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Projects Manager

Overview

To carry our message and to continue to build a love for Namibia and a love for nature, not just amongst Namibian’s but globally. The closing date is vacant untill filled.

Job Description

Job Title:                             Project Manager

Job Grading:                      D1

Location:                             Windhoek, Namibia

Reports to:                         Director of Projects

Supervises:                        Project Coordinators

    1. Overall Objective

The Projects Manager is responsible for the management, implementation and effective delivery of all NNF Projects, by staff and consultants. He/She reports to the NNF Director of Projects and is a member of the Senior Management Team.

    1. Key duties and responsibilities
ResponsibilitiesTasks / Activities
Project Management
  • Project oversight and coordination: Plans, directs and oversees project activities in accordance with the project description, work plan, budget and contractual agreements and ensures that the programme is making progress towards its objectives
  • Project implementation: Manages NNF projects and project teams using a participatory, adaptive management approach. Ensures that management systems are adhered to and oversees the administration of the projects. Maintains a database of all projects – technical and financial deliverables, and oversees timely outputs and their submission to donors/relevant partners.
  • Financial management: With the direct support of the finance team, and in close collaboration with the finance manager, develops project budgets for approval and monitors expenditures against budgets. Ensures compliance with NNF financial management systems for projects to adequately meet financial management needs and donor regulations and policies.
  • Asset management: Ensures the sound management of all NNF and project assets.
  • Ensures that projects are delivered in compliance with NNF objectives and donor requirements and regulations.
  • Outsourcing: in consultation with the appropriate team, ensures that any outsourcing (services & products) is carried out in line with NNF and donor requirements.
Consultancy/Research
  • Development of Terms of References for outsourcing and hiring of consultants; execution of tender processes to hire service providers
  • Technical and practical delivery of consultancy and/or research projects consummate with the skills and experience of the incumbent.
Technical Support
  • Provides technical leadership in major project components, including protected area management; community-based natural resource management; species conservation.
  • Identifies technical and institutional needs and requirements for strengthening and with the support of the HR team in particular, ensures adequate training and capacity building. Prepares and executes tender or service contracts, in collaboration with the appropriate team (HR and/or Finance).
Communications & Reporting
  • Produces consolidated reports for internal consumption and to meet donor reporting requirements.
  • Meets on a regular basis with partner ministry staff, project partners, NNF colleagues and stakeholders as appropriate
  • Delivers feedback (through appropriate formats and forums) to other project stakeholders.
  • Produces publications including success stories, radio talks etc for external communication (facebook, newspaper, newletters, annual reports etc), in close cooperation with the project coordinators
  • Enhances NNF communications through coordinating regular general reporting on projects carried out by the NNF.
  • Ensures quality of all project reports, checking they meet the standards of the NNF and donor requirements.
  • Where appropriate, and as agreed by the Director of Projects, attends external meetings and workshops relevant to the NNF projects.
  • Where appropriate, and as agreed by the Director of Projects, represents the NNF at external events.
Project Acquisition & Financing

Works closely with the funding co-ordinator to:

  • Provide and coordinate technical input towards project acquisition
  • Identify and expound potential projects suitable for funding
  • Identify potential funding opportunities
  • Explore and develop innovative financing mechanisms for conservation
Planning & Development
  • Provides input towards NNF workplan, budget, project needs & resourcing, as well as input to strategic planning and growth of NNF.
Human Resource Management
  • Provides leadership and promote institutional pride and commitment through example, work ethic and professionalism.
  • Directs line management of all project coordinators, assistant project coordinators and field staff, in line with NNF Management practices and procedures.
  • Coordinates and oversee the work of project consultants in coordination with relevant project staff.
  • Fosters a supportive, inclusive and positive working relationship with NNF staff and consultants.
  • Identifies needs for and/or opportunities for internships and placements to support NNF project delivery and enhance national conservation capacity.
    1. Desired Qualifications and Experience

This position requires:

  • An advanced university degree in an appropriate field (conservation /environment / natural resource management /marine / forest / freshwater /terrestrial ecology).
  • Additional academic training or a degree in a management field would be a strong advantage.
  • More than five years of experience leading, developing, and managing programmes / large-scale projects in one or more of the above-mentioned fields.
  • Experience with multi-disciplinary teams, would be a strong advantage.
  • Knowledge of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programmes / projects; and
  • Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework of the environment and conservation in Namibia, as well as of relevant policy issues.
      D.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Experience of effectively managing a team and capacity building – able to lead, guide and motivate a team and maintain morale;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic plans and policy;
  • Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation and evaluation;
  • Experience working with government and with donors / international aid agencies;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strong professional relationships at all levels, including with local communities, government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, and the scientific community;
  • Excellent report writing skills and communications skills in English. Command of other local languages would be an advantage;
  • Technical experience in relevant aspects of nature conservation and biodiversity management;
  • Negotiation, influencing, and media relation skills, preferably at a high level;
  • Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to the aims and objectives of the NNF.

Instruction for Application

Requirements:

An advanced university degree in an appropriate field (conservation /environment / natural resource management / marine / forest / freshwater /terrestrial ecology); Additional academic training or a degree in a management field would be a strong advantage; More than five years of experience leading, developing, and managing programmes / large-scale projects in one or more of the above-mentioned fields; Experience with multi-disciplinary teams, would be a strong advantage; Knowledge of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programmes / projects; and Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework of the environment and conservation in Namibia, as well as of relevant policy issues.

Application Instructions:

Applicants may download the detailed job descriptions from the NNF website: www.nnf.org.na (click on ‘Jobs’) and should submit your CV with a covering letter clearly stating how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the position. References should be included.

This must be addressed in a word document, together with your CV in an annex of the same document to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You must title your email in the subject line - NNF Project Manager 2020

Interns and Volunteers

Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF) accepts interns from tertiary institutions in Namibia and abroad, as well as experienced volunteers.

An internship with the NNF is aimed at giving the intern experience working in an office environment of an NGO (non government organisation), assisting with specific project work, completing research projects associated with implemented projects or working closely with the finance team or human resources and operations. Experienced volunteers are normally tasked with improving or developing systems or organisational behaviours. Volunteers usually work closely with a local understudy in the organisation(s) to help build capacity.

Namibian interns/volunteers spend between three to six months with us, while international interns/volunteers normally only stay for up to three months, although longer stays may be possible. Additionally, it may be possible for some work to be carried out remotely. It is the policy of the NNF to offer Namibian interns a small monthly stipend.

International interns accepted by the NNF have to be self-sustained and self-funded i.e. need to be able to cover all their travel expenses to and from Namibia; the cost of study visa; food and accommodation; except for travel to the field.  To apply for an internship position, please respond to an advertised vacancy by sending your CV and a covering letter explaining why your interested in the role and including two contactable references to the email address supplied in the advert. Clearly indicate the role you are applying for in the subject line of the email. 

Please note that applications can only be accepted if submitted in response to an advertised intern position at the NNF. See below for current intern positions.


 
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