Africa Program Director (100%)
International Rivers supports civil society groups and communities
around the world which seek to stop destructive dams and promote
better methods of meeting energy and water needs. We are looking for
an experienced, skilled, dynamic director of our Africa Program. The
position will be based at our main office in Berkeley or at a
strategic location in Africa (such as Nairobi, Johannesburg, or Accra).
The Program Director will work with partner organizations in Africa,
with colleagues in our Berkeley headquarters and our satellite offices
around the world. The position requires several international trips
per year. The Program Director oversees consultants, interns and
volunteers, and reports to our Policy Director.
The duties and responsibilities of the Program Director are:
1. Program coordination: Coordinate International Riversï¿½ Africa
Program to challenge destructive dam projects, advocate for better
solutions and strengthen the capacity of our local partners. Develop
effective strategies, prepare work plans and carry out program
activities. Supervise consultants, interns and volunteers. In
conjunction with the policy director, do extensive fundraising and
coordinate budgeting and financial oversight for the Africa Program
2. Monitoring and research: Conduct campaign-related research on river
ecosystems, the African energy and water sectors, dam building plans
and better solutions to meet water and energy needs in Africa. Monitor
specific destructive dam projects, assess their impacts, and analyze
cross-cutting issues such as the impacts of climate change on Africaï¿½s
rivers and dams.
3. Capacity building: Strengthen the capacity and the networking
efforts of civil society groups working on rivers and dams in Africa.
Share information with our partners, carry out site visits, organize
trainings and other workshops, extend small grants, and give direct
4. Media work and other communications: Devise strategies to create
awareness about the threats facing African rivers. Produce reports,
fact-sheets and audio-visual materials. Nurture relations with
interested journalists and carry out media work primarily in Africa
and on the international level. Contribute articles to our magazine,
World Rivers Review, and maintain the Africa Programï¿½s web pages.
5. Advocacy work: Help create pressure on African and international
dam builders and financiers to stop the development of destructive
projects and promote better solutions in the water and energy sectors.
ï¿½ Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills in
English; fluency in French highly desired;
ï¿½ Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop effective
ï¿½ Diligence, ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-
ï¿½ Independence, ability to work alone while maintaining constant
communication with the main office in Berkeley if working from Africa;
ï¿½ Knowledge and understanding of Africaï¿½s environment and development
issues and NGO community;
ï¿½ At least five years of experience in social or environmental
ï¿½ Ability to work well in a team and within an international network;
ï¿½ Commitment to environmental integrity, social justice and the
mission of International Rivers;
ï¿½ Strong computer skills (ability to post simple online content highly
ï¿½ Bachelorï¿½s degree or equivalent professional experience required;
Masterï¿½s degree a plus;
ï¿½ Authorization to work in the United States or at an office location
to be determined in Africa.
International Rivers offers a stimulating, casual and flexible work
environment. Our competitive salary and benefits package includes
health insurance and excellent vacation and sick leave. Salary
commensurate with experience.
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
or to International Rivers, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704,
USA; fax +1 510 848 1008. Please mention ï¿½Africa Programï¿½ in the
address or subject line and indicate your preferred location of work.
Deadline for applications: March 23, 2011.
International Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer and First Source
Berkeley employer. We encourage applications from all qualified
candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity,
gender, race and sexual orientation.
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