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JOB DESCRIPTION

    BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL - JOB SPECIFICATION/DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Regional Programme Manager, Invasive Alien Species

    DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: Pacific Division

1. OVERALL PURPOSE OF JOB

    To manage a four-year project: Island Ecosystems, Local Livelihoods: Combating Invasive Alien Species in the Pacific for the benefit of biodiversity and people’ funded by the European Union and aimed at reducing the

    spread and the negative environmental and socio-economic impacts of Invasive Alien Species within the Pacific. The project will encompass

    our main themes:

    ; Research quantifying the environmental and socio-economic impacts of IAS on Small Island

    Developing States (SIDS) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs);

    ; Piloting IAS eradication, IAS control and island biosecurity in developing models that reduce the

    impact of IAS on the environment and livelihoods;

    ; Strengthening capacity at local, national, regional and global SIDS levels and;

    ; IAS policies and project outcomes (including Models) communicated and advocated at local, national,

    regional and global levels

    The project will be implemented by seven BirdLife Partner organisations: Palau Conservation Society (Palau), Te Ipukarea Society (Cook Islands), O Le Si’osi’omaga Society (Samoa), Société d'Ornithologie de Polynésie French Polynesia), Société Calédonienne d'Ornithologie (New Caledonia), the BirdLife Fiji Programme and

    NatureFiji-MareqetiViti (Fiji under the overall supervision of the BirdLife International Pacific Partnership

    Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.

2. STAFF RELATIONSHIPS

REPORTING TO (LINE MANAGER):

Regional Director, Pacific Division

REPORTING TO JOB HOLDER (LINE-MANAGED STAFF):

Research student/s, volunteers, temporary and project staff as required

PRINCIPAL STAFF RELATIONSHIPS/RESPONSIBILITIES WITHIN BIRDLIFE

Providing support, coordination and overall management for the project to the seven BLI Pacific partners;

    close liaison with Pacific Secretariat staff including the Regional Director, Regional Seabird Programme

    Manager, Senior Technical Advisor, and Regional Programme Development Manager; project financial

    management in association with the Finance and Office Manager and UK Secretariat Finance and

    Administration Division and other technical liaison personnel in UK Secretariat Science, Policy and Advocacy

    Division as well as Communications personnel. Engagement with other Partners in the wider BirdLife network

    in sharing IAS management information and developing a global BL SIDS network.

PRINCIPAL STAFF RELATIONSHIPS/RESPONSIBILITIES OUTSIDE BIRDLIFE NETWORK

Responsible for maintaining a productive and supportive relationship with the European Union and with other

    donor organisations in securing additional funding for the Programme and with related opportunities. Establishing and chairing annual meetings for a technical steering committee with regional representation from

    Landcare New Zealand, SPREP, PII, PILN, DoC, USP and others as appropriate. Building project allegiances with other conservation and social development NGOs such as WWF, CI, WCS andFSPI and facilitating capacity-development opportunities through USP and other agencies. Building political support for the

    Programme and IAS management through engagements with senior government officials, regional inter-

    governmental agency staff and strategic fora.

3. KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

    BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL - JOB SPECIFICATION/DESCRIPTION

    Contact Level Contact Level Contact Level

    (1-3) (1-3) (1-3) BirdLife Network Institutional policy makers 3 General Public 1 2 Organisation Staff /Politicians/ Corporations

    Project Advisory Group, Institutional 3 Press & Media 3 3 relevant fora Funders

    Regulators/LegislatorsBirdLife Global Council - 2 Individual donors/ members 2 / Auditors

    Scientific Community Royalty/VIPs/ Suppliers/Service Providers 2 3 - High worth Individuals

    Level of Contact

    1.= General Informing. "Appearance, first impressions". May have some independent outside exposure and contact,

    primarily informative.

    2.= Presenting/Representing/Reporting "Relationship management". Frequent exposure representing BirdLife. Maintaining

    individual contacts. Frequently managing information flow.

    3.= Justifying/Negotiating - "Influencing decision makers". Frequent exposure as lead contact, representing Birdlife to

    highly influential people. Responsible for complex and sensitive/high risk communications.

4. MAIN DUTIES/WORK PROGRAMME RESPONSIBILITIES

By main work area:

    ; Manage the EU-funded Programme ‘Island Ecosystems, Local Livelihoods - Combating Invasive

    Alien Species in the Pacific for the benefit of biodiversity and people’ in accordance with the project

    document and contract, including the development of work plans and timetables, coordination of

    activities, management of project budgets and finances, and technical and financial reporting.

    ; Establish a technical steering committee, with an agreed TOR, and convene and chair TSC meetings at

    least annually.

    ; Identify and facilitate a research programme in support of project outputs, recruit suitable student/s,

    and oversee the production of scientific publications from the project and provide support to the

    Partnership generally in this capacity

    ; Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan for the project and manage its implementation

    ; Identify capacity needs for sustaining project outcomes and develop a training schedule to facilitate

    delivery

    ; Develop a communications plan for the project, in association with project partners, and manage its

    delivery

    ; Keep the European Union up-to-date on progress, developments and opportunities for participation

    ; Assist with fundraising and specifically the development of proposals and related opportunities in

    support of the project

    ; Provide technical support to partners in invasive species management, related research and capacity

    development needs

    ; Facilitate a project mid-term review and a final evaluation

    5. LIMITS OF AUTHORITY/RESPONSIBILITY FOR RESOURCES RESPONSIBILITY LEVEL OF AUTHORITY

    AREA

    Managing the project budget in accordance with EU and BirdLife financial and Financial/Budgetary

    administrative criteria and delegations

    Promotion of opportunities to secure funding and related possibilities in support Contracts Funders

    of project aims under the guidance of the Regional Director

     Managing staff and consultants engaged as required and contracted by the Contracts

    Regional Director. Staff/Consultants

    Managing relevant contracts entered into by the Regional Director. Contracts Service

    providers

    Highlighting any legal aspects that might arise and consulting with appropriate Legal Responsibility

    BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL - JOB SPECIFICATION/DESCRIPTION

    staff such as the Contracts & Legal Manager), or external advisors in

    consultation with the Regional Director.

     Other

    Other authorisations as may be delegated by the Regional Director

    6. EDUCATION/SKILLS AND OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

    REQUIREMENTS KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES

    Relevant science qualification to at least university degree level Minimum General Education

    Professional experience in managing large conservation programmes, Job Specific Education/

    developing scientific research, and working effectively with multiple project Qualification

    partners. Demonstrated success in developing project funding proposals

    Strong technical knowledge in invasive species management and Pacific Job Specific Knowledge

    conservation issues including community-based conservation and capacity-

    building in developing countries.

    Significant relevant project management experience at a senior level ( 5 Experience

    10 years) with a sound technical background in invasive species

    management and international conservation particularly within the NGO

    sector and preferably the Pacific region.

    Exceptional project and people management skills. Management & organisational

    Well organized with proven ability to manage high workloads and meet skills

    deadlines

    Ability to work with a high level of initiative and work well under pressure

    Ability to work strategically and independently, yet at the same time as a

    member of a team

    Effective at building strong working relationships Communications skills

    Strong oral and written communications skills.

    Effective at analysing complex environments and resolving problems with Creativity & Initiative

    practical solutions.

    Ability to motivate and guide staff particularly in non line-management

    relationships.

    Sound IT literacy in Word, Excel, e-mail, Computer Literacy

    internet and PowerPoint. A good appreciation of technology applications

    within organisations.

    Complete fluency in written and spoken English. Languages

    Likely travel to Partner offices and as necessary support for field activities, Travel requirements

    expectation 4-6 weeks pa.

    Discretion with confidential matters of all kinds. Other

    A can do attitude and strong will to succeed.

    OTHER DESIRED/HELPFUL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ATTRIBUTES

    French (in addition to English) highly desirable

    Prepared by: Date:

    Don Stewart & Steve Cranwell 4 January 2011

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