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Following on a major grant received from the European Union (EU) for WCS to design and model interventions to prevent bushmeat over-consumption and promote sustainable food and income security across Central Africa, Madagascar and Asia, WCS seeks a talented Project Officer with exceptional project management and administration skills to oversee the internal administration and logistics, and to support effective production of deliverables, of the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) project. This project is led by the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO), in partnership with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR),and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD).
Position, Location: Project Officer, Bronx, New York
Department, Division: Africa Program, Global Conservation Program
Reports to: Executive Director, Africa Program; dotted line to Executive Director, Communities & Measures/WCS SWM Chief of Party
Coordinates with: WCS Africa Program, WCS Asia Program, and WCS Conservation Solutions Division.
The Project Officer will support the WCS Chief of Party (CoP) and Assistant Chief of Party (ACoP) with effective and timely delivery and follow-up on the WCS thematic and on-the-ground implementation of the project’s planned results, and support successful delivery on WCS obligations under the SWM grant requirements. The Project Officer will work particularly closely with the teams on the ground in WCS country programs in Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Papua New Guinea, in close coordination with WCS’s Africa program manager. The Project Officer will be located in the Africa Program — where the WCS SWM Assistant Chief of Party sits — and will also need to closely coordinate with the other WCS programs including Conservation Solutions (where the SWM Chief of Party sits), Program Development and finance teams. The Project Officer will help WCS and its SWM site-based staff leaders deliver on their obligations under the EU’s grant requirements in efficiently and effectively working toward biodiversity conservation in Africa and Asia.The successful candidate will:
· Support the SWM CoP and ACoP in gathering field inputs, collating information, drafting and editing for the timely completion of high-quality SWM technical and financial reports. This will require working closely with WCS Africa and Asia field and operations staff and New York-based staff, the EU Grants Compliance Manager, and Global Operations/Finance personnel;
· Coordinate internal SWM meetings and provide regular updates on project implementation, required to ensure smooth communications and coordination across WCS sites and departments involved, and support WCS CoP/ACoP as appropriate in effective communications and coordination with our partners, enabling the effective implementation of WCS’s SWM site-based and thematic interventions, e.g., alternative proteins, sustainable hunting and agriculture, and land rights management.;
· Liaise closely with site-leaders and CoP/ACoP to track workplan implementation and to identify any issues arising. Work with Africa and Asia program budget staff and Global Operations/Finance to identify budget pipeline issues. Work with WCS’s Office of General Counsel and technical and finance leads in case amendments are required to legal agreements, project documents, budgets;
· Support CoP/ACoP, in coordination with site-leads and NY-based Africa and Asia program staff, for the preparations of annual workplans and budgets for submission to the EU;
· Administer SWM NY-based activities, including managing sub-grants, hiring consultants, and general procurement as needed in line with the overall grant agreement;
· Oversee the design and implementation of SWM knowledge management within WCS, support internal and external communication, and dissemination strategies, as needed. Track all publications, studies and reports. Create and maintain a system for document management for all project agreements, reports, publications, studies and digital outputs;
· With EU Grants and Contracts Compliance Manager, support compliance with EU policies and procedures, in collaboration with WCS technical and financial staff, and with WCS’s Office of General Counsel. Help coordinate technical and financial audits and field visits by the donor, as appropriate, in support of finance and technical leads;
· Help support SWM CoP/ACoP, as needed, on external outreach, communications, and networking to maximize the impact of SWM results and influence policy makers and donors on key bushmeat, food security, and livelihoods issues;
· Provide logistical and administrative support to WCS SWM key personnel (CoP, ACoP, site leads) for relevant workflow and travel needs; and
· Work with finance, technical, compliance and legal leads to ensure the appropriate grant close-out steps are followed.
· A degree in a related field, or equivalent experience, plus at least 5 years working experience with project management in international networks.
· Exceptional project management skills necessary, including project and budget management, administration skills; ability to oversee consultants and sub-grants;
· Mature and diverse skills in networking, interpersonal and organizational communication both written and verbal, with demonstrated success in working with diverse partners to achieve common objectives.
· Experience administering complex U.S. or foreign government grants highly preferable. Training, facilitation, and research skills also preferred;
· Fluency in both English and French preferred; experience working well across various time-zones and cultures preferred;
· Possess basic knowledge and understanding of key biodiversity conservation issues affecting Africa; substantive knowledge of environmental policy, conservation, food and agriculture systems, natural resources, or a related field is desirable.
· Demonstrable skills being a good team player, a self-starter with good consensus-seeking skills, and retaining flexibility and adaptability.
· The position requires balancing the need to work at a large scale – to articulate a vision, employ systems-level thinking, and make connections, while at the same time paying attention to detail and following through to complete tasks across multiple sites.
Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply by sending an application letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “SWM Project Officer” in the subject line of your email. Candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal by searching job title at: http://www.wcs.org/about-us/careers . Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.