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 WEST AFRICA BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM

 

Mangrove Conservation Specialist - Freetown

 

Status: Full time

Reports directly to:  Coastal Landscape Manager

Staff reporting: None

Location: Freetown,

 

Background

The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA-BiCC) program is a five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Tetra Tech, in association with four other implementing partners: Palladium, Centre for International Earth Science Information Network CIESIN), PCI Media Impact (PCI), and Pact, Inc. The purpose of the WA BiCC is to improve conservation and climate-resilient, low emission growth across West Africa. WA BiCC has three Components supported by cross-cutting approaches to gender, Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA), sustainability, and capacity building. Component 1 combats wildlife trafficking, Component 2 improves coastal resilience, and Component 3 reduces deforestation, forest degradation, and biodiversity loss.

Following three years of implementation, a number of activities have already been carried out, including mangroves restoration and initial implementation of existing policies/legislative frameworks and plans at national and regional level.   WA BiCC is seeking a suitable candidate to take the position of Mangrove Conservation Specialist to build on existing achievements.

 

Job Summary

The Mangrove Conservation Specialist will work as an integral member of the West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC) Program team in the Freetown office. Under the direct supervision Coastal Landscape Manager, she/he will be responsible to work with local partners to implement relevant WA BiCC mangrove restoration and conservation interventions in the Sierra Leone Coastal Landscape Complex and feed results to the capacity building and learning objectives of the overall program, in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Team, the Communications Team, the Capacity Building Team, and  the Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) & Advocacy Specialist.  She/he will also work closely with the Community Development and Livelihoods Specialist to promote sustainable use of mangrove ecosystems that contributes to the enhancement of livelihoods of local communities, including reinforcement of Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs).

 

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Mangrove Conservation Specialist shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Implement actions for sound mangrove conservation and restoration, as appropriate, taking into account the results of previous and ongoing activities as well as the new Annual Work Plan.
  • Contribute to the identification and implementation of co-management plans in the Marine Protected Areas of the Sierra Leone Coastal Landscape Complex (SLCLC).
  • In collaboration with WA BiCC’s Communication Team contribute to cross-learning and publications with Fresco Landscape in Cote d’Ivoire and other learning events beyond SLCLC.
  • Assess sites and recommend necessary conservation or restoration activities.
  • Coordinate with local communities and government partners to plan and implement mangrove conservation or restoration on-the-ground.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with appropriate government technical services and relevant development partners.
  • Organize community- and local government-level stakeholder meetings at the landscape and national levels;
  • Provide advice on environmental and mangrove conservation activities to program partners.
  • Organize trainings, workshops, meetings, and field trips.
  • Prepare and deliver technical content at workshops.
  • Implement relevant data gathering and analysis mechanisms.
  • Provide input to the development of appropriate materials for Communications, Capacity Building, and Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Support other program related tasks as they arise.
  • Contribute to the production of statutory reports.

 

Required Qualifications

  • A Graduate degree in natural/environmental sciences or a related field.
  • 5 years of experience in Ecology including disaster risk management in coastal areas.
  • At least 5 years of relevant employment experience in a similar position.
  • Previous experience working in coastal areas, including mangrove conservation/restoration.
  • Knowledge of current environmental issues in Sierra Leone.
  • Experience working with national NGOs and stakeholders on livelihood and biodiversity conservation goals.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work in cross-functional teams.
  • Strong organizational and operational planning skills and experience working in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to write technical reports and lead field teams.

 

LANGUAGES: Fluent in English and professional proficiency in French preferred.

 

To be considered, applicants must submit the following as part of this on-line application process:

  • A letter of application explaining individual qualifications for this opportunity
  • A current CV in reverse chronological format
  • A list of at least 4 professional references including name, contact information, and statement of relationship to the reference
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.

The full scope of work can be found at: https://www.wabicc.org/ads/dcopt/

Please send applications to wabiccrecruit@gmail.com by October 23, 2018

 

Tetra Tech is committed to diversity and gender equality in all its operations—in the US and overseas.  We strive to reflect these goals in our global mission and in our workforce.  We encourage applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups. Tetra Tech ARD is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

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