Technical Director

Monrovia, Liberia 🇱🇷


  Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.  CI’s strategy is to serve as a trusted advisor to decision makers at all levels to help societies establish healthy, sustainable economies that secure nature’s ability to provide enduring human well-being.

CI is a global organization that has been active in Liberia for nearly 15 years working closely with communities, private sector, government and civil society leaders to support conservation and sustainable development.  With enormous wealth of natural resources, Liberia is at a vital point in its development history and has an opportunity to encourage investors and promote development initiatives that both support economic growth and development while maintaining Liberia’s critical natural capital for future generations.   Proper stewardship of Liberia’s resources may prove to be the key to the future well-being of Liberian people.

Summary/Purpose of Position

CI Liberia is seeking an experienced, dynamic, collaborative and detail-oriented individual to lead our programmatic team.  Reporting to the Country Director, the Technical Director is responsible for executing CI Liberia’s strategy in which sustainable production practices, protection of critical natural capital and effective governance deliver lasting benefits for people.

The Technical Director plays a key role in building and consolidating CI’s sustainable landscape approach focusing on CI’s core development areas including coastal and marine conservation, sustainable agriculture and conservation stewardship .  The Technical Director is responsible for designing programs to deliver CI’s strategy in Liberia, developing and rolling out new tools and strategies, securing and managing funds, and managing critical relationships to ensure delivery.   Duties are diverse and include project management, technical oversight and monitoring, and capacity building. The Technical Director ensures compliance with CI policies, program and   funding agreements and local requirements.

S/he regularly represents CI and builds alliances and engages key external stakeholders including government and non-government officials, donors, and other parties critical to program success. The Program Director works closely with staff throughout CI to ensure the Liberia program forms an integral part of achieving organization-wide goals.  S/he identifies capacity gaps and implements measures to build capacity both internally and with external partners.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop program strategies, objectives, work plans and metrics in line with the Country strategy
  • Lead in the development and roll out of CI’s Sustainable Landscape Approach across CI- Liberia core focal areas engaging government, private sector, and local communities
  • Oversee program activities and manage senior program and technical staff and the work of external partners
  • Manage public or private funds; ensure compliance with donor requirements and CI policies
  • Monitor, measure, interpret, and share results on a regular basis.  Distribute financial and progress reports; identify and implement refinements in work plans and strategies.
  • Work across units to ensure that program activities are aligned with CI’s conservation and division priorities.
  •  Ensure program compliance with CI policies, funding agreements and local requirements.
  • Identify capacity building needs.  Implement and monitor efforts to address capacity gaps.
  • Lead information sharing and cross collaboration.  Build stakeholder understanding and support through proactive communication efforts included fact sheets, statistics, and related communication materials. 
  • Hold conferences and other learning events to share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Effectively engage stakeholders including donors, government and NGOs, technical colleagues and other partners important to program success. 
  • Represent the organization externally.  Serve as a trusted and visible point of contact for CI. 
  • Identify opportunities for program growth and development.
  • Play a lead role in ensuring program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities. Regularly partner with CI and HQ staff on funding proposals and regional/global fundraising efforts.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 7 years or more related work experience.  Advanced degree preferred.
  • Program or project management experience, preferably in the global conservation, NGO, advocacy or related for-profit arena.
  • Excellent technical and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • 2 – 3 years’ experience supervising others including multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse work groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • A record of success in influencing and partnering with key stakeholders and raising funds.
  • Proven ability to multitask and meet priorities.  Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under minimal supervision. 
  • Fluency in English required.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Preferred experience working with Open Standards or other project management tools
  • Preferred experience with/ knowledge of the natural capital protocol or other priority setting/ land use decision making  tools
  • Demonstrated technical experience in one or more of CI’s key areas of intervention including agriculture/ agribusiness sector (especially palm oil) or experience in marine and costal conservation
  • Preferred familiarity with community development and alternative livelihood issues preferably in West Africa
  • Proficiency in French desirable

Other Information:

This position is for a multi-year contract beginning in March 2017 renewable based on progress made and funding availability after the first year.   The successful candidate will possess characteristics that include but are not limited to; adaptability, leadership, facilitation, strong analytical skills, mentorship and teambuilding.