Reports to: Country Director, WWF Uganda Country Office
Job Summary: The Job holder will lead the conservation agenda at Country level and ensure the development and implementation of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to the highest standards in line with the Global Programme Frameworks (GPF), East and Southern African Regional Programme (ESARP) and African Rift Lakes (ARL) Strategies.
Key Job Roles:
Ensures that the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy is developed and evolves in line with Uganda conservation priorities and requirements;
Ensures that the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy is implemented through effective program/project implementation and development;
Provides advice and direction as appropriate to WWF program coordinators and teams;
Promotes the vision and objectives of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to external and internal stakeholders. Participates in strategic partnership-building and developing fundraising approaches;
Establishes and implements effective program organizational / management structures, policies, and processes; and
Ensures that WWF Uganda technical standards and reporting requirements are met.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensures that a Conservation Strategy relevant to national policies, constituencies, and civil society, is developed, implemented and aligned with the Global Programme Framework; the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Conservation Plan, including the Africa Rift Lakes strategies
He/she is the team leader of all program and technical personnel such that, in line with the Conservation Strategy, program/projects are incorporated into a coherent conservation program;
Is responsible for all aspects of program/project management, through program coordinators and project managers and their team, by the appropriate application of support and advice;
In line with the Conservation Strategy, develops annual workplans with clear priorities for members of program teams, and supervises their efficient implementation;
Develops and maintains a monitoring and reporting system for projects that ensures the very best practice in program management and that provides timely reports according to the formats and schedules of partners and Network;
Ensures appropriate and regular, technical and other meetings for project staff;
Ensures strategic engagement with relevant international and national stakeholders on conservation and technical issues, including strong engagement on policy issues;
Promotes the vision and objectives of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to government, donor, civil society, corporate, and WWF stakeholders at national and International-level meetings, conferences, and fora;
Works closely with the Regional Conservation Director and the Heads of other Departments in order to ensure the smooth functioning of all aspects of the Country Program;
Participates in strategic partnership-building / fundraising approaches with Government, Donor, Civil Society, Corporate, and WWF stakeholders;
Develops and maintains a technical communications network for the support of projects and partnerships;
Ensures compliance to standards, both internal and external, for all projects and conservation activities;
Is responsible, in line with the Conservation Strategy and in consultation with programme staff and all relevant contacts, for the development and submission of program concepts and proposals, and for continuity of program implementation, to ensure best practice in conservation and the growth of the conservation program;
Participates in Senior Management Team meetings and other activities, in support of the Country Director and other Heads of Department;
Identifies and designs projects in accordance with the identified program priorities;
Develops and manages the conservation budget;
Trains, coaches and mentors direct reports;
Performs other duties as requested by the Country Director and, in his/her absence, acts as Deputy.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
The candidate should hold an advanced university degree preferably Masters and/or PhD in a relevant field (Conservation / Environment / Natural Resource Management, Marine / Forest / Freshwater / Terrestrial Ecology.
Additional academic training or a degree in Business, management and Economics would be a strong asset;
Proven track record in successfully developing, leading, and managing projects and programs in the field of Conservation, Natural Resource Management, International Development, and/or other related fields;
At least seven (7) years experience in a Program/Project Management role, 3 years of which should be in the Eastern/Southern Africa region (preferably Uganda), with demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams; and
Knowledge of the International Development and Conservation community in Eastern and Southern Africa, as well as of relevant policy issues.
Proven leadership and team management skills;
Skilled in negotiation, liaison, and in relationship and conflict management;
Strong skills in project planning, proposal writing, financing, management, implementation, and evaluation, and experience working with donors;
Strong organisational and analytical skills;
Strong vocational interest in nature conservation;
A working knowledge of financial management, especially of programs/projects;
Excellent inter-personal skills, with the ability to network and to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels, both internally and with local communities, government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, the scientific community, the business community, and the WWF Network;
Adaptable, flexible, able to take initiative and prioritize among competing demands;
Excellent oral and written communications skills in English; and
Adherence to WWF’s values, which are: passionate & optimistic, challenging & inspiring, credible & accountable, persevering & delivering Results.
The Conservation Manager is ultimately responsible for the supervision and management of all WWF Uganda Programs and technical staff. Direct day-to-day supervision will be exercised over the members of the Program teams and other technical staff. The Conservation Manager will involve himself/herself as appropriate in the hiring, development and evaluation of all WWF Uganda Program and technical staff.
All interested candidates should send their cover letters and curriculum vitae to the People Development Manager, WWF Uganda, at email@example.com. A detailed job description may be accessed at www.panda.org/uganda.
Physical Office: WWF Uganda Country Office, Plot 2, Sturrock Road, Kololo P.O. Box 33513, Kampala - Uganda
NB: Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.
Deadline: 25th October 2013