RESILIENT WATERS PROGRAM
The USAID Resilient Waters Program seeks a Fund Advisor to provide technical guidance and financial and operational advisory to The Permanent Okavango River Basin Commission (OKACOM) during the establishment and startup phase of the Cuvango-Okavango River Basin (CORB) Fund. The CORB Fund is proposed as a sustainable, accountable and transparent financing mechanism which will contribute towards OKACOM’s ability to directly tackle the main threats facing the CORB ecosystem, and will support sustainable resources use as well as livelihoods improvement activities, thereby ensuring ecosystem integrity and ecosystems services delivery to future generations. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.
- Plan and implement technical benchmarking exercises to learn from comparable conservation finance mechanisms elsewhere in the region, capture lessons learned to feed into the operationalization process of the fund
- Develop action plan for full staffing and operationalization, support OKACOM to facilitate the recruitment for the Fund Executive Officer and implement staffing and operationalization plan
- Coordinate decision-making and support from ICPs and ensure ICP resources are utilized efficiently
- Update operational templates and financial needs assessments
- Develop other administrative and governance manuals as needed, ensuring optimal management arrangements and risk mitigation processes
- Develop the terms of reference to facilitate the establishment of an offshore domiciliary
- Conduct research and analysis to link current donor-funded investments and projects within the CORB footprint to the fund as “proofs of concept”, demonstrating returns on investment
- Identify opportunities to engage global organizations involved in conservation finance to raise public awareness and establish collaborations with additional partners to strengthen the knowledge and sustainability of the fund
- Other duties as assigned by the Resilient Waters Program and OKACOM as needed for the Fund’s operationalization
The full scope of work is linked here: http://bit.ly/CORB_Fund_SOW
- Advanced degree in international finance, business administration, or a similar field
- Minimum 10 years of demonstrable experience in sustainable finance, particularly in the design and implementation of long-term environment sector financing mechanisms such as conservation funds, with experience within Southern Africa a plus
- Experience in financial planning and modeling for international funds of a similar scale;
- Knowledge of the legal requirements for the establishment of financial instruments
- High level planning, organizational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail, and the ability to work under pressure to meet challenging deadlines
- Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to advise senior management on addressing difficult decisions and develop a common vision among diverse partners
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to establish strong collaborative relationships with senior government officials, donors, and civil society
- Experience working with development partners strongly preferred
- Ability to travel regularly within Southern Africa and to Botswana
- Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
- Excellent speaking, writing, and presentation skills in English required; understanding of Portuguese will be an advantage
The estimated length of assignment for this consultancy is 150 days.
Please apply through https://app.smartsheet.com Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.
Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.