RSPB • Sierra Leone

Programme Manager - Sierra Leone (Fixed-Term)

Employment type:  Contract
Salary:  £38000 - £42156 per annum

3–4 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

We are looking for a Programme Manager for Sierra Leone to provide management support to the Gola Rainforest Conservation non-profit company and our local conservation partner in the Gola Landscape Programme principally on the REDD+ programme.

What's the role about?

Reporting to the Head of the Greater Gola Landscape, the Programme Manager (PM) Sierra Leone will be responsible for advising the GRC Directors, Head of Gola (HoG), and the GRC Superintendents in programme implementation planning and monitoring, administration, fiscal management and assisting implementation of the GRC goals and objectives. The PM will serve as the management leader and coordinator of a team of Technical Advisors supporting the GRC departments of Community Development, Research, Agribusiness and Park Operations.

The Programme Manager will also serve as one of the primary RSPB field liaisons with national and provincial host government representatives, donors, partner agencies and local institutions and communities. As part of the cross-boundary Greater Gola Landscape, she/he will also be the main contact for the relevant personnel at the Gola Programme in Liberia.

You will have strong skills in capacity building and mentoring, building and managing a team, work planning, budgeting and financial management, strategic thinking, and building good relationships with local and national stakeholders. You will have an interest in protected area management, natural resources management, sustainable livelihoods, community-engagement, and capacity building.

Essential skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Master’s Degree in conservation technical area, Protected Area Management, international development, or relevant field required.
  • Extensive overseas experience, preferably in West Africa.
  • Understanding and proven application of REDD+, Climate Change, Conservation, participatory approaches, partnership, and gender to development programmes.
  • Capacity building in management strengthening
  • Strong background in managing and directing field operations.
  • Strong background in financial management
  • Experience in program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and grant reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal and team building
  • Fluent in English

This is a Fixed-Term, Full-Time role for 37.5 hours per week, for 2 years. The RSPB reserves the right to extend or make this role permanent without further advertising dependent on business needs at the end of the contract term.

For further information please contact heather.mitchell@rspb.org.uk

As part of this application process you will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and complete an application form including evidence on how you meet the skills, knowledge, and experience listed above.

We are committed to developing an inclusive and diverse RSPB, in which everyone feels supported, valued, and able to be their full selves. To achieve our vision of creating a world richer in nature, we need more people, and more diverse people, on nature’s side. People of colour and disabled people are currently underrepresented across the environment, climate, sustainability, and conservation sector. If you identify as a person of colour and/or disabled, we are particularly interested in receiving your application. Contact us to discuss any additional support you may need to complete your application.

The RSPB is an equal opportunities employer. This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Before applying for this role, we recommend reading through the candidate guidance notes attached to the top of this advert.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Shared parental leave
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced sick pay

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