BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of Project Manager – São Tomé and Príncipe Biodiversity and Ecosystems Project. The main responsibility will be to provide management and leadership for effective delivery of the European Union/ECOFAC6-funded project aimed at improving the protection of endangered biodiversity and ecosystems of the Obô Natural Parks of São Tomé and Príncipe and their buffer zones. This is in addition to fundraising and building strategic alliances and reputation for sustained biodiversity and ecosystems conservation actions in São Tomé and Príncipe.
Project Management:
• Ensure efficient and effective delivery of the five main products of the EU/ECOFAC6 project in São Tomé and Principe. These relate to: coordination of the socio-economic and sectorial activities; development and implementation of effective Protected Areas (PA) management systems; engagement of communities in sustainable management of natural resources; strengthening of PA management; facilitating experiences and knowledge exchange.
• Be responsible for the overall project’s Monitoring and Evaluation.
• Coordinate, draft and deliver in a timely manner, high quality reports and other project deliverables with project partners and consultants and in line with donor requirements.
• Provide leadership and manage project staff in line with BirdLife HR policy.
• Manage overall operations of the Project Office in São Tomé and Principe in compliance with BirdLife office procedures.
• Provide guidance, technical and administrative support and leadership to project staff and project partners and consultants.
• Oversee financial management and ensure appropriate budgetary control.
• Facilitate the development and manage implementation of annual work plans.
Strategic Relations:
• Cultivate relationships with donors and build strategic partnerships for purposes of resources mobilization for biodiversity conservation in São Tomé and Principe.
• Coordinate integration of BirdLife’s projects in the conservation of forest landscapes of São Tomé and Príncipe.
• Lead and manage relationship with donor institutions and development entities.
• Explore synergies with other conservation actions in São Tomé and Príncipe.
• Foster collaborations that will enhance project delivery and visibility.
• Fundraise to leverage financial support for and expand BirdLife’s biodiversity conservation activities in São Tomé and Príncipe.
Image and Reputation:
• Create awareness and project visibility and facilitate dissemination of project results and lessons.
• Raise BirdLife’s profile in São Tomé and Príncipe.
• Represent BirdLife International in the Gulf of Guinea Islands.
• Promote and safeguard BirdLife’s reputation and credibility.
Any other duties as delegated by your Line Manager.
Required skills, experience and qualifications:  
• Higher education (minimum Master’s degree in natural sciences), experience in management of European Union  grants and at least 5 years’ experience and knowledge of biodiversity conservation natural resource management and their practical application.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the biodiversity conservation, community, government and private sector engagement in African context.
• Significant field based experience in forest management, resource governance, private sector collaboration and community development.
• Experience and knowledge of working with NGOs in Africa (or elsewhere) will be advantageous.
• Experience in influencing policy and practice at local, national, regional and international level.
• Excellent project and financial management skills.
• Excellent facilitation and institutional capacity building skills.
• Ability to set work priorities, organise activities, meet deadlines and monitor projects.
• Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
• Good analytical skills required.
• Proven ability that the person is a self-starter capable of working under limited supervision.
• Excellent computer skills, particularly in Microsoft Office Suite.
• Proficiency in English, Portuguese and French.
• This position will be based in São Tomé Island with frequent travels to Príncipe Island.
• Knowledge of local languages in São Tomé and Príncipe is an advantage.
Application deadline: 20 March 2018
The position will be based in São Tomé.
Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions.
• Gross monthly salary: Euros 3,500 – 4,000
• Length/duration of this position: 2 year contract – renewable
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
• Date when the job expected to start: 1 April 2018, with possibility for negotiation.
Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email before the to: recruitment-africa@birdlife.org by the application deadline.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.