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Conservation International Vacancy: Country Director, Timor-Leste

Conservation International Vacancy: Country Director, Timor-Leste
Conservation International Timor-Leste was established in 2012 and is now in the process of building its country program. With an initial focus on improved marine management for livelihood and food security benefits, the country strategy notes the broad range of environmental needs and pressures in-country and the opportunities for CI to contribute significantly in this space. The coming years will be about building on the significant success of our early marine projects, to develop a more comprehensive suite of support activities in key geographies across the country.

The Country Director is responsible for providing oversight, guidance and management for CI’s country program in Timor-Leste. As a newly established country office, the role includes a strong focus on building a cohesive team, establishing functional systems and developing new project designs and partnerships to enable diversification of funding bases.

Primary duties include managerial responsibilities such as staff, operational and budget management, as well as technical guidance for the implementation of project activities and the CI Country Strategy. It also requires representation of the CI TL country program to stakeholders in Timor-Leste, within CI itself, and to other external audiences and the pursuit of strategically viable funding opportunities.

Management and Oversight:
  • Ensure the overall administrative, financial and staff management of the Program are conducted in a manner that ensures stability, provides a motivating environment and is in compliance with local laws and CI policies and compliments the country strategic plans.
Technical Lead:
  • Facilitate appropriate technical input into the development of the annual Timor-Leste work plans and provide leadership and guidance to CI TL field teams in project implementation. Work with CI’s Asia Pacific Field Division (APFD) and Head Quarters (HQ) to report on project activities. Incorporate Timor-Leste work plan into CI’s overall framework.
Stakeholder Engagement and Liaison:
  • Engineer and build CI’s institutional presence in order to deliver on the portfolio of conservation and human-well being outcomes identified in work plans for Timor Leste. 
  • Serve as point of contact with all current and potential donors, and secure ongoing funding for the country program. 
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Working Conditions
  • The position will be based in Dili and will be required to conduct field work on a regular basis and travel nationally and internationally approximately 30% of the time.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in program management, including some prior experience in implementing multi-disciplinary conservation efforts.
  • Demonstrated skills in leadership and management with an international NGO, including strategic planning, project design, budget development and management.
  • Excellent people management and interpersonal skills, including the ability to motivate and mentor and develop harmonious teams in a cross-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated success in proposal development and fundraising, including with bilateral and multilateral partners.
  • Proven ability to develop and manage complex and diverse stakeholder relationships, and effectively represent an organization at all levels.
  • Understanding of the principles behind ecosystem services as they relate to human wellbeing, particularly within the Timor-Leste context.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications.
  • Degree in environmental or natural resources management, or allied disciplines.
  • Technical skills and knowledge in the fields of land-use planning, watershed management and/or agro-forestry.
  • Experience in managing USAID and/or GEF funded programs
  • Experience working inTimor-Leste
  • Tetum or Bahasa Indonesian language skills.
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