Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund - Birdlife International, Amman

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund- Regional Implementation Team Programme Leader

BirdLife International is a world-wide network of non-governmental conservation organisations represented in over 115 countries, and with a combined public membership of over 2.5 million people. The BirdLife mission is to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. The Partnership is coordinated by the BirdLife International Secretariat which has its global headquarters in Cambridge (UK) and six regional offices, including the Middle East Regional Office in Amman (Jordan). The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint programme of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.

BirdLife International has been selected to act as the Regional Implementation Team (RIT) for CEPF in the Mediterranean Hotspot, and to reinforce the activities of the RIT through a complementary Nature Alliance. BirdLife will provide strategic leadership for the CEPF programme of funding in the Mediterranean, representing CEPF and building a broad constituency of civil society groups and donors working across institutional and political boundaries toward achieving shared conservation and sustainable development goals. The RIT will act as an extension service to assist civil society groups in designing, implementing, and replicating successful conservation activities. It will review all grant applications, manage external reviews with technical review groups, award small grants and decide jointly with the CEPF Secretariat on all other applications. Further, the RIT will lead the monitoring and evaluation of individual projects using standard tools, site visits, and meetings with grantees. The RIT will be a small international team actively engaging civil society and donors to catalyse large conservation impacts, and provides an exciting opportunity for motivated people.

We are looking to recruit a Manager and Programme Leader to take this project forward. These positions are on a full-time basis, and are funded until end December 2016.

The CEPF RIT Programme Leader will be responsible for the translation of the CEPF investment programme from vision to reality, and to coordinate the RIT team of programme officers (for the Middle East, Balkans, and North Africa) in the development and implementation of a coherent portfolio of CEPF-supported projects.  This position will be based in Amman. The ideal candidate will have:
  • University degree or equivalent in environmental conservation
  • Knowledge and experience of working in the Mediterranean
  • Experience of  staff management, and working within a matrix management context
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills
  • Experience of programme and project development, implementation, and evaluation
  • A track record in grant making and supporting and managing relationships with grantees
  • An ability to work to high standards with tight deadlines
  • A willingness to travel when required
A full job description can be found at
To apply for the above post, please e-mail your CV and an explanatory cover letter to, marking your application with the job title, and stating where you have seen the position advertised.

Applications should be submitted by 10 August 2012.

The selected candidates will be expected to be available to attend training during the week of 10 September 2012, although start date will be negotiable.