IBA/KBA Officer

Full Time Greater Accra Bird Life International
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Deadline: 27/02/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: Experienced
Industry: NGO

IBA/KBA Officer

BirdLife International is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced individual for the position of IBA/KBA Officer. The main responsibility will be to support development, implementation and monitoring of the Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) / Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) programme in Africa, thereby contributing to the ‘sites’ pillar of the BirdLife Strategy and in light of the IBA/KBA priorities in the BirdLife Africa Partnership Regional Plan.

1. Represent the Africa Region on the IBA Programme Coordination Team and IBA Team
o Represent the BirdLife Africa Partnership and Secretariat in Global IBA Programme Coordination Team and IBA Team
o Through these teams, continually make contributions from Africa on strategic planning, setting priorities and tracking progress in implementation of the IBA programme at the Global level in liaison with other colleagues from the Global Secretariat and other regional secretariats
o Support participatory development and implementation of IBA and KBA priorities in Africa.

2. Support partners to implement Important Bird & Biodiversity Areas (IBA) programme in Africa
o Continually identify support needs of BirdLife Partners in Africa and other needs brought forward through frequent liaison and communication with national IBA focal points from respective Partners
o Provide the BirdLife Partners and non-Partners in Africa with technical guidance, capacity building and information necessary for effective implementation of the IBA Programme
o Support BirdLife Partners in updating their IBA inventories and identifying new IBAs, including the verification of the application of the IBA criteria
o Monitor and evaluate progress in implementation of the IBA programme priorities as outlined in the BirdLife Africa Regional Plan and provide timely feedback to the partnership and other stakeholders

3. IBA monitoring and review, and Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) assessment and delineation
o Support Partners and non-Partners across Africa in planning and implementing IBA monitoring and updates, and World Bird and Biodiversity Database (WBDB) information updates.
o Support Partners and non-Partners with relevant IBA monitoring and information management trainings
o Support BirdLife Partners and contacts in Africa in the transition to KBAs, including the provision of training and capacity building, supporting National Coordination Groups, working closely with KBA Regional Focal Point and the KBA Community Regional Representative, informing Partners about major developments of the KBA Partnership and promoting the KBA brand in Africa
o Support the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)’s Guinean Forests of West Africa grantees in assessing existing KBAs in the hotspot against the global KBA standards, updating the KBA criteria for focal sites, and developing an updated species-sites profile for the hotspot
o Support the KBA revision process initiated in São Tomé and Príncipe, including facilitation of workshops and associated trainings
o Support Partners (including through fundraising, information sharing, technical guidance and effective communications) to attain excellence in the monitoring and update of IBAs, as well as the assessment and proposal of KBAs, in Africa

4. Support development, fundraising for and management of projects that contribute to delivery of IBA/KBA conservation in Africa
o Support fundraising drive for IBA/KBA conservation
o Lead the development of conservation projects for the purpose of implementing IBA/KBA Conservation Programme priorities in Africa
o Support the management of IBA/KBA conservation projects to ensure timely delivery of high-quality reports and other deliverables

5. Others
o Any other duties as delegated by the Head of Conservation.

Required skills, experience and qualifications:
• Master’s degree level, or BSc in Environmental or Biological Science, or related degree
with proven relevant work experience
• An understanding of site-based conservation practices that include biodiversity conservation principles, biodiversity monitoring, protected area management, data collection, dataset management, international site designations, and working with NGOs and community-based organisations
• Relevant work experience that demonstrates project, data, site and/or people management at the national level, but experience at the international level will be advantageous
• Good interpersonal skills necessary to work in a team and operate remotely with partners
• Excellent oral and written skills, with the ability to write professional articles and give presentations to international audiences.
• Computer literacy in all standard Microsoft office applications, with GIS experience being advantageous
• Flexibility and ability to work independently
• Ability to look at the strategic and operational dimensions of issues and plan accordingly

Application deadline: 2 February 2021

The position will be based in Accra, Ghana

Salary & benefits:
Commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with BirdLife International, Africa Division terms and conditions.
• Gross monthly salary: USD 1400 – 1700
• Length/duration of this position: 1 year (renewable)
• Working hours: Full time 40 hours per week
• Date when the job expected to start: 8 February 2020

Applications, including a covering letter summarizing the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and names and contact addresses of three referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity, should be sent via email before the deadline to: recruitment-west-africa@birdlife.org

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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