This is an exciting time to join Cool Earth, a non-profit organisation that works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and climate change.
Cool Earth is scaling up its ambitions to find the best methods for supporting local communities to protect their forest globally. We are aiming to expand our portfolio of rainforest partnerships around the world, supported by local NGOs to work with local people to facilitate long-term forest protection. We are doing this to not only scale up our own impact but to also focus our efforts on learning from multiple partnerships on what works best, and what doesn’t, to support local people to protect their forest. Our aim is to share our findings widely with others for greater global impact. To do this we require an experienced project manager who is capable of inspiring and uniting teams, to help lead the growth of our partnerships and learning.
This is a newly created position and a key role within our growing organisation. You will report directly to the Deputy Director, Head of Programmes, and will play an instrumental role in increasing the effectiveness of the project management and evaluation of our global rainforest partnerships.
You will have substantial management experience and be a skilled project manager with a keen eye for identifying ways to improve effectiveness and learning. Experience of building systems and processes is a must and building good relationships with international partners and local NGOs would put you at a distinct advantage.
You will manage the systems and processes of Cool Earth’s Programmes by leading our dedicated and talented Programmes team to ensure we have efficient and useful data flow and are carrying out as effective project management as possible given the remote, rural, dynamic and community-based nature of our work. You will also be line managing the Forest Impacts team to draw out as many lessons and evaluation as we can from our activities.
This role requires someone that is collaborative, empathetic and calm while being able to manage with conviction. You will have a balanced, systematic and analytical mind able to keep sight of the bigger picture for managing local partnerships. You will enjoy the challenge of bringing pieces of the puzzle together in helping to build improved methods on supporting communities to protect their rainforests.
This is a permanent role based at the Cool Earth Headquarters in Penryn, Cornwall and may include international travel.
Working with the Deputy Director to:
- Identify key emerging issues and opportunities for programme development and direct capacity towards these, making trade-offs where appropriate
- Ensure approach to conservation is well evidenced and oversee Programme Managers’ research to support evidence-based conservation interventions
Line Management Responsibilities
- Provide clear and consistent leadership to, and day to day management of the programme team and forest impact team, working closely with the Deputy Director
- Provide guidance and direction regarding operational issues, including HR, finances and relationships with other Cool Earth departments
- Guide and empower the team to thrive and deliver against objectives, particularly on project management systems and processes
- Bring enthusiasm to the team to improve the current project management of our partnerships
- Foster and encourage opportunities for the team to develop new or improved methods in community support and forest conservation
- Provide mentoring for the Programme Managers in leading their own teams and encourage independence and initiative
Systems and Processes Responsibilities
- Refine, where necessary and support the implementation of systems and processes for project management of our rainforest partnerships
- Work with the Forest Impact Team to deliver robust monitoring and evaluation framework, appropriate to programme management and objectives
- Manage, refine and, where necessary, build systems and processes for project management of our rainforest partnerships
- Oversee the Programme Managers in reporting outcomes and the Forest Impact team in drawing insights from Cool Earth’s partnerships
- Support the Programme Managers in ensuring there are effective communication channels between the UK and our international teams
Essential Skills and Abilities
- Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
- Experience of developing and managing systems and processes
- Experience of project management tools for international development or conservation, including tools and methods such as log frames, theory of change
- Demonstrable experience of line management of multiple teams
- Ability to encourage and motivate teams to project manage effectively
- Experience of building high performing teams.
- Proven experience in delivering complex projects
- Highly developed levels of organisational and structural thinking, while also able to stay flexible and open minded as a manager and team player
- Project management leadership skills, with evidence of successfully delivering complex multiple stakeholder projects and ability to manage relationships
- Creativity, flair and imagination. Naturally curious with the ability to generate and identify and assess strategic confidence in unorthodox approaches
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence
- Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian and environmental principles of Cool Earth
- Experience of safeguarding and managing risks
- Willingness to undertake the occasional travel
Desirable Skills and Abilities
- Significant experience of working in international development or conservation programmes at manager level
- Prince 2 practitioner level qualified
- Familiar with Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, or an iteration of this best practice
- Practical field experience in a conservation or development context working with local communities and employees based internationally
- Previous experience of working in the charity sector
- Degree or higher level in any of the following: conservation, anthropology, socio-economics, international development, humanitarian, climate change, agroforestry subject
- Ability to speak French and/ or Spanish