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Project Team Leader At Friends of the Earth

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The Project Team Leader will ensure that the project is delivering on a range of priorities within Friends of the Earth-Ghana’s strategy, with a strong focus on building internal relations with staff and partnerships with external partners. The candidate must have strong technical knowledge in restoration ecology and tree improvement. The person must have a proven track record of managing large-scale restoration/conservation projects. Strong leadership and people management skills are essential to this role to ensure a motivated team that delivers effectively against project objectives within given timelines.


Job Title: Project Team Leader
Reports to: Programme Coordinator, Forestry and Biodiversity
Duty Post: 70% of the time in Accra and 30% of time at Project site

Key Relationships

The post-holder is expected to adopt a collaborative approach and will work closely with FoE-Gh staff in Accra, communities, traditional authorities, Wildlife Division and other stakeholders. Key external relationships include Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, District Assemblies and NGOs.

General responsibilities:

• Manage the implementation of KAMRI, coordinating activities and documenting inputs from experts, field and partner staff.
• Negotiate land agreements with landowners.
• Spearhead capacity building of our partners.
• Represent FoE-Gh at relevant meetings.
• Scout for and secure supplementary funding from different donors to grow KAMRI into a long-term programme.

Project team management:

  • Provide line management to project staff as required through goal/target setting, continuous performance management, annual appraisal, capacity strengthening and personal development planning to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of project outcomes.
  • Encourage a culture of excellent communication and collaboration among project team members. and between the project team and staff at FoE-Gh.
    Project planning & implementation:
  • Support project team members to ensure up-to-date workplans and budgets are in place to meet project objectives and timelines to ensure that the project is implemented in line with workplans and within budget.
  • Work with local partners and consultants, taking into account FoE-Gh’s internal procedures, and ensure appropriate monitoring and review requirements are fulfilled.
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Digital Communications Officer to promote the dissemination of lessons learnt.
  • Ensure that excellent communication is maintained with the project team and partners, and FoE-Gh Secretariat.
  • Prepare project narrative and financial reports, with support from FoE-Gh Finance Office to ensure timely and accurate donor reporting.
  • Work closely with the designated line manager to ensure internal and donor-driven monitoring and evaluation requirements are met.

Technical skills

  • Must be conversant with the ecology of mangroves.
  • The candidate must be proficient in any relevant GIS software for landscape analysis and spatial mapping of mangroves. She/he must be able to analyze the interaction of mangroves with other components of the landscape at the temporal scale.
  • Must be versatile in the use of mobile applications to track the performance of trees planted.

Personal skills:

  • Project management with proven capability of leading large-scale restoration projects.
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills, with ability to motivate and manage individuals to achieve excellence.
  • Proven skills in financial and budget management.
  • Ability to plan and think strategically in a complex multi-stakeholder environment of varied interests.
  • Strong technical skills relating to conservation at the landscape level.
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with partner organizations, including governments, NGOs, community groups and green businesses.
  • Strong verbal communication and diplomacy skills, with ability to present, negotiate and persuade at all levels with confidence and credibility.
  • Strong written communication skills, including report writing.


Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in conservation/natural resource management/forestry-related field.
  • Relevant experience of managing hands-on conservation projects.
  • Strong technical background and understanding of a range of conservation issues, particularly conservation at the landscape scale, conservation financing e.g., Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes.
  • Proven experience of financial management and people management.
  • Track record of NGO fundraising.
  • Experience working with partners, government institutions and communities.

How To Apply

To apply:

  • A covering letter explaining why you are applying for the position and relating your experience and skills to the roles indicated in the job advertisement (include your salary expectations) in your cover letter.
  • Full CV, contact details for two referees.
  • Email your application to nehe502001@yahoo.com or deliver by hand to FoE-Gh addressing it to the Director, Friends of the Earth-Ghana, Private Mail Bag, Accra.

The closing date for applications is Friday 29 April 2022 (12:00 midnight Ghana time).

Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact shortlisted candidates.

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