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Africa Climate Adaptation Lead

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement TNC Africa Climate Adaptation Strategy including a robust and scientifically sound theory of change, to accelerate and scale the deployment of NBS.
  • Coordinate a regional climate adaptation team to provide high-level support and coordination for climate adaptation work through the implementation of nature-based approaches to adaptation, science and other policy and finance mechanisms.
  • Design, coordinate, collaborate, implement, support complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs in multiple countries, and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization.
  • Incorporate cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Provide adaption policy support to inform adaption workstreams in the UNFCCC and other national and regional adaptation policy processes, including the Global Goal on Adaptation.
  • Maintain and build on TNC’s role as a major conservation and adaptation partner within the Region’s NBS community.
  • Serve as the principal climate adaptation contact and develop and maintain productive collaborations with governments, communities, other conservation organizations, and foundations – as well as with TNC staff in other regions and globally.
  • Build capacity internally and externally for NBS design and implementation, including strategies for understanding and addressing barriers, and support the build out of extensive outreach and training opportunities.
  • Build the capacity of partners and local actors such as coastal and fisher communities, pastoralists, and smallholder farmers to manage better and address adaptation needs and actions
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.

What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive understanding of the science of and experience in implementing climate change adaptation projects, natural climate solutions and nature-based solutions in general.
  • Experience working with and advising on current trends and practices in climate science and nature-based approaches to adaptation, especially in an African context.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting, and achieving objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience working with communities and actors at local/community level on climate related and resilience building issues.
  • Experience negotiating.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Fluency in French an added benefit.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation and climate adaptation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing adaptation and conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in climate adaptation and NCS in Africa.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy.
  • A passion for nature and wild places.

Food Scape Director

We’re Looking for You:

Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate and a motivated problem-solver. Our team in Africa is dedicated to protect the continent’s unique natural wonders, improve peoples’ lives and create vibrant and sustainable economies. Join us!

Specific Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the successful implementation of the operations and initiatives under CHEF to obtain the program planned results.
  • Supervise and coach CHEF staff and consultants and oversee/ensure integration of all the technical work.
  • Serve as primary contact for the program, ensuring strong TNC internal coordination with other relevant programs and offices.
  • Apply design thinking to CHEF strategic planning and obtain any required approvals at key decision points.
  • Provide financial management oversight, analyze budgets, and provide updates to the BU on budget expenditures.
  • Establish the required connections with key stakeholders and lead the development of key partnerships.
  • Lead the fundraising efforts and seek opportunities to leverage funding from other programs implemented in the region.
  • Responsible for timely delivery of required plans, monitoring of activities, and evaluation of the program performance.
  • Responsible for risk management, issue resolution, conflict management and of collaboratively complex problems solving.

What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS degree agribusiness, business management, economics, international development and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong strategic development skills.
  • Experience directing complex programs and managing and supervising multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in one or more the following technical areas: land health, water management, biodiversity, climate mitigation, and livelihoods and community development.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain productive working relationships with donor representatives, government officials, private sector actors, and other stakeholders.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as agribusiness, business management, economics, international development, and 10 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong experience in partnership management/development with major scientific organisations, non-profit partners, community groups and government agencies and proven track record in influencing and working productively with these stakeholders.
  • Strong English language communications skills, including ability to communicating clearly via written, oral, and graphical forms, and ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience and knowledge of methods and approaches to conceiving and implementing strategic and transdisciplinary initiatives.
  • Experience working in a matrix organisational setting.
  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant
  • Politically savvy.
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