Conservation Program Manager (CMP)
Closing Date: April 22, 2016
Summary of Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Executive Director (DED), the CPM is responsible for the overall management of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) Conservation Program from program development, financial and technical reporting, to grant-making, knowledge management and partnership development. This includes the effective management of the full MCT Conservation Grant portfolio, including advised funds, intermediary grant-making, and contributing to advancing the Micronesia Challenge.. Tasks include program strategy development, individual project concept design and proposal writing, technical support to MCT grantees and other partners, ensuring compliance with the overall approved MCT grant-making strategy and policies, Operations Manual, MCT standards for monitoring and evaluation, and advised fund agreements. The CPM will also supervise the Conservation Program staff, including making grant and project assignments and conducting performance evaluations.
Specific Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):
Lead the implementation of the Conservation Program-related Impact Area Goals from the MCT Strategic Action plan 2013-2018. Also responsible for monitoring progress against targets.
Based on the MCT Strategic Action plan, set annual performance parameters and objectives for MCT's Conservation Program and funds portfolio, assess the performance and provide recommendations.
Responsible for directing the implementation of approved projects, including supervising grantees and MCT Conservation Program Staff, gathering and compiling of monitoring and evaluation data from MCT funded projects, and distilling best practices and facilitating their dissemination to counterparts and partners.
Responsible for MCT's reporting to grantors on progress according to approved proposals and grant award conditions.
Assist with and/or lead the development of grant proposals to external donor organizations.
Ensure the proper maintenance and management of MCT Conservation Program records and files including grantee projects, donor files and other related documents.
Issue and implement Calls for Proposals as agreed with the MCT Executive team.
Responsibility for relations with the MCT Board of Trustees Technical Committee, and ensuring the swift assessment of concept papers and full proposals. This includes providing staff support to the Committee, preparing agenda's, coordinating meetings, and preparing meeting minutes for submission to the full Board of Trustees.
Direct and advise the revision of MCT Grant-Making Strategy for approval by the Board of Trustees, including leading the selection of an external consultant if necessary.
Seek out and identify contacts of mutual interest to MCT and grantees and assist with networking, including identifying learning exchange opportunities, potential donors and technical assistance resources.
Build strategic partnerships with conservation and other partners, such as donors, foundations, private sector and civil society, in Micronesia and internationally to promote MCT and mobilize resources.
In collaboration with the MCT Capacity-Building unit, assess the staff and organizational needs of MCT partners and grantees and participate in the development and delivery of capacity-building activities.
The Micronesia Challenge
Actively engage in identification of opportunities and areas eligible for Micronesia Challenge Advised Fund support, and mobilize resources from the Jurisdictions Governments, donors and other partners to best leverage the Micronesia Challenge Advised Fund resources.
Support to the Micronesia Challenge "in country" delivery mechanisms, including institutionalizing country program strategies for the use of Endowment Fund investment income and Protected Areas Network Offices/Funds.
Work with Micronesia Challenge Coordinator in building strategic partnerships with development partners, such as donors, foundations, private sector and civil society, to promote Micronesia Challenge and mobilize resources.
Contribute to Micronesia Challenge and MCT's efforts to develop effective Micronesia Challenge national, regional and global networks for technical support and knowledge management, within the MCT Micronesia Challenge Advised Fund(s) program and with external institutions, including academia.
Education: Advanced university degree in environmental fields, Environmental Economics, Program and/or NGO Management, Business Administration or similar field.
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in conservation work, which should include program management and reporting; and the supervision employees, including performance evaluation.
Management Skills: Excellent analytical and writing skills, teamwork and people management skills, communication and interpersonal skills and good negotiation and problem-solving skills. Experience with supervising program staff.
Language: Fluency in English is required and fluency in at least one of the Micronesia vernacular languages preferred. Fluency in one or more the official languages of the United Nations is also desirable.
IT Skills: Proficiency in standard computer software (word-processing, excel, presentations, databases and internet)
Salary and Benefits and Duty Station
MCT offers attractive and regionally competitive salaries and benefits depending upon qualifications. MCT does not provide relocation, housing or repatriation expenses. MCT covers the employer portion of the FSM National health insurance basic plan and offers a retirement plan and life insurance. The duty station for this position is Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.
(electronic submissions preferred)
Please provide: Submit to: Lisa Ranahan Andon
Letter of Interest Deputy Executive Director
Resume Micronesia Conservation Trust
3 Letters of Reference P.O. 2177 Kolonia
Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel: (691) 320-5670
Fax: (691) 320-8903
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.