POSITION TITLE: Team Leader, Natural Resources Management
LOCATION: Auki, Solomon Islands
GROUP: Agriculture, Resilience and Water
REPORTS TO: Chief of Party
Winrock International is recruiting for a full-time Natural Resources Management (NRM) Team Leader for the Strengthening Competitiveness, Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment – Natural Resource Management (SCALE-NRM) activity. The program is designed to address the underlying causes of forest degradation in Solomon Islands, with a focus on Malaita Province. The program will implement a range of activities to improve forest governance and ensure sustainable forest management. The program is implemented by through a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Winrock International.
SCALE-NRM is designed to address the underlying causes of forest degradation in Solomon Islands, with a current focus on Malaita Province. The program will implement a range of activities to improve forest governance and ensure sustainable forest management with the ultimate aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in Solomon Islands. The project is being implemented over a five-year period, from October 2020 to September 2025.
In addition to strengthening laws, policies, regulations and technologies used by public stakeholders to reduce GHG emissions, SCALE-NRM also engages with non-governmental stakeholders, including the private sector, environmental NGOs, community forest enterprises, and local communities directly to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Activities include promoting better land use and management (both agriculture and forest lands), increasing economic co-benefits by promoting community-based forest enterprises or alternative livelihoods, and strengthening linkages between communities and public sector stakeholders.
Lead strategic planning for the Natural Resources Management function within the SCALE-NRM project. Provide NRM inputs into annual workplans.
Manage staff assigned to the Natural Resources Management unit, including recruitment, assigning of tasks, mentoring and support for staff, and performance management
Liaise with key stakeholders for the Natural Resources Management function, including at provincial and national government level, in CSOs, among the development community and in academic institutions
Ensure effective implementation of those tasks in the Annual Workplan which are assigned to the Natural Resources Management unit
Monitor progress with implementation of activities, and with the completion of tasks set out in the annual workplan. If implementation falls behind, or activities are not carried out to a high standard, make adjustments to the approach, reassign staff or make other changes as required to bring the activity back on track.
Ensure staff compliance with Winrock International policies and procedures
Provide NRM inputs to the annual budget.
Monitor expenditure against budget, and adjust expenditure as required to ensure that it neither exceeds nor falls significantly below the budgeted line item.
Provide NRM inputs to quarterly and annual reports.
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Education: Bachelor’s degree plus additional certificates or Master’s degree in environmental or physical sciences, engineering, international development, political science, social studies or other related field.
At least 7 years of experience in implementing NRM, forestry, conservation, community governance or related projects.
Experience in managing projects in remote, multi-site environments, in developing countries. Prior experience managing programs in the Pacific Islands, and the Solomon Islands in particular, is highly preferred.
Demonstrated experience in payment for ecosystem services (PES) and public private partnerships for NRM.
Demonstrated understanding of the national, provincial and community level context and legal system for forest management in the Solomon Islands.
Experience developing partnerships with and designing participatory methods for engaging with public sector stakeholders and non-governmental entities including the private sector, environmental NGOs, community forest enterprises, and local communities directly to reduce GHG emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to build and manage cooperative relationships with public and private stakeholders.
Ability to build coalitions and networks with public and private sector actors that can provide synergies and sustainable solutions.
Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are required.
Excellent computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required.
Proficient English language communications skills required. Ability to speak Pijin and native languages is preferred.