NCS Grants Senior Coordinator
Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.
POSITION SUMMARY - This position is based in Singapore
CI is one of the global leaders in using natural climate solutions (NCS) to combat climate change. There is significant growth in the demand for high-quality conservation projects that can access the voluntary and compliance carbon markets and CI is rapidly expanding their portfolio of high-quality carbon projects and technical assistance to carbon policy initiatives to meet this demand. CI Asia Pacific (CIAP) has recently launched the Asia Pacific Technical Assistance Facility
(TAF), a multi-donor facility, to provide technical support and invest in NCS projects and enabling conditions. Projects include REDD+, landscape restoration and management, and blue carbon mechanisms.
Based out of the Asia Pacific Field Division (APFD), CI is seeking a Senior Coordinator to provide technical support to the APFD NCS team by managing sub-grants from the AP TAF to CI country teams and external partners. This involves overseeing the grant application and management process within the TAF, and the efficient and effective distribution of grants to projects that align with our conservation mission.
The Senior Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring an efficient distribution of grants and tracking the expenditure of the grant towards deliverables outlined in the grant agreement. They will also be responsible for maintaining a record of projects that have received TAF funding and provide support in monitoring the performance and impact of NCS projects that receive TAF funding for internal and external reporting purposes.
As a member of the APFD NCS team, the Senior Coordinator will work closely with the Pipeline management team to oversee the project pipeline of NCS leads and opportunities and provide administrative assistance to facilitate the tracking of leads. Additionally, the Senior Coordinator will support the Pipeline management team in reporting to APFD Senior Leadership.
- Support the APFD NCS team to administer and manage grants provided by the TAF to CI country programs and external partners, ensuring proper documentation throughout the process.
- Work closely with Operations teams, to ensure that processes and documentation are in compliance with CI policies and regulatory requirements.
- Ensure compliance with signed grant agreement and monitor project progress towards timelines, deliverables, and funding terms.
- Assist in financial tracking and monitoring the performance and impact of NCS project that are allocated TAF funding, helping to ensure data collection and evaluation are carried out effectively.
- Contribute to periodic reporting and presentation materials on the progress and outcomes of NCS projects to TAF donors, APFD leadership, and other CI departments that the team works closely with external stakeholders, highlighting key impact metrics, outcomes, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. Assist in note-taking for meetings related to NCS TAF.
- Support the NCS Project Analyst with the origination pipeline of new NCS project opportunities, keeping track of project status and steps necessary to continue engagement and develop project documentation. Attend regular project origination meetings.
- Assist in identifying potential projects and partnerships that align with CI's conservation objectives and NCS TAF criteria for grant disbursement.
- Provide administrative support to the APFD NCS team, including scheduling meetings with NCS leads and project partners, preparing agendas, and maintaining documentation.
- In alignment with priority policy initiatives of the APFD NCS team, provide coordination support between the team and the APFD policy team.
- Support the management APFD NCS project database, to track and monitor new NCS project leads and opportunities.
- Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of grant applications, contracts, and grant-related documentation.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
- This is a full-time position with the flexibility to adjust to deadlines and time zones.
- Flexibility in work schedule is required in order to accommodate time differences between field offices in Asia Pacific in multiple time zones.
- This position follows a hybrid work structure, working some days from the office and some remotely. Guidance will be shared during the interview process.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Natural Resource Management, Finance, or a related field.
- Proven experience of 2 to 4 years in project coordination, grant management, or a related field.
- Familiarity with financial and legal aspects of grant management, including budgeting and compliance.
- Prior experience working in a non-government organization, conservation organization, or carbon-related projects is a plus.
- Excellent practical knowledge of NCS concepts and their relevance in climate change mitigation efforts.
- Proficient with project management tools and Microsoft Office Suite. Skilled at adapting to new project information management applications.
- Excellent analytical and quantification skills.
- Effective communication skills and experience collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.
- Highly organized and strong attention to detail.
- Collaborative mindset with the ability to work independently with little supervision and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Able to work well under pressure, quickly understand project parameters, and capable of meeting deadlines on time.
- Experience working across different countries in the Asia Pacific region.
- Good interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
- Professional interest in working with NGOs dedicated to conservation and NCS.
To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
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