• Location: Dakar, Senegal
• Duration: Two years fixed term (with the possibility of extension thereafter)
• Closing date for applications: 24 September 2023
• Start date: ASAP
• Remuneration: Competitive based on experience
• Reports to: Africa Director
• Direct reports: West Africa Programme Manager, West Africa Technical Lead, West Africa Advocacy Manager
We rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities
Blue Ventures is a marine conservation organization that puts people first. We support coastal fishers in remote and rural communities to rebuild fisheries, restore ocean life and build lasting pathways to prosperity. Our work began two decades ago in Madagascar’s remote coastal communities and is growing globally. Across a dozen countries, we’re partnering with traditional fishers and community organizations to design, scale, strengthen and sustain fisheries management and conservation at the community level. We bring partners together in networks to advocate for reform, and share tools and best practices to support fishing communities across the globe.
Summary job description
We are recruiting for an experienced leader, strategist, and change agent to direct Blue Ventures’ exciting new programme in West Africa. This pivotal leadership position is responsible for ensuring Blue Ventures capitalises on its recent entry in the region, and delivers impact at scale for coastal communities and the ocean across the West Africa region.
As the Regional Director, you will be responsible for providing leadership, guidance, and coaching to a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team that focuses on building and maintaining partnerships with communities, government, and other sector leaders – today in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Cabo Verde, with a strong aspiration for expansion across the wider region in the coming 2-3 years. You will work closely with a diverse group of highly motivated, high-performing colleagues to drive our mission and help transform community-led conservation in the region.
Your expertise in change management will be invaluable as you lead the team through this period of rapid growth and transformation, exemplifying interpersonal skills, agility, and resilience to design and implement a regional strategy that gains commitment for change within the regional team and across the wider organisation.
As a strategic and consultative leader, you will ensure effective coordination between BV colleagues locally and globally to drive cohesion and alignment with BV’s strategic vision and ambition. You will be responsible for ensuring operational efficiency to maximise impact and value for money, supporting our culture, protecting our values, and enabling our team to thrive.
You will lead the regional input to our annual global planning and goal-setting processes, ensuring our regional strategy is integrated with the needs and opportunities of our team and partner communities. Working closely with colleagues and partners, you will evolve and implement regional and functional plans through close engagement.
As the primary representative of Blue Ventures’ work in West Africa , you will be the go-to person for senior government, donor, private sector, and civil society engagements. You will proactively pursue and manage these relationships to further Blue Ventures’ mission, including fundraising, public speaking, and networking at all levels, from local communities to government ministries and international fora.
We are seeking a highly motivated, strategic individual who is resourceful in managing a diverse, multi-cultural team to deliver a broad portfolio of conservation interventions. You will understand and respond to the needs and interests of partner communities and stakeholders, and have significant operational and field experience in the delivery of large-scale international development and/or conservation programmes in West Africa or similar contexts.
As a leader, you will blend entrepreneurialism and strategic discipline, creating and capitalising on change to accelerate impact with creativity and a spirit of innovation and ambition. You will be committed to building a culture of inclusive and evidence-based decision-making, and understand the importance of integrating learning processes into our work and operations.
As a member of the Africa Leadership Team, you will report to the Director for Africa and work closely with other regional leads and senior managers to ensure our programmes achieve maximum impact. This full-time role is based in Dakar, Senegal, with regular travel to work with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders across the region and internationally.