Africa Partnership Manager at Nature Conservancy – May 2024

Africa Partnership Manager

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU

As Partnership Manager, you will strategically support TNC’s country and program leads in the stewardship of partnerships.

Strategic Support and Oversight:

  • Provide essential support to country and program leads in the execution of the Partnership Engagement Strategy, reinforcing its principles in the cultivation and sustenance of partnerships.
  • Facilitate the development and management of Conservation Partnership Agreements, ensuring they promote shared ownership, growth, and reciprocity.
  • Conduct alignment sessions that assist the country and program lead align their partnerships with TNC’s values, offering strategic insights to realign efforts as needed.
  • Work closely with the Africa IPLC Strategy Director to maintain a strategic overview of partnership health.

Partnership Enhancement and Learning:

  • Offer guidance in identifying and managing strategic partnerships that support TNC’s conservation objectives.
  • Play a leading role in aiding country offices and programs within the Africa Business Unit to sustain healthy and effective partnerships.
  • Collaborate with leads to link partnerships explicitly to projects or programs, reinforcing TNC’s broad conservation mission.
  • Provide strategic recommendations to the Africa IPLC Strategy Director on partnership opportunities and growth potential.
  • Supporting accurate recognition of partners’ contributions in reporting and communications.
  • Contribute and share learnings and experience across TNC.

Strategic Communication:

  • Ensure open lines of communication are maintained with all partners, facilitating the sharing of updates, challenges, and triumphs.
  • Encourage a culture of trust, collaboration, and adaptive management, enhancing the capacity of country and program leads in their partnership engagements.
  • Advocate for recognizing and integrating each partner’s unique perspectives and skills, promoting an exchange of knowledge and resources that benefits all parties.

Monitoring and Strategic Evaluation:

  • Develop strategic metrics to assess the vitality and impact of partnerships.
  • Periodically review and improve partnership dynamics, ensuring they are in continual alignment with TNC’s conservation targets.
  • Incorporate feedback to refine the effectiveness and strategic focus of TNC’s partnership engagements.

WHAT YOU’LL BRING

Minimum Qualifications:

Your role as the Manager demands a unique blend of skills and experiences that resonate with the multifaceted nature of TNC’s partnerships:

  • BA/BS degree and 7 years of experience in conservation practice or a related field, demonstrating a capacity for leadership in conservation or partnership management.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Demonstrable experience in building trust and acknowledging the history and voices of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in previous conservation efforts.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including coordinating staff, workloads, and finances within deadlines.
  • Experienced in working collaboratively and adaptively within dynamic and complex environments, adjusting strategies to meet evolving partnership needs.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising or securing resources for conservation or environmental initiatives.
  • Leadership and Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree and over 7 years of experience in conservation practice or a related field, demonstrating a capacity for leadership in conservation or partnership management.
  • While fluency in English is essential, additional fluency in French, Portuguese, or any local languages spoken within TNC’s countries of operation in Africa would be highly beneficial.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate stakeholder workshops and meetings at multiple levels. Ability to mentor, train, engage sensitively with leaders and staff, and influence without direct reporting authority.
  • Proven track record in developing, managing, and nurturing strategic co-creative partnerships within the conservation sector or closely related fields.
  • Skills in negotiation with diverse groups, including non-profit partners, community groups, and government agencies, are desirable.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing to build trust and foster collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Multicultural or cross-cultural experience, with an appreciation and respect for cultural differences and the ability to navigate and bridge diverse perspectives.
  • A deep commitment to TNC’s values and a passion for impactful conservation work.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Politically savvy with an understanding of the socio-political dynamics within the conservation landscapes of Africa.

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