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Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.
The Senior Vice President (SVP), Africa Field Division, leads Conservation International’s strategy, delivery, and impact in Africa, with a focus on four primary elements: Conservation Outcomes, Management Excellence, Reimagining Conservation, and Fundraising. They lead a team of 200+ staff with an annual budget of $20+ million.
The SVP for the Africa Field Division develops and oversees a Pan African strategy by identifying priorities, raising and allocating flexible funding resources, and representing CI to internal and external partners, including high-level decision-makers both internally within CI, and externally with donor agencies, governments, and private sector leaders.
This position reports to the Executive Vice President, Field Programs, and is a member of CI’s Leadership Team that is responsible for overseeing the organization’s strategies and delivery.
Develop and lead a vision and strategy for the Africa Field division that aligns with CI’s mission. In Africa, the particular focus includes rangelands, wildlife, indigenous peoples, as well as poverty alleviation through nature conservation.
Oversee division operations team and ensure operational excellence including identification of inefficiencies; fully align operations team with the Field Division’s vision and goals.
Oversee project and program design and ensure quality and alignment with vision and strategy, including oversight of programs with REDD+ and/or carbon financing elements.
Lead annual planning and budgeting for the Africa Field Division in collaboration with CI’s Leadership team.
Build and implement a multi-year plan to increase staff capacity to design and deliver high-quality conservation projects in compliance with CI and donor requirements.
Lead and manage the Africa Field Division’s Executive Management Team with a particular focus on accountability, delivery excellence, staff wellbeing as well as a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout the Division.
Establish and maintain a culture of compassionate conservation that embraces human-centered design for conservation and supports local- and Indigenous-led conservation.
Identify and pursue new resources for CI’s strategies and action plans in Africa, and fundraise from individuals, foundations, government, and corporate sources. Identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit high-net-worth private donors in partnership with CI”s Development teams.
Oversee public funding and corporate partnerships and ensure alignment with Africa’s strategic plan.
Communicate progress on regional strategies and action plans internally within CI and externally through media, social media, and targeted communications.
Lead establishment, stewardship, cultivation, and growth of an Africa Council.
Represent the Africa Field Division with CI board members and other CI bodies Develop high-impact partnerships with the private sector, governments, academia, and other non-governmental organizations.
Represent CI with high-level government officials and private sector leaders.