Madagascar Marine Conservation and Sustainable Development Program
Description: WWF is seeking candidates for a Chief of Party (COP) for a USAID-funded proposal on conservation, sustainable development, and governance in Madagascar. This 5-year program, anticipated to start in May 2023, aims to focus on marine and seascape activities in the Northeast and Southwest regions, with program goals of reducing threats to biodiversity and conservation, developing sustainable economic opportunities for communities, and improving environmental governance and climate resilience.
The COP will provide vision, leadership, planning and coordination for the project, and will serve as the primary representative of the project, coordinating with the funding agency, as well as other partners, stakeholders, and Government of Madagascar, and other relevant projects/ initiatives.
- Provide technical leadership and administrative oversight of the project.
- Oversee the technical activities at every stage of program design and delivery to achieve enhanced management of ecological landscapes for improved conservation, human wellbeing, and climate benefits
- Provide overall program direction to maintain vision and commitment to outcomes/results
- Lead policy discussions/efforts with government counterparts.
- Serve as the principal institutional liaison with the USG
- Submit high-quality and timely work plans, technical reports, and other deliverables to USG
- Build and oversee an effective, professional team and supervise staff, including full-time staff, part-time staff, consultants.
- Develop and maintain effective relationship with implementing partners, through a “one team” approach.
- Establish relationships with other USG funded projects, projects of other donors, and with other donor organizations promote collaboration and linkages
- Oversee the program budget and distribution of financial resources
- Collaborate closely with program operations, finance, and contracts services staff of WWF-US, WWF-Madagascar, and partners, who assist in management of the budget and ensure compliance with USG rules and regulations
- Travel regularly to field sites and participate in onsite program meetings and other events
- 12+ years of experience managing seascapes, biodiversity conservation, community engagement, and/or natural resource management and international development projects
- 5+ years of experience managing and implementing multi-million-dollar bilateral publicly funded projects, or other similar donor-funded marine, conservation, and/or international development projects
- Excellent written and oral skills in English and French. Skills in Malagasy a plus.
- Demonstrated effectiveness leading and managing large teams to achieve measurable project results, including under dynamic or challenging circumstances
- Proven ability to serve as the public representative of a large-scale regional program, including leading high-level meetings and events, building relationships with partners, and navigating complicated and sensitive issues across a wide range of stakeholders
- Professional degree in marine and seascapes, biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, development studies, political science, economics, public policy, law, or other relevant field required
- Work experience in Madagascar is preferred.
- Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
- Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
- Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
- Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
- Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
- Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page**, Requisition #23053**
- Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.