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Director of Administration

Position Summary

  • This position will oversee and ensure administrative, logistical, procurement and operational excellence across the organization. The Director of Administration will support operations of project sites and other country offices and develop, implement, and improve processes aimed at enhancing program performance as well as ensure implementation of and adherence to operational, administrative, and logistical policies and procedures. The Director of Administration will partner with key departments, program teams, and country leaders to ensure appropriate preparedness on security and safety matters . This position will be based at AWF’s Headquarter office and will supervise the Administration, Procurement and Facilities’ teams.

Administration

  • Provide oversight in the development and implementation of guidelines and requirements for efficient office operations across the organization.
  • Work closely with People and Culture team and other department heads, to develop/revise staff security protocol across the organization, to support safety and well-being of all staff, and to enable a rapid and coordinated organizational response in emergency situations.
  • Work with other department heads to oversee country registrations and required statutory reporting and compliance. Monitor changes and ensure AWF remains compliant with all country statutory regulations and annual fillings.
  • Oversee the procurement department, provide the necessary administrative support for the shipment of assets to AWF offices, facilitate exemptions including tax, where viable. Further, provide support and oversight for large equipment purchase and disposal.
  • Ensure all inventory of AWF assets are up to date in liaison with relevant managers. Work with finance team to ensure fixed asset register is up to date and accurate.
  • Develop and manage AWF Headquarters’ administrative budget. Oversee the day-to-day administration of AWF’s Nairobi headquarters, including providing logistical and facilitation support for all events held at the Headquarter.
  • Oversee the administrative function across the organization, including support for travel i.e. visas application, flights and accommodation, as well as on ground transportation. This also includes addressing immigration and diplomatic affairs. securing appropriate liability, vehicle and other insurances, security management, addressing immigration and diplomatic affairs.
  • Develop and enforce policies and procedures for all administrative functions.   
  • Monitor in-country changes and ensure AWF compliance with all in-country statutory regulations and annual filings.
  • In collaboration with Country Directors and other department oversee country registrations, registration renewals and required statutory compliance.
  • Work with finance and project teams to facilitate project closure, including proper disposal or relocation of assets, closure and exit of office space.

Facilities Management

  • Develop/review appropriate guidelines and requirements for all AWF offices, ensure that all the necessary facilities are in place and adequate. This includes appropriate and suitable furnishings, office supplies replenishment system, safety, and security for the staff.
  • Ensure AWF offices meet the needs of staff (both moveable and immoveable assets, and outdoor areas where applicable). 
  • Collaborate with the Country Directors / leads to ensure proper maintenance of AWF offices and facilities.
  • Collaborate with relevant country leads, project and landscape managers and cross functional teams to develop annual budget requirements for both ongoing maintenance and any capital investment requirements related to facility improvements/upgrades.
  • Review and secure appropriate liability insurance for all AWF offices and facilities, including commercial insurance.
  • Work with the marketing and creative team to ensure the correct and proper signage for all facilities.
  • Ensure the provision of other basic office services, including water, sewage, cleaning, and grounds-keeping in all AWF-occupied offices (where required)
  • Oversee and as needed facilitative project office set-up, including office space procurement and establishment, lease negotiation, identification and procurement of furniture and fittings, branding, etc.
  • Work with finance and project teams to facilitate project closure, including proper disposal or relocation of assets, shut down and exit of office space.
  • Provide input into proposal budget developments to ensure that costs of in-country administrative needs are appropriately incorporated
  • Ensure that all facilities adhere to safety and security requirements as stipulated by local laws and as outlined in the requirements for all AWF occupied facilities.

 Procurement & Contracts Management

  • Oversee the procurement department; provide strategic leadership and support for efficient and effective procurement; ensure tax exemptions are applied where available.
  •  Provide timely and appropriate guidance on procurement policy, strategy, and implementation across the organization.
  • Increase efficiency by developing processes, procedures, and best practices to effectively support the programs and operations across all offices; create performance metrics and accountability.
  • Support creation of procurement function within AWF country programs in Africa. Oversee the review and implementation of existing procurement policies at AWF to reflect industry best practices.
  • Align the AWF Procurement structures and processes to support the requirements of AWF’s various institutional donors (UN, USAID, EU, Dutch, German, etc.). Ensure that appropriate rules are applied in appropriate circumstances (i.e., USAID rules for USAID awards, EU rules for EU awards, AWF rules for unrestricted purchases).
  • Ensure that third party service contracts include “flow down” requirements per government grantor requirements and AWF procurement policies.
  • Periodically check in with the AWF teams to review consultancy, contract budgets, and program progress and identify delays or potential challenges that might impact compliance of the agreements.
  • Ensure that close-out schedules for all agreements are duly executed in a timely manner and all relevant documents are submitted and filed.
  • Serve as the focal point in development of all contractual agreements, working with the Program Design, Philanthropy, and Program teams to ensure that the submitted agreements meet all guidelines and are reviewed by appropriate parties prior to submission.
  • Coordinate collection of annual procurement plans from Budget Managers and consolidate into an organizational plan. Ensure all approved donor procurement needs are executed/implemented in a timely manner.
  • Ensure thorough review and understanding of the contract terms to capture relevant obligations that safeguard AWF’s interests.
  • Ensure contractual agreements are complete and logically filed, and disseminated to relevant staff within AWF, this includes both hard and soft copies.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimal performance.
  • Work collaboratively, negotiate and engage with major suppliers and contractors for timely delivery of goods and services.
  •  Participate in due diligence for new partnerships, grants, and collaborations.

Risk Management

  • Support the CFO in providing leadership, innovation, governance, and management necessary to identify, evaluate, mitigate, and monitor the organization’s operational risks.
  • Develop AWF Risk Management tools, practices, and policies to analyze and report organization’s risks, and to manage risks according to AWF risk management framework.
  • Ensure risk mitigation controls are implemented and operating effectively in landscapes and throughout the organization.
  • Chair and provide key inputs to the organization’s Risk Management Committee
  • Oversee the reviews and assess risk management policies and protocols; make recommendations and implement modifications and improvements.
  • Ensure the organization’s risk management policies and strategies are compliant with applicable regulations, AWF set standards, and strategic imperatives of the organization. Establishes the Enterprise Risk Management architecture for the organization.
  • Ensure adequate insurance policy covers are in place, implement health and safety measures, and making business continuity plans to limit risks and prepare mitigation measures.
  • Provide support and organize trainings to staff to build risk awareness within the organization (sensitizing the staff about the most significant risks to the organization; ensuring departmental heads and country teams understand the risks that might affect their departments; ensuring individuals understand their own accountability for individual risks).
  • Support with the review of major contracts, proposed facilities, and/or new program landscapes for risk implications.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in business administration, or related field
  • 10+ years leadership role in the appropriate field.
  • High level of business acumen with the ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget.
  • Construction, engineering, building and facilities management training or experience an advantage.
  • High capacity for managing and leading people with demonstrated success in maintaining accountability, building effective teams, connecting with staff (both at the individual and group level), and developing leaders from the bottom up.
  • Analytical thinker with the ability to identify opportunities and create processes and systems that promote accountability.
  • Demonstrated knowledge consistent with role scope outlined above.
  • Proven ability to plan and manage operational processes for maximum efficiency and productivity .
  • Ability to streamline and implement new structures and roles that create speed, efficiency, and support rapidly shifting demands.
  • Strong working knowledge of regulations and legislative guidelines.
  • Superior negotiation skills in both internal and external settings.
  • Solid organizational, communication, and leadership skills, demonstrated by previous professional success
  • Knowledge of French is an advantage.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 40% time to remote and sometimes physically challenging conditions .

Request For Proposals – A Policy Strategy and Engagement Consultant to Support The Africa Protected Area Directors Network

  • This project aims to promote the recognition and contribution of APAD to Africa’s implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework which sets out goals and targets to be achieved by 2030 to halt biodiversity loss. To this end, APAD and AWF are seeking a consultant to support the realization of the following objectives: (1) Develop knowledge products for policy influencing including but not limited to 2 workshops, 2 policy briefs, 2 position papers, 1 factsheet, and 1 toolkit; (2) Develop case studies on Africa’s implementation of conservation priorities by a minimum of 8 APAD member countries; (3) Host an APAD conference and carry out a behavioural change and communications outreach campaign.

Scope of Work

  • Lead in consolidating / developing a toolkit around an issue of keen and practical interest and use for the APADs.
  • Coordinate APAD member countries in developing case studies on their role in the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. This will entail:
    • Desk and primary research and analysis of how members contribute to the development and implementation of National Biodiversity and Strategy Action Plans.
    • Designing and administering a case study template for member completion.
    • Reviewing submitted case studies.
    • Facilitating the development of recommendations for enhancing member roles in their national conservation agenda.
    • Leading the documentation of these case studies in relevant formats.
  • Lead in coordinating the development of an in-person conference of APADs that serves as a culmination of the learning and sharing processes.
  • Provide advisory input to 2 workshops, 2 policy briefs, 2 position papers, and 1 factsheet, 1 communications outreach campaign guided by the project’s objectives and themes and key stakeholders.

Deliverables

  • Support in consolidating / developing a 1 toolkit for APADs on a key issue of common interest.
  • Case study template and report analyzing case studies, with recommendations on enhancement of the role of Protected and Conserved Areas in the implementation of conservation policy.
  • The Program schedule for planned APAD in person conference Advisory input to:
    • Knowledge products (2 policy briefs, 2 position papers, and 1 factsheet).
    • Op-eds, interviews, web articles and other outputs of the communications outreach campaign.

Methodology

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The consultant will develop a work plan and conclude a schedule, which will be finalized with the APAD project steering committee and in undertaking the contract assignment will:

  • Determine an appropriate methodology.
  • Work in close collaboration with the APAD project steering committee and the Secretariat. This will include attending project steering committee meetings and any other relevant discussions.
  • Undertake the collection of all required data/information from various sources. This may include conducting phone interviews and other forms of primary data collection.
  • Work with the Secretariat to facilitate the collection of the data/information with required official letters and contacts with focal person(s) wherever required.
  • Undertake a review, assessment, and judgment of the data/information in close consultation with the APAD project steering committee.

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of consulting experience, with demonstrated project management expertise.
  • Advanced university degree in conservation or any related field or demonstrated equivalent work experience.
  • Familiarity with Africa’s Protected Areas, with academic or work experience preferred.
  • Proven experience in developing strategies and engagement plans.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to coordinate input from a variety of actors.
  • Strong Communication and ICT skills.
  • Excellent analytical writing skills in English, with a strong preference for the development of policy engagement materials. French will be an added advantage.

Confidentiality:

  • The Consultant will be bound by an absolute duty, both during and after the contractual period, to maintain and safeguard the confidentiality of information that the Consultant will be entrusted with or exposed to during the assignment under this Agreement.

Submission of Application

Please submit proposals via email to procurement@awf.org with a copy to SAndersen@awf.org  by 5.00 pm EAT on October 12, 2023.

Senior Officer, Content Strategy

Position Summary

  • The Senior Officer, Content Strategy will play a pivotal role in shaping and delivering compelling and engaging content that communicates AWF’s mission and impact to a global audience. The jobholder will be a creative and a detail-oriented individual responsible for overseeing the development, execution, and management of the organization-wide content strategy. This role is essential in driving AWF’s messaging and engagement strategies across various digital and offline platforms.
  • The ideal candidate will be an excellent writer, proficient in creating diverse content ranging from blogs, promotional materials to video scripts and should possess strong editing skills.

Responsibilities

  • Content Strategy: Support the Manager, Strategic Communications develop and implement an integrated content strategy aligned with AWF’s mission, objectives, and target audience.
  • Content Calendar Management: Lead the development and management of the content calendar, ensuring timely and consistent content delivery across multiple channels. Collaborate with internal teams, partners and stakeholders to gather input, stories and updates for content development.
  • Content Creation: Produce high-quality written content, including but not limited to blogs, articles, press releases, social media posts and promotional materials. In addition, establishing guidelines for writers and editors to follow when creating content.
  • Video Scriptwriting: Support the Manager, Field Communications, Storytelling and Production in crafting engaging and informative video scripts that convey AWF’s conservation initiatives, impact stories and campaigns.
  • Editing and Proofreading: Edit and proofread field communications content to ensure accuracy, clarity and adherence to AWF’s tone, style and branding guidelines.
  • Campaign Support: Collaborate with development teams to create and enhance campaign materials, ensuring they are compelling and aligned with AWF’s messaging.
  • Annual Reports: Play a key role in collating and developing content for AWF’s annual reports, highlighting accomplishments, challenges and future goals.
  • Research and Interviews: Conduct research and interviews to gather accurate information for content creation, ensuring that AWF’s work is accurately represented.
  • Publish content on web: Ensure approved content is published on the website and the homepage is regularly updated as per the content strategy. Evaluate new technologies to improve the publishing process and enhance the customer experience.
  • SEO and Analytics: Incorporate search engine optimization (SEO) best practices into content creation and monitor content performance through analytics tools.

Requirements and skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or a related field. A Master’s degree is an added advantage.
  • Needs to have knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud Tools and Content Management Tools.
  • Detail-oriented with exceptional editing and proofreading skills.
  • Proven experience (5+ years) in content creation, writing, editing, and content calendar management.
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to adapt tone and style to different audiences and formats.
  • Strong interest and/or understanding of conservation, wildlife, and environmental issues in Africa.
  • Proficiency in crafting engaging video scripts and storytelling through multimedia.
  • Familiarity with SEO best practices and content analytics tools.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a highly matrixed team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace and content management systems.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Has the ability to think and act strategically to ensure AWF’s content is responsive to the audience needs.
  • Experience in conservation is preferred but not required.

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