Conservation Programs Manager Non-profit Careers – World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Title:         Conservation Programs Manager
Organization: World
Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
Director, WWF-Uganda Country Office
About Us:
WWF is one of the
world’s largest independent and experienced Conservation organizations operating
in over 100 Countries in the world. WWF UCO implements a number of national
programmes promoting environment conservation in Uganda. WWF’s mission is to
stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in
which humans live in harmony with nature.
Job Summary:   The Conservation
Programs Manager will lead, oversee and coordinate WWF Uganda conservation
efforts by implementing WWF Uganda strategic plan (2015-2020) to the highest
standards with professional and skilled staff, and strong financial resources,
delivering conservation impact at scale in places that are key for WWF’s
Network Initiatives and other global conservation priorities. Define WWF Uganda
conservation priorities, linking it with global conservation outcomes, monitoring
progress and assessing impact and to help the WWF Uganda grow in strength and
influence by supporting the development and implementation of strongly defined
and engaging campaign strategies.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
with the CD ensures that the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy is implemented
through effective program implementation and development in line with Uganda
conservation requirements and priorities;
advice and collaboration to the Country Director (CD), WWF program teams;
including supervision of conservation staff, providing technical assistance as
required, in accordance with WWF policies, procedures, and standards;
with the CD and Senior Management Team to develop and implement funding
strategies to support WWF Uganda’s conservation programs;
and deliver a plan and budget for the delivery of the conservation programs in
line with strategic plans;
establish and build strong enduring relationships with WWF Uganda’s community
of partners, staff, Advisory Board and supporters to strengthen interaction,
creativity and conservation results;
the sub region, the Conservation Programs Manager will contribute to the
development and implementation of coherent regional transboundary programs and
conservation programs embedded in the UCO;
the vision and objectives of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to external
and WWF stakeholders, and participates in strategic partnership-building /
fundraising approaches to them;
reviews and implements effective program organizational/ management structures,
policies, and processes in collaboration with the relevant UCO staff;
sure all technical standards and reporting requirements are met including all
Monitoring Tools, namely the APMS/SPM, Dashboard, C2G, and others are delivered
on time and with due quality.
Strategy and
program development
that a Conservation Strategy relevant to national policies, constituencies,
civil society aligned with the Global Program Framework, Global goals, Global
practices and Africa Ecological features, is developed and implemented;
responsible, in line with the Conservation Strategy, financial sustainability
plan, in consultation with program staff and all relevant contacts, for the
development and submission of program, project, concepts and proposals, and for
continuity of program implementation, to ensure best practice in conservation
and the growth of the conservation program;
Program management
investigates, evaluates and develops annual workplans, operating plans for
conservation program, with clear priorities for members of project teams, and
oversees their efficient implementation; and assist with the preparation of
TOR’s for specialists engaged, in line with the Conservation Strategy,
financial sustainability plan, in consultation with program staff and all
relevant contacts;
responsible for all aspects of project management, through program coordinators
and their teams, by the appropriate application of support and advice;
and maintains a monitoring and reporting system for projects that ensures the
best practice in program management and that provides timely reports according
to the formats and schedules of partners and WWF Network;
closely with the M&E specialist to ensure that all technical reports and
other relevant documents are posted onto the WWF Project Database;
the contribution to the Global Practices and the work of the Focal Points;
closely with Finance staff, ensures the development of conservation program
budgets for approval by the country director and monitors expenditures against
budgets, making sure there are no under or over expenditures and preventing
Acts as
team leader and coordinator of all project and technical personnel in line with
the Conservation Strategy, such that projects are incorporated into a coherent
conservation program;
compliance to standards, both internal and external, for all programs and
conservation activities;
with programmatic audits, and implements audit recommendations in a timely
Freshwater role: Hold the portfolio of the Freshwater
Coordinator and develop the freshwater program till the substantive Freshwater
Coordinator is hired;
External engagement:
strategic engagement with relevant international and national stakeholders on
conservation and technical issues, including strong engagement on policy,
advocacy and rights based approaches issues;
the vision and objectives of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to
government, donor, civil society, corporate, and WWF stakeholders at national-
and International-level meetings, conferences, and fora;
participates in and oversees strategic partnership-building / fundraising
approaches with Government, Donor, Civil Society, Corporate, and WWF
and maintains a technical communications network for the support of programs,
projects and partnerships;
the WWF UCO brand and raises the image of WWF within the scope of the
conservation program.
Staff management
high-quality staffing of the WWF Uganda conservation program, based upon
regular analyses of staffing needs (technical, financial, management, policy,
lobbying/advocacy), monitoring staff performance, review of job descriptions
for all positions, training, coaching and mentoring of qualified staff;
conservation staff relationships in a positive and proactive manner, ensuring
participative decision-making, conflict resolution within the conservation
program and regional programs hosted/embedded in the country office;
regular technical/conservation and other meetings for the conservation program.
in Senior Management Team meetings and provides secretariat for the Country
office support group, in collaboration with the Country Director;
other duties as requested by the Country Director and, in his/her absence, acts
as Deputy.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
applicant for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Programs
Manager job placement must hold an advanced university degree in an appropriate
field (Conservation/ Environment /Natural Resource
Management/Forest/Freshwater/Terrestrial Ecology). Additional academic training
or a degree in a management field would be a strong asset;
track record in NGO fundraising, successfully developing, leading, and managing
programs in the field of Conservation, Natural Resource Management,
International Development, and/or other related fields;
Ten years
of professional experience in a Program/Project Management role, 5 years of
which should be in the Eastern/Southern Africa region (preferably Uganda), with
demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams; and
of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programs / projects, and;
of the institutional and legal framework of the environment and conservation in
Uganda, as well as of relevant policy issues.
leadership and team management skills;
teams and managing change in the organisation;
in negotiation, liaison, and in relationship and conflict management;
skills in project planning, proposal writing, financial management and
implementation, fundraising, evaluation, and experience working with donors;
people management and leadership skills with a high degree of accountability;
organisational and analytical skills;
working knowledge of financial management, especially of programs and projects;
inter-personal skills, with the ability to network and to develop and maintain
strong relationships at all levels, both internally and with local communities,
government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, the scientific community, the
business community, and the WWF Network;
flexible, able to take initiative and prioritize among competing demands;
oral and written communications skills in English;
to think flexibly and creatively while driving change and high performance;
proactive, collaborative and an excellent communicator;
and commitment for conservation and sustainable development
to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
How to Apply:
All interested
candidates should send their cover letters and updated CVs via Email to: with the subject line “UCO-CONSPM.”
Deadline: 21st July 2018
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