Seabirds Project Manager - Dakar, Senegal

Application deadline: 
Monday, 14. January 2019 - 23:45

Seabirds Project Manager 

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to manage implementation of the coastal seabird projects, including ensuring the timely delivery of outputs and outcomes, and efficient management of budgets, with a particular emphasis on providing adequate support to and coordination of project partners to ensure, as far as possible, the delivery of good outcomes by each partner/for each activity and deliver the outcomes and reports to donors. 
1. Project Management – Coastal Seabird conservation 
• Coordinate the overall implementation of project activities in collaboration with project 
• Ensure the timely delivery of outputs and outcomes, and efficient management of budgets,
with a particular emphasis on providing adequate support to partners to ensure, as far as possible, the delivery of good outcomes by each partner/for each activity. Explore new collaboration / partners to achieve objectives on coastal seabird conservation 
• Liaise with partners and develop communication content on their activities including stories and policy briefs to ensure that information and new knowledge is shared with the relevant stakeholders including policy makers, non-state actors among others 
• Encourage regular communication and exchange of information between partners 
• Work with project partners and West African Marine Programme Manager to raise 
awareness on seabird conservation within the West African region
• Work with the Project partners to develop actions for long term monitoring of coastal seabird at site, which include diet sampling and collecting new feathers for annual SI analysis to track long-term changes in diet signatures 
2. Capacity development in project management 
• Support Biosfera and ODZH in reviewing and strengthening the governance system 
3. Fundraising 
• Assist in funding opportunities to sustain seabird conservation in West Africa 
• Lead development of the second round of the projects to replicate and sustain the outcomes
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Degree/MSc in natural science or in a relevant field of study
• Professional experience of project management and monitoring. Knowledge of West Africa environment and donors institutions will be an asset
• Demonstrate knowledge on project management and report writing
• Good knowledge of seabird and marine conservation issues
• Build up linkages and synergies with other projects and programmes that can benefit conservation of seabirds and marine IBAs in the region
• Experience in the organisation of meetings and workshops in international settings with a range of audiences
• Clear understanding of seabird conservation needs and marine IBAs, particularly within the geographical scope of the projects
• A track record in project management
• Mature approach, cultural sensitivity, tactfulness, diplomacy, inter- personal skills and ability to work well under pressure in a demanding environment
• An ability to work with diverse sectors including government officials, international and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local stakeholders, experts and consultants
• Familiarity with the operating context for international organisations in West Africa an asset
• Fieldwork experience with seabirds and shorebirds, including ringing, handling, attaching devices, devising field protocols for research, etc.
• Excellent organisational skills and careful attention to detail. Ability to determine and set work priorities, organise activities, meet deadlines and monitor projects. Proven ability to provide progress reports in accordance with reporting schedules. Good organisational and planning skills and an ability to adhere to deadlines. Able to line manage and supervise the work load of others, both in-house and remotely
• Good communication skills (written and verbal). Ability with public speaking and workshop presentation to a range of public, scientific and policy audiences. From time to time write articles for BirdLife communication platforms on conservation, monitoring, marine IBAs and capacity building
• Ability to analyse complex problems, and generate creative and pragmatic solutions
• Good working understanding of Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, databases, etc.
• Proven ability that the person is a self-starter capable of working with little or no direct supervision will be desirable
• Oral and written fluency in English and French (Portuguese in an advantage)
• Willingness to travel regionally on a regular basis
Application deadline: 14 January 2019
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 of EURO 3,000 – 3,200, plus pension and other benefits 
• Length/duration of this position: 1 year (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. Anyone that applied for this position before need not reapply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.