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Technical Director/Agricultural Specialist

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Liberia - Africa
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 20/05/2014
Company Name Conservation International
Contact Name Human Resources
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : Every person on Earth deserves a healthy environment and the fundamental benefits that nature provides. But our planet is experiencing an unprecedented drawdown of these resources, and it is only by protecting nature and its gifts; a stable climate, fresh water, healthy oceans and reliable food; that we can ensure a better life for everyone, everywhere.
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Technical Director/Agricultural Specialist

Location: Liberia- Monrovia
Job Code: 519
# of openings: 1


Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.  CI’s strategy is to serve as a trusted advisor to decision makers at all levels to help societies establish healthy, sustainable economies that secure nature’s ability to provide enduring human well-being.

We accomplish this through the four pillars of our work:

  • We innovate to identify and implement practical and effective solutions to problems. This innovation takes place throughout the organization and relates to all aspects of CI’s work including science, field implementation, policy, markets, partnerships, etc.
  • We promote healthy, sustainable economies to achieve those impacts
  • We demonstrate these impacts throughout CI geographies (including Liberia)
  • We work through global agents of change, the major partners that help us amplify and achieve global impact.

CI Liberia is seeking a Technical Director to contribute to CI's vision of Healthy, Sustainable Societies in which sustainable production practices, protection of critical natural capital and effective governance deliver lasting benefits for people. The position will primarily support the program to develop a new technical strategy on agricultural engagement, building on our existing tools and strategies. He/She will work with the Country Director to develop and manage partnerships with leading companies in the agribusiness sector in Liberia, focusing primarily on palm oil in the short-term. This position provides a critical link between CI’s program in Liberia, CI's global private sector engagement lead out of CI's Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB), and our policy office in Europe, playing an essential role in helping CI take advantage of its potential for "field to market" engagement in driving positive change in the private sector.

The Technical Director will also spend 25% of his/her time working with the Country Director to oversee other projects and programs to ensure a cohesive strategy is developed for a healthy sustainable development path in Liberia. 


1.    Develop CI’s Strategy for Oil Palm and Agricultural Engagement in Liberia - The Director will work with staff from CI Liberia, Africa Regional, CELB, CI- Europe and other CI programs to develop practical and targeted strategies for agricultural development that will support implementation of CI local, national and international strategies. Strategies must also consider national policy engagement that may be required to complement private sector leadership in supporting Healthy, Sustainable Societies and will liaise with government partners in doing so.

2.    Cultivate and Manage Corporate Partnerships - The Director will strengthen existing and build new relationships with target companies within the agribusiness sector, focusing initially on palm oil. This requires the Director to understand CI programs and objectives at local, national, regional and global scales and work with CI team members to build concepts for collaboration that address needs and interests of both CI and target companies. 

3.    Fundraising - The Director will lead the development and stewardship of partnership proposals working with field program and CELB team members as appropriate. This will involve converting concept notes into full proposals including workplans and budgets.

4.    Manage CI Liberia Projects - Oversee CI Liberia’s project implementation. This does not involve managing field implementation, but coordinating with field project managers on work plan implementation, tracking and recording progress against key milestones and metrics, and reporting to donors. 

5.    National and Regional Amplification - The Director will develop and implement strategies to achieve larger scale and impact from CI's work by leveraging multi-stakeholder initiatives such as the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil, engaging in major public-private partnerships such as SHARP, and pursuing policy reform, particularly focusing on commodity linkages between Liberia and European Union. Identifying and developing strategies for national policy change necessary to drive large scale sustainability with the palm oil and other agribusiness sectors is a key element of this role. Implementation of these policy strategies will require input and leadership by other staff members including the Country Director.


  •  A post graduate degree in a related field preferred
  • At least ten years related work experience
  • Demonstrated technical experience in agricultural, agro-forestry, or agri-business development, preferably in the palm oil sector
  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading complex multi-stakeholder processes
  • Proven success engaging and working with the private sector
  • Significant experience engaging ministries and other key government institutions
  • Experience working with bilateral and multilateral donor agencies
  • Familiarity with community development and alternative livelihood issues
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Experience with institutional strategy development and proven ability to develop proposals and raise funds

Other Information:

  • This position is for a 1-year contract, renewable based on progress made and funding availability



To apply:  Please submit resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references to: Human Resources, Conservation International-Liberia, Johnson Compound, Oldest Congo Town or email to: hrliberia@conservation.org . Deadline for the submission of application:  May 20th 2014

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