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Conservation Programmes Assistant
Start date: February, 2018. Interviews will be week of 8th January
Contract duration: 1 year, with potential for renewal
Remuneration: Competitive salary based on experience
Blue Ventures develops locally-led approaches to marine management that benefit people and nature alike. By listening and responding to basic needs, our models are designed to catalyse and sustain marine conservation, unlocking the potential of coastal communities to manage their resources. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to advancing the rights of small-scale fishers throughout the coastal tropics.
Summary job description
To accommodate the evolving and growing needs of our international conservation team we are recruiting for an exciting new role to support our UK based conservation team and ensure effective delivery of a growing number of programmes across five countries (Belize, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar and Timor-Leste). The position will provide a broad range of support to both UK and field based colleagues.
The successful candidate will thrive in environments that are dynamic, fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious, and ideally have a proven track record in communicating effectively and professionally with funders, delivering high quality written work and managing competing priorities to meet deadlines reliably.
We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated individual who will be pragmatic and resourceful, entrepreneurial, and sensitive to the needs and interests of Blue Ventures’ partner communities and stakeholders.
We are looking for a creative, open minded and discerning individual, with excellent communications skills, attention to detail, and a strong technical background in environmental conservation and community development.
The role offers the opportunity to gain experience working on a wide range of programmes, working as part of an interdisciplinary and international team. The position will report to Blue Ventures’ Conservations Projects and Grants Manager, and will be based in our Bristol office, with occasional overseas travel to work with partners and field teams.
Blue Ventures is a fast growing and mission-driven social enterprise, offering excellent opportunities for further professional development.
Support grant management:
- Support system of managing donor narrative and financial reporting.
- Work with the Conservations Projects and Grants Manager to ensure timely and high quality technical and financial reporting from all of Blue Ventures' conservation programmes to donors, according to agreed formats and supporting project managers as required.
- Assist with preparation of budgets and spending updates for project managers, in collaboration with the finance team.
- Assist with other donor administration requirements as needed.
- Support project managers to ensure project management documents are updated and any lessons learnt are captured for programmes and funders.
Support conservation programme delivery:
- Provide administrative and logistical support, as required, to the UK conservation team to support quick and effective programme delivery.
- Provide administrative and logistical support for field-based conservation teams, in particular in preparing relevant documents, reports and templates.
- Ensure that all staff working on conservation programmes, grant management and fundraising are kept up to date on new project developments when they arise.
- Assist programme managers with other external communications when required e.g blogs and reports.
- Other duties as required.
Skills and experience
- Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject with minimum two years experience or
- Postgraduate level qualification in relevant subject (e.g. environmental, marine or conservation science)
- A strong desire to work in the marine conservation sector.
- Experience of project management.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and multitask in a busy, fast-paced environment.
- Outstanding organisational skills and the ability to complete tasks to deadlines.
- 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 attention to detail.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent knowledge of MS Office and Google Apps.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Experience working within an environmental conservation organisation with operations overseas.
- Previous international organisation/ NGO experience, preferably involving some time spent overseas.
- Experience of donor reporting.
- Experience of financial reporting.
- Competency in French, Spanish or Portuguese language skills
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.
Applicants should apply online, using the link below, by 5th January 2018.
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. https://blueventures.org/job/conservation-programmes-assistant/
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