Director, Fundação Príncipe Trust - FFI

Application Deadline: 
30 Apr 2017

Director, Fundação Príncipe Trust, São Tomé and Príncipe

Fauna & Flora International

Salary: EUR 31,500 – EUR 36,500 depending on skills and experience (cost of living on Principe estimated at €500 per month

Start Date: 1st June or as soon as possible

Duration of Contract: One- year fixed term contract, with potential to extend subject to business need and funding availability

Location: Fundação Príncipe Trust, Santo Antonio, Príncipe, São Tomé & Príncipe

Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.

With important forest and marine ecosystems and levels of endemism comparable to the Galapagos Islands, Príncipe is recognised world-wide for its high biodiversity and is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Fundação Príncipe Trust (FPT) is one of the few established NGOs operating on the island. It was established in 2015 to promote sustainable development and biodiversity conservation, through projects that strongly focus on supporting the local community and building local capacity. This work aligns with the purposes of the Biosphere Reserve and the FPT works closely with government to support their commitment to safeguard the island’s natural and cultural heritage. FPT’s projects currently focus on sea turtle conservation, establishing and strengthening protected areas (marine and terrestrial), promoting community livelihood, ecotourism and environmental sustainability.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the FPT’s small team (2 expatriate and 15 local staff) through a period of change in a challenging working environment on the island of Príncipe.  Established by the company HBD, and after 3 years of direct support and sponsorship, the FPT is now transitioning towards being a fully self-sufficient organisation. The FPT is seeking a visionary, experienced and dynamic Director to lead the organisation through this period of change and beyond.

Reporting to the FPT Board and with direct support from partner organisations, the Director will lead on organisational direction and all aspects of management including forward strategy, the evolution of operational systems, staff management and fundraising and development. Initially, and until the organisation’s capacity has been built, you will also provide technical oversight of the FPT’s marine programme.

You will be a qualified and experienced manager, able to provide strong leadership and take responsibility for the management and development of the organisation from the outset. An effective communicator with strong people management skills, you will have the skills and experience required to build a supportive working environment and effective team. You will also have technical experience in a relevant field including biodiversity conservation and/or social development. You will have a proven track record in all aspects of programme and/or project management and will be skilled in providing advice and technical input to the design, development, implementation and evaluation of projects. Príncipe is a small remote island; this position will suit an individual who is solutions-oriented and who enjoys working in a dynamic and challenging environment.

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The closing date for applications is Sunday, 30 April 2017No agencies please.

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