KITABI COLLEGE OF CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT – KCCEM
C/O Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
Tourism and Conservation, P.O Box: 330 Huye, RWANDA.
Title: Rwandan Crane and Wetland Conservation Coordinator
Department: ICF/EWT Partnership – African Crane Conservation Programme
Supervised by: KCCEM Principal
The Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) is located on the outskirts of Nyungwe National Park, 54km from Butare, on the main Kigali – Rusizi road. It is an academic institution, operating under the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), with the mandate to develop capacity in Conservation, tourism and Environmental Management in Rwanda and the wider Albertine Rift Region.
KCCEM has partnered with ICF/EWT Partnership-Africa Crane Conservation programme, and the aim is to have stable wild populations of the four threatened crane species resident to sub-Saharan Africa (Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes), with a strategic focus on safeguarding the two sub-species of each of the crowned crane species and the natural geographic range of Wattled and Blue Cranes. This project will fulfill the requirements of the three year MacArthur Foundation funded project “Securing and improving the ecological integrity of Rugezi Marsh and other key wetlands under threat in Rwanda, for people, crane and biodiversity.”
KCCEM and ICF/EWT would like to recruit a qualified individual to coordinate the Program in Rwanda.The person will be responsible for the fulfillment of the objectives of the project as outlined in the MacArthur Foundation proposal, and will also contribute to broader ICF/EWT Partnership objectives in the country and more broadly in East Africa. This exciting new position will be based in Rwanda, and will include extensive travel in the region. We look forward to hearing from candidates who embody The ICF/EWT and KCCEM values of passion, integrity and innovation and who have the skills and qualities best suited to the post. The main duties and responsibilities to this position will include; Management roles, conservation work, liaisons and networking, Administration, Fundraising and marketing. more information visit our Website www.kccem.ac.rw
In order to apply for the position of Rwandan Crane and Wetland Conservation Coordinator, please send the following documents to; KCCEM Principal, P.O Box 330 Huye Rwanda or you can send email: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to: email@example.com. Interviews will be held in Kigali Rwanda.
- Cover letter, outlining your suitability for the post and reason for applying as well as full contact information.
- Full CV, including details of two independent references (including name, designation, address, and email and telephone number. Please mark if it is appropriate to contact the referees at this time).
Closing Date: 26th July 2015, 3PM (Rwandan time), only short listed candidates will be called for interviews:
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Title:Rwandan Crane and Wetland Conservation Coordinator
Department: ICF/EWT Partnership – African Crane Conservation Programme
Supervised by: KCCEM Principal
Supervises: Project Field Assistants
Purpose of the job
The African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP), a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the International Crane Foundation, aims to have stable wild populations of the four threatened crane species resident to sub-Saharan Africa (Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes), with a strategic focus on safeguarding the two sub-species of each of the crowned crane species and the natural geographic range of Wattled and Blue Cranes. Moving towards the ICF/EWT strategic vision for 2025, conservation efforts will be intensified at ten key sites for Grey Crowned Cranes in East Africa. This project will fulfill the requirements of the three year MacArthur Foundation funded project “Securing and improving the ecological integrity of Rugezi Marsh and other key wetlands under threat in Rwanda, for people, cranes and biodiversity.”
Responsibilities and tasks:
The responsibilities and tasks outlined below encompass all that is required in the project. However, we acknowledge that the Coordinator will be best suited for a suite of the tasks outlined, and that some will need to be outsourced as sub-grants or to consultants. The Coordinator though will be responsible for ensuring that all of these tasks are completed effectively, either by his/herself or through organisations or individuals they are outsourced to.
- Manage project assistants and ensure timely delivery of tasks.
- Provide and implement effective project management.
- Work with Conservation International in the establishment of negotiated conservation action in return for benefit packages under Conservation Agreements with local communities.
- Initiate, using Conservation International’s (CI’s) Conservation Agreement model, a suite of livelihood options under negotiated benefit packages, that will contribute to an expanding and growing sustainable economy linked to the eco-tourism potential of Rugezi Marsh.
- Provide training, capacity building and mentorship to local communities, as required for the expansion of livelihood projects and Conservation Agreements.
- Work in partnership with key government agencies – Rwanda Environment Management Authority and Rwandan Development Board– at district and national levels and develop strategies to ensure the agencies continue to provide technical support to the beneficiary community after the duration of the project.
- Develop and implement a strategy outlining peatland values and their linked sustained economic growth opportunities for government decisions makers, to promote decisions that consider long term sustainable development options.
- Develop and implement a monitoring program to detect changes in the biodiversity, ecosystem services, threats to and extent of peatland at Rugezi Marsh, Akanyaru Wetland and Nyaborongo Wetland.
- Further develop and implement an education and outreach program at Rugezi Marsh to increase awareness of peatland values and prompt positive environmental attitudes and behaviors.
- Conduct wetland assessments and socio-economic surveys at Akanyaru and Nyabarongo Wetlands.
- Assist, where relevant, with addressing the threat of crane trade, or any other threats that are identified.
- Provide strategic input into the ICF/EWT Partnership’s strategy for East Africa.
Liaison and networking:
- Develop and maintain a network of key collaborators and stakeholders, providing regular updates on the project’s progress.
- Promote positive ICF and EWT image.
- Maintain good liaison and positive relations with EWT and ICF staff at all levels.
- Contribute strategic input into the EWT and ICF.
- Give presentations and/or provide posters at relevant meetings, functions, workshops and conferences.
- Encourage holistic approaches to conservation by working closely with the ACCP’s Community Conservation Coordinator and other specialists in EWT and ICF.
- Organise and facilitate all partner or key stakeholder (e.g., funder) visits to Rwanda, including the planning of all relevant meetings required;
- Adhere to and monitor the budgets of the Rwandan project for which the position is responsible;
- Ensure timely delivery on monthly narrative reports and workshop / conference / meeting reports;
- Maintain a high standard of administrative duties, including specifically the submission of monthly financial reports;
- Care and maintain all project assets and equipment for which he / she is responsible, including project vehicles if relevant;
- Attend ICF/EWT-ACCPor KCCEM meetings as required.
Fundraising and marketing:
- Assist with the development of funding proposals, in collaboration with the ICF/EWT–ACCP Manager or ICF/EWT – East African Regional Manager.
- Collaboratewith the ICF/EWT-ACCP Manager provide regular project updates to project sponsors and service sponsors as required.
- Contribute to the development of regular popular articles on the ICF/EWT-ACCP, and to EWT and ICF publications and others if requested.
Qualifications and experience required:
- A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a relevant field and a proven track record in community collaboration.
- Demonstrated successful project management experience and proven track record of successful project accomplishments, including program measurement and evaluation.
- Demonstrated ability to develop professional relationships when dealing internally and with other organizations.
- Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively draft, proofread and edit routine correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical, and grammatically-correct manner.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from conservation colleagues and the public.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite of programmes.
- Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize work and to work with others to meet designated deadlines and desired results.
- Ability to identify problems; collect, organize, and analyze information, and make appropriate decisions or recommendations to resolve problems.
- Attentive to detail and thoroughness.
- Ability to work the number and schedule of hours needed to accomplish regular and ad hoc job responsibilities, including occasional weekends and evenings.
- Experience working as a constructive member of a team, including the free sharing of information and technical expertise as needed.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE POSITION
KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS
|1. Development and operationalisation of conservation agreements|
|1.1. Develop the terms of conservation agreements through consultation with relevant stakeholders|
|1.2. Facilitate signing of conservation agreements and ratification by REMA and RDB|
|1.3. Provide technical support and monitor implementation of conservation agreements|
|1.4. Evaluate impacts of conservation agreements on species and wetlands|
|2. Expansion of livelihood projects|
|2.1. Carry out community mobilization to explain operations and benefits of livelihood projects|
|2.2. Develop business plans for beekeeping, ecotourism and craft making|
|2.3. Register households willing to participate in livelihood projects|
|2.4. Provide equipment, tools and infrastructure for livelihood projects|
|2.5. Provide technical support in the implementation of livelihood projects|
|2.6. Evaluation socio-economic impacts of livelihood projects|
|3. Training, capacity building and mentorship|
|3.1. Identify training needs of community groups specific to each livelihood project|
|3.2. Design a training program in collaboration with partners and hired consultants|
|3.3. Implement the training program over a two-year period|
|3.4. Evaluate impact of the training on community groups’ skills and project performance|
|4. Environmental education and awareness|
|4.1. Design awareness and communication strategies for local communities and a national audience|
|4.2. Ensure implementation of education and awareness activities at the three wetland sites|
|4.3. Implement communication strategy targeting the national and international audience|
|4.4. Evaluate the impact of education and awareness activities at each wetland site|
|5. Biodiversity monitoring and land cover analysis|
|5.1. Develop and implement a biodiversity monitoring system at all three sites|
|5.2. Undertake GIS-based land cover analysis, threats and field assessments|
|5.3. Undertake periodic monitoring of species|
|5.4. Facilitate entry of biodiversity data collected into project database|
|5.5. Carry out final land cover analysis and threat reduction assessment|
|6. Wetland assessment and socio-economic surveys at Akanyaru and Nyabarongo|
|6.1. Carry out reconnaissance surveys and full wetland assessment|
|6.2. Undertake questionnaire-based socio-economic survey|
|6.3. Organize community workshops to collect data to complement socio-economic survey results|
|6.4. Present results of wetland assessment and socio-economic surveys to relevant authorities /partners|
|6.5. Use results of wetland assessment and socio-economic surveys in PES policy formulation|
|7. Project management and reporting|
|7.1. Project inception (agree on roles with partners and community mobilization)|
|7.2. Manage project staff (Field Assistants) to ensure timely completion of tasks|
|7.3. Maintain good relations with project beneficiaries as well as local and international partners|
|7.4. Organise/attend meetings/workshops to provide progress updates and identify opportunities for collaboration|
|7.5. Provide updates of project progress to all project team members (through monthly reports)|
|7.6. Produce annual progress and financial reports (in line with donor requirements)|
|7.7. Ensure ICF/EWT Partnership and donor-set standards are met in all procurement activities|
|7.8. Liaise with /manage consultants to ensure they complete tasks within set timeframes|
|7.9. Maintain records of project (documents) and proper use of project equipment|
|7.10. Carry out project monitoring and evaluation (annually)|
DETAILS FOR INCORPORATION IN THE JOB ADVERT
The ICF/EWT Partnership has partnered with the Kitabi College for Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) in Rwanda for this project. We are looking for a dynamic, committed and confident person to lead this project. The person will be responsible for the fulfillment of the objectives of the project as outlined in the MacArthur Foundation proposal, and will also contribute to broader ICF/EWT Partnership objectives in the country and more broadly in East Africa.
This exciting new position will be based in Rwanda, and will include extensive travel in the region. We look forward to hearing from candidates who embody The ICF/EWT and KCCEM values of passion, integrity and innovation and who have the skills and qualities best suited to the post.