Job title:         Forest & Climate Grant Manager, Conservation Finance & Enterprise

Salary:             Circa £34,000 per annum

Closing date: 1 December 2019

Start date:       As soon as possible

End date:         30 May 2021

Hours:              37.5 hours per week

Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.

FFI is seeking a Forest & Climate Grant Manager to manage delivery of the Norad grant: ‘Driving REDD+ consensus through national policy implementation’, which is the primary funder of the Wonegizi REDD+ Project, and which also supports FFI’s community forestry programme in Myanmar.  You will also support FFI in understanding funding opportunities, especially multilateral funding mechanisms, relevant to REDD+ and our portfolio of pilot projects, with a particular focus on bi-lateral and multi-lateral climate finance; and will support the development of new funding proposals, as appropriate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with key staff to develop annual operational budgets and work plans for the Norad grant
  • Working with the Wonegizi REDD+ project manager to manage the Norad grant budget on an ongoing basis, focusing on tracking and forecasting expenditure and ensuring compliance with all donor requirements
  • Supporting the Senior REDD+ Programme Manager to liaise with and coordinate the project team to ensure the on-time delivery of project activities, ensuring that they are on track against targets, budgets and quality standards
  • Managing UK based procurement processes, identifying and negotiating with contractors and suppliers for materials and services, in accordance with institutional and donor requirements
  • Acting as primary liaison point with the donor
  • Ensuring timely, accurate and quality technical, operational and financial reporting to the funder and institution
  • Preparing regular reports on progress to senior managers
  • Supporting the smooth integration of existing Norad funded activities with new funding streams in the Upper Guinean Forest Landscape (UGFL)
  • Supporting the CFE team in keeping up to date with details of key bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding mechanisms relevant to REDD+ and to supporting FFI’s projects to access these
  • Supporting FFI’s pilot projects to respond to and take advantage of REDD+ funding opportunities, including supporting the development of proposals to pursue strategic funding opportunities

Essential are:

  • Relevant first degree (e.g. environmental science, international development, accounting, management, communications)
  • Proven track record of effective grant management, including delivery of complex statutory grants involving multiple stakeholders and requiring delivery and monitoring of multiple streams of work
  • Excellent budget and financial management skills, with proven experience in financial management of high-value statutory awards
  • Experience in statutory donor relationship management
  • Experience working in the environmental and/or development field
  • Experience working in an international environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Fluent spoken/ written English

Desirable are:

  • Experience of working in West Africa, particularly Liberia
  • Experience in the design and implementation of REDD+ projects and policies
  • Knowledge of international climate policy as it relates to land use and forestry, and examples of national government approaches to delivering REDD+
  • Experience working within a geographically dispersed team
  • French language skills

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