Corporate Partnerships Manager, FFI Australia

Corporate Partnerships Manager, FFI Australia

 FAUNA & FLORA INTERNATIONAL

 
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 operate primarily in developing countries where there is little capacity to conserve endangered and threatened habitats and species.  We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation.  Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.
 
CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAMME
 
FFI has been working with the private sector for over 15 years.  We believe engaging with the private sector is fundamental to FFI’s ability to achieve its conservation objectives.  Our aspiration is to create an environment where business has a net positive impact on biodiversity conservation.  During the past year, FFI has refocused its strategy for engaging with the private sector, in order to concentrate on three main themes:
 
·             Direct partnerships with companies to help them manage their impacts on biodiversity, ranging from advising on biodiversity policy issues, to assisting companies in developing and delivering biodiversity strategies and action plans
·             Identifying and influencing the levers for change in business performance (such as the financial markets) to drive a long term process of positive change in the way that business manages its impacts on biodiversity
·             Tracking, investigating and responding to issues relevant to both business and biodiversity by developing innovative partnerships
 
We are currently working with the following companies:  Rio Tinto, Santos Oil & Gas, Anglo American, Lafarge, British American Tobacco, BP, Cargill, Vodafone, BHP Billiton and many others.
 
FFI Australia Corporate Partnerships
 
FFI Australia, a relatively new FFI Country programme, has been established for three years, headquartered in Melbourne.  Our programme is focused on developing conservation partnerships in Australia, with our major focus on an international portfolio of world-leading projects.
 
As part of our programme, we have active relationships with a number of Australia’s leading companies, predominantly in the resources sector but also the financial sector.  Drawing on our Global experience and approach, FFI Australia is primarily working with BHP- Billiton on a suite of conservation projects globally, including a major work programme in Kalimantan, Indonesia.  We are acting to assist BHP Billiton to achieve sustainable conservation outcomes from their areas of influence through a paradigm of sustainable development and strategic land use.
 
Additionally, FFI Australia is working closely with Santos Oil & Gas, Rio Tinto, Macquarie Capital Group, Earthtrade Queensland and other relevant actors.  We are seeking a competent individual to manage and develop our corporate portfolio within the framework of our Global corporate programme. This is an exciting role that will build on the work undertaken through the partnership, continue to develop its strategic direction, and implement a series of biodiversity projects overseas and within Australia.
 
THE OPPORTUNITY
 
FFI Australia is seeking a highly motivated, innovative individual to manage and coordinate these Partnerships.
 
The Programme Manager will be involved in all aspects of these strategic biodiversity partnerships, including biodiversity and ecosystem services programme development and implementation, financial and relationship management, supporting and continuing FFI’s leading role in integrating biodiversity to companies worldwide. This is an exciting and dynamic role that will build on the work undertaken through our partnership, and continue to develop its strategic direction.
 
The successful applicant will have an advanced degree in ecology, environmental economics, biological or environmental sciences. We are looking for a candidate with at least 8 years experience working on conservation and ecosystem services issues, preferably in a developing country context or of environmental issues within the private sector. Key skills will include excellent analytical and cognitive skills, excellent project management and field work experience, as well as experience of the private, ideally extractives, sector.
 
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
 
Start Date: As soon as possible
 
Contract Period: to March, 2012
 
Probation Period: 4 months
 
Salary Package Range: $90-110,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience
 
Location: Fauna & Flora International Australia, Melbourne (negotiable). Salary packaging benefits may be available.
 
 
Hours of Work: Full-time position
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
 
Job Title:      Programme Manager, Corporate Partnerships
 
Reporting to:   Project Development Specialist, Environmental Markets &  
Director, Corporate Partnerships
 
1.                 Development
 
BHP Billiton Project Coordination
 
•             Working with key members of FFI and BHP Billiton, coordinate implementation of the vision and strategy for multiple site level activities as part of a three year partnership and oversee the development of any new projects of mutual interest
•             Seek opportunities to promote the FFI-BHP joint projects through industry, governmental and NGO networks and events
•             Contribute to discussions on biodiversity and sustainability within the mining industry and other relevant fora
•             Seek opportunities to leverage additional funds to support the FFI BHPB projects and project activities, subject to mutual agreement
 
General
 
•             Ensure FFI is represented at key business and biodiversity fora in Australia under the guidance of the Corporate Programme Director and in coordination with the FFI Australia Development Director
•             With the regional conservation teams, identify emerging issues that are of relevance to the attainment of FFI’s conservation objectives and which are private sector related, and develop partnerships with appropriate Australian or related organisations to address them
•             Seek opportunities to leverage funds to support partnership and project activities from appropriate governmental / non-governmental sources
 
2.         Management
 
BHP Billiton
 
•             Undertake ongoing review and management of risks relating to the delivery of joint FFI- BHPB projects
•             Ensure FFI & BHP Billiton ‘Spotlight on Species’ outcomes are met, guarantee compliance to budgets and reporting deadlines
•             Ensure FFI & BHP Billiton Kalimantan Strategic Land Management project outcomes and benchmarks are met, guaranteeing compliance to budgets & reporting deadlines
•             Work with other Programme Managers (Extractive) within FFI to ensure FFI remains abreast of the conservation debate within the sector, and provide adequate communication on the FFI BHP Billiton projects, both internally and externally
•             Oversee the financial management and administration of the FFI BHP Billiton joint projects, producing and working within budgets and assisting to maintain accounts and appropriate records
•             Lead a short annual review session within FFI to check vision and direction of the joint BHP Billiton & FFI projects, reviewing company activities from a risk management perspective
•             Provide critical review of technical documents and key outputs
•             Oversee project strategy, design and implementation of FFI’s work with BHP Billiton through close liaison with other Partnership managers, operations and key functions
 
General
 
•             Participate in due diligence activities on new corporate partners as required in line with the corporate team strategy, FFI’s corporate engagement policy and in consultation with FFI’s regional and thematic teams
•             Provide technical support to other selected existing and developing corporate partnerships as necessary
•             Support and liaise with colleagues within the Corporate Programme
 
3. Learning
 
•             Ensure that FFI tracks and responds to key issues, contributes learning from our existing partnerships and has appropriate position statements in place
•             Ensure that all members of the Corporate Partnerships team are familiar with the outcomes of the work undertaken within the BHP Billiton programme portfolio
•             Engage with FFI’s regional and thematic programmes on development of initiatives that cut across their programme interests, participating in learning and the development of good practice more broadly
•             Work with the Project Design Specialist & Programme Director to build the capacity of FFI’s regional teams and partners to work in partnership with the private sector to minimise its impacts on biodiversity
•             Undertake any other tasks commensurate with the position that may be requested of you, from time-to-time, by your Line Manager
 
PERSON SPECIFICATION
 
Essential
·             Strong project management skills with experience in project planning, financial management, reporting and evaluation
·             Strong negotiating and influencing skills
·             Ability to think laterally and creatively
·             Strong communication and presentation skills (written and verbal)
·             Ability to convey the work of the FFI-BHP Billiton joint projects with confidence and credibility
·             Good team player with the ability to also work well under own initiative
·             Strong organisational skills, with structured and methodical approach to work and a clear focus on results
·             Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively
·             Fluent in English (spoken and written)
·             Excellent analytical and cognitive skills
·             Excellent project management skills
·             Experience of field work
·             An understanding of and experience of working in or with NGOs
·             IT literate
·             Strong research and analysis skills
·             An advanced Degree or equivalent level qualification in a biodiversity related subject (e.g. zoology, ecology, botany, environmental studies)
·             At least eight years’ experience of working on conservation issues in a developing country context or of Global environmental issues within the private sector
·             Experience of field work
·             Experience of overseas travel and work
·             Strategic
·             Partnership oriented
·             Committed to FFI’s mission
·             Builds positive personal and organisational relationships
·             A team player
 
Desirable
 
·             Experience of developing and implementing threats-based approach to biodiversity conservation projects
·             Experience in landscape level conservation planning
·             Experience with promoting and implementing payment for ecosystem services schemes, and an understanding of natural capital
·             Experience in partnering, networking and leveraging support at the site level.
·             Experience working in cross-sector partnerships, especially NGO/corporate partnerships
·             Experience and understanding of biodiversity and carbon offsetting
·             Understanding of GIS and experience using GIS software
 
 
 
 
APPLICATION PROCESS
 
Applications, consisting of covering letter explaining why you are applying for the position and relating your experience and skills to the role, a full CV, and contact details for two referees (who will not be approached without your permission), should be submitted either electronically to:
Karen.Masson@fauna-flora.org
 
or by post to:
 
Karen Masson, Manager, Finance & Administration. Fauna & Flora International Australia.  62 Cambridge St. Collingwood, VIC 3066. Australia.
 
Please mark your application ‘Programme Manager, Conservation Partnership’ and indicate in your covering letter where you saw this position advertised.  
 
FFI welcomes informal enquiries in relation to this post.  Please direct such enquiries to:
 
·             Joe Heffernan, Project Design Specialist- Environmental Markets.
Tel: +61 3 94165220. (Please leave number for call back).
Email: joe.heffernan@fauna-flora.org
 
Applications must be submitted by Friday 30th September, 2010
 
Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates.  If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.  
 
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