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Director, African NCS Roadmap

Closing: Jun 6, 2024

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Published: May 8, 2024 (17 days ago)

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QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, climate science, international development, natural resource management, or a related field OR equivalent experience.
  • 7 or more years of work experience in managing complex conservation/development initiatives in Africa, with an emphasis on coalition-building, management of research projects, and fundraising.
  • 2 or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of the science/policy/implementation of natural climate solutions, e.g., carbon accounting; NCS project implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive strategic initiatives, through both independent research and through leading/managing teams of researchers from diverse academic disciplines and across multiple institutions.
  • Clear aptitude for successfully interpreting and applying complex scientific information, data, models, and approaches to achieve practical results.
  • Proven track record in project management, including budgets, and supporting and enabling diverse teams to meet challenging deliverables on time and budget.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills in a fast-paced project or program management context with changing priorities and under minimal supervision.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment and work well across cultures as well as within and across organizations.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on effective science communication to a variety of different audiences.
  • Highly organized and a strong attention to detail.

Preferred

  • Masters/Ph.D. or related experience in a relevant, interdisciplinary subject area (e.g., sustainable development, conservation biology, natural resource management, etc.).
  • Expert-level knowledge of how to integrate quantitative and qualitative data in support of developing nature-based solutions to climate change.
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g., R, STATA, SPSS, SAS).
  • GIS and spatial analytic skills.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience securing funds from public and private sources for research and implementation of environmental or development programs and projects.
  • Significant experience working directly with rural communities.
  • Fluency in English with French, Portuguese, Arabic, and/or Swahili as an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to provide mentorship for junior colleagues to support the development of the next generation of NCS leaders.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter. Application Deadline: June 7, 2024 (11:49 PM EST) (Director, African NCS Roadmap)


Responsibilities

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor's degree in environmental science, climate science, international development, natural resource management, or a related field OR equivalent experience.
  • 7 or more years of work experience in managing complex conservation/development initiatives in Africa, with an emphasis on coalition-building, management of research projects, and fundraising.
  • 2 or more years of supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of the science/policy/implementation of natural climate solutions, e.g., carbon accounting; NCS project implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive strategic initiatives, through both independent research and through leading/managing teams of researchers from diverse academic disciplines and across multiple institutions.
  • Clear aptitude for successfully interpreting and applying complex scientific information, data, models, and approaches to achieve practical results.
  • Proven track record in project management, including budgets, and supporting and enabling diverse teams to meet challenging deliverables on time and budget.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills in a fast-paced project or program management context with changing priorities and under minimal supervision.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment and work well across cultures as well as within and across organizations.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on effective science communication to a variety of different audiences.
  • Highly organized and a strong attention to detail.

Preferred

  • Masters/Ph.D. or related experience in a relevant, interdisciplinary subject area (e.g., sustainable development, conservation biology, natural resource management, etc.).
  • Expert-level knowledge of how to integrate quantitative and qualitative data in support of developing nature-based solutions to climate change.
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g., R, STATA, SPSS, SAS).
  • GIS and spatial analytic skills.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience securing funds from public and private sources for research and implementation of environmental or development programs and projects.
  • Significant experience working directly with rural communities.
  • Fluency in English with French, Portuguese, Arabic, and/or Swahili as an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to provide mentorship for junior colleagues to support the development of the next generation of NCS leaders.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter. Application Deadline: June 7, 2024 (11:49 PM EST) (Director, African NCS Roadmap)


Science and Technical Leadership

  • Manage – in collaboration with core Roadmap partners – the regionalization and resulting evolution of the global NCS Roadmap’s framework to align with Africa’s values, contexts, and needs, for example, to emphasize sustainable development, livelihoods, and biodiversity priorities.
  • Lead, support, and/or coordinate the identification and development of highest priority scientific analyses and/or syntheses necessary to underpin the African Roadmap’s science-to-action framework.
  • Liaise with CI’s global and regional teams working on topics vital to the African Roadmap’s development, including quantification of the non-carbon benefits of NCS implementation; Indigenous Peoples and local communities’
  • engagement; and the science of ‘scaling’ on-the-ground implementation.

Partnerships

  • Working closely with key partners from Future Ecosystems for Africa (FEFA) and Oppenheimer Generations Research & Conservation (OGRC), alongside CI’s Africa Field Division and CI’s Global Programs, continue to grow the African Roadmap coalition across the continent with influential actors in the land sector (public and private), and diversify the coalition across regions, language groups, sectors, and ecosystem types.
  • Represent CI in relevant national, regional, and global forums, and in conversations with governments, the private sector, and other influential stakeholders as needed.

Program Delivery and Communications

  • Manage and coordinate the African NCS Roadmap, from design to delivery, in close collaboration with key partners, ensuring program activities are on time, on budget, and on track for delivering the Roadmap’s objectives and obligations to funders.
  • Coordinate Roadmap workstreams ensuring effective collaboration among team members (internal and external), tracking of progress, and timely delivery of milestones.
  • Support high-quality donor reporting and communication of success stories as needed.
  • Support the development of a communications strategy to promote the African NCS Roadmap vis-à-vis key audiences, ensuring broad awareness and understanding of its goals and principles – both during its development and on its launch at COP30.
  • Advocate for the NCS Roadmap at relevant national and regional forums, presenting its value proposition and encouraging adoption by relevant stakeholders.
  • Liaise closely with colleagues in CI’s Africa Field Division to ensure the African Roadmap complements and supports CI’s African Regional Strategy.
  • Support fundraising efforts to enable the Roadmap to meet its most ambitious goals.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work is performed in a typical office environment.
  • Local and/or international travel – up to 35% - may be required.
  • Flexibility in the work schedule (occasional night and weekend work) may be necessary in order to accommodate time differences between CI’s US-hub and the regions.
  • This is a fixed-term assignment, anticipated to begin in June 2024 and end in June 2026.


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