Forest & Climate Grant Manager, Conservation Science & Enterprise

Job title:         Forest & Climate Grant Manager, Conservation Finance & Enterprise

Salary:             Circa £34,000 per annum

Start date:      As soon as possible

End date:        30 May 2021

Hours:             37.5 hours per/week

Responsible for:

The Forest & Climate Grant Manager will manage delivery of the Norad grant: ‘Driving REDD+ consensus through national policy implementation’, which is the primary funder of the Wonegizi REDD+ Project, and which also supports FFI’s community forestry programme in Myanmar. He/she will also support FFI in understanding funding opportunities, especially multilateral funding mechanisms, relevant to REDD+ and our portfolio of pilot projects, with a particular focus on bi-lateral and multi-lateral climate finance; and will support the development of new funding proposals, as appropriate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with key staff to develop annual operational budgets and work plans for the Norad grant
  • Working with the Wonegizi REDD+ project manager to manage the Norad grant budget on an ongoing basis, focusing on tracking and forecasting expenditure and ensuring compliance with all donor requirements
  • Supporting the Senior REDD+ Programme Manager to liaise with and coordinate the project team to ensure the on-time delivery of project activities, ensuring that they are on track against targets, budgets and quality standards
  • Managing UK based procurement processes, identifying and negotiating with contractors and suppliers for materials and services, in accordance with institutional and donor requirements
  • Acting as primary liaison point with the donor
  • Ensuring timely, accurate and quality technical, operational and financial reporting to the funder and institution
  • Preparing regular reports on progress to senior managers
  • Supporting the smooth integration of existing Norad funded activities with new funding streams in the Upper Guinean Forest Landscape (UGFL)
  • Supporting the CFE team in keeping up to date with details of key bi-lateral and multi-lateral funding mechanisms relevant to REDD+ and to supporting FFI’s projects to access these
  • Supporting FFI’s pilot projects to respond to and take advantage of REDD+ funding opportunities, including supporting the development of proposals to pursue strategic funding opportunities

Essential are:

  • Relevant first degree (e.g. environmental science, international development, accounting, management, communications)
  • Proven track record of effective grant management, including delivery of complex statutory grants involving multiple stakeholders and requiring delivery and monitoring of multiple streams of work
  • Excellent budget and financial management skills, with proven experience in financial management of high-value statutory awards
  • Experience in statutory donor relationship management
  • Experience working in the environmental and/or development field
  • Experience working in an international environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Fluent spoken/ written English

Desirable are:

  • Experience of working in West Africa, particularly Liberia
  • Experience in the design and implementation of REDD+ projects and policies
  • Knowledge of international climate policy as it relates to land use and forestry, and examples of national government approaches to delivering REDD+
  • Experience working within a geographically dispersed team
  • French language skills


Please view the following document for further details of the position and how to apply:

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The closing date for applications is Sunday, 1st December 2019.