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Country Executive Director

Project Site/Duty Station : Quezon City, Philippines

Division/Program : Asia Pacific Field Division (APFD)/Philippines

Application Deadline : 17 August 2023

Type of Contract : Regular, Full Time

Reports to : Chief Field Officer, APFD

Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. (CIPFI) is an Affiliate of CI, a US-based environmental non-profit organization. Our mission is “Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity.”

CIPFI applies innovations in science, economics, policy, and community participation to protect the earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Country Executive Director (CED) is responsible for providing the strategic and programmatic direction of the country program, proactively identifying opportunities and trends for the achievement of institutional goals. The CED defines the vision for Conservation International (CI’s) work in the Philippines, provides strategic direction, technical guidance, and oversight for primary programmatic commitments, builds and coordinates relationships among institutions for the implementation of projects, and contributes to the creation of national and regional policies that enable conservation.

The CED is responsible for senior-level program management and all its component projects leading the team, raising funds, managing its resources, risk management, and ensuring that program strategies, initiatives, and outcomes advance CI’s human development and conservation priorities. They represent CI in the Philippines and have a key role in building alliances, which are central to CI’s conservation strategy, and ensuring that CI’s programs are multidisciplinary with a sound scientific base. They also ensure that the program contributes to organizational goals and is well aligned with CI’s global technical and administrative divisions. The CED provides broad programmatic, project, and technical oversight and continuously engages key internal and external partners critical to program success. The CED ensures that CI’s work is presented effectively to donors and key stakeholders to ensure strategic and sustainable partnerships.

Reporting to the Chief Field Officer, Asia-Pacific, the CED ensures compliance with CI policies, funding agreements, and local requirements. The employee will also ensure that the program is integrated with CI’s strategic fundraising and partnership goals and works in collaboration with other CI technical and operations units to support the needs of the field programs.

The CED directly manages staff, interdisciplinary teams, and/or outside partners. The employee works with a high degree of independence and serves as a technical expert in CI’s multidisciplinary approach to conservation. The employee exercises a high level of creativity and strategic thinking to efficiently manage the country program and build the local capacity within complex and challenging environments. They strengthen, promote, and consolidate a corporate institutional image within the Philippines and participate actively in the Asia Pacific Field Division Management Team and other leading networks.

Program Planning and Strategy

  • Provide strategic vision and direction for the Philippines program and develop a country strategy, including alignment with the overall CI mission and vision as well as the relevant regional and global strategies.
  • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of Philippines country strategy, including adequate monitoring and evaluation to ensure the integrity of the national program.

Alliance Development and Maintenance

  • Position CI appropriately in the Philippines and represent CI nationally.
  • Plan, develop, and maintain a network of strategic partners and alliances that support the successful implementation of the program’s strategy, including from civil society, public and private sectors.
  • Provide advice to key governmental and other partners to ensure sound decision-making on themes related to conservation and CI Philippines strategy.
  • Lead CI Philippines policy engagements with the government of the Philippines.

Project Management

  • Ensure effective and efficient delivery of projects, supervising the program’s project managers to ensure delivery of planned results, including the supervision of partners’ and sub-grantees project execution.
  • Lead strategic and annual planning processes on behalf of the program at regional and national levels, ensuring the integration of program objectives with global initiatives, monitoring and evaluating its progress.
  • Represent the program in senior-level meetings with CI’s regional and global management teams, coordinating technical interactions globally.

Fundraising and Proposal Development

  • Proactively raise funds to support Philippine program and projects, including identifying and cultivating new sources of funding from national and international sources and ensure efficient proposal development.
  • Participate and collaborate in regional fundraising initiatives led by the Asia Pacific regional team and by Global teams.

People and Resources Management

  • Build, develop and maintain a highly efficient diverse, and capable team that delivers the program’s strategy and ensures operational excellence.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team by fostering effective communication, instilling organizational values, and modeling competencies, and creating a collaborative and supportive work environment that attracts, develops, and retains talented and committed individuals while supporting their professional development.
  • Evaluate and approve Philippines annual budget, including workforce planning and overall management of the human resources of the program.
  • Oversee reporting to donors and CI’s leadership.
  • Ensure operational excellence, including managing the financial resources of the program and addressing all legal matters of the program.
  • Ensure program compliance with CI Policies, funding agreements, and local requirements.
  • Fully accountable for managing external funds and ensuring compliance with donor requirements and CI policies.
  • Fully accountable for the Philippines office budget. Exercises direct budget authority and legally binds and commits the organization.

Participation in Institutional Processes

  • Participate as a member of the Asia Pacific Field Division Senior Leadership Team in meetings and other mechanisms to contribute to the formulation and evaluation of regional plans and strategies and determine priorities.
  • Participate in any annual or other institutional planning meetings and processes, representing the Philippines program, and contribute to the formulation of national plans and strategies and determine priorities.
  • Participate in regional or institutional strategic groups as requested.

PEOPLE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • This position directly and indirectly supervises project staff and consultants.

● This position manages a significant public funding project and budget.

● This position must ensure strict compliance with the donor and award regulations of the public funding source, managing all donor agreements, reporting and communications.

Qualifications:

Required

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, environmental studies, natural resources management, geography, or a related field and a minimum of 10 years of experience with conservation or international development NGOs, preferably in the Philippines, or an equivalent combination of a first degree and experience.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience of progressively responsible experience in strategic planning and programmatic development and management, private sector/government engagement, and international policy related to conservation endeavors.
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting programmatic planning by linking strategic plans and work plans.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Project management including management of substantial project/program budget in the Philippines or similar contexts.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising to support conservation and/or sustainable development agendas.
  • Demonstrated network of and/or access to high-level decision-makers and opinion leaders in public and private organizations with an interest in the Philippines and Asia Pacific.
  • Successful experience negotiating complex agreements with governments, NGOs, and other key supporters.
  • Successful experience in building an enabling work environment for the team.
  • Superb communication and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and supervise a diverse team.
  • Strong communication skills, preferably writing skills capable of peer-review publishing.
  • Self-starter, willing to take initiative in solving problems and providing follow-on assistance.
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to adapt and flex with changing duties and priorities in a dynamic work environment.
  • Strong organizational and financial skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Preferred

  • Master's degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve program goals with a high level of creativity and strategic thinking to effectively manage and build local capacity within extremely complex, challenging environments.
  • Past work experience in the Philippines.
  • Flexible and results-oriented with a high level of resourcefulness to deal with constant changes.
  • Passion for the conservation of nature and a commitment to CI’s vision and mission.

Working Conditions:

(in keeping with Philippine Government and CIPFI regulations health and safety regulations during COVID-19 pandemic)

  • Work is typically performed in an office environment.
  • Ability to work extended and irregular hours.
  • Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate time differences between HQ and the region.
  • Frequent international travel of up to 50%, often to remote locations.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.

CI Values: We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization. www.conservation.org

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

Kindly send letter of intent with your resumé that will include three references, including their email and contact numbers to: cipfi_hr@conservation.org on or before 17 August 2023.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Php200,000.00 - Php300,000.00 per month

Benefits:

  • Additional leave
  • Company events
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flextime
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Pay raise
  • Promotion to permanent employee
  • Work from home

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Flextime
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • 13th month salary
  • Yearly bonus

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Quezon City: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Education:

  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Experience:

  • International policy related to conservation endeavors.: 10 years (Preferred)

Application Deadline: 08/17/2023
Expected Start Date: 08/17/2023