Cape Town, South Africa
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter. The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Africa Ocean Protection and Resilience Strategy focuses on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), coastal fisheries management and linking science and communities to habitat protection and management. TNC applies MSP, a seascape zoning approach, to mobilize national governments to make commitments to sustainable use of oceans and marine protection. TNC’s MSP work occurs across three tiers: national frameworks, policy, and data; community-driven nearshore decision-making; and effective implementation and governance. In addition, TNC helps finance long-term management of ocean systems and MSP via innovative finance solutions including blue bonds and debt conversions. Beyond our MSP work, this strategy focuses on use of science to improve management of critical habitats including mangroves and coral reefs.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Program Coordinator will help manage and coordinate our MSP and marine conservation work over large-scale geographic areas. Current focal countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, and Gabon, with potential to expand to include other African countries. The Program Coordinator helps implement and coordinate a wide-ranging set of work under the Africa Oceans Strategy, covering a diverse set of duties spanning such categories as: organizational, communications, external outreach, TNC representation, writing/editing, research, and analysis, as well as some aspects of project development, oversight and implementation, including meeting with national government representatives. This position will be located at either of the two TNC’s office locations: Mombasa, Kenya or Cape Town, South Africa.
The Program Coordinator, reporting to Africa Oceans Strategy Director, will support scoping, development and implementation of MSP and area-based marine protections, community-based-conservation approaches, including climate mitigation and adaptation in the current focal countries, as well as other prospective geographies. The Program Coordinator will also assist with monitoring and evaluation of outcomes from TNC’s ocean-focused projects across a range of targets and indices to help increase marine management effectiveness.
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for a range of tasks in support of the Africa Oceans Strategy, providing an essential link between TNC country teams and global resources. This may include, inter alia, coordinating events and meetings with government representatives and partners, helping develop presentations and other outreach materials for partners and governments on MSP, synthesizing results of meetings, conducting research on national conservation and MPA goals and developments, and managing schedules of MSP events across nations. The Program Coordinator will help prepare activity reports for donors and partners and develop a wide range of communication materials covering ocean conservation activities under this strategy. The Program Coordinator will help track progress, deadlines, and chains of communication with key activities and stakeholders. The Program Coordinator will also help manage and track program budgets and will help ensure compliance with internal policies on all program activities and aspects as the program expands. The Program Coordinator will attend and represent TNC at various meetings. This position will support the role of the Africa Oceans Strategy Director.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Support knowledge and capacity building (within and outside TNC) in such areas as: marine spatial planning, marine protected area management, coral and mangrove restoration and management, and nature-based solutions to climate change.
- Prepare wide range of materials including presentations, writing/editing, research, analysis and make presentations to diverse audiences.
- Gain cooperation from outside parties (including government representatives, industrial stakeholders, other NGOs, and community members/groups) to accomplish program goals.
- Help oversee and ensure implementation of program activities as per set timelines.
- Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, assisting with negotiating, and contracting vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
- Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
- Assisting with design and implementation of mechanisms to track program outcomes and impact, including learning framework.
- May require frequent travel domestically and internationally and evening and weekend hours.
- May work in variable weather conditions and at remote locations.
- Master’s Degree in natural resource management, environmental science, spatial data/mapping, social science, law or related field equivalent combination of education and experience acceptable
- Demonstrated leadership skills and experience
- Marine research experience (e.g. subtidal surveys, oceanographic surveys, and/or social science surveys)
- Knowledge of and experience with climate change aspects of ocean conservation
- Data analysis skills including use of statistical programs
- Experience with monitoring, evaluation and learning aspects of project cycles
- Grant writing experience
HOW TO APPLY
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
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