Inhambane Seascape Programme Manager (m/f)


WWF is recruiting an Inhambane Seascape Programme Manager (m/f), to be based in Vilanculo, Mozambique.
  • Mozambique is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. Critical forest, freshwater and marine land- and seascapes provide important socio-economic benefits to the communities who depend upon them directly, as well as to the national population more broadly. Yet these natural ‘assets’ are under extreme pressure. WWF Mozambique’s (MCO) has a seascape sub-strategy that aims to maintain or recover priority coastal and marine habitats and species populations. Three main sub-strategies are identified to achieve this, namely: (a) reducing the negative impacts from commercial and artisanal fisheries; (b) ensuring that priority habitats and coastal communities are resilient and better adapted to climate change impacts; and (c) building civil society capacity and knowledge to apply the precautionary approach to extractive industry development in marine and coastal areas. The scope for the sub strategy includes four specific geographical areas of focus namely, the Quirimbas Archipelago (including Quirimbas National Park (QNP)), the Environmental Protection Area of Primeiras and Segundas Islands, the Sofala Bank, and Inhambane, including the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park (BANP)
  • WWF MCO has been supporting the effective management of conservation and non-conservation areas since 2001, and more recently designed three-years programme named “Improving Governance Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Inhambane” SEWOH (special initiative “One World – No Hunger”) funded by German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Consequently, WWF MCO desires to recruit an experienced, enthusiastic, efficient and effective Programme Manager to be based in Vilankulo sede. He/she will:
  • Provide overall programme leadership, coordination and oversight including planning, management, budgeting, technical and financial reporting, networking, and procurement for projects in Inhambane province
  • Provide strategic direction and support in fundraising and donor engagement in support of Inhambane programmes in collaboration with the Seascapes Coordinator and Conservation Manager
  • Provide leadership and serve as the WWF MCO Vilankulo sub office Manager, overseeing operations and engaging with relevant local government authorities and other stakeholders for and on behalf of WWF senior leadership
  • Reports: Seascape Coordinator
  • Supervises: Inhambane technical, administrative & finance staff
  • Location: Vilankulo sede with travels to programme sites
Programme Planning, Development and Implementation (50%)
  • Day to day management of Inhambane programmes activities including preparing, in coordination with key marine staff, annual work-plans with clear objectives and achievement benchmarks, long-term and short-term priorities, implementation timelines, financial projections and tools for evaluation - all of those tools being drawn from the WWF standards and tools
  • Working with the government partners, donors, NGOs, civil society, local communities and others in the WWF network to establish stakeholders’ taskforces in Inhambane, ensuring that the Inhambane programmes always works towards greater community involvement and ownership
  • Overseeing administrative and financial management of Inhambane programmes including monitoring spending versus budgets and guaranteeing compliance with donor’s procedures and requirements
  • In collaboration with the Conservation Manager and other technical staff, reviewing project proposals/budgets prior to submission to donors to ensure that they are well designed/planned in accordance with WWF Project and Programme Management Standards (PPMS) among others
  • Developing terms of reference for and management of consultancy assignments, field missions and exchange experiences
  • Providing technical backstopping to the WWF’s marine initiatives and in any other requested aspect
  • Participating in relevant technical working groups, conservation meetings and workshops in the district, province, country and the region, and developing papers, reports and presentations on MCO work when needed
  • Preparing and executing capacity building plans for communities and government officers related to sustainable management of coastal and marine natural resources (fisheries, mangroves), importance of conservation for sustainable development and climate resilience, responsible use of fishing techniques and methods, etc. understanding of basic marine ecology, etc.
  • Facilitating implementation of a monitoring and surveillance system to protect key environmental habitats and protected species (MOMS, Rangers, Community NRM committees, etc.) and build their capacities
  • Serving as the focal point for environmental and social safeguards (ESSF) in Inhambane province and coordinating all safeguards activities within and between projects and sea/landscapes including supporting screening of WWF projects for environmental risks, impacts, and vulnerabilities, and determining appropriate environmental and social risk classification of projects in Inhambane
Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (25%)
  • Ensuring effective implementation of Inhambane programmes M&E systems throughout the lifetime of the programmes
  • Ensuring adequate documentation (including lessons learnt and best practices) for all activities undertaken in the course of the Inhambane programmes Leading continuous observation, reflection, learning, iteration, adaptation and quality improvement process to identify the most salient problems and design appropriate responses, ensuring the highest quality possible of the Inhambane programmes in close collaboration with M&E staff and external implementation partners
  • Ensuring timely technical reporting to donors, WWF MCO Senior Management Team, and all relevant parts of the WWF Network, as required and according to agreed standards and timelines
  • Cooperating with and providing support to programmatic and financial audits, and implementing audit recommendations in a timely manner
  • Leading the monitoring and reporting of environmental performance of Inhambane projects in compliance with the ESSF
  • Working closely with Communications Manager and M&E staff to publish regularly the results of field work done in relation to marine initiatives and preparing policy-related briefs, papers and guidelines
Representation (15%)
  • Organizing Inhambane field visits for WWF and other stakeholders upon request
  • Ensuring WWF MCO participation and engagement in the Global Oceans and Climate Practices – bringing information to and from the Practices as appropriate
  • Ensuring that WWF and the marine program are appropriately represented in relevant coordination bodies at local, provincial, national and regional levels on issues that directly relate to the Inhambane programmes
  • Ensuring that the Inhambane programmes develop and maintain a good relationship and communication with local and provincial level relevant authorities and other actors
  • Participating in regular coordination meetings with other WWF Programs, donor and government coordination meetings as appropriate. Ensuring that the Inhambane programmes remain relevant to national priorities, and is aligned with National Conservation Plans to adequately address marine problems, challenges, needs and related targets
  • Supporting FOSCAMC provincial level platform and representing WWF-MCO in meetings and conferences to which WWF-MCO is invited to attend
Sub office Management & Oversight (10%)
  • Supporting Vilankulo office operations by overseeing maintenance of office systems and supervising staff, controlling correspondences, reviewing and approving supply requisitions, and assigning and monitoring clerical functions
  • Ensuring compliance to WWF office policies, standards, and making necessary adjustments as appropriate
  • Maintains office staff job results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees, and planning, monitoring, and appraising job results Perform other related duties as may be assigned by the Seascape Coordinator, Conservation Manager or Country Director for the smooth and efficient implementation of the MCO conservation program
  • This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs
  • At least a Masters-level degree in an appropriate field related to coastal natural resource management and conservation, marine biology, fisheries, climate change or other related fields. Additional training in project management would be an advantage
  • At least 8 years of experience – including at least five years of field work – leading, developing, and managing programmes or large-scale projects in one or more of the above-mentioned fields. Experience with multi-disciplinary teams, as well as familiarity with Mozambique marine sector, would be a strong asset
  • Knowledge of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programmes/projects
  • Knowledge of institutional and legal framework pertaining to marine conservation areas, fisheries, coastal and marine environment and conservation as well as of relevant policy issues in Mozambique
  • Knowledge and work experience around artisanal fisheries, Marine Protected Areas or livelihoods interventions
  • Knowledge of Participatory Rural Assessments (PRA) and community & government engagement and mobilization
  • Knowledge of gender, governance, climate change impacts on coastal and marine resources and communities
  • Proven leadership and team management skills
  • Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and evaluation
  • Experience working with government and with donors/government aid agencies
  • Proven knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, preferably of environmental non-government organizations
  • Negotiation, influencing, and media relation skills, preferably at a high level
  • Experience in proposal writing and fundraising
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels, including with local field project staff, local communities, government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, and the scientific community
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English and Portuguese
  • Experience in leading and coordinating teams of experts, high level managers and consultants
  • Strong MS Office skills, including Word and Excel
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Engaging & Determined
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted
  • Internal: Interacts and works closely and on a regular basis with project implementation personnel in Inhambane and Maputo. Coordinates and interacts as appropriate with members WWF Mozambique marine team, WWF Global Oceans Practice, WWF Climate Practice, WWF Regional and International, and other WWF Network staff
  • External: Interacts with governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, the media, donors, specialists/consultants, the private sector in the fishing and extractive industry and other stakeholders, in collaboration with senior managers and the Country Director, as appropriate
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