Wanted: Conservation Partnership Manager

BirdLife Europe and Central Asia in Brussels (or Cambridge) is looking for a Conservation Partnership Manager.

1. About the job

The Conservation Partnership Manager will lead BirdLife’s engagement with HeidelbergCement and its Biodiversity Strategy to contribute to global biodiversity through better management of quarry operations and their nature restoration. If carefully designed, mineral extraction operations can reduce their impacts on landscapes and biodiversity and create opportunities for rare species and habitats. Together with local BirdLife partners, HeidelbergCement companies implement local biodiversity projects in many countries – the result is the perfect combination of global commitment with local action.

2. About you

You are efficient, highly organized, with experience and understanding of values and constraints in both NGOs and Businesses, in particular the extractive industry. You are able to deal with sensitive and confidential issues, with an ability and passion for mediation between different legitimate interests. You are a proactive and inclusive team player.

You have knowledge of nature conservation and understand the importance of engaging with businesses who seek genuine improvement of their environmental practices. You have experience of working in international networks of non-profit organisations and within complex teams.

3. About BirdLife Europe and Central Asia

BirdLife Europe & Central Asia (BLI ECA) is the European Division of BirdLife International, and is one of the six BirdLife regional offices around the world. BirdLife Europe leads and supports the European and Central Asia Partnership of BirdLife International, which consists of 48 independent, grassroots Civil Society Organisations with over 2 million members.

Together with BirdLife International, present in 121 countries through a Partnership of autonomous Civil Society Organisations, we protect wild birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, by working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. We are the global authority on the status of bird species, with unparalleled technical expertise in bird and biodiversity assessment, and capacity to link local conservation activities and groups to domestic and international policy and conservation work.

You will join a dynamic team of professionals based in Brussels and Cambridge who together support the BirdLife Partnership in Europe and Central Asia to protect nature and birds, through policy, science, conservation measures, organisational support, helping them to increase the visibility of the BirdLife Partnership work and raise the needed funds.

 4. Key responsibilities

The job holder’s main responsibilities will be to:

  1. Manage the BirdLife International and HeidelbergCement partnership and the implementation of the agreed work plan for 2018-2020.
  2. Support HeidelbergCement (HC) in strengthening their leadership role in the building materials industry on biodiversity management and to support HC 2030 Sustainability Commitments.
  3. Lead on development of local and regional programmes for action, engaging with HeidelbergCement operations and countries as well as BirdLife Partners to initiate collaborative project development.
  4. Keep HC abreast with new / changing legislation around the topic of biodiversity.
  5. Manage a Partnership Project Fund which is critical to initiate and facilitate collaborative action at sites (between BirdLife Partners and HC business units).
  6. Work with BirdLife’s and HeidelbergCement’s Communication teams to effectively present and promote the value of this Partnership to internal and external audiences.
  7. Increase knowledge, awareness and capacity building in HC staff.
  8. Seek opportunities for enhancing the conservation status of important sites and species at Heidelberg-Cement sites through improved environmental management practices, including impact avoidance, mitigation, rehabilitation and closure planning.
  9. Manage the HeidelbergCement Partnership Assistant and cooperate with the BirdLife Regional offices staff whose responsibilities cover corporate engagement in general, and Heidelberg Cement partnership in particular.
  10. Organise and lead on the content preparation and follow up on the BirdLife-HeidelbergCement Steering Committee meetings.
  11. Work with the BirdLife Policy team and the HeidelbergCement Public Affairs team to carry our regular Policy Dialogue meetings around topics of mutual interest and potential for cooperation.

Other tasks:

  1. To support the BirdLife Conservation Unit by participating at relevant meetings, as required.
  2. To participate, in collaboration with other colleagues, in joint conservation fundraising bids.
  3. To help design and deliver successful campaigns, projects and publications aiming to achieve BirdLife’s conservation and policy objectives.

 5. Qualifications required:

Requirements knowledge/skills/attributes:

  • Minimum General Education Bachelor degree, or equivalent experience, in a relevant scientific or environmental subject.

Job Specific Education/ Qualification:

  • Master degree or higher in a relevant subject, or equivalent demonstrable skills and experience gained in project management. PhD in restoration topic desirable.

Job Specific Knowledge:

  • Good understanding of Ecosystem restoration principles and more specifically on the current methods targeting biodiversity recoveries while sustaining livelihoods at degraded areas.
  • Good general knowledge and authoritative manner about main threats affecting biodiversity and how to mitigate this.
  • Familiarity with most relevant biodiversity and environmental EU and non-EU laws, conventions and instruments.

Experience:

  • Proven experience working with the corporate sector in a critical but productive manner.
  • Experience working with large-scale excavation, cement, building materials or aggregate materials corporates highly desirable.
  • Experience working alongside members of the Cement Sustainability Initiative, or similar corporate alliances working towards biodiversity recoveries desirable.
  • Proven experience managing or implementing multiannual and international projects is essential.
  • Proven experience of building rapport with, and acquiring information from, large/diverse/dispersed networks of collaborators and producing high quality reports while meeting deadlines.
  • Experience in managing teams and/or coordinating specialist groups highly desirable.

Management & organisational skills:

  • Very well organised and able to manage pressure, coordinating a wide range of concurrent activities, prioritising workload effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivation to act independently, sometimes with minimal supervision, but also to work collaboratively in a team spread across several locations.
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail, with the ability to undertake repetitive tasks accurately and consistently.
  • Ability to line manage a small team.

Communications skills:

  • Ability to forge and maintain partnerships across a multidisciplinary group. Diplomacy, sensitivity and confidence to resolve potential conflicts and manage relationships to achieve successful project outcomes is essential.
  • Ability to explain technical issues in an understandable way and to persuade different audiences to take legitimate concerns into account.
  • Ability to network well and cultivate good relationships with collaborators from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
  • Proven skills in critically assessing and synthesising information, and in producing accurate and concise written summaries.

Creativity & initiative:

  • Ability to pursue new and unfamiliar challenges, work independently and devise innovative solutions to novel challenges.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing circumstances.

Computer Literacy:

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Familiarity (and ideally some practical experience) dealing with scientific databases.

Languages:

  • High level of fluency in English (and preferably French).
  • Ability to avoid jargon and use clear, simple language when required.

Travel requirements:

  • Willingness and ability to travel, typically on short (1-3 day) project-related trips.

Other desired/helpful knowledge/skills/attributes:

  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the environment, bird conservation, the NGO sector and civil society.

 

6. Employment conditions:

Preferred location: Brussels (Belgium). Cambridge could be also considered as an option.

We start with one-year contract, though this is a new three-year phase of the BirdLife-HeidelbergCement Partnership and the applicant is asked to be ready to extend the contract after the first year, should the end-of-year appraisal be satisfactory for both parties.

Salary and benefits according to BirdLife standards and commensurate with experience.

 

7. How to apply:

Please submit your full CV and a comprehensive cover letter (maximum two page, all in English) setting out your reasons for applying for the post and outlining the qualifications experience knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role, an indication of salary expectation, and contact details of two professional referees to: recruitment.europe@birdlife.org.  Please also state which location you would prefer to work from, and indicate where you first saw the job advertised.

Closing date:  11th March 2018 at midnight CET. Please consider that applications received after the closing date will be automatically discarded.

 

8. Short listing and interviews:

Short listing is based on CV and cover letter. Successful candidates will be asked to attend face to face interviews and perform an additional test. Travel support or possibility of remote interview may be offered to candidates from overseas.

Please note that due to the large number of expected applications only successful candidates will be contacted.

Interview day: 22nd of March in Brussels (details will be communicated to the successful candidates).