Northwest Madagascar Regional Manager

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Blue Ventures Published: September 12, 2017
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Closing date
26th September 2017
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Description

 Northwest Madagascar Regional Manager
  • Start date:  ASAP
  • Contract duration: Permanent Contract
  • Remuneration: Competitive salary based on experience

Organisation overview

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. We’re committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

Summary job description

The Northwest Madagascar Regional Manager (NWRM) is an important leadership role within the Blue Ventures Madagascar programme team. It is a new position created in response to the expansion of activities by Blue Ventures and partners in northwest Madagascar. The NWRM will have oversight for the delivery and ongoing strategic development of a holistic programme of conservation activities within communities around the Ambanja Bay, as well as overseeing the inception of a new conservation programme in the bay of Mahajamba, and building partnerships regionally to support our initiatives.

Blue Venture’s integrated approach in the northwest of Madagascar aims to support community-led conservation of mangroves (and the fisheries they provide) through the development of locally managed marine areas. Activities include mangrove and fisheries management measures, supported by the development of alternative livelihoods and improved community health. We also aim to secure long term sustainable financing for community conservation. In the Ambanja area this will be via the world’s first mangrove blue carbon project validated under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and in Mahajamba we will be working with a leading aquaculture partner committed to sustainability and a net-positive environmental impact in the long term.

Overseeing two ambitious and pioneering conservation models, at different stages in their development, the NWRM will have a unique opportunity to develop and implement our vision and strategy for community conservation in Madagascar, and demonstrate best practice globally.

The NWRM will report directly to the Madagascar Country Director, while working closely with national level programme managers and BV headquarters in London. He/she will develop strong links with the wider BV team and expertise, and partnerships with diverse regional and national partners.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated, proactive and organised individual, with strong leadership skills and demonstrated experience in managing large projects, building partnerships and developing strategies in the development and/or conservation sector.

The evolving nature of the organisation will give the candidate opportunities for innovation and original thinking when approaching tasks.

Blue Ventures is a fast growing and mission-driven social enterprise, offering excellent opportunities for further professional development.

Responsibilities

Leadership and management:

  • Take overall responsibility for overseeing ongoing development and delivery of programme strategy in the NW region, ensuring programme specific activities respond to strategic priorities in an integrated and effective manner.
  • Create a positive, engaging, creative and thriving environment for staff, leading effectively through the creation of a shared vision for all colleagues in Northwest Madagascar, and ensuring all staff understand their contribution to that vision and receive adequate support and training to deliver in their roles.
  • Play a lead role in assessing capacity and human resource needs for both sites in the region, and support site leaders to develop proactive planning for human resources, including recruitment, training and progression plans.
  • Oversee delivery of integrated programmes in the Ambanja area, and activities in other sites in NW according to BV mission and values.
  • Provide line management support to the site leader in charge of BV’s on-going local hub of conservation activities in Ambanja and a new site leader for Mahajamba. Manage any other current or future staff requiring strategic oversight at regional level.
  • Lead on development and oversee implementation of workplans and operational budgets for the Northwest region.
  • Oversee budget for core site grants initially, then eventually regional budgets.

Strategy development:

  • Lead BV’s strategy for our integrated, community focused approach in the region, ensuring that BV’s values are adhered to and programme implementation is effective.
  • Provide vision and direction to maximise BV’s impact in the region, developing partnerships and strategic initiatives, in close collaboration with programme leads at national level.
  • As part of the core Madagascar management team, provide strategic insight into community conservation in the region and provide input to national policy and advocacy work, with an emphasis on sharing lessons learned, tools and best practice from activities in the NW.
  • Contribute to BV delivering its 2020 vision to scale its impact by supporting partnership development via site visits, and contributing to communication and outreach tools promoting and supporting replication of BV models.

Programme management and development:

  • Work with national level programme managers and UK office to ensure that programmes are progressing towards objectives, are compliant with established budgets and are adequately monitored and reported.
  • Support the identification of opportunities for grants, funding and strategic partnerships in support of activities in the region, to develop Blue Ventures activities.
  • Support grant management and reporting for projects in the region, with guidance from the Conservation Director and Finance Director.
  • Act as overall management focal point for the region, ensuring the safe and effective delivery of activities and the efficient use of assigned resources.

Skills and experience

Required:

  • Relevant postgraduate/graduate degree (or equivalent) in relevant field and proven experience in leading large scale conservation/development initiatives.
  • A minimum of three years of practical experience working in community-based conservation or development in a low-income country.
  • Proven experience in project management, coordination, team leadership and partnership development.
  • Proven experience in financial planning and control, and budget preparation and management.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills.
  • Confident, strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to and work effectively with individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, at all levels.
  • Excellent skills in communication of complex information to a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office, Google Apps, and social media tools.
  • Strong energy and personal motivation to engage in community work and marine conservation in remote regions of Madagascar.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, and in at least one of the two official languages of Madagascar: Malagasy or French. The role requires the successful candidate to have these language skills.

Desired

  • Specific experience of local and regional strategies to fight deforestation and protect mangroves.
  • Strong technical reporting skills, and experience of preparing project reports for funders.
  • Previous experience in Madagascar.
  • Ability to work in all three languages (English French and Malagasy) would be ideal.

Why work with us:

Mission: We operate at the frontline of some of the world's most pressing environmental and social problems, innovating effective and scalable responses with tropical coastal communities. We are recognised as a transformative force in our sector.

Working style: We're a fast-moving social enterprise, quick to embrace and implement promising ideas without bureaucracy.

Autonomy: We expect and support our staff to take a lead in their own work, offering scope for creativity and strategic input.
Professional development: We challenge and support our staff to grow their skills, providing considerable exposure to different work experiences and training opportunities.

Adventure: We offer extensive opportunities for travel, working in diverse environmental and cultural contexts.

Family: We look out for one another as we work closely together in challenging situations, celebrating successes and spurring each other on when the going gets tough.

Values: Our organisational values are central to everything we do:

  • Communities first - Above all, we listen to community needs, responding in a sensitive and pragmatic way for long lasting benefits.
  • Passion & belief - Our mission is urgent and critical, we believe that our models work, and we are determined to get the job done.
  • Valued people & effective teams - We work in diverse and inclusive teams where all members have a voice and influence. We are effective because our work is integrated across teams and projects.
  • Innovation & courage - We are resourceful and creative. We are prepared to take risks and challenge broken paradigms.
  • Openness & humility - We are an open source social enterprise. We work in a transparent and collaborative way to pass on what we learn to others who share our vision and passion.
  • Grounded in evidence - We have high standards and are not afraid to be self critical. If we see something that doesn’t work, we change tack until we’re on the right course.

Application process

Applicants should apply online, using the link below, by 26th September 2017.

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and first-round interviews may be conducted with short-listed candidates before the application deadline.

All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the closing date.

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