Head of Asia - Conservation Programmes (Full-Time / Permanent)
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.
ZSL is seeking a highly credible and collaborative individual to be our new Head of Asia Conservation Programmes. As part of the Conservation Programme (CP) senior management team, you will oversee the Asia programmes ensuring that they contribute significantly towards achieving ZSL’s mission. Reporting directly to the Director of Conservation this role will take strategic responsibility for developing and delivering ZSL’s conservation programmes in Asia. You will manage a large and diverse team of conservation staff across the Asia region and in the UK, lead the development and implementation of the Asia programmes strategy, and foster and maintain donor relations nationally and internationally which will be supported by the Director of Conservation. This will include liaising with all parts of ZSL and providing exceptional leadership support, reporting, monitoring and communications systems.
This senior management role requires a confident, resilient and proactive individual who has gravitas and is capable of making strategic decisions for Asia programmes. The successful candidate will possess exceptional people management skills, with demonstrated experience of managing staff from diverse cultures, skills and across different time-zones. You will be able to plan and keep track of multiple large and complex projects that involve problem solving, while constantly evaluating the business environment for new opportunities and threats. Ideally someone who is educated to an advanced degree level with previous work experience in the region, you will also have extensive experience of working with a range of stakeholders, including governments.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage a large team (>100 staff) across several Asian countries and in ZSL headquarters in London.
- Budget management including reporting and recording internally and externally.
- Ensure effective monitoring, reporting and review of all of the Asia programmes through accurate monitoring and evaluation.
- Develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations with donors, partners and governments.
- Proven experience of working successfully at strategic level including developing high-level business plans and project management including managing, implementing and reporting on large complex projects.
- Extensive experience in leading large teams and programme delivery programme implementation, staff management, leadership and representation. Current or previous people management experience is essential as is the demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of people from different cultures.
- Proven ability to prepare rigorous fundraising proposals.
- Flexibility to travel regularly to field sites, country offices, conferences and workshops.
- Exceptional written and verbal communications skills; fluency in English is essential.
- An understanding of key issues relevant to biodiversity conservation in the region would be advantageous.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidate to take on a new senior post, within an established international organisation and to take the lead on designing, developing and implementing cutting edge programmes that will create significant and lasting impact across the globe.
The role offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 26 days holiday, stakeholder pension where the employer minimum contribution is 6%, complimentary zoo tickets and more!
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Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday the 27th August 2017.
First stage interview will be the week commencing the 11th September 2017.
The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.
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