Programme Director, Power of Voices
It’s critical that they are able to safeguard their rights and to continue govern their resources in ways that benefit them as well as nature. This is called ‘inclusive conservation’ – it’s not just about supporting conservation by indigenous peoples and local communities but also recognising they have the right to decide how to manage their territories - as well as when, how and if to involve others.
Programme Director Power of Voices Role Profile
In addition, we will influence policies (national, global) and financial flows (climate finance, private sector investments) in support of these locally shaped solutions.
- 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.
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
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
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
How to Apply
SRI Executive is exclusively retained by WWF Netherlands to undertake this assignment.