Job Description

Conservation International is an American nonprofit environmental organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its goal is to protect nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Produce work plans for each project site and manage the implementation of all project activities including coordinating the implementation of project activities that will be implemented by executing partners.
  • Facilitate the day-to-day operating of the project according to approved work plans and recommendations of AI2, Project Lead, and National PSCs.
  • Support the Grants/ Finance officer to ensure financial compliance per the GEF and CI-GEF policies and guidelines.
  • Lead the preparation and execution of annual work plans and budgets, quarterly technical and financial reports, procurement plans, and other relevant documents for project management.
  • Monitor materialization and reporting of co-financing.
  • Lead the organization of National Project Steering Committee meetings and provide regular updates on project progress to AI2, PSC, Project Management Unit (PMU), and CIGEF.
  • Ensure effective coordination between all project executing partners including ensuring the EarthRanger project coordinates and shares knowledge with relevant stakeholders for effective management of protected areas.
  • Identify potential risks to project activities and put in place mitigation measures
  • Ensure that project technical outputs and outcomes are achieved.
  • Support AI2 and Project Lead to identify capacity development needs of executing partners and arrange for necessary training.
  • Monitor and evaluate all project activities.
  • Support the Safeguards Compliance officer as needed and ensure that environmental and social safeguards are set up, implemented, monitored, and adhered to. Review all Safeguards reporting.
  • Ensure regular and effective communication between the PMU, Country counterpart staff, protected area authorities, PSC, AI2, GEF, and CI.
  • Produce communications material and updates for CI and AI2.
  • Review deliverables of grantees, consultants, and/or contractors.
  • Review the deliverables of partner institutions and grantees, and consultants, including financial reports.
  • Responsible for managing some public or private funds, monitoring results, and recommending follow-up action. Reviews for understanding and compliance with donor agreements.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Willingness to work flexibly from the CI Nairobi office and/or from home.
  • Periodic travel to the project site and other office locations.
  • Comfortable working out of doors for extended periods.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside the normal work schedule to meet project deadlines.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree or relevant combination of education and experience, and 4 to 6 years of related work experience in project management, including planning and budgeting
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Ability to detect problems and identify solutions.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse workgroups in a multicultural environment.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multitask, set priorities, and deliver quality results.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under general supervision.
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Prior GEF or equivalent project management experience with references.

Preferred

  • Understanding the economic and environmental issues facing developing countries and the local communities strongly preferred.
  • Proficient in French and/or Portuguese.
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