Posted on 22 April 2021
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth? Working at WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime.
All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.
Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.
What we do
We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.
We are recruiting the role of Director Program Quality, Africa Country Offices
for our International Secretariat to help us achieve our ambitious goals, and build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
Location: WWF International in Nairobi, Kenya.
Work percentage: 100%
Contract type: Open ended contract
Mission of the Department:
Responsible for the development and scalability of high quality, innovative programs, working closely with the Africa Country Offices in an enabling role, and with relevant department heads at the global level to ensure program quality and compliance.
The Director, Program Quality monitors the quality of the implementation of those programs and builds the delivery of appropriate monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning systems; and supports regional fundraising to strengthen the growth of country offices. Working as a collaborative team member within the WWF International Regional Africa’s Regional Management Team (RMT), the role ensures quality program delivery against WWF’s Global Goals on preventing species extinctions, habitat loss and reducing human footprint on the planet’s natural resources
Major Duties and Responsibilities
● In close collaboration with the Conservation Impact Director Africa, provide leadership, direction and capacity to support conservation program quality, monitoring & evaluation and risk mitigation in Africa to reinforce the WWF Global Network Performance, Accountability Framework and Impact Monitoring
● Support Africa Country Offices to ensure risk-related processes relating to Program Quality: including screening, documentation, monitoring and mitigation are built into projects and programs (e.g. Risk Registers, CQC compliance, ESSF, Grievance mechanisms);
● In collaboration with the Head, Quality Assurance - Africa, ensure program screening mechanisms are in place at the country level for strategic, quality and risk checks in project development and that approvals processes, and escalation protocols are followed as needed for high risk projects;
● Strengthen program guidance and support for Africa Country Offices to hit ambitious internal targets in key areas in the Network Performance Overview, including carbon emissions, energy consumption, plastics, paper and other policy approaches to reducing WWF operational impact on environment;
● Work with the Conservation Impact Director Africa, to develop and implement tracking mechanisms to demonstrate progress towards regional strategy delivery and Global Goals.
● Develop capacity assessments, support training and regional cross-learning opportunities to improve conservation-related data collection, analysis and publication to feed into evidence-based conservation in the region; in collaboration with the Practices, Organisational Development and People & Culture teams, as and when required.
● In collaboration with the Head, Policy and Partnership, develop strategic partnerships and networks to secure large/multi-country Public Sector Partnerships funding for priority programmes; Oversee and support regional fundraising initiatives (including bilateral and multilateral public sector partners, major gift donors, foundations, corporates).
● Monitor and provide regular updates to Regional and Country Office leadership on global and regional initiatives related to risk, monitoring and evaluation and ensure Regional and Country Office senior management is informed of best practice and changes;
● Support the Regional Director Africa, and Executive Director Finance & Quality Assurance to embed a quality assurance culture within the country offices and establish the department as a centre of excellence across Africa.
● Liaise closely with the Director, Programme Quality- Asia Pacific to share best practices, knowledge and key trends and indicators.
● Performs other duties as requested by the Regional Director- Africa Country Offices.
● Minimum of a research-based Masters Degree in a conservation-related field;
● Minimum 12 years in conservation delivery, program management, monitoring and evaluation, fund raising and risk management in the non-for profit sector
● Prior leadership roles at country and regional office levels managing multi-disciplinary departments and portfolios will be an added advantage.
Required Skills and Competencies
● Ability to recommend and implement strategies and provide solutions which benefit both the department and organization.
● Leadership and communication skills, coupled with diplomacy, numeracy, and business acumen.
● Proven interpersonal and people-management skills, complimented by excellent written and spoken English
● Strong conservation science background including in monitoring and evaluation processes and measuring conservation impact;
● Fundraising track record working on multi-million dollar transnational project development;
● Proven experience of setting standards, and establishing operating policies and procedures, preferably in a project or programme management context.
● Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain clear lines of communication within a wide network of contacts is necessary
● Good appreciation of organizational and cultural aspects of effective accountability frameworks, including performance management techniques;
● Ability to work and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals within a broad range of cultural environments and at all levels
● Strong influencing, advisory and coaching skills;
● Flexible, resilient and able to find pragmatic solutions where resource limitations exist.
● Able to take a strategic, ‘big picture’ view, making connections between individual issues for the purpose of sharing knowledge, experience and recommendations across the wider organization
● Identifies with the values of the WWF organization, Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
● Demonstrates WWF behaviors in ways of working: strive for impact, listen deeply, collaborate openly and innovate fearlessly.
● Adheres to WWF’s brand characteristics, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
– Country Management Teams, Country Offices Leadership Team, Regional Director and Teams, Global & Regional Conservation Team, Policy and Partnership Team, QA Planning and Performance Team, Safeguards Team, Risk Team, Resource Mobilisation Team, Practice core teams, NO management,
- Interacts with donors, partners, representatives, consultants and field offices as required in fulfilment of duties
your covering letter and CV as one file
on LinkedIn. We will not accept applications without CV and Covering Letter.
Deadline for applications: by 16 May 2021.
Work permit restrictions may apply.
WWF is an equal opportunity employer and committed to having a diverse workforce.