Program Associate, International Alliances Program

Website National Audubon Society

Overview:

Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

International Alliances Program

 

The International Alliances Program’s (IAP) new business plan provides the roadmap for deepening our efforts in key countries where we are presently working and carrying out strategic initiatives that support conservation at scale throughout the region. Audubon is the BirdLife partner in the United States and much of our work in Latin America and the Caribbean is carried out with and through BirdLife and other partners. We achieve our conservation results by working alongside our partners through a series of strategies and projects funded by public, foundation and individual donors.

Position Summary:

As a key member of the IAP team, the Program Associate will be responsible for providing essential backstopping to the management and implementation of IAP’s projects across several countries. S/he will support the day-to-day operational and technical aspects within the program including: managing and executing conservation activities; helping complete studies, analyses, plans and other written project deliverables; providing technical input and quality control for products and activities carried out by partners; coordinating logistical aspects for workshops and field work; providing content and helping write reports and proposals for donors, as well as for presentations and internal and external communications. S/he will help guarantee efficient and smooth communications and implementation of our work by coordinating and communicating closely with in-country partners, Audubon staff, consultants and others to help deliver results and products in an efficient and cost effective manner. This individual will play an important role in advancing the work, reporting on results, and developing new projects.

Essential Functions:

  • Carryout and ensure effective and timely execution of project activities in coordination with Audubon partners, guaranteeing high-quality implementation and deliverables.
  • Provide technical support and input for activities and project deliverables that includes review, analysis, editing, writing and translation.
  • Help monitor and report on project progress – results and products – by gathering information, writing reports and communicating and coordinating closely with partners, consultants and technical staff.
  • Help write proposals and reports for both public and private donors.
  • Help develop technical components of contracts and agreements and work in close coordination with consultants, technical and administrative staff and partners to guarantee timely completion and high quality results.
  • Help develop content for communications for internal and external audiences that includes presentations, web content, project descriptions, etc.
  • Effectively coordinate and communicate with partners, IAP staff and others in order to achieve a high level of collaboration that facilitates project implementation.
  • When needed represent Audubon by participating in meetings, workshops and other activities and events to strengthen Audubon’s position and brand in the region and carry out IAP’s activities.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, ecology or related field required; Master’s degree and/or project management certifications a plus.
  • At least 3 years of work in conservation and/or development field work, project coordination, implementation and monitoring, reporting and communications; experience with publicly funded projects or programs strongly preferred.
  • Must demonstrate individual initiative and ability to work well with others in a team-based setting.
  • Highly organized and efficient individual with a proven ability to manage diverse activities under pressure to ensure timely solid, high quality results.
  • Experience working with and helping coordinate multi-disciplinary teams across a decentralized institution with partners distributed across a wide geography preferred.
  • Fluency in and ability to read and write in Spanish and English required
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), and negotiation skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and creative spirit, with the ability to: resolve problems, navigate complex situations and establish and maintain cohesive, functional relationships that result in high quality products.
  • Knowledge and experience in Latin America managing programs and projects strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge and experience working with GIS and MS Excel and PowerPoint software.
  • Knowledge and experience of Climate Change Adaptation projects a plus.
  • Flexible approach to work; and willingness to travel internationally (up to 25%) and interest in working in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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