Space for Giants is an international conservation organisation, based in Africa, founded in 2011. Our mission is to protect the natural ecosystems on which Africa’s large wild animals depend, ensuring they are valued by local people. We currently work in 11 countries across Central, East and Southern Africa, focusing on some of the most pressing challenges facing the conservation of megafauna today. We have three thematic pillars of work to achieve our mission which are: 1) The protection and management of natural ecosystems and associated value creation for local citizens; 2) Combating the illegal wildlife trade; and 3) Promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence. We pride ourselves on our highly collaborative approach with national governments, recognising the importance of being relevant to elected leaders and their constituents, striving to ensure that our conservation work is aligned with their priorities. Grounded in world class science, we bring high quality technical expertise and experience to inform and deliver our conservation programmes, wherever we work. We also pride ourselves on being adaptable and nimble to respond quickly to emerging opportunities and evolving challenges in a very dynamic space.
We have grown rapidly since we were founded – from working to study, protect and manage elephants in a single landscape in central Kenya; to engaging in policy and strategy development across international, national and landscape-level environments. To better position Space for Giants for current conservation challenges and opportunities, we developed a new five-year strategic plan in 2021. This broadened the focus of the organisation beyond African elephants, which are still an anchor and symbol for our work, to the critical ecosystems on which they and other large wild animals, and indeed all of us, depend. To read more visit: www.spaceforgiants.org
Your Position with Space for Giants
The Conservation Investment Director will be directly responsible for Space for Giants’ conservation investment programme, working with national governments, bilateral funders and private capital to build an enabling environment for investment into under-resourced Protected Areas so that their management can be optimised for the conservation of biodiversity and the development of associated benefits for local citizens. The Conservation Investment Director will be primarily focussed on three areas of revenue generation: 1) Sustainable eco-tourism; 2) Carbon credits and; 3) co-management of Protected Areas by reputable third party organisations. The Conservation Investment Director is a facilitator, honest broker and project driver, working, supporting and building the capacity of relevant government agencies to put in place the relevant frameworks, policies and contractual arrangements to create clarity and transparency for existing and potential investors in the conservation sector. You will also support national governments to interface with both commercial and non-profit investors to facilitate the investor journey so that it is smooth, efficient and easy to understand. The Conservation Investment Director will oversee the current programme across the five countries where Space for Giants has a government mandate (Mozambique, Gabon, Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya) and will also be responsible to expand this programme into other countries where Space for Giants operates. This position reports directly into the Managing Director of Conservation but will work in close collaboration with all conservation departments.
Responsibilities & Scope
- Working with national governments to create an enabling environment for conservation-compatible investment into wildlife-based eco-tourism, the development of nature-based carbon credits and the promotion of co-management PPP’s (Public Private Partnerships) within Protected Areas
- Work closely with the SFG Giants Club Executive and to manage the existing Conservation Investment programme and associated government and investor relationships in Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Mozambique. Key areas of engagement will include (but not be limited to):
- Drive the creation, management of work plans in coordination with national government agencies and partners to achieve key milestones in the journey to building an enabling environment for investment into the conservation sector.
- Organise and lead weekly video conference calls with Government teams, SFG team members and external resources (as needed) to coordinate the delivery of key activities against the work plans.
- To participate in monthly internal SFG calls per country to communicate progress with delivery of work plans and associated milestones and raise any challenges to programme delivery
- Regular in person visits to each country to maintain relationships and coordinate the delivery of priority actions.
- Support the Managing Director Conservation to set annual strategic objectives and associated budgets for the Conservation Investment department
- Manage project budgets to measure budget vs actual and required adjustments as to fit to budget, timeline and deliverables of the Conservation Investment department
- Development of concept notes, proposals, presentations, for reporting and fundraising needs
- Development of implementation plans for all key deliverables per country
- Support the Conservation Impact Manager to measure the conservation investment programme’s impact over time, facilitating reporting to our network of supporters and partners.
- Development of material to be used for fundraising and reporting purposes
- Always upholds and promotes Space for Giants’ core values
- Identifying and fulfilling capacity building needs of direct reports and interns
- Coordinate with the Finance & Operations Directors to ensure that the Conservation Investment department and team members are regulatory compliant with regards to working environments, conditions, regulations of the various countries SFG operates
- Ensure that all Conservation Investment projects are being managed and delivered in compliance with funding contracts and delivery terms
- Support Space for Giants to fulfill its goal of facilitating at least USD 100 million in conservation investment, delivering new sustainable finance and improved management for up to 250,000 km2 of conservation lands across 10 African countries by 2025.
- At least five years of work in project management level in the conservation sector
- Proven experience working in the business sector
- Experience in the tourism sector (non-consumptive and consumptive utilsation an advantage )
- Proven experience in working with African Governments
- Educated to at least Master’s degree level or equivalent experience
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills
- Proficiency in French and Portuguese will be an advantage
- Excellent project and systems management skills
- Demonstrated ability to lead, inspire and mentor a team
- Strong interpersonal skills
- A demonstrated current knowledge of Africa conservation
- Requires willingness to travel up to 50% both domestically and internationally, and to occasionally work weekends and evenings
- A critical thinker
- Valid driving license
Place of Work
The place of work for this position is negotiable but will require a cost effective solution to access an international airport for the anticipated travel associated with this role.
Reporting and Delivery
The position will report to the Managing Director Conservation
This is a permanent position. Remuneration is negotiable subject to experience and skills.
How to apply
If you meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, you should apply by emailing your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application should include a cover letter, and Curriculum Vitae. The email subject line must be “Conservation Investment Director – name of applicant ”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.