Sub-Regional Project Officer - CEPF Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot Regional Implementation Team

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 20. June 2018 - 23:45

Sub-Regional Project Officer - CEPF Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot Regional Implementation Team

 
BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual to help with the implementation of CEPF’s investment strategy in the Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot.  The Sub-Regional Project Officer position will be in charge of Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Benin. Key responsibilities will be to promote stakeholder engagement and ensure successful implementation of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)’s Guinean Forests of West Africa Biodiversity Hotspot Regional Implementation Team.
 
BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Through our unique local-to-global approach, we deliver high impact and long-term conservation for the benefit of nature and people. BirdLife International is also acting as the Guinean Forests of West Africa Regional Implementation Team (GFWA RIT) for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). The GFWA RIT is responsible for establishing and administering a small grant mechanism and for providing strategic leadership for the development of a large grant portfolio to support promising conservation initiatives in the 11 hotspot countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Equatorial Guinea). The team will oversee a cohesive portfolio of grants, in line with CEPF’s strategic investment priorities for the hotspot. An overarching aim of the investment is to build a broad constituency of civil society groups working across institutional and political boundaries, toward achieving the shared conservation goals identified for the hotspot.
 
GENERAL DUTIES
The Sub-Regional Project Officer will be an integral member of the RIT, with five main duties consisting in:
1. Acting as the RIT focal person in Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Benin.
    • Promote stakeholder engagement in Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Benin 
    • 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.
    • Ensure all project implementers produce annual project work plans and six-monthly technical reports 
    • Support civil society organizations with project development and implementation of large/small grants size especially in Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Benin
    • Support the organisation of project events (meetings, workshops, training programmes, etc.) to build institutional capacity of grantees to ensure efficient and effective project implementation
    • Assist partners in designing projects that contribute to the achievement of objectives specified in the ecosystem profile and a coherent portfolio of mutually supportive grants
 
3. Support the RIT in the monitoring and evaluation of the CEPF program in the Hotspot and report back 
     to RIT team and CEPF on programmatic performance.
    • Collect and report on data for portfolio-level indicators (from large and small grantees) annually as these relate to the logical framework in the ecosystem profile
    • Collect and report on relevant data in relation to CEPF graduation criteria for the hotspot
    • Collect and report on relevant data for CEPF’s global monitoring indicators
    • Ensure quality of performance data submitted by large and small grantees
    • Support preparation of the RIT programmatic performance reports to CEPF (2x / year)
    • Ensure application of CEPF safeguards by grantees
 
4. Contribute to the successful implementation of all the components of the RIT Terms of Reference       
     (accessible here).
    • Manage calls for proposals, advisory service, processing and reviews of small / large grants Letters Of Interest (LOIs)
    • Support the review of grantees' technical reports (2 / year) specifically for Cameroon, Togo, Ghana and Benin
    • Implement all agreed project administrative procedures
 
5. Support the RIT in the organization and implementation of activities related to capacity development.
    • Disseminate tools to CSO for building NGO stability (e.g. good governance guide), NGO sustainability (e.g. strategic planning and financial management guides) and NGO conservation impact 
    • Facilitate communities of practice with strategic intents for grantees to help each other, share good practices, knowledge stewardship or innovation
    • Encourage/facilitate the participation of early career conservation professionals amongst the grantees to participate in the Conservation Leadership Programme and the Capacity for Conservation website
    • Participate in exchange visits with other RITs to share lessons learnt and best practices
    • Conduct field visits to grantees
 
6. Promote mainstreaming of biodiversity into government and private sector policies.
    • Helping to bridge the gap between civil society organizations and government officials and private companies to incorporate more provisions for biodiversity conservation in the development agendas
 
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
    • BSc or equivalent experience
    • MSc will be an advantage, esp. in conservation / development related fields 
    • A proven track record of relevant work experience in project management/support, including administration, organisation, reporting, and communications
    • Should have a good knowledge and understanding of conservation and development issues, preferably with Guinean Forests knowledge and experience
    • Should have an interest in capacity building; support to Community-Based Organisations/Non-Governmental Organisations support; fundraising
    • Excellent organisational skills, and ability to work to high standards with tight deadlines. Should be a team worker
    • High motivation, desire to achieve; with attention to detail
    • Ability to analyse complex problems, and generate creative and pragmatic solutions
    • Flexibility and ability to work independently 
    • Computer literacy in all standard Microsoft office applications and social media
    • Excellent oral and written fluency in French and English
    • Willingness to travel at short notice when required, ability to drive in all countries. An ability to travel up to 10 weeks in any one year may be required
 
Deadline for submission of application: 20 June 2018
 
Location:
The position will be based in Cameroon. Preference is therefore for residents of Cameroon and those who have permission to work in Cameroon
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions.
• Gross Salary: USD 18,000 – 21,600 per annum depending on skills and experience, plus pension and other benefits
• Length/duration of this position: 2 years fixed term contract with possibility for annual extension
• 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 to: recruitment-west-africa@birdlife.org  by the application deadline.
 
Interviews: 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  
 
The detailed job description with the full list of responsibilities and requirements is available here. More information on CEPF can be found at www.cepf.net.