Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Deputy Director of Conservation- Africa at The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

  AjiraLeo Tanzania       Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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Deputy Director of Conservation- Africa
Job ID
Location Africa
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Regular/Temporary Regular
This position can be based at any location in Africa where TNC has an office. ( Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Gabon or Angola)

The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”

TNC is investing in a systematic and structured approach to conceptualize, design, and implement large landscape-level conservation frameworks that are durable and equitable, and link community-based conservation, protected area management and national level biodiversity conservation and climate ambitions. TNC pursues conservation finance and funding options for these scenarios across freshwater, ocean and terrestrial ecosystems to protect and sustainable manage critical habitats for species, ecosystems, and carbon stocks.

TNC works with communities, governments and non-governmental partners to design mechanisms that provide long term support to large landscape conservation programs. These programs are designed to significantly contribute to lasting protection of important natural ecosystems to achieve biodiversity, climate change, and human well-being objectives.

The Deputy Conservation Director provides strategic leadership and coordinates long-term protection strategies across the region, combining science, finance, policy and governance solutions to scale conservation results, leveraging existing and future investments and ultimately conservation impact in Africa.

Building on TNC’s conservation strategies, the Deputy Director will leverage science, finance, policy and governance tools to design and deploy long-term conservation outcomes across Africa. The role will provide strategic leadership to large-landscape protection efforts in Africa using amongst others innovative financial models and equitable governance structures that will help scale to TNC’s global 2030 goals. The Deputy Director will be guided by priorities of the Africa conservation programs and work in close partnership with the TNC Global Protect team, to build a regional program for protection that benefits people and nature on the continent for the foreseeable future. They will work closely with Africa Strategy and Country Programs leads as well as amongst others the Impact Finance and Market teams to ensure coordination and alignment to deliver TNC’s conservation outcomes.

The Deputy Conservation Director will represent TNC Africa with donors and partners to build support for TNCs long-term sustainable protection and conservation strategies. They will develop and coordinate implementation of protection transactions such as the Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) in Kenya and Gabon and work to elevate lessons learned across the region and from Africa into the wider organization. This position may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours.

The Deputy Conservation Director will report to the Africa Conservation Director and will supervise the Africa Durable Finance Director, and the Kenya and Gabon PFP Directors. This position can be based at any location in Africa where TNC has an office.
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Are you looking to further your career in support of nature and people? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative and durable solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate, creative and a problem-solver. By joining our regional Africa team, you will become part of a group that is a force to be reckoned with: a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet. Our team consists of a dedicated group who are leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. Join us!

Role Scope and Key Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for the successful delivery and high-quality sustainable outcomes of TNC-led long-term protection initiatives in Africa.
  • Building partnerships across NGO, government, private sector and community actors to achieve a set of targeted, collaborative and equitable protection goals.
  • Facilitate coordination, communication and effective execution of protection deals between program, country, regional and global TNC leads.
  • Provide strategic leadership and support conservation planning that brings together conservation priorities, policy, governance and financial modeling into blueprints to scale conservation outcomes.
  • Provide oversight to the Planning and Implementation Phases of the Kenya and Gabon Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) deals and future deals that are currently still being scoped.
  • Provide leadership to the implementation of the Kenya Focal Place Phase 2, and mobilization of global support.
  • Serve as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community as far as long-term sustainable protection strategies are concerned.
  • Work with the regional finance team in annual budgeting and ensure conservation program objectives and costing are aligned.
  • Lead and manage a team that focuses on scaling proven conservation efforts by establishing long-term sustainable and equitable mechanisms in the countries that TNC has prioritized in Africa.
  • Play a leading role in donor and investor identification, cultivation, and stewardship for durable protection.
  • Responsible for the dissemination of best practices and development of key partnerships.
  • Build strategic, financial, and technical capacity in the field, develop key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, and develop innovative durable financing mechanisms, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address ecosystem needs.
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  • BA/BS degree and 12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least 5 years project management experience.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals, and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) especially conservation finance, biodiversity, climate mitigation, and community development in Africa.
  • Experience in partnership development with overseas development agencies, investors, non-profit partners, community groups and government departments.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience networking with high level conservation contacts.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic, durable, and creative initiatives.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience working in an organizational matrix setting.
  • Strong English and French communications skills, including ability to communicate clearly via written, oral, and graphical forms, and ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Strong strategic development skills.

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Master’s degree and 12-15 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience developing long-term sustainable protection mechanisms in Africa.
  • Knowledge of current trends in conservation practice in Africa.
  • A passion for wildlife, wild places and the people that inhabit these.
  • Politically savvy.
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Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.

To apply for job ID 53088, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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