Africa Crane Conservation Program: Senior Project Manager

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:

We seek a dynamic, confident, and detailed Senior Project Manager to work with our teams across the African Crane Conservation Programme. This new position will support efforts to expand our work and grow the Programme, compile key reports for our work, and assist with effectively implementing our strategies that cut across regions. 

BACKGROUND:

The African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP) is a cooperation between the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). This partnership works across sub-Saharan Africa to maintain stable or growing wild populations of the four threatened crane species: Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes. We achieve this through conservation actions that effectively reduce threats to the species and their habitats, and through working closely with local communities and key local, national, and global stakeholders. We provide tools and support to empower individuals, community groups, and local partner organisations to manage catchments for the benefit of both people and cranes, ensuring that conservation is mainstreamed into local decision-making and practices for sustainable species and habitat conservation impacts. The ICF/EWT Partnership currently has three regional hubs across Africa, located in South Africa, Zambia, and Uganda, and will be expanding into West / Central Africa.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:

  • Assist the EWT’s Head of Africa Conservation/ICF VP International-Director of Africa to grow and support the ACCP team and its operations, including conservation strategy, human resources, financial management, and partnership development and maintenance. 
  • Coordinate and ensure that collaborative research, monitoring, and conservation projects that cut across regions are designed and implemented effectively.
  • Ensure that all ACCP projects are well designed for implementation, and have ethics approval, monitoring protocols, and partnership agreements as needed. 
  • Manage all ACCP small grants that are provided to organisations and individuals to further the research and conservation strategies of the ACCP, including contract development, monitoring of contract deliverables and timelines, close out of projects, and partner liaison.
  • Ensure that all ACCP staff furthering their education through additional studies are effectively supported and mentored through their studies.
  • Compile reports and documents that summarise our impact, edit internal reporting documents, and assist with fundraising proposals and donor reports.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in the natural sciences or associated field.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in applied conservation.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in middle to senior-level management, managing complex projects as well as a diverse team of people and large budgets.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to edit documents and write correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical, and grammatically correct manner.
  • Attentive to detail and thoroughness, with good judgment skills.
  • Strong team player, with the ability to lead effectively on projects that require mentorship, guidance, coordination, and conservation impact across multiple regions in Africa.
  • Demonstrated ability to network, partner, and communicate well across cultures and all sectors, from local communities through to national government to corporates.
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience and proven track record of successful project accomplishments.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, including the ability to identify problems, research and analyze issues from different perspectives, organize information, reach sound conclusions, and work cooperatively with others to develop and implement effective solutions.
  • Basic financial skills and budget management experience.
  • Confidence and the ability to travel within Africa and occasionally to the ICF headquarters in the USA.
  • Flexibility to work the number and schedule of hours needed to accomplish regular and ad hoc job responsibilities.
  • A valid passport is essential.

The International Crane Foundation and Endangered Wildlife Trust are equal-opportunity employers. The position can be located within South Africa with the EWT, or in Uganda or Zambia with the ICF.

To apply, please email your EWT Application form downloaded from the website www.ewt.org.za, CV, and a detailed letter of motivation of why you are the best candidate for this position to vacancies@ewt.org.za . All three documents must be completed and submitted to be considered for this position.  Applicants who have not been contacted within 10 working days of the closing date must please assume that their application was not successful. The ICF and the EWT reserve the right not to make an appointment. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Closing date: 4 December 2022