Singapore Country Director/Senior Director
20 days ago
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit for all, for over 30 years. With offices in more than 30 countries, a global team of 1000+ and a track record of supporting projects everywhere, from the waters of the Pacific to the sands of sub-Saharan Africa, CI is well positioned to promote conservation where its needed most: all over the world. Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, for the wellbeing of humanity. Our plan for its protection includes leveraging cutting-edge science to shift national policies, allying with local communities to improve livelihoods and working with worldwide partners to affect meaningful change on a global scale.
CI was first established in Singapore in 2009 to serve as a regional office for our Asia-Pacific Field Division. Our local entity, CI Singapore, was later established to further the vision and mission in Singapore, focusing on benefitting Singapore through environmental education programs, university internships, research, and partnerships to further conservation efforts.
CI is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to lead our Singapore country program. The Singapore Country Director is responsible for providing strategic oversight and programmatic direction for the Singapore program. He/she is responsible for overall program management and ensuring that program strategies, initiatives, and outcomes advance Conservation International’s (CI’s) human development and conservation priorities. Duties are diverse and include designing and implementing program and conservation strategies, project management, technical oversight and monitoring, and capacity building. The Singapore Country Director ensures compliance with CI policies, program and funding agreements, and local requirements.
The Singapore Country Director plays a key role in developing project proposals and managing funding relationships with key partners. They regularly represent CI and builds alliances and engages key external stakeholders including government and non-government officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success. The Singapore Country Director works closely with staff throughout CI to ensure the program forms an integral part of achieving organization-wide goals. They identify capacity gaps and implements measures to build capacity both internally and with external partners.
The Singapore Country Director directly manages staff, interdisciplinary teams, and/or outside partners. They work with a high degree of independence.
- Strategically design, develop and manage the Singapore Country Program across environmental education, community and youth engagement and innovation in conservation and research with a focus on blue carbon.
- Monitor, measure, interpret and share results on a regular basis. Distribute financial and progress reports; identify and implement refinements in work plans and strategies.
- Work across units to ensure that country program activities are aligned with CI’s conservation and division priorities. Identify opportunities for program growth and development.
- Ensure program compliance with CI policies, funding agreements, and local requirements.
- Identify capacity-building needs, implement and monitor efforts to address capacity gaps.
- Lead information sharing and cross-collaboration. Build stakeholder understanding and support through proactive communication efforts included fact sheets, statistics, and related communication materials.
- Hold conferences and other learning events to share best practices and lessons learned.
- Effectively engage stakeholders including donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues, and other partners important to program success.
- Represent the organization externally. Serve as a trusted and visible point of contact for CI.
- Play a role in ensuring program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Regularly partner with regional staff on funding proposals and regional/global fundraising efforts.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
PEOPLE AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
- Directly supervise program and project staff, including overseeing the work of external partners.
- Manages the program’s budget and finances.
- Manage public or private funds; ensure compliance with donor requirements and CI policies.
- 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.
Education, experience, skills, and abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of 10 years related work experience, coupled with 2 or more years of managerial experience, including leadership of multi-disciplinary teams. Advanced degree preferred.
- Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, Advocacy, or related for-profit arena. Experience with boards, and fund raising would be added advantage.
- A record of success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders including corporations, donors, governments, education institutions and Board members.
- Passion for and awareness of conservation and environmental issues including nature-based solutions.
- Excellent technical and analytical skills.
- Excellent organization and time management skills.
- Team player and able to work effectively with diverse workgroups in a multicultural environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in English required.
- Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities. Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision.