SOMACORE Project Director

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Conservation International

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Quezon City, Philippines

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21 days ago

SOMACORE Project Director

Project Site/Duty Station : Quezon City, Philippines

Division/Program : Asia Pacific Field Division/Philippines

Application Deadline : 17 June 2022

Type of Contract : Fixed Term, Full Time

Starting Date : 01 July 2022

Expected Duration of Engagement : 5 years for an anticipated award

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:

Conservation International (CI) has been involved in the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) since its inception and is a Founding Partner to this critically important global initiative. Under the CTI-CFF, CI has undertaken site level activities in all six countries and operates as

Technical Advisor to the CTI-CFF Seascapes Working Group (SWG). Thematically CI focuses on promoting large-scale integrated marine and coastal management (seascapes) which aligns national level commitments and targets with local level community rights and practices to demonstrate the ecological, social, and economic benefit of sustainable management. CI works to be gender inclusive and uses a rights- based approach to achieve our commitments to human rights.

CI will serve several roles under the Solutions for Marine & Coastal Resilience in the Coral Triangle

(SOMACORE) programme. Related to programme management, CI will be a member of the Regional

Programme Steering Committee (RPSC) as well as the Programme Management Team (PMT). At the transboundary seascape level, CI through the SOMACORE Project Director will take the coordinating role for the Lesser Sunda Seascape (LSS). CI will further take the lead in the activities for Timor-Leste. CI through the SOMACORE Project Director will support implementation of activities at the regional, transboundary seascape, and national levels. At the regional level CI will provide technical advice to the

CTICFF SWG and Regional Secretariat to advance the Seascape Regional Framework including developing sub-regional seascape frameworks of the LSS, Bismarck Solomon Seascape (BSS), and the existing Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape (SSS) framework. CI shall also provide technical advice and guidance to promote the long-term integration of gender action plans and initiatives into natural resource conservation and management programmes throughout the Coral Triangle region. To promote regional learning, coordination, and governance and address climate change impacts in this particularly vulnerable region, CI proposes to strengthen the CTI-CFF Blue Carbon activities. At the national level CI shall implement activities primarily in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. For Timor-Leste, CI will work with a wide range of governmental partners at local and national level as well as academic and civil society partners (for example, the Directorate of General Fisheries, the Agriculture Directorate of Bobonaro Municipality,

National University Timor Lorosae, and the local NGO NaTerra). Several partners have been identified for implementation in Indonesia as well. These include the Marine and Fisheries Service Bali Province (DKP Bali), Satuan Kerja Pengawasan Sumber Daya Kelautan dan Perikanan (PSDKP), West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Udayana University, Universitas Teknik Sumbawa, Yayasan Bahtera Nusantara, and the Pikul Foundation, to name a few. In the Philippines focus will be on scaling up successful community-based marine resource management approaches. It also will provide technical advice and support to partners in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Malaysia.

Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. (CIPFI) is an Affiliate of Conservation International

(CI), a US-based environmental non-profit organization, is requesting expressions of interest from qualified senior-level professionals for the post of SOMACORE Project Director for an anticipated project,

SOMACORE, with the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through the GIZ.

This anticipated five-year activity is expected to be valued at Euro5.5 Million with the primary aim of strengthening the resilience of ecosystems and communities in transboundary seascapes of the Coral Triangle by fostering good governance and protection of coastal and marine biodiversity.

The countries of implementation include Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

The SOMACORE Project Director will be responsible for providing overall technical leadership, management, and stakeholder engagement, client relations and overall project performance. Performs project management, planning, oversight, leadership, and coordination, ensuring all project deliverables are exceptionally exceeded within budget and compliance. The SOMACORE Project Director will head the

Programme Management Team (PMT) which will be responsible for the:

1. Planning and implementation of the local, national and regional level programme activities.

2. Annual work planning and budgeting and for the monitoring and reporting of programme expenditure. Reporting to the Programme Steering Committee (PSC), the CTI-CFF Senior Officials

Meeting (SOM) and Seascapes Working Group annually as well as Technical and Financial

Progress Reporting to BMU.

3. Lead CI’s engagement in the BMBU-GIZ-CI-IUCN Somacore Consortium and ensure effective coordination between the partners and project implementers led by GIZ Manila.

4. Ensure effective coordination and implementation of Somacore project teams led by CI Indonesia and CI Timor Leste for the Lesser Sunda Seascape.

5. Facilitate regular APFD project advisory team meetings for Somacore to be composed of the APFD

SVP, Country Director of CI Indonesia, CI Philippines, CI Timor Leste and advisors

6. function as CI official representative to CTI-CFF and CI-member to the CTI-CFF Development
Partners and perform related tasks and duties.

7. Develop program strategies, objectives, work plans, and metrics.

8. Provide strategic oversight and team leadership to effectively implement program activities and ensure high-impact outputs. Lead and inspire program and technical staff.

9. Lead program alignment and integration with division and CI-wide conservation priorities. Engage CI leadership and other senior staff.

10. Oversee implementation of M & E system that monitor, measure, interpret and share results on a regular basis. Distribute financial and progress reports. Modify strategies and work plans and strategies as needed.

11. Directly oversee and ensure program compliance with CI policies, funding agreements, and local requirements.

12. Champion knowledge sharing and cross-collaboration to build capacity and address capacity gaps.

Position CI as a recognized and sought-after subject-matter expert.

13. Continuously cultivate and engage stakeholders including donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues, and other partners critical to program success.

14. Continuously represent the organization externally. Serve as a trusted and visible point of contact for CI.

15. Champion opportunities for program growth and development.

16. Ensure program financial sustainability by securing program funding. Regularly partner with CI and

HQ staff on funding proposals and regional/global fundraising efforts.


  • A master’s degree, PhD preferred, in education or field related to the objectives of the project with a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible international work experience implementing multi-sector programs with demonstrated strong management skills.
  • At least 5 years of relevant leadership and management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and assembling teams working on multi-faceted international development programs; must have established networks (or the demonstrated capacity to establish relationships) with key stakeholders including government at the national and regional level, industry and education and training institutions along with significant education/training, skills qualifications and workforce or private sector engagement in all representations and technical meetings with senior-level stakeholders.
  • Senior-level program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation,

NGO, advocacy, or related for-profit arena.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects or initiatives involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Superb technical and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Proven leadership skills and success in effectively inspiring and engaging diverse works groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A record of success partnering with, and influencing, key stakeholders and successfully raising funds.
  • Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities. Adept at working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities with limited supervision.
  • Fluency in English required.

Working Conditions:

(in keeping with Philippine Government and CIPFI regulations health and safety regulations during

COVID-19 pandemic)

  • The SOMACORE Project Director will be expected to work under a Stirring Committee composed of GIZ, IUCN and CI for the overall to-level organizational and management approach. The position will require travel about 50% of the time in the implementing countries and may need to work extended hours, as needed. CI follows COVID-19 protocols and work will be conducted partially or entirely remotely when necessary, returning to a typical office environment, when feasible.
  • Local and/or international travel of 30% or more, often in difficult travel conditions.
  • Ability to work in remote locations or under difficult working conditions.

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

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 on or before 17 June 2022.

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term
Contract length: 60 months


  • Additional leave
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental Pay:

  • 13th month salary
  • Performance bonus

Application Deadline: 06/17/2022
Expected Start Date: 07/01/2022