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Africa Manager, Blue Nature Alliance at Conservation International

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Job Description

RESPONSIBILITIES

Cultivation of New Relationships and Scope Site Engagement Opportunities:

  • In partnership with Regional Officers, develop and nurture strong relationships with key government staff, community and civil society leadership in the African region.
  • In partnership with these leaders, generate ideas for area-based ocean conservation at scale within target countries in the region, including the creation of new marine protected areas; catalytic investments in existing marine protected areas to improve effectiveness, design, and trialing of innovative models for area-based ocean conservation.
  • Conduct desktop assessments for potential new engagements, including documenting publicly available information on the biological, economic, and cultural significance of sites; threats to biodiversity; existing governance systems and use, partner dynamics, etc.
  • Develop and maintain (updating as necessary) scoping documents for target sites, detailing opportunities for potential investments, political will, significance, achievability, leverage potential, and local engagement based on notes from scoping meetings and workshops conducted by Regional Officers.
  • Regularly communicate with the Blue Nature Alliance site engagements team and leadership on emerging opportunities and changing priorities to inform the identification of sites for engagement design.

Support the Development of Engagement Frameworks and Grant Agreements:

  • Maintain documentation of Alliance scoping, engagement framework endorsement, and grant agreement processes for assigned engagements.
  • Support identified partners to prepare grant-making documents (work plan, budget, safeguards packet) as needed.
  • Facilitate grant agreement development and finalization with grantees and Alliance Grants Manager.

Site engagement implementation and grant management:

  • Drive implementation of engagement frameworks and ensure success for assigned site engagements.
  • Maintain regular contact with select partners to ensure effective delivery of site engagements.
  • Conduct periodic site visits to monitor the implementation progress of the grants.
  • Review grantee reports and make adjustment recommendations to implementing partners and Regional Officers as appropriate.
  • Work with Blue Nature Alliance site engagement team to identify technical gaps and troubleshoot challenges, and coordinate the provision of technical support from Alliance team members and partners as needed.
  • Provide direct technical support as needed to advance site-based objectives and to build local capacity.
  • Provide updates for assigned sites for Alliance newsletters, communications materials, and reports.

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Frequent international travel anticipated, including to remote locations. Travel may cross weekends and, on occasion, holidays to accommodate meeting schedules. Work hours may be irregular.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 to 6 years of professional experience in the African region.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in diverse cultural contexts
  • Comfortable managing multiple duties and adapting to changing priorities in a fast-paced teamwork environment.
  • Ability to work under general supervision and take initiative to solve problems under supervision
  • Highly organized with solid attention to detail

Preferred

  • Passion for nature and preferably the ocean.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing partnerships and strategies to deliver greater impact.
  • Technical knowledge of ocean policy, science, and/or Marine Protected Areas.
  • Experience working internationally with a diverse set of stakeholders, including government and communities, in collaborative and respectful ways.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop and manage productive relationships with colleagues, consultants, partners, and others who contribute to the Alliance.
  • Expertise relating to Indigenous perspectives.
  • Fluency in Portuguese and/or French.

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