SAR/Peru Team Lead Consultant
Practice Area: International Conservation
Employment Type: Contract
Start Date: 03/02/21
Environmental Incentives’ mission is to enhance the environment that sustains resilient and healthy communities. We design performance-driven approaches that empower public and private sector leaders to multiply their impact. Our work improves the effectiveness of conservation and development programs worldwide. Since our establishment in 2004, we have become a leading advisor to natural resource and development program managers across the country and internationally. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation operating four offices across the U.S. and supporting field staff in multiple countries.
- Western Office (headquarters) – South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Eastern Office – Washington, DC
- Mountain Office – Denver, CO
- Southern California Office – San Diego, CA
- Kenya Field Office – Nairobi, Kenya
Environmental Incentives is seeking to hire a Lima-based South America Region/Peru Team Lead Consultant to support the success of a client-focused technical team and help EI establish a more permanent presence in the region. The SAR/Peru Team Lead consultancy is based in Lima, Peru and will serve as primary steward of EI’s client relationships, most importantly those with USAID’s bilateral and regional missions in Lima. The Team Lead will oversee and support work within two USAID-funded contracts, Measuring Impact II (MI2) and Latin America and the Caribbean Environment Services Support Contract (LAC ESSC). The scope of work includes the potential for work in Washington, DC for periods of 2-4 weeks occasionally.
Under MI2, Environmental Incentives, together with Foundations of Success and ICF, supports USAID-funded biodiversity conservation programs across Latin America with workshops to build capacity for adaptive management, and deliver MEL support across the USAID Amazon Vision portfolio. MI2 engages Mission staff and implementing partners in workshops through all phases of the Program Cycle – project and activity design, start-up, mid-implementation pause and reflect, and evaluation.
Under ESSC, EI works with USAID to develop persuasive and effective technical and communications products that inform donors and implementing organizations across the Amazon of successful projects, lessons learned, project outcomes, and that highlight USAID’s technical leadership in supporting biodiversity and the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples.
Under the direction of the Washington DC-based EI LAC Portfolio Lead, the successful candidate will manage a team working on multiple activities across various clients and contracts within EI and USAID SAR/Peru. They will be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with clients and key stakeholders to ensure high quality and impactful products and services. They will also be able to quickly grasp complex coordination needs and set clear paths for team members and clients alike, managing adaptively in response to emerging priorities.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Steward strategic vision and client relationship
- Working with the LAC Portfolio Lead, MI2 and ESSC leadership, ensure delivery of a strategic vision and management plan for EI’s work with USAID in Peru and the South America Region.
- Understand the clients’ needs and oversee delivery of high-quality services to meet those needs.
- Identify and manage synergies across contracts to add value to the services EI is delivering in Peru and across the Latin America region.
- Collaborate and consult with USAID SAR office and Peru Mission to identify technical support needs and align delivery of in-person and virtual technical assistance.
- Develop strong working relationships with individuals on client teams, tailoring communication and management approaches to meet their management needs and styles.
- Ensure that client vision is delivered through team execution of annual planning, monthly reporting, financial management, and MEL functions of the SAR and Peru buy-ins under MI2 and ESSC
- Actively anticipate problems and proactively and transparently address them with the client; identify problems and solutions with Project Directors and with EI teams and leadership
Effectively manage consulting teams to delivery high quality services
- Serve as an effective conduit of information within EI and with client teams. Support cross-team learning and establish communications channels within the EI team to efficiently share information and engage technical specialists.
- Coach and mentor EI and partner teams to meet EI’s quality expectations in client management, facilitation, and work process management
- Manage staff performance and as needed, play a leadership role in recruiting and onboarding new staff.
- Develop sections of annual work plan and budget based on client vision
- Implement work plan to achieve programmatic goals
- Generate product definitions/scoping sheets, transmission sheets, dissemination plans to ensure clarity of roles and timelines along product development process.
- Track production and communicate with Project Directors, client, Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) team as needed
- Conduct QA/QC of deliverables
- Set and maintain quality standards for delivery of work
- Develop sections of required narrative reports
- Contribute to implementation of MEL Plans, including annual pause and learn
- Set and reinforce expectation that the team will use agreed Knowledge Management systems
- Provide technical assistance as necessary. This may include USAID Program Cycle support, such as activity design, development of theories of change, facilitation of pause and reflect workshops or production of communications products such as briefs, blog posts, short video updates, presentations, and technical products.
Contribute to Environmental Incentives’ company initiatives
- Contribute to new business development efforts
- Facilitate development of new relationships between EI and potential clients and partners
- Contribute to EI’s performance management and process improvement
- Provide in-country leadership support to EI’s efforts to establish an office in Lima and register in Peru
Environmental Incentives seeks talented, creative and inspired professionals who can provide technical leadership in a growing practice while being flexible enough to fit into a strong EI culture and operational norms.
These qualifications are considered the minimum necessary and we expect successful candidates will bring more than the minimum listed.
- Fluent spoken and written Spanish and English
- Experience working with USAID and familiarity with the USAID Program Cycle
- Pro-active problem solver and client manager
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate and effectively communicate with multi-cultural and interdisciplinary teams of development practitioners and researchers
- Demonstrated experience working independently with remote supervision
- Experience managing teams and large portfolios of work
- Willingness to travel throughout the region to support technical work
- Minimum 5 years of professional experience with international development and biodiversity conservation programs, or related MEL initiatives in South America
- Master’s degree in an international development or environment-related field
- Workshop facilitation and/or training experience
- Experience using the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and/or Miradi software
- Experience in communications and knowledge management
The consultancy will be based in Lima, Peru. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the consultancy will begin remotely.
Salaries depend on qualifications and location.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Please submit your application no later than February 6, 2021. On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates to request additional information. We will invite the top candidates to interview and may also request that they complete a short written or analytical skills assessment.
ENVIRONMENTAL INCENTIVES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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