Program Manager Career Opportunity – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Job Title:   Program Manager
Organisation: Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About WCS:
The
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), an international conservation NGO with its
headquarters at the Bronx Zoo, New York, USA has been operating in Uganda for
more than 50 years. WCS works to conserve biological diversity and ecosystem
function through applied research, management of natural resources and
providing technical support to Ugandan organizations and agencies.
Job Summary: The Program Manager will be in charge of the overall
implementation of all WCS’s business and biodiversity development projects in
Uganda and will establish strong linkage with all relevant institutions and
stakeholders to ensure effective achievement of designed project activities and
realization of program objectives.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide effective program leadership and
    oversee the implementation of WCS’s business and biodiversity
    development-related projects in Uganda.
  • The incumbent will develop a strategy and
    annual work plan for Uganda to meet the objectives of the new project,
    including, support for the development of the proposed modification of EIA
    regulations to include No Net Loss (NNL) of biodiversity.
  • Define the analysis needed to support
    technical and scientific approaches for developing biodiversity offsets,
    specifically looking at baselines/reference scenarios and benchmarks for
    NNL of biodiversity and appropriate offset metrics for quantifying the
    loss and gain of biodiversity that underlies offsets.
  • Explore options for additional funding to
    expand project activities in the country.
  • Actively engage and coordinate with other
    organizations and projects working on similar initiatives, where such
    engagement/coordination will contribute to the success of applying
    biodiversity offsets.
  • Render support in the preparation of training
    materials that will support capacity building of government staff,
    developers, offset providers and identify best approaches for delivering NNL
    in identified target areas.
  • Develop policy options and recommendations
    that can be shared with government and key stakeholders as well as
    organize stakeholder workshops to foster discussion and identification of
    realistic actions.
  • Significantly contribute to the development
    of a policy action plan for NNL, including working with government and key
    partners to get buy-in for policy and legal reforms toward achieving NNL.
  • Write policy briefs and other communication
    materials that will promote learning and institutionalization of the NNL
    policy in Uganda and the region at large.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • All suitably qualified and interested candidates
    must hold a Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in Management, Public Policy,
    Geography, Environmental Science, Ecology or other related field
  • At least five years’ relevant experience
    working in the environmental (impact) assessment field and/or in
    conducting ecological analyses, planning and implementation of
    conservation measures for companies or other relevant institutions, with
    demonstrated increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Broad working knowledge and experience in the
    application of the mitigation hierarchy and the planning for, and
    implementation of mitigation measures and compensation / biodiversity
    offsets, engage government on the development of effective regulations and
    policies concerning impact mitigation and offset measures.
  • Possess impeccable skills in project
    management, including budgeting, financial, time and technical consultants’
    management and other personnel to achieve effective project delivery.
How to Apply:
All
candidates should send a cover letter, updated CV and at least three references
(with contact information including phone numbers) via email to: wcsugandajobs@gmail.com
and copy to gkakala@wcs.org.
Deadline: 22nd February, 2016
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