Current Vacancy: Conservation Manager

Basic Salary
Full time
Contract type
Short-term (till 30 June 2019), with possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and funding availability.
Closing date
18 January 2019

About WildTeam
WildTeam is a conservation organisation working to save endangered wildlife and their habitats. The team has a current focus on tigers in the Bangladesh Sundarbans. It is a registered non-profit and non-government organisation in Bangladesh. All of our work is guided by four core values which are as below:

We believe in people
WildTeam believes people are the solution because we see evidence of it every day. Human beings are innovative, adaptable and passionate; every single one of us can be a game changer.

We celebrate nature
WildTeam have a passion for nature and we share it with others, because we believe the best way to protect nature is to celebrate it. We nurture people’s innate love for nature and channel that love into successful conservation.

We are grounded in reality
We rely on thorough research to guide our strategy and all our interventions.  We listen to people to learn about what motivates them, and then we build solutions based on those motivations. We use rigorous project management methodologies to achieve maximum results. 

We act fearlessly
Big challenges need big solutions. The fact the world continues to lose nature shows that new approaches are needed. We’re not afraid to do things differently and we continuously search and try new methods and technologies.

Major Responsibilities
WildTeam is looking to recruit a Conservation Manager to manage all programmatic and operational work conducted in the field office in Khulna for its tiger conservation activities. Supporting regional office and range offices and more than 20 staff, the conservation manager will report to the General Secretary of WildTeam based in Dhaka and provide work plan targets and high-quality, timely project deliverables to senior staff. Effective, timely coordination is key in this position as updates and communications must be done remotely most of the time. The post holder will be overall responsible for the following responsibilities –

Project Management

  • Supervise and provide technical and managerial support to the program leads and administrative and finance teams in the field and home offices;
  • Coordinate the development of program/project work planning, status reporting, technical reporting and all other reporting to donor; Coordinate the development of annual and quarterly milestones and deliverable lists based on the work plan; supervise the implementation of all of the above;
  • Manage the program/project’s risk, issue, dependency and capture lessons learned. Disseminate the knowledge and lessons among the relevant stakeholders;
  • Communication with donor and partners and ensure all the compliances related to finance, procurement and others and on time reporting;
  • Coordinate the development of effective tools for operational management including administrative trackers, workstream’s budget monitoring, advance requests and reconciliations, and budget variance reports;
  • Workstream management, work to proactively manage upcoming events and activities in the field;
  • Supervise, train and coach staff;
  • Perform, and oversee direct reportees to perform and operations management for their own workstreams; 
  • Rollout and monitor the use of WildTeam’s project management manual for the Khulna and range offices; oversee direct reportees to conduct project management for their own workstreams according to the processes and tools described in the WildTeam project management manual.

Regional level coordination
Activities, including, but not limited to the following components:

  • Coordinate regular organisation-wide status meetings and reporting, including the analysis and collation of team reports from across the organisation and the tracking of agreed corrective actions;
  • Meet monthly with General Secretary of WildTeam, and ensure timely reporting on all activities in the field;
  • Ensure coordination between workstreams in the regional office and range offices;
  • Ensure proactive coordination for logistics and transportation support between team members, donor/s, consultants and other stakeholders invitees coming to Khulna;
  • Work closely with range office staff to ensure smooth implementation.

Culture and organisational sustainability

  • Achieve and maintain the WildTeam “one team” spirit across all workstreams in the regional office and range offices to support WildTeam’s cohesion and thus sustainability. WildTeam’s “one team” approach is that all staff are part of the one WildTeam organisation and contributing towards a single WildTeam vision, mission, and conservation and organisational strategies.

Preferred Attitude, Skills and Experience
The most important quality WildTeam is looking for in all its employees is a great attitude and “one team” approach; someone who is highly motivated to save wildlife, takes responsibility for their work, can solve complex problems, has a fearless attitude/is ready for a challenge, and enjoys working with/supporting others in sometimes challenging living/political conditions.

Required Skills:
The most important quality WildTeam is looking for in all its employees is a great attitude and “one team” approach; someone who is highly motivated to save wildlife, takes responsibility for their work, can solve complex problems, has a fearless attitude/is ready for a challenge, and enjoys working with/supporting others in sometimes challenging living/political conditions.

  • Minimum a bachelor degree in the relevant field.  A master’s degree is an advantage;
  • 10 years of progressively responsible supervisory work experience in managing and implementing development programs and/or other similar types of activities, partnership management for project implementation. “Supervisory work experience” entails direct supervision of professional and support staff, quality evaluation of staff performance and deliverables, and contract management;
  • Demonstrated analytical, written and verbal communication skills to address complex issues concisely,  effectively and timely to a wide range of audiences;
  • Experience in operational management on development projects in Bangladesh, south Asia or similar developing countries funded by USAID, EU, GIZ, Danida, CIDA, IUCN or similar agencies;
  • Knowledge of different donor’s rules and regulations and policies under cooperative agreements or similar is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated management, negotiation and coordination skills;
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills;
  • Experience of working with stakeholders and donors;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills;
  • Excellent computer skills;
  • Strict and committed to meet the deadline;
  • Strong technical knowledge and experience in natural resource management, conservation and climate change issues in developing countries, including biodiversity conservation, sustainable forestry, wildlife-human conflict management, public awareness raising, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable alternative livelihood, and management of ecosystem services is an advantage.

How to apply
Please send in (1) your updated CV, and (2) a covering letter of <500 words that describes why you are interested in and qualified for this post to Subject line for email is “Conservation Manager”. Closing date for application is 18 January 2019. Unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted. The successful candidate will start work as soon as possible.

N.B. WildTeam is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women as well as men.