Conservation Director (m/f) (21-01-2020)


To continue its dynamic development in collaboration with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Biflores is recruiting a Director to join and lead our team in Cape Verde. S/he must have proven experience and skills in organisational management and team leadership together with experience in nature conservation or a related field. S/he will need to be adaptable and able to work in a small dynamic team based on a small remote island.

Biflores is a non-governmental organization working to protect biodiversity, located on the Island of Brava (Cape Verde). Its aim is to protect and conserve the biodiversity of Brava including both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as fostering sustainable development to improve the livelihoods of the communities. Brava is a magnificent mountainous island in the southern island chain of Cape Verde, and is nicknamed the “island of flowers.” Biflores takes a ridge-to-reef approach to conserving Brava’s diverse species and habitats.

Brava is home to 21 endemic plant species including dragon trees and charismatic animals such as turtles and whale sharks. The latter is just one of the over 60 species of elasmobranches present in Brava’s waters. Endemic plants/trees and elasmobranches are two key focal areas for Biflores’ conservation work, which is delivered in partnership with FFI.

With plans to grow the organisation to an anticipated team of 10, the Director’s tasks are varied and challenging, including strategic planning, team building and management, networking, partner and community relationship management, project development and fundraising, and opportunities to support work in the field, requiring a high level of motivation, adaptability and strong team working. This position would be a good fit for someone with experience in managing small conservation organisations / teams and/or for a passionate and committed conservationist with proven entrepreneurial skills wishing to move into a leading role.

Start date: 1st May 2020, or as soon as possible
Duration: 3 years contract, subject to satisfactory performance, and with a 6 month probation period
Contract term: Full time
Salary: 800 euros per month (for reference, living costs on Brava are ~400 euros per month)
Location: Nova Sintra, Brava Island, Republic of Cape Verde

Job title: Director
Reporting to: Biflores Board

• Lead on the development of the organization
• Oversee the delivery of the organisation’s strategy and direct work programmes, to guarantee effective conservation and development outcomes
• Appoint and manage a team of programme leaders, ensuring the sound management of all staff
• Ensure the organisation is legally compliant as a small NGO operating in Cape Verde
• Ensure effective communication with and reporting to the Biflores Board
• Represent the organisation at all levels, maintaining positive relationships with government, local communities, major donors, and other key stakeholders

• Monitor financial performance and ensure financial sustainability
• Ensure appropriate and effective protocols are in place for project monitoring and reporting
• Ensure the health and safety of staff and others engaged in the organisation’s activities, and appropriate equipment use and storage. Design and implement a communications plan, to meet conservation, advocacy and fundraising goals
• Ensure a high standard of project, conservation and scientific fieldwork and other activity, as required and in line with your specific skills and experience

• A Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
• At least three years of experience in a leading position within the nature conservation or development sector
• Knowledge and / or experience in delivering strategy at the organisation or programme level
• Track record of successful team management, including management and support of managers who lead field staff
• Demonstrable experience in project design and management
• Demonstrable experience in monitoring & evaluation of projects and a good knowledge of data management
• Good knowledge in the field of finance & staff training are an added advantage
• Languages: excellent Portuguese or Spanish, excellent English (especially written)
• Competent writer of business letters and funding proposals
• Self-driven, results-oriented with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on high quality and sustainability
• A forward planner who critically assesses own performance
• “Entrepreneurial” attitude: daring, drive and creative thinking to grow the organisation
• Relevant experience in field-level implementation of conservation or related projects
• Proven ability to motivate and achieve targets through team building
• Ability to nurture and support team members with demonstrable hands-on field experience and skills that can be shared with the team

Applications, consisting of: a cover letter explaining why you are applying for the position and relating your experience and skills to the role (max 2 pages), a full CV, and contact details of two referees, should be in English and submitted via email to: (with the title “Application - Biflores Director”).
The closing date for applications is 16th February 2020.
Interviews are likely to be held the week commencing 24th February 2020.
Candidates selected for interview will be contacted by email. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
This post is being advertised along with several others posts; please only apply for the position you consider yourself best suited for.


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