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Manager for Strategy & Development
This position will lead AWF’s (African Wildlife Foundation) strategic development framework at country and landscape levels. It will first address the rationale behind the need for strategies, ensuring that strategy documents help guide AWF’s decision-making abilities in terms of conservation impact, resource requirements, and implementation planning while at the same time help countries to deliver on their development aspirations and align to the Sustainable Development Goals and African Union’s Agenda 2063. The position will also be responsible for outlining the process for country and landscape strategy development within the organization and ensure that any strategies developed adhere to the defined process as well as AWF’s strategic vision 2019-2029 and its goals.
This is an exciting and dynamic role for the right individual. A strong ability for rigour, widely knowledgeable- capable of facilitating processes that bring in a diverse range of views, building consensus among teams, patience, the ability to listen, and a sense of humor will be critical success factors for this role. The Manager will interact with individuals at all levels and departments of the organization, in a unique and high-profile role firmly placed at the core of AWF’s strategic decision-making process.
Strategy Process Definition and Development
- Work with strategic teams across the organization up to and including Conservation Science, Species Protection and Planning teams to design framework, templates, and processes for the development of geography-specific strategies (countries and landscapes) for AWF, and ongoing processes for ensuring strategies are updated, current, and revised for changing contexts.
- Assess and understand key questions that should be answered in the development process for strategies. Strategies should become a key component of the organizational investment/decision-making process, and help guide allocation of resources within the organization.
- With support from the VP-Strategy & Knowledge Management, present strategy model and process to senior leadership for approvals;
- Work closely with the Country Directors and technical leads to develop criteria for strategies and strategic investment decisions to be presented to, and approved by SMC;
- Train staff on the process and use of strategies in country program and landscape/field implementation and everyday decision-making.
- Work closely with the Senior Manager Knowledge Management to articulate and establish measurable goals, objectives, and metrics for assessing, reporting, and improving impact at country and landscape levels.
- As part of an adaptive management process, recommended improvements to AWF’s Strategic Conceptual Models, based on programmatic monitoring, evaluation and learning.
- Provide inputs, analysis and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to management, ensuring the data quality and integrity of all information being reported out.
- In close consultation with the supervisor, align departmental goals, processes and resource allocation with the organizational strategy.
- Working closely with Senior Conservation Scientist, support the planning, implementing and managing proposed recommendations and projects based on prevailing circumstances.
- Establish review process for regularly checking strategies against developments in countries/landscapes and in AWF and facilitate country and landscape teams to undertake informed adaptive management of the strategies.
- Work with communications team to establish internal and external communications around the strategies and ensure key audiences are aware of and using the strategies.
Strategy Development for Landscapes and Countries
- Working with senior leadership, develop prioritized list of strategies required by AWF and timeframe for completion. The strategy “needs list” should be a living list of priorities, revised and updated to reflect current contexts.
- Lead process for development of specific strategies, working with Country Directors and other departments to research, assess and define strategies, as per the agreed-upon process. These will be based on best available scientific fundamentals, including AWF’s SWOT/ GAP analysis and evidence-based approaches to mitigate identified/ emerging threats, establishment of conservation & livelihood strategies, and incorporate other areas influencing implementation such as development and economic context, Costing & financing, policy, fundraising, operational context, and risk. Strategies should also articulate desired outcomes, vision of “success” for a given landscape or country.
- Support the participatory development of long-term landscape and country strategies and facilitate the strategic planning process to ensure that this process is timely, focused, and value adding. S/he also ensures that the strategy planning process highlights existing development/conservation/business issues, making certain that these issues are thoughtfully addressed by the laid-out plans.
- Oversee the development and implementation of strategies for countries/landscapes to guide AWF’s approach to engagement, ensuring that each geographic area is guided by an organization-approved strategy.
- Lead periodic review process of existing strategies, ensuring that strategies are current; where significant revision of strategies is required, ensure adequate internal buy-in and SMC approval.
- Master’s degree in Economics, Business Administration, with emphasis on strategic management, Conservation Economics, or Conservation Planning, or other relevant education.
- At least 4 years of work experience in a strategy position within a fast-paced and dynamic business environment in relation to strategy development; experience working in a conservation environment will be an added advantage.
- Excellent understanding of business/organizational operations and procedures in sub-Saharan Africa especially in ecological, environmental, and/or development issues.
- Experience in developing and managing corporate/organizational strategy strategies, with direct exposure to top management strategy formulation and decision making.
- Ability to think strategically, with creative, pragmatic and participatory approaches to forward planning.
- Demonstrated skills in working across departments within organizations, balancing a wide-ranging set of viewpoints, and building consensus among diverse groups of stakeholders.
- Understanding of basic financial principles, budgeting, and cost analysis for organizations.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in written and spoken French is a very significant advantage.
- Excellent communicator with interpersonal skills, flexibility, and cultural sensitivity and ability to engage variety of people in the course of delivering an assignment, gathering and sharing information from others throughout the organization and maintaining strong relationships with country programs and field implementation teams, technical experts, managers and leadership.
- Willingness to travel, sometimes to remote locations within Africa.
- Interest in AWF’s mission and understanding of issues faced by AWF in delivering its mission. Familiarity with contemporary conservation issues in Africa, will be a distinct asset.
How to Apply
Regional Director for West & Central Africa Programmes
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is seeking a Regional Director for West and Central Africa Programmes to oversee the implementation of AWF Programmes in DRC, Cameroon, Senegal, Nigeria and Niger as well as any other programmes developed in the region. The successful candidate will have practical experience in protected area management, land use planning, offset programs, working with communities and other stakeholders around protected areas and implementing programmes in Africa. This position will work with the Senior Director for Project Management and Partnerships to ensure the effective implementation of its programmes in West and Central Africa. The position will report to the Senior Director for Project Management and Partnerships (SDPMP) and will be based in either Nairobi, Kenya or Yaounde, Cameroon. This position will entail at least 60% travel within the region.
- Assist the SDPMD in providing overall leadership, management and accountability for the activities and performance of the AWF Programmes in West and Central Africa.
- Spearhead AWFs’ efforts to improve the effectiveness of programmes being implemented in West and Central Africa through increasing the capacity of the field teams, providing them with the necessary logistical support and provide ongoing technical guidance to ensure programmes are well managed, are able to deal effectively with challenges.
- Represent AWF at meetings, events and field visits within the region
- Determine which tools/approaches will best facilitate effective and sustainable conservation for targeted landscapes. Provide technical oversight and adaptive management strategies to ensure the effective and timely implementation of recommended tools/approaches.
- Within W&CA, ensure that activities are consistent with donor expectations, including appropriate reporting and checkpoints, and are realistic and sufficiently detailed to be actionable by implementing staff.
- Regularly question programmatic assumptions, plans and pace to ensure that AWF remains on a good course in West and Central Africa considering changing operational realities. Encourage similar good-natured analysis throughout the organization.
- Ensure strong liaison between field teams, country offices (where appropriate) and Nairobi on issues of finance, procurement, administration and fund raising
- Support the field teams with engagement with bi lateral donors for field visits, budget adjustments and any programme challenges
- Identify and develop excellent working relationships with major partners and stakeholder groups such as local government, commercial institutions, and communities in Eastern Africa likely resulting in an MOU between major players as required.
- Participate in the recruitment of staff and with doing regular staff assessments to ensure they are achieving their goals; have the resources they need to carry out their responsibilities and are motivated.
- Work with the programme management system team to ensure effective implementation of the programme management tracking system and that the system provides useful feedback and support to the field managers.
- Establish and enforce approval workflows to ensure adequacy and completeness of MOVs.
- Work with the Knowledge Management team to ensure that AWF strategically expand its conservation footprint in W&CA
- Represent AWF in relevant forums and meetings regarding Protected Area management and other conservation issues and provide support toward influencing policies that improve protected area management.
- Increase AWF’s institutional knowledge of protected area management and management strategies, approaches and challenges across West & Central Africa.
- Formulate AWF positions on various land-related matters.
- Provide technical input to fundraising proposals as requested.
- Provide any other relevant support and undertake assignments as needed by AWF
- Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management, or other field related to protected area management and project implementation. Masters preferred
- 10+ years of direct experience implementing programmes in Africa ensuring timely, efficient and successful implementation.
- Experience in protected area management in West or Central Africa.
- Experience working with Governments and Government agencies
- Experience working with communities.
- Experience negotiating with private sector operators.
- Project management experience
- Familiarity with land policies, trends in land issues in Africa.
- Familiarity and successful experience with various land conservation mechanisms, such as leases, land use plans, conservancies.
- Proficiency in both French and English (spoken and written) is required.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to work with a variety of landowners, build coalitions, negotiate, and manage conflict.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to produce well written reports, legal documents and agreements.
- Ability to problem solve in a creative way.
- Commitment to AWF and its mission
How to Apply
The Finance Officer (FO) is an integral member of the AWF Central Finance team The FO will support the Classroom Africa program provide accounting and administration of AWF’s impact investments in two Conservation Bonds and provide financial management support to the central finance team in the areas of procurement, payables and general accounting as needed.
This position reports to the Senior Accounting and Compliance Manager with a matrix reporting to the Vice President, Technology and Innovation on matters of Conservation Bonds.
Occasional trips to the field may be required.
Classroom Africa Program
- Monitor all financial transactions for Classroom Africa;
- Work with Treasury team to ensure prompt payment of invoices; and
- Quality check all financial transactions to ensure proper coding and recording.
- Prepare monthly Classroom Africa financial reports including analysis on actual expenditures versus budgets, year-to-date status, and life-of-project reporting per established reporting guideline;
- Prepare monthly Classroom Africa financial statements for the program, including revenues vs. expenditures and net cash positions;
Donor Financial Reporting
- Work with Budget and Grants team to ensure proper set-up of new grants;
- Working closely with the Budget and Grants team, support development of financial reporting for donors and project-related sponsors.
Contracting and Contract Administration
- Monitor all invoices and payments to Classroom Africa contractors to ensure compliance to contracts and reconciliation of payments vs budgets.
Data Analysis, Forecasting and Budgeting
- With Program Manager, develop quarterly cash flow projections for submission to Treasury team;
- Support Program Manager with development and submission of program financial metrics;
- Work with team in budget preparation for new sites and projects; and
- Develop and run ad-hoc reports as required.
2. Conservation Bonds
- Work closely with AWF’s Director of Finance, maintain an accounting and control system, manage information system and books of account and other records that adequately and fairly present the financial condition of the companies in accordance with IFRS.
- Work closely with AWF’s Director of Finance and AWF’s external administrators in Mauritius, ensure financial and reporting compliance with Mauritius regulations.
- Produce routine monthly financials reports for management and external stakeholders.
- Facilitate audit process including securing sign off from all stakeholders, and liaising with auditors, Mauritian accountants and AWF to clear audit queries until the accounts gets sign off.
- Liaise with investment manager and investees to ensure accuracy of accounts; obtain documentation for any variations from contractual obligations.
- Work closely with AWF’s Chief Investment Officer for impact investing, maintain the Conservation Bond financial model.
3. Payables Support
- Review and post all invoices generated from purchase order in a timely manner ensuring all the appropriate supporting documents are attached in the system.
- Input and submit any direct invoices with adequate documentations and follow up with staff on any delayed approvals.
- Manage Travel Advances: Review and Process advance requests/ reimbursement and disburse cash by ensuring all the supporting documents are attached as per the AWF Travel Policy.
- Review and process credit card expenses from portal by ensuring all the necessary supporting documents are attached as per AWF Credit Card Policy.
- Reconcile employee vendor cards and travel advance holding account on a regular basis. Apply open vendor ledger entries.
- Administer petty cash float, initiate top ups and process cash payments. Maintain optimal cash balances and ensure established cash limits are observed.
- Perform petty cash reconciliation for monthly close.
- Write and dispatch manual checks and post the check payments to cash book.
- Organize deposits to appropriate AWF bank accounts for all cash and checks received in HQ and post them to the cashbook.
- Provide excellent customer service to vendors and staff by providing prompt and accurate responses to questions/requests from any AWF staff or vendors.
- Liaise with Admin team on VAT Exemptions and update vendors on the same.
- Manage Manual and Electronic documents filling.
- Assist the Finance officer to perform supplier statement reconciliation and attend to vendor queries.
- Assist Finance Officer with monthly close process by ensuring all the invoices and other treasury monthly tasks completed as per set deadlines
4. Procurement Support
- Assist with processing of staff purchase requests in the accounting system
- Assist with maintaining all vendor records, terms, contact information, etc., in AWF’s accounting system. Periodically analyze vendor purchase activity and trends.
- Support high degree of internal customer service.
- Assist with the annual pre-qualified systems for vendors.
5. Other Duties
- As assigned by the Senior Accounting and Compliance Manager and Director of Finance.
- Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting, Certified Public Accountant designation, or related relevant degree required;
- At least three years of work experience in accounting, auditing, budgeting, grant financial management, cash management, or related duties;
- Knowledge of, and prior experience with, financial management software
- Basic understanding of fund account management preferred;
- Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel required;
- Prior experience within a finance department of a non-governmental organization, non-profit, or other grant-based institution;
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, flexibility, and cultural sensitivity. Knowledge of French and/or local languages preferred;
- The entrepreneurial drive and passion to maximize the potential AWF;
- Willingness to travel, sometimes to remote locations within Africa; and
- Demonstrated commitment to conservation in Africa.
- Ability to manage competing priorities, exercise good judgment, and quickly identify and resolve problems with minimum supervision;
- Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to multitask in a fast paced environment;
- Ability to manage sensitive and confidential matters with the highest level of professional;
- Ability to provide good customer service with patience and a sense of urgency;
- Ability to work as part of a team in a multicultural environment;
- Must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact professionally with staff, partners and stakeholders
How to Apply