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Country Programmes Officer

Reference number: A3081119

Location: The Lodge, Sandy / David Attenborough Building, Cambridge

The RSPB is one of the leading members of BirdLife International, a global partnership of more than 120 NGOs around the world working together to conserve birds and biodiversity. The BirdLife East Atlantic Flyway Initiative (EAFI) is a partner-led initiative that seeks to strengthen the collaboration for the conservation migratory birds in the flyway. Members of this initiative join efforts in identifying and addressing major threats to migratory birds, strengthening the capacity of weaker Partners along the flyway and taking bold actions based on BirdLife's local-to-global approach to conservation.

The RSPB has played a central role in developing the structure of EAFI, including putting in place a clear strategy to guide its priority work. We are committed to continue playing a leadership role along other BirdLife Partners on the EAFI Task Force as a contribution to the delivery of the BirdLife's Flyways Programme.
This position is to manage the RSPB's Flyway Programme work in certain countries, initially in Northern, Central and West Africa. This includes partner support, organisational capacity building, fundraising, conservation project management, and advocacy.

You will need to have extensive experience of the region and work experience in NGOs and organisational development. You must be able to work under minimal supervision and have excellent diplomatic, communication and negotiation skills. You will be expected to spend a significant number of nights and weekends overseas each year, the majority of which will be unaccompanied.

You will be a member of the RSPB Flyway Programme Team and participate in establishing its objectives and achieving its goals. The role may require providing support to other activities of the Global Land Department, the Global Conservation Directorate or the wider RSPB upon request. The post requires regular reporting to the RSPB, external policy makers and donors.

The ideal colleague should have experience living and working in relevant part of the Flyway; a good track record in developing funding proposals and managing conservation projects implemented through NGOs especially in Africa. Good knowledge of NGO governance and administration is essential. English will be the main working language for this post.

The ability to speak another international language spoken along the Flyway would be an advantage.

Salary starting at

£25,463 to £27,585 per annum. Applicants should expect under normal circumstances to receive an offer at the bottom of the advertised range.

Hours & contract information

Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent

Closing date: 6 December 2019
Interview date: 13 December 2019

How to apply

Our role profile describes the key result areas and skills and experience needed for the role. Please make sure you include reference number A3081119 on your application.

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This role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. You will be asked to declare unspent convictions and cautions at offer of employment stage.

Who to contact

For questions about this post
Wenceslas Gatarabirwa
wenceslas.gatarabirwa@rspb.org.uk
01767 693712

Send application details to
Heather Mitchell
heather.mitchell@rspb.org.uk
The Lodge, Potton Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL
01767 693451