The Biodiversity Financing Advisor will be responsible to cultivate financing from private and public sectors for biodiversity conservation. Core initiatives include:
Promoting payments for ecosystem services (PES) or tourism initiatives to LGU and private sector partners, generating revenue from sales, and promoting ‘plough-back’ activities that promote biodiversity conservation and/or livelihood strengthening for PES ‘sellers;
Promoting and mobilizing public private partnership investments in Protect Wildlife anti-poaching and trafficking efforts; and
Promoting environment and natural resource (ENR)-linked livelihood opportunities to target stakeholders—including upland farmers—via access to finance, training and technical support.
For PES work, the Biodiversity Financing Advisor will work with LGUs and private sector groups in target landscapes to promote PES. S/he will build from project guidelines and templates developed from work in Palawan to promote PES and implement with multiple partners across the project’s target sites. S/he will place heavy focus on promotion and management of plough-back initiatives for PES ‘sellers.’
In support of livelihood activities and access to finance, the Biodiversity Financing Advisor will identify beneficiary groups and promote access to finance through project partnerships with the Ecumenical Church Foundation, Inc. (ECLOF) and the Foundation foraSustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI). The advisor will support the loan/grant application process, serving asalink between project beneficiaries and ECLOF/ FSSI. S/he will pair this support by developing training programs and providing technical support for conservation-friendly practices and business planning and management.
The Biodiversity Financing Advisor will be based in Manila and will report directly to the Chief of Party. S/he will direct the Protect Wildlife’s Strategic Approach (SA) 2 – Intensify Public and Private Financing for Biodiversity Conservation. He/she will lead and supervise the work of two specialists – the LGU and Public Enterprises Specialist and a Resource Economist.
Relevant Experience & Requirements:
BS in finance/business administration, agriculture, natural resource management or related field is required; an advanced degree is preferred
Strong record in business development preferably with ENR-related ventures and enterprises that have worked with communities, fisher folks, value-chain businesses and marketing
At least5years of experience in projects with livelihood, PES, PPP or PPCCP-type of assessment and operations with local governments and CSOs inadeveloping country context
Capable of leading and managing a multi-disciplinary team
English and Tagalog fluency is required
Computer proficiency is required preferably with the use of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software
If you are interested for the above posts, please email your CV, cover letter and at least three (3) references at [email protected]no later than December 9, 2018. In the subject line, please indicate the position you are applying for. Only short-listed qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.