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Program Manager

Live & Learn Environmental Education

Join a highly respected and passionate NGO making a real difference across Asia and the Pacific, working towards an equitable and sustainable world free from poverty. Work and travel across the Live & Learn network of local country teams to help implement community-based development projects focused on climate resilience, nature-based solutions, inclusion and wellbeing.

The Role

As Program Manager in our growing Climate Resilient Islands (CRI) programme team, you will be helping to develop and implement nature-based solutions to climate change in vulnerable Pacific Island communities.

This is a long term (two year) position with options to renew and offering a competitive salary package, with NFP Salary Packaging available, as well as opportunities to travel.

The ideal candidate

The successful applicant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate experience, knowledge and understanding of Program management and administration.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of development, in particular inclusive and participatory approaches.
  • Breadth and depth of management experience including communications, digital management platforms, planning within a developing country setting or with other cultural groups.
  • Experience in strategic analysis and development at a program level.
  • Experience in providing professional leadership, including around staff professional task management.
  • Experience in facilitating dialogue across multi-cultural groups.
  • Post graduate qualification in management, administration or related disciplines is desirable.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the field of managing development projects, preferably in the Pacific region.
  • Experience living in the Pacific education would be an advantage.

Key roles and responsibilities

  • Monitor and manage the Activities identified risks and issues and keep their risk registers up to date.
  • Identify, manage and appropriately escalate issues within the Program Management Unit and the Program Governance Group in a timely way, so they can be effectively resolved and their impact on the Program and stakeholders is minimised.
  • Ongoing management of contracts, workplans and budget expenditure with the local country offices.
  • Ensure that plans on how and when to involve the activity’s stakeholders in the Programme implementation are carried out.
  • Implement processes and tools to monitor activities against the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MERL) framework including commissioning external evaluations at key points during the Program.
  • Monitor the Activities’ transition and exit plan to ensure that expected ways to sustain the outputs and outcomes remain feasible.

What we can offer

We can offer you access to highly skilled, passionate team members dedicated to climate resilience and a positive future. You’ll receive strategic and technical support from our Melbourne office, great work-life balance including flexible working hours and working arrangements, and a work culture that encourages practical engagement and opportunities to innovate and explore opportunities

About the Climate Resilient Islands Programme

The Climate Resilient Islands Programme is working with vulnerable communities in Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati to strengthen community resilience to the impacts of climate change through nature-based approaches.

CRI Phase 1 will, over a four-year period, develop and implement nature-based solutions to climate change in vulnerable communities using indigenous knowledge to restore and protect critical ecosystems whilst also seeking to build economic and social resilience.

Four interconnected outcomes will, over the medium term, strengthen community resilience and adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change in Kiribati, Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji. These outcome areas will use nature-based solutions (NbS) to deliver benefits in areas of food security, disaster preparedness, economic development, local employment and empowerment of young people, women, and marginalised groups.

Using regional knowledge and a learning mechanism, CRI Phase I will build on and leverage existing proven approaches within Live & Learn’s localised Pacific network and extend these through national systems and partnerships. CRI, part of the New Zealand government’s Resilient Ecosystems for Climate Change Adaptation (RECCA) Programme, will contribute to the NbS evidence base in the Pacific whilst supporting national climate change strategies.

We are looking for a Program Manager who can effectively collaborate, manage and administer the Climate Resilient Islands Programme.

About Live & Learn Environment Education

Live & Learn is a dynamic and passionate network of local community development offices operating in 11 countries across the Pacific, South East Asia and the Indian Ocean working towards an equitable and sustainable world free from poverty.

Live & Learn works across a range of thematic areas including climate resilience, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), nature-based solutions to climate change, humanitarian disaster response, food security and Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES).

If you have any queries, please contact us via email enquiries@livelearn.org, using the subject line: Program Manager enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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