Asia Program Manager
Reporting to the Managing Director, the Asia Program Manager (APM) will manage ongoing campaigns (Vietnam, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia) to reduce illegal wildlife consumption and drive their expansion with partners while potentially initiating new activities in other countries (Taiwan, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea). They will coordinate and liaise with WildAid’s China Program Director. WildAid’s programs in these countries include media communications campaigns and activities to strengthen enforcement of wildlife trafficking. The APM will manage local program staff in establishing relationships with government agencies, media partners, celebrity ambassadors, advancing program activities with partners, securing program funding, and ensuring overall program effectiveness. The APM will be based in Asia and will travel extensively around the region supporting local program teams and developing partnerships. They will also be required to travel to the US on occasions for fundraising and management meetings.
In addition they will oversee and expand WildAid’s relationships in Asia, primarily with government, NGO partners and media. The successful candidate will bring creativity and resourcefulness to build WildAid’s Asia presence driving fundraising and media outreach efforts there. This role is both strategic and hands-on in nature; as well as working with government and partner funders preparing proposals and reports and developing new partnerships.
- KEY PRIORITIES
Ensure effective program development and implementation in Asia
The APM will manage local program staff (4 program managers) in establishing relationships with government agencies, media partners, celebrity ambassadors, advancing program activities with partners, securing program funding, and ensuring overall program effectiveness. Support local program teams in developing and implementing their work plans. Lead the development of new programs and establish new program teams.
Secure and maintain funding partnerships
Assist in maintaining and broadening relationship with private funders and majors donors and advancing ongoing discussions on funding opportunities with bilateral and multilateral agencies. On the NGO side WildAid works with WWF, Traffic, African Wildlife Foundation, Save The Elephants, and RARE, among others and seeks to develop other partnerships. The APM will liaise with these agencies to prepare proposals, provide reports, secure funding and manage ongoing relations. They will also help build awareness of WildAid’s Marine Protection Program and build partners in this field. The APM will also recruit and cultivate private foundation and major individual donors.
- KEY COMPETENCIES & PROFILE
We seek an innovative, resourceful go-getter who is experienced in managing wildlife programs in Asia and developing effective funding partnerships. This individual will be inspired by the opportunity to play a pivotal role in WildAid’s efforts to end the illegal wildlife trade, and develop a robust Asia program for WildAid.
Ideal candidates will have eight or more years of increasingly responsible roles in programs, program management and or development, preferably at afast-paced, growth-oriented organization. Experience in wildlife conservation and knowledge of conservation in Southeast Asia as well as demonstrated experience in managing programs, securing partnerships and funding, from inception through implementation are strongly desired.
Experience in media distribution at some level would be desirable as well as dealing with international agencies such as USAID, GEF, World Bank, etc.
WildAid is a small, lean, and growing organization. All staff members must be comfortable in an entrepreneurial, start-up culture. Strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple, often competing demands is critical. The successful candidate must be able to work very independently without a great deal of supervision. S/he must also have excellent interpersonal skills to influence and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and pro bono partners. Familiarity with environmental advocacy and wildlife protection programs will be an asset.
- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
The candidate should have a minimum of eight years related work experience. Excellent writing and editing skills are necessary for the role, as is extensive experience in dealing with government agencies and NGO partners in Asia. Personal qualities of integrity and dedication to WildAid’s mission are important. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.
- APPLICATION PROCEDURE
WildAid is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. For immediate consideration, please address a cover letter and resume to Tessa McMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.