workinafrica Africa Great Lakes Project Manager TNC
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Industry: Human Resources
Country: Zambia
City: Lusaka
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  • Posted: 03 June 2015

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Africa Great Lakes Project Manager


The African Great Lakes Region (AGLR), as delineated by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), covers ten countries and seven major Lake Basins in East and Central Africa, holds approximately one-third of the world’s fresh surface water and supports some 50 million people who rely on the services nature provides for their lives and livelihoods (e.g., food, drinking water, transportation). The AGLR also is rich in biological diversity, including more than 1,400 freshwater fish species.  While many of the basins within the AGLR remain in good ecological health, others have suffered significant degradation in the last few decades. Emerging threats from the energy and mining sectors, combined with climate change, are putting the near- and long-term health of even the most intact basins at risk. Recent workshops and publications—including the Great Lakes to Great Lakes Initiative meeting convened by the U.S. Department of State’s Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in February 2015 and the Conservation Strategy for the Great Lakes Region of East and Central Africa published by the MacArthur Foundation and BirdLife International in 2012—have identified information access and regional coordination as key gaps in AGLR conservation efforts. Such cross-fertilization, data sharing and collaboration would encourage conservation at the scale required to avoid and mitigate the challenges communities in these basins face.

The Africa Great Lakes Project Manager will lead TNC’s effort to work with partners to organize and host an African Great Lakes Summit, facilitate long-term connections and create the foundation for a related, web-based information platform to:

Foster much-needed collaboration among a selected group of regional and national stakeholders
Encourage a whole basin approach to lake management.
Increase access to data and best practices.



Masters’ degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
Experience developing partnerships (NGOs, community, government, private sector).
Negotiation skills.
Knowledge, relationships, and experience in the African Great Lakes Region
Willingness to travel throughout the AGLR


Leads TNC and partner efforts to coordinate and exchange across the Rift Lakes of the AGLR and their coastal watersheds: Albert, Edward, Kivu, Malawi/Nyasa/Niassa, Tanganyika, Turkana, Victoria Programmatic scope will require working across 10 African countries and multiple lake-basin organizations (e.g., Lake Tanganyika Authority, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization and the Trilateral Lake Kivu and Ruzizi River Basin Authority to develop relationships and common goals. . Leads and manages team that will organize and host an African Great Lakes Summit in late 2016 or early 2017. Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance while controlling costs and administering budgets. Responsible for ensuring that public and private funds are properly managed to achieve common goals Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and judgment. Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment. Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.

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Required Skills

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Learning