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Forest Coordinator Suriname
Job SummaryThe Forest Coordinator Suriname leads the WWF Guianas’ strategic program of action on Forest conservation in Suriname, WWF’s most ambitious conservation effort in the region.
Its focus includes topics such as protected areas management and planning, indigenous areas and sustainable livelihoods, climate change, conservation finance and green economies. In delivering the main strategic goals, the Forest Coordinator is tasked with development and management of the WWF’s Suriname Forest team, works in close collaboration with other thematic coordinators, the WWF network and local partners and under the leadership of the Conservation Director and the regional Senior Management Team.
- Implement the Suriname Forest Strategy; develop, implement and monitor corresponding annual workplans; monitoring and reporting of progress;
- Develop and negotiate grant and consultancy agreements in execution of the annual workplan Maintain good relations with the Suriname government, local partners, relevant business and civil society actors, knowledge institutes and local communities; ensure open and transparent dialogue with all relevant stakeholders and their input into the WWF Guianas’ strategy; ensure application of standards and best practices on community engagement;
- Maintain and actively disseminate knowledge and expertise on forest related topics; establish strategic linkages with relevant international actors;
- Actively contribute as focal point to WWF’s global communities of practices to deliver on WWF’s global goals and enhance Suriname’s conservation efforts through mobilizing international expertise;
- Work closely with the Conservation Director, Suriname Country Representative, Guyana Country Manager, French Guiana Country Manager and technical officers to deliver the 2016 – 2020 Guianas Forest strategy and actively contribute to ongoing strategic planning efforts.
Required qualifications and experience:
- MSc degree or higher in Protected areas, Natural Sciences, International Development or related field;
- 10 years of professional experience, 3 – 5 years of which preferably in the region, with demonstrated success in program management;
- Experience on engaging with corporate and government actors, and engagement with various stakeholders;
- Proven track record in successfully developing, leading and managing projects in the field of forest conservation and natural resources management;
- Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Respect, Results, Integrity & Partnerships;