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17 Aug 2023

Program Coordinator- Africa Climate and Forest Protection Strategy at Nature Conservancy

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Job Description


OFFICE LOCATION
The position will be based anywhere TNC has an office in Africa, Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, South Africa.

#LI-REMOTE

WHO WE ARE
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development and sustainable food production, working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.

TNC Climate and Forest Protection Strategy focuses on accelerating and scaling the deployment of Nature Based Solutions (NBS) to help realize TNC Africa’s 2030 Climate Mitigation goals (via Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) – sustainably managing, restoring, and protecting ecosystems – and a Clean Energy Transition) as well as meeting adaptation goals. The strategy aims at prioritizing and scaling (policy and finance) of NCS pathways in Africa, including avoided deforestation, improved forest management, reforestation, regenerative agriculture, improved rangeland management and coastal wetland protection and restoration. The current geographic focus of the Strategy is Angola, Gabon, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER
The Africa Climate and Forest Protection Strategy Coordinator provides administrative, research, project management and other general assistance to program staff working toward achieving protection, conservation, or stewardship goals. The coordinator may manage conservation data, participate in conservation planning, develop project packages, and maintain project records.

Reporting to the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst (AFCC) Manager, the Africa Climate and Forest Protection Strategy Coordinator supports the overall strategy coordination and other programs such as the AFCC and Congo Basin. They provide administrative, research, project management and other general assistance to program staff working toward the achievement of protection, conservation, and stewardship goals. The Africa Climate and Forest Protection Strategy Coordinator will manage conservation data, participate in conservation planning, develop project packages, and maintain project records. The position will be based anywhere TNC has an office in Africa, Gabon, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, South Africa.. No employment visas or relocation assistance is being offered with this position except for the local labor employment requirements.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU
The Africa Climate and Forest Protection Strategy Coordinator provides planning and organizing support to the Climate Strategy program team, facilitating the harmonization of different work streams, and managing administrative aspects. They will be responsible for the following:

Coordinate and track multiple project plans and workstreams across teams, track status via a project management software.
Development of documents, presentations, and other materials, and coordination of events and consultancies with external partners,
Oversee document management systems that all Africa Climate strategy team members can access.
Circulating and following up on the review of technical reports by the program team and technical leads.
Facilitate collection of numerical data and disseminate among teams for analysis and synthesis.
Coordination of internal meetings and tracking of agreed actions and tasks.
Attend Management Team Meetings and Steering Committee Meetings, draft minutes, and action points, and follow up the implementation of these over time.
Financial administration and budget tracking, including procurement procedures.
Review partners contracts and expedite processing and payments for subgrants and sub partners.
Plan and support trips of TNC staff and external partners.
Support logistics of a range of stakeholder meetings and workshops as needed.
Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
WHAT YOU’LL BRING
Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management, Ecology, Agricultural Economics, Forestry, Environmental Science, Law or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing staff or volunteers.
Demonstrated experience in relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners and stakeholders.
Experience coordinating multiple programs and projects in multiple locations.
Experience coordinating and managing multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from several sources and work independently.
Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
Experience coordinating multiple projects.
Experience handling standard business communications via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
Experience with report writing.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Over 5 years’ experience in providing program support in an INGO working across multiple countries in Africa.
Experience coordinating project information from several sources to populate databases, create reports and produce manual files.
Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
Knowledge of current trends and practices in environmental conservation, climate change and adaptation, land management and natural resource preservation.
Extensive experience in program coordination and support to several projects across multiple locations and countries in Africa
Experience working in conservation or climate related projects in the NGO is preferred.
Experience supporting teams during resources acquisition, project implementation and monitoring and evaluation of projects and reporting.
Qualifications and experience in project management is preferred.
Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability.
experience with planning, administering, and recording results of work-team meetings and activities.
WHAT WE BRING
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

 

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, pension stipend, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

 

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

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Closing Date : 30th August, 2023.







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