Thursday, August 21, 2008

EARTHWATCH INSTITUTE : Vacancy for FIELD DIRECTOR

Reports to: Head of Climate Change Field Centers, Earthwatch Institute (US)



Location: Sirsi, Karnataka and Delhi


Context
Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit environmental organization that brings science to life for people concerned about the Earth's future. Earthwatch Institute is seeking to hire a Field Director to deliver an exciting new Field Research and Education Program, in partnership with HSBC Bank and several international NGOs.



This global 5-year funded program aims to reduce the impacts of Climate Change on people and their livelihoods, by promoting action in some of the world’s major cities, river basins and ecosystems. Under this program, the Earthwatch Institute is establishing Regional Climate Centers in the following countries: UK, USA, Brazil, India and China. These centers will provide the base for the research program, which aims to engage HSBC employees and communities surrounding the centers in understanding and acting on climate change.


Position Purpose:

The Field Director India will be responsible for the following:



· The Field Director will deliver the HSBC Climate Partnership program at the India Regional Climate Center, overseeing the research and education program to achieve the agreed key performance indicators and to ensure that the program achieves an ongoing environmental, economic and social legacy within the climate center landscape.

· S/he will be a strategic member of Earthwatch India and work closely with the Country Director to develop the profile/ programs of the organization in India.

· The incumbent would be expected to have sharp networking skills and an interest in ecology and environmental science.

· The Field Director would be responsible for building a team, conceptualising the program and implement and monitor the same alongside.

· The Field Director would be responsible for the planning, organising, directing, controlling and monitoring of operations & implementation of all projects.

· The Field Director would be responsible for managing a team and delivering a program of climate change research and field-based learning at the India Regional Climate Center ensuring that Earthwatch standards for health, safety & volunteer management in the field are met at the Field Center and ensuring the effective implementation as well as collaborate with the research team for reporting of results and successful delivery of the research program through teams of employee fellows.

· Develop and manage relationships with local education and conservation NGO’s, with local public and business communities, and with local government and stakeholder teams in order to maximize the impacts of the program.

· Liaise with other Earthwatch Field Directors to share best practice and learning across all field centers and to input into shared systems and research monitoring processes for all climate change research projects.

· Line Manage two field centers, the Climate Center budgets and activities and maintain the partnership between Earthwatch and the field research partners.

· Manage fiscal and administrative reporting duties including reports on climate change outcomes and impacts of activities against agreed key performance indicators.

· Manage the local communications program and be the central point of communication to the Earthwatch office for the Field Center.

· To oversee and coordinate the Field Center and training and development of Center Staff.



For the position of FIELD DIRECTOR, we are looking for individuals with:

Education
Ph.D in Science (preferably environment or forest ecology) or equivalent experience.

Qualifications:

Strong background in environmental action research (preferably in forest ecology), with at-least 12-15 years of experience in strategic project planning, management & implementation.

Skills in project operations management - which involves strategy, financial management, human resources management, information management and oversight.
Skills in building & sustaining partnerships with multiple stakeholders - government, donors, project partners.
Strong written & verbal communication skills.

Preferable:

Strong familiarity with the region and with environmental issues within the Western Ghats Area.
Knowledge of Kannada.


Third Sector Partners, a leading CxO and board search firm in the Not for Profit sector has been retained by EARTHWATCH to recruit this position. Interested candidates can send in their CVs with a cover note and 3 references to

Contact : divya@thirdsectorpartners.com and earthwatch.fd@gmail.com or Contact us at: +91 22 6660 3558/6660 3559.

Only short listed candidates would be contacted.


Thanks and regards,

Divya Babbar
Associate Knowledge Manager
Third Sector Partners-India
Tel:+91 22 6660 3558/59
Email:divya@thirdsectorpartners.com
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