Rare, a U.S.-based conservation organization, works globally to equip people in the world’s most threatened natural areas with the tools and motivation they need to care for their natural resources. For the last 30 years, at more than 90 sites and in more than 50 nations, Rare has addressed the underlying social and economic factors that create environmental threats. Rare’s approach has been to develop marketing and resources management tools that motivate local communities to protect their natural surroundings. Rare has been recognized by Monitor Consulting and Fast Company magazine as one of the “Top 25 Social Capitalists” in America for 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Its conservation toolkit has been embraced by many large environmental organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Audubon Society.
Rare’s signature Pride campaign builds grassroots support for environmental protection by training local conservation leaders in the use of commercial marketing tactics to build awareness, influence attitudes, and enable meaningful change. Rare has more than twenty years of experience in building local Pride for biodiversity conservation and has trained over 120 locally-based conservationists. Over the next 5 years, Rare plans to triple in size, resulting in exponentially greater impact.
Rare Philippines is currently implementing its Fish Forever Program in over 30 local government units (LGUs) and among the Responsible Partners of the DENR – UNDP Smart Sea program in Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS), Central Philippines. The Fish Forever Program is a partnership with LGUs to improve nearshore fisheries management programs. Moreover, the Smart Sea program aims to accelerate the strengthen the management of marine protected areas and MPA networks in marine key biodiversity areas in the country.
Reporting to the Senior Manager for Visayas Cluster, located in the Philippines, the Program Implementation Manager for Smart Seas’ key responsibilities include strategic support to project planning, coordination, monitoring, managing partners, project compliance and managing of funds and resources particularly on the Smart Seas program.
- Project Implementation Planning
- Work with the Visayas regional lead to facilitate Annual Project Planning and Budgeting including but not limited to catch-up plan and budget
Support in the planning to ensure delivery of overall project outcomes and its activities, including Monitoring and Evaluation plan;
- Project Transition Planning
- Assist the Visayas regional lead to develop a transition/sustainability plan and opportunity plan to sustain benefits and services of the program within DENR 7 and key partners/stakeholders
- Project coordination and communications
- Work with Visayas Lead on pro-active communications on various aspects of the project with relevant stakeholders and team members; support partner relationships (DENR 7, Oceana, BFAR, etc)
- Ensure the project can draw subject matter expertise from other Rare staff to support project implementation
- Coordinate delivery of project activities/services among different project activities
- Coordinate the support of the Program Operations and Implementation Team in managing project activities and working with LGU campaign teams to organize and prepare for their participation in project activities
- Project Monitoring and Reporting
- Lead in writing the quarterly progress report to facilitate tranche releases and other organizational and donor reports
- Lead in organizing and coordinating M&E activities for the SmartseasPH, including donor (UNDP) and DENR-PMU visits;
- Understand, learn and lead financial monitoring and reporting of the grant with FinOps support including ensuring that all financial reports and supporting documentation are prepared
- Ensure the Visayas team is informed and engaged in issue resolution, as appropriate
- Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques
- Keep the project plan accurate, updated, reflective of authorized project changes
- Project compliance
- Ensure project activities operate within policies and procedures of Rare, DENR, and the SmartseasPH project board;
- Ensure activities comply with relevant laws and professional standards;
- Develop forms and records to document project;
- Oversee the collection and maintenance of relevant project records;
- Evaluate and assess risks associated with project activities and take appropriate action/recommendation to control such risks;
- Participate in stakeholder meetings such as PAMB, Site Management Units (SMUs), and LGU alliances as necessary.
- Manage people resources
- Assist with the Visayas regional lead, in recruiting, selection and hire of quality program consultants and/or volunteers;
- Supervise the work of consultants/volunteers, as assigned;
- Provide coaching/mentoring and training/learning support to SmartSeasPH project sites and co-delivery partners;
- Project evaluation
- Facilitate conduct of annual evaluation and review of project results and gaps
- Develop action plans/adaptive plans/recommend changes to catch up and ensure project is on track;
- Report evaluation findings to Rare POINT team and Mancom, if necessary.
- Project Finance and Administration
- Comply with cash management, procurement, and acquittal of project expenses, in accordance with Rare financial management guidelines, processes and systems.
- Participate and contribute to cohort and site-level project reporting and overall program level reporting both financial and programmatic reporting;
- In coordination with Rare Finance Officer:
- Assist in reviewing acquittals of program fund users and report expenses that need to be re-coded, disallowed, or require more supporting documentation.
- Assist in setting-up and maintaining project financial reports and relevant documents like approved annual work and financial plan
Education and Experience
- Graduate of any of the following degree i.e. Fishery, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Social Science, Community Development or relevant bachelor’s degree
- At least 3-5 yrs experience in writing development/conservations plans such as marine protected management plan, coastal and fisheries resources management plan, eco-tourism development plans and other
- Knowledge in integrating/mainstreaming gender and climate change in local development plans and programs
- A capacity to manage and influence site partners in decision making process
- Independent judgment/initiative that could increase performance, productivity and efficiency leading towards achievement program/organizational goals
- Project management skills is a plus
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge in marine conservation is a plus
- Ability to work well in a team
- The ability to build good working relationships both internally and externally