Programme Director, Power of Voices

WWF Netherlands , - None Specified -

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Programme Director Power of Voices Role Profile

Introduction to the program “Amplifying Voices for Just Climate Action”
The mean global temperature has increased by +1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial baseline with increasingly frequent and extreme climatic events, threatening to drive another 100 million people into poverty by 2030. COVID-19 may greatly exacerbate these impacts, resulting in significant backsliding against the Sustainable Development Goals. Climate change affects the enjoyment of indivisible, interdependent and interrelated human rights, hitting the most vulnerable, the hardest and threatening to increase existing inequalities. We are at a critical juncture, not only in our fight against the climate crisis, but also in addressing the economic and social challenges to transform our societies in a sustainable, just and inclusive manner. Civil society needs to engage and have a voice to influence climate change policies. Business as usual will no longer suffice and is no longer appropriate.
In response, an alliance of 6 partner organisations, including WWF Netherlands, Hivos, South South North, Akina Mama wa Afrika, Shack Dwellers International, and Fundación Avina have joined hands to create the ‘Amplifying Voices for Just Climate Action’ alliance.
The five-year strategic objective of the alliance is “By 2025, local civil society groups have claimed a central role as empowered innovators, facilitators and advocates of climate solutions”. Our program is about climate justice i.e., climate change is not only an environmental problem to be addressed but also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects. Hence our intention is to build wide societal support for locally shaped climate solutions through an inclusive and rights-based approach. This includes building a broad-based climate alliance at country level, bridging divides (urban-rural, gender, youth), that amplifies voices in new, unusual ways.

In addition, we will influence policies (national, global) and financial flows (climate finance, private sector investments) in support of these locally shaped solutions.
During the 5 years’ program period the alliance aims to increase ownership of the program by local CSOs. The program is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the “Power of Voices” framework.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • To inspire and engage all necessary stakeholders in the vision for the Power of Voices Program
  • Ensure equality, space and level playing field for the alliance partners, effective and efficient decision-making and leads the Joint Program Team (JPT) to translate decisions into coherent implementation.
  • Support the JPT, being the linking pin between the country teams, the Joint Management Team (JMT) and the Steering Committee (SC) and together with the JMT acts as the Program Secretariat.
  • Organize reporting and planning in support of the SC and JPT
  • Coordinate with a team of staff directly involved with the implementation of the Power of Voices Program, with the alliance members and through these organizations and the country civil society coalitions and experts involved.
  • Facilitate in a careful and inclusive manner, decision making at alliance level.
  • Support in daily coordination and day-to-day management.
  • Support the Alliance member chair (rotating) in the preparation of the Alliance JMT meetings and together with the Chair prepare the Steering Committee (Alliance Directors) meetings.
  • Ensure continuity in programming, implementation and alignment with the ToC and ambitions of the program with all alliance members. Provide strategic advice and guidance. Support in ensuring the shift to southern partners.
  • Clearly communicate and follow-up JMT and Steering Committee decisions and advice of Global and National Advisory Committees.
  • Ensure good team spirit within the alliance and facilitate contacts and discussions in case of disagreements or tensions.
  • Report to the JMT on program progress and coordinate program planning within the alliance.
  • Keep an overview of the technical and financial progress of the various strategies and ensure an up-to-date monitoring dashboard.
  • Consolidate internal and donor progress reports for the different components of the program in close collaboration with the Program Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (PMEL) and finance staff.
  • Contribute to and assist with communication materials for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in close collaboration with the JMT.
  • Present program progress to MoFA upon request of the JMT.
  • Be first focal point and spokesperson for the programme for external stakeholders.
Required Competencies
We are looking for a person who:
  • Is a strategic thinker, can set goals and implement a program based on an existing vision and strategy
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial, knows how to support building a program from the start
  • Has an international orientation, who communicates easily and has the ability to connect people with different expertise, background, culture
  • Is well organized and has strong program management skills
  • Has an inclusive approach and experience in working with diverse civil society alliances and coalitions in the Global South
  • Is an experienced communicator, used to representing large programs with the public and stakeholders
  • Preference will be given to candidates that are representative of the countries and societies at the forefront of this program
Place in the organization:
The Program Director:
  • Will be based in the Global South, hosted by one of the Alliance partners. Potential host localities could include Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Southern Africa (South Africa or Zambia), Kenya and Indonesia
  • Will be required to travel to the Netherlands for extended periods annually to maintain relations with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to liaise with the lead applicant (WWF-NL) (as Covid19 travel restrictions allow)
  • Will be required to travel to country program offices and alliance partners to support implementation and ensure alignment of the overall program (as Covid19 travel restrictions allow)
  • The program director manager maintains reporting responsibility to, and representation, of all alliance partners. This will require occasional travel with the limitation of the Covid-19 travel restrictions. Preference is given to virtual-conferencing.
  • Preference is given to the best candidate. To be appointed and managed by the Alliance Steering Committee
Qualifications and Experience
Job demands:
  • Academic education in the area of economics, environmental sciences or social sciences;
  • At least 10 years of work experience in international climate change/nature conservation/social justice settings/climate finance with large human rights, gender equality/inclusion/ecosystem/local ownership components
  • At least 10-15 years of work experience in project or program management with experience in a variety of country settings on different continents as well as on managing complex, multi-stakeholder programs
  • Relevant network of stakeholders in international climate movement, preferably also connections and insight in other relevant global movement
  • Ability to support the alliance to reach out and build relations with global stakeholders especially - but not exclusively - including CSOs, governments, companies, financial institutions
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills
  • Fluent English in writing and speaking. Ability to speak other languages such as Spanish/Portuguese/Bahasa Indonesia, is an asset.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with a 5-year fixed term contract and the successful candidate being based in Africa.
Africa, South America or Indonesia - precise location to be determined.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Arvin Santiago, at [email protected] on or before 29th January 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by WWF Netherlands to undertake this assignment.

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