Biodiversity Conservation Specialist

Biodiversity Conservation Specialist

Winrock International

Africa

POSITION SUMMARY

Winrock is seeking Biodiversity Conservation Specialist candidates for anticipated upcoming environment-focused projects in Africa. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Contribute to program technical direction and activity implementation in consultation with the COP/PD;
  • Build on and identify successful practices in achieving biodiversity conservation and play an active role in policy, strategic thinking, and knowledge sharing to promote their use and institutionalization nationally;
  • Foster an enabling environment for civil society and government collaboration, including organizing and tracking meetings with key stakeholders;
  • Facilitate ongoing relationship building with relevant government agencies and other local stakeholders;
  • Represent the program team at meetings and conferences as needed;
  • Communicate and coordinate with program staff on technical questions related to biodiversity conservation, work planning and program implementation;
  • Provide management oversight to a range of program staff focused on biodiversity conservation;
  • Work closely with local NGO partners, providing technical oversight;
  • Visit program sites regularly to assure program progress towards activity objectives and goals;
  • Support annual work plan and progress report preparation, and monitor implementation;
  • Monitor program implementation plan with attention to deliverables;
  • Address and proactively identify problems and challenges, and adapt to evolving institutional, financial, and political realities on the ground;
  • Support legislative measures to implement relevant policies;
  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the COP/PD and Winrock.

QUALIFICATIONS

Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Advanced Degree in Conservation Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resource Management or related field;
  • 5 years of relevant experience working on biodiversity conservation, regional experience is a plus;
  • Knowledge of managing and improving biodiversity conservation activities, protected area management, and/or wildlife laws and policies;
  • Strong understanding of political practices, legal frameworks, regulations, and procedures governing land use, as well as an appreciation for and initiatives to address current challenges;
  • Experience working with relevant Ministries and government officials;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and effective relationships across multiple stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated leadership and experience on multi-disciplinary teams and in various international settings is a plus;
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing;
  • Fluency in oral and written English, French and/or Portuguese is desired.

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