
Conduct exchange visits with other RIT members to share regional lessons learnt and best practices.
Contribute to key strategic meetings such as the Mid-term and final Assessments.  
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
Relevant first degree BSc or equivalent experience.
An MSc degree will be an advantage, especially in conservation / development related fields
Good understanding of conservation and development issues, preferably with Guinean Forest knowledge and experience.
Also interest in capacity building; support to Community-Based Organisations/Non-Governmental Organisations support; fundraising
A proven track record of relevant work experience in project management/support, including administration, organisation, reporting, and communications
High motivation, desire to achieve; attention to detail, excellent organisational skills, and ability to work to high standards with tight deadlines. Team worker.
Ability to analyse complex problems, and generate creative and pragmatic solutions.
Experience in planning a complex project and collaborating with partners in other countries.
Excellent oral and written communication skills (both French and English). 
Flexibility and ability to work independently
computer literacy in all standard Microsoft office applications and social media
Willingness to travel at short notice when required
Application deadline: 25 October 2019
The position will be based in Accra, Ghana. 
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions. 
Gross monthly salary: USD 1700 – 2100 Per month
Length/duration of this position: 18 months
Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
Date when the job expected to start: November 2019
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV, outline earliest start date along with current notice period 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.
Interviews:  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.