Rare Project Manager, Farming for Biodiversity, Global Development in Germany

The Manager will project manage Rare’s project “Farming for Biodiversity”. Implemented together with IFOAM- Organics International and the Secretariat of the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD), this project will surface and disseminate replicable solutions for mainstreaming biodiversity into the agricultural sector and build local capacity to increase awareness of the value of biodiversity and promote behavior change to support identified solutions.

The Project Manager has excellent track record of project management with focus on biodiversity, agricultural projects or related subjects to the project. S/he has experience in grant management with the International Climate Initiative of the German Government or other bilateral or multilateral donors. S/he will work with a wide range of stakeholders, both internal and external, to engage relevant partners in this global project. The project manager will report to the Director Europe, Global Development, and work directly with Rare’s Senior Vice President on the implementation of the grant and donor stewardship. In addition, the position will support the work of the Senior Manager of Marketing Strategy and Senior Manager, Campaigning for Conservation in the specific implementation of the project.

S/he will be comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization, and enjoy managing projects independently and use strong project management and public fundraising skills to accomplish the following key objectives:

  • Support Rare’s Senior Vice President in the successful implementation of the project “Farming for Biodiversity” ensuring the strategic linages to Rare’s sustainable agricultural strategy

  • Lead on the project implementation through global project management of the project

  • Lead the donor stewardship and required grant reporting and communication

  • Lead the internal and external communication about the progress and successes of the project

  • Serve as the partnership focal point between the different departments and relationship managers as well as build new strategy partnerships for Rare in regard for this project

  • Provide support to the different implementation teams on specific tasks related to the implementation of the project

  • Work closely with and support the other implementing partner IFOAM-Organics International and the political partner Secretariat for the CBD

  • In close collaboration with the Director for Global Development Europe, function as the main donor focal point and explore future funding opportunities to advance Rare’s 2020 strategy

Project Farming for Biodiversity

The project contributes to the implementation of Goals A and B of the CBD’s Strategic Plan (2011-2020), by globally raising awareness of the importance of mainstreaming biodiversity into the agricultural sector and by building local capacity to promote the adoption of best practice examples. A global contest called Solution Search (www.solutionsearch.org) will enhance awareness by surfacing and disseminating solutions that effectively mainstream and increase biodiversity within agricultural sector. To provide the needed support to strengthen and scale these initiatives, a series of capacity building workshops will empower local practitioners to raise awareness of the value of biodiversity and to conduct social marketing campaigns promoting behaviour change in support of the identified solutions. A learning platform will foster peer-to-peer exchange and will ensure lessons from the implementation of different solutions will be shared between different regions. To scale mainstreaming, results are shared at relevant processes and strategic partners involved throughout the project.

Key elements of the project include:

  • Increase global awareness of the value of biodiversity with the focus on agriculture;

  • Engage relevant stakeholders to globally identify and locally implement biodiversity-friendly agricultural solutions;

  • Build local capacity to promote behavior change to implement/support identified solutions (series of training workshops/local campaigns);

  • Share best practices/lessons learned with the global public and at relevant policy forums,

  • Enable peer to peer learning opportunities.

Consistent with the scope above, the position is responsible for delivering the following within four key result area:

Project Management (focus of the position)

  • In close coordination with Rare’s Senior Vice President and Rare’s Director Global Development Europe, lead the implementation of the multi –year project “Farming for Biodiversity” based on the grant agreement and related timeline/ milestones in close collaboration with all internal and external partners and stakeholders

  • Develop and implement project management systems to manage the global team and implementation across the different outputs of the project and relevant stakeholder

  • Work with internal staff, external consultants and partners to keep project on track

  • Work closely with Rare’s finance and grant management team to ensure a successful implementation of the project in line with the budget

  • Report back to the donor according to the reporting requirements in a timely manner and report progress and give updates when relevant to the donor needs

  • Work closely with the donors communication department to feature the project on their website and other media related outlets

  • Develop and manage the overall internal and external media and publicity strategy around the project in close coordinating with Rare’s and the partners communication and marketing teams

  • Work closely with the implementing partner and political partner around their commitments and deliverables to the project

  • Contribute to planning and on-site support of the project-related events, including a launch announcement, finalist workshop and awards ceremony, technical workshops

  • Support the Rare’s Senior Vice President and department of development and communication in establishing and managing key new and existing partners in this new field to advance the project, Rare’s global AG strategy and global public and institutional funding strategy

  • In close collaboration with the Director for Global Development Europe, function as the main donor focal point and explore future funding opportunities to advance Rare’s 2020 strategy

Solution Search Contest

Support Rare’s Senior Manager of Marketing and Strategy with the management of the Solution Search with the focus on:

  • Manage entrant applications and communications

  • Coordinate Rare communications, marketing and field teams to implement marketing plan according to contest timeline

  • Identify new target audiences and expand marketing strategy to achieve maximum contest impact

  • Support coordination of panel of technical and expert judges’ panels for contest

  • Engage new and existing networks to solicit entries and coordinate events

  • Evaluate key learning’s from fourth contest, combining with first to create recommendations for future improvement

Technical workshops

Support Rare’s Senior Manager, Campaigning for Conservation, and the implementing partners with the development and management of the technical workshops with the focus on:

  • Coordinate review and selection of Solution Search entrants and other partners for Campaigning for Conservation and technical workshops

  • Manage vendors for training curriculum translation into two new languages

  • Assist in hiring and onboarding of new Campaigning for Conservation trainers

  • Work with C4C trainers and local workshop coordinators to ensure proper procurement and travel procedures are followed

  • Coordinate process for workshop participant’s mini-grant selection working with C4C trainer, local coordinator, and Finance and Grants Manager to ensure distribution of funds and reporting procedures are followed

  • Work with C4C trainers on reporting workshop results, one-year follow-up surveys, and interim reports for campaign grantees

Qualifications, Skills & Core Competencies Required

  • A Bachelor's degree (required) in environmental studies, development, international politics or related field relevant to the project “Farming for Biodiversity”;

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in project management with the focus on conservation, agriculture, food security and/or sustainable development

  • Demonstrated experience in working with governments, bilateral and multilateral institutions and other public funding agencies; experience with working with the German Ministry of Environment and the International Climate Initiate and the CBD and other relevant partners and stakeholders of the project is a plus

  • Proven ability to network and develop partnerships across a range of stakeholders relevant to the project

  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills including the ability to engage effectively with staff and excellent track record in developing and managing communications with high-priority external partners

  • Penchant for problem-solving and collaborating with different teams throughout the organization in a fast-paced work environment

  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and ability to find creative solutions

  • Prior experience in an international, cross-cultural work environment is essential with willingness to work flexible hours on an as-needed basis to serve the needs of a global organization with diverse time zones;

  • Exceptional organizational skills to prioritize projects and initiate follow through with meticulous attention to detail;

  • Exceptional writing skills (sample will be required during interview process);

  • Willingness to travel within Europe, to the USA and other locations relevant to the project implementation;

  • Ability to work in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Familiarity with Salesforce or other CRM databases; Drupal, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other social networks a plus

  • Written and spoken fluency in English required; proficiency in German and other languages a plus, especially Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Bahasa Indonesia

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