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Executive Vice President for Conservation and the Regions

Employer
BirdLife International
Location
The role can be based at any of BirdLife International’s partner offices internationally
Salary
The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment, c. £110,000
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Discipline
Environmental Science
Job Type
Director
Employment - Hours
Full time
Duration
Permanent
Qualification
Professional certification
Sector
Charity/NGO

BirdLife International is in the second year of its ambitious ten year strategy, adopted at its centenary in 2022, designed to make the biggest possible contribution to the global endeavour of tackling the nature and climate emergency.

It now seeks an exceptional individual to be its new Executive Vice-President for Conservation and the Regions to lead its global conservation programme.

BirdLife is different from other international NGOs. Its 122 partner organisations in 118 countries are independent yet trusted by the local communities with whom they have been working sometimes for decades and they provide legitimate voices to influence their local governments.

Using birds as the barometers for the rest of nature, BirdLife believes that lasting change is best achieved through these strong, independent civil society organisations acting both nationally and together globally. 

As Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, the “godfather" of biodiversity said, "If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world”. 

The Partnership is supported by a Secretariat made up of c.250 people from 58 nationalities working in 11 offices around the world. This Secretariat’s core purpose is to curate and mobilise the best available evidence about bird conservation to support and grow the capacity/capability of Partners so that together they inspire a world richer in nature.  In short, it provides the glue, the roadmap and occasionally the rocket fuel to drive conservation around the world.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and as a key member of the Global Leadership Team, the Executive Vice President for Conservation and the Regions will provide strategic leadership and vision to BirdLife International’s global conservation efforts.

This pivotal role will oversee the implementation of BirdLife's conservation strategy, aligning global aspirations with regional delivery through a network of dedicated Partners. You will lead and manage the BirdLife Secretariat's six regional Directors and the team responsible for coordinating the six global conservation programmes: agriculture, climate change, flyways, forests, marine and preventing extinctions.

The ideal candidate will bring a wealth of strategic leadership and management experience gained in an international, diverse and multi-stakeholder environment, with a deep understanding of global conservation challenges and approaches. You will bring a proven track record of influencing for impact, fundraising and a demonstrated capacity to manage and maintain high level donor relations. With strong communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills, you will have a high level of emotional intelligence and the ability to listen and engage with a wide range of stakeholders both internally and externally as well as be a compelling ambassador for BirdLife International. Your deep commitment to BirdLife’s values and approach will be evident through your ability to foster collaboration at local, national, and international levels to ensure the effective delivery of the BirdLife International’s conservation endeavours.

We are looking for people who are passionate about nature. Join our committed and diverse team and you will have the opportunity to play a part in creating a world where nature and people live in greater harmony, more equitably and sustainably. If you want to make a difference and join the world’s largest nature conservation Partnership, then we would love to hear from you.

BirdLife values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to building and maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture, a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We aim to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity. For our full diversity, equity and inclusion statement please see here. 

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter, detailing how you fulfil the role description and personal specification quoting reference 7340The deadline for applications is 9am BST on Monday 22nd July.

The role can be based at any of BirdLife International’s partner offices internationally, and will require significant travel and communication across global time zones. The salary is commensurate with the seniority of the appointment, c. £110,000.

For a conversation in confidence, please contact Research Associate Isabela Betoret at Isabela.Betoret@perrettlaver.com.

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