11 Jul 2018

World Wide Fund for Nature Jobs in Uganda : Conservation Programs Manager

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WWF is one of the world’s largest independent and experienced Conservation organizations operating in over 100 Countries in the world. WWF UCO implements a number of national programmes promoting environment conservation in Uganda. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of our planet’s natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

Job Summary: The Conservation Programs Manager will lead, oversee and coordinate WWF Uganda conservation efforts by implementing WWF Uganda strategic plan (2015-2020) to the highest standards with professional and skilled staff, and strong financial resources, delivering conservation impact at scale in places that are key for WWF’s Network Initiatives and other global conservation priorities. Define WWF Uganda conservation priorities, linking it with global conservation outcomes, monitoring progress and assessing impact and to help the WWF Uganda grow in strength and influence by supporting the development and implementation of strongly defined and engaging campaign strategies.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working with the CD ensures that the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy is implemented through effective program implementation and development in line with Uganda conservation requirements and priorities;
  • Provides advice and collaboration to the Country Director (CD), WWF program teams; including supervision of conservation staff, providing technical assistance as required, in accordance with WWF policies, procedures, and standards;
  • Work with the CD and Senior Management Team to develop and implement funding strategies to support WWF Uganda’s conservation programs;
  • Maintain and deliver a plan and budget for the delivery of the conservation programs in line with strategic plans;
  • Develop, establish and build strong enduring relationships with WWF Uganda’s community of partners, staff, Advisory Board and supporters to strengthen interaction, creativity and conservation results;
  • Within the sub region, the Conservation Programs Manager will contribute to the development and implementation of coherent regional transboundary programs and conservation programs embedded in the UCO;
  • Promotes the vision and objectives of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to external and WWF stakeholders, and participates in strategic partnership-building / fundraising approaches to them;
  • Establishes, reviews and implements effective program organizational/ management structures, policies, and processes in collaboration with the relevant UCO staff;
  • Makes sure all technical standards and reporting requirements are met including all Monitoring Tools, namely the APMS/SPM, Dashboard, C2G, and others are delivered on time and with due quality.

Strategy and program development

  • Ensures that a Conservation Strategy relevant to national policies, constituencies, civil society aligned with the Global Program Framework, Global goals, Global practices and Africa Ecological features, is developed and implemented;
  • Is responsible, in line with the Conservation Strategy, financial sustainability plan, in consultation with program staff and all relevant contacts, for the development and submission of program, project, concepts and proposals, and for continuity of program implementation, to ensure best practice in conservation and the growth of the conservation program;

Program management

  • Initiates, investigates, evaluates and develops annual workplans, operating plans for conservation program, with clear priorities for members of project teams, and oversees their efficient implementation; and assist with the preparation of TOR’s for specialists engaged, in line with the Conservation Strategy, financial sustainability plan, in consultation with program staff and all relevant contacts;
  • Is responsible for all aspects of project management, through program coordinators and their teams, by the appropriate application of support and advice;
  • Develops and maintains a monitoring and reporting system for projects that ensures the best practice in program management and that provides timely reports according to the formats and schedules of partners and WWF Network;
  • Works closely with the M&E specialist to ensure that all technical reports and other relevant documents are posted onto the WWF Project Database;
  • Coordinates the contribution to the Global Practices and the work of the Focal Points;
  • Working closely with Finance staff, ensures the development of conservation program budgets for approval by the country director and monitors expenditures against budgets, making sure there are no under or over expenditures and preventing deficits;
  • Acts as team leader and coordinator of all project and technical personnel in line with the Conservation Strategy, such that projects are incorporated into a coherent conservation program;
  • Ensures compliance to standards, both internal and external, for all programs and conservation activities;
  • Cooperates with programmatic audits, and implements audit recommendations in a timely manner.

Freshwater role: Hold the portfolio of the Freshwater Coordinator and develop the freshwater program till the substantive Freshwater Coordinator is hired;

External engagement:

  • Ensures strategic engagement with relevant international and national stakeholders on conservation and technical issues, including strong engagement on policy, advocacy and rights based approaches issues;
  • Promotes the vision and objectives of the WWF Uganda Conservation Strategy to government, donor, civil society, corporate, and WWF stakeholders at national- and International-level meetings, conferences, and fora;
  • Develops, participates in and oversees strategic partnership-building / fundraising approaches with Government, Donor, Civil Society, Corporate, and WWF stakeholders;
  • Develops and maintains a technical communications network for the support of programs, projects and partnerships;
  • Promotes the WWF UCO brand and raises the image of WWF within the scope of the conservation program.

Staff management

  • Ensures high-quality staffing of the WWF Uganda conservation program, based upon regular analyses of staffing needs (technical, financial, management, policy, lobbying/advocacy), monitoring staff performance, review of job descriptions for all positions, training, coaching and mentoring of qualified staff;
  • Manages conservation staff relationships in a positive and proactive manner, ensuring participative decision-making, conflict resolution within the conservation program and regional programs hosted/embedded in the country office;
  • Ensures regular technical/conservation and other meetings for the conservation program.


  • Participates in Senior Management Team meetings and provides secretariat for the Country office support group, in collaboration with the Country Director;
  • Performs other duties as requested by the Country Director and, in his/her absence, acts as Deputy.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Programs Manager job placement must hold an advanced university degree in an appropriate field (Conservation/ Environment /Natural Resource Management/Forest/Freshwater/Terrestrial Ecology). Additional academic training or a degree in a management field would be a strong asset;
  • Proven track record in NGO fundraising, successfully developing, leading, and managing programs in the field of Conservation, Natural Resource Management, International Development, and/or other related fields;
  • Ten years of professional experience in a Program/Project Management role, 5 years of which should be in the Eastern/Southern Africa region (preferably Uganda), with demonstrated success in managing multi-disciplinary teams; and
  • Knowledge of and experience with monitoring and evaluation of programs / projects, and;
  • Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework of the environment and conservation in Uganda, as well as of relevant policy issues.
  • Proven leadership and team management skills;
  • Leading teams and managing change in the organisation;
  • Skilled in negotiation, liaison, and in relationship and conflict management;
  • Strong skills in project planning, proposal writing, financial management and implementation, fundraising, evaluation, and experience working with donors;
  • Strong people management and leadership skills with a high degree of accountability;
  • Strong organisational and analytical skills;
  • A working knowledge of financial management, especially of programs and projects;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, with the ability to network and to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels, both internally and with local communities, government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, the scientific community, the business community, and the WWF Network;
  • Adaptable, flexible, able to take initiative and prioritize among competing demands;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
  • Ability to think flexibly and creatively while driving change and high performance;
  • Decisive, proactive, collaborative and an excellent communicator;
  • Passion and commitment for conservation and sustainable development
  • Adherence to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

How to Apply

All interested candidates should send their cover letters and updated CVs via Email to: [email protected] with the subject line “UCO-CONSPM.”

Deadline: 21st July 2018

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