Deputy Chief of Party (Natural Resources Management/Biodiversity Specialist)


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Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow.  The promise of a healthy life.  Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities.  Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Position Purpose

Pact is seeking a Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Natural Resources Management/Biodiversity Specialist for an anticipated USAID-funded five-year program to address the most significant threats to biodiversity in Madagascar by improving the enabling environment for effective community-based management and protection of natural resources. The DCOP will lead all programmatic efforts in collaboration with other related USAID projects.

Key Responsibilities

  • Acting as the leader for program activities (organizational support, training and communication, information management, analysis and policy development), including direct supervision of program staff.
  • Serving as the liaison between the project and all other public and private sector counterparts, implementing partners, and other donors involved with environmental knowledge management, and capacity building.
  • Providing programmatic leadership in the engagement of cross-cutting concerns such as climate resilience considerations, gender and youth mainstreaming, and ICT applications to promote development objectives under this program.
  • Keeping the Chief of Party apprised regarding issues of program management and implementation; principal assistant of the COP to resolve issues of program management and implementation.

Basic Requirements

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in forestry, marine fisheries, or another degree related to biodiversity, natural resources management and/or land tenure and property rights focused at the community level
  • At least ten (10) years of professional experience in managing and implementing terrestrial/marine Protected Area Management, and/or Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM), and/or community based forestry programs, and/or community-managed marine areas.
  • At least five (5) years of experience working on environment-related law and policy development and/or tenure and property rights issues for natural resources.
  • Proven ability to supervise multi-disciplinary team and manage multi-disciplinary activities (organizational support, training and communication, information management, analysis and policy development).
  • Strong relationships with government officials and policy makers, donors, private sector and environment program actors.
  • Excellent communications skills including full fluency in English and French

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a leadership role on USAID-funded contracts
  • Experience in Madagascar highly preferred
  • Malagasy speaking ability preferred