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Assistant Project Manager – Urban Conservation

Assistant Project Manager – Urban Conservation

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Apply By: 28 Feb 2023

Location: Chennai(Tamil Nadu)

Job Title: Assistant Project Manager – Urban Conservation  

Who We Are: 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: A PIONEER IN CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP 
This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature — issues such as climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.  
 

Our Mission 
TNC’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Rather than viewing development – including economic growth – and conservation as contradictory goals, TNC works to demonstrate how nature has  value for people and development and how nature can provide enormous economic benefit. TNC envisions a future  where people and nature can flourish together. 
 

Our Vision 
A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil  our needs and enrich our lives.  
 

The Conservancy Team 
We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 3,800 diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of  whom support conservation in 76 countries and all 50 United States. We are striving to develop a workforce as  diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity. 
 

Organizational History 
TNC is the largest conservation organisation in the world, working in all 50 states in the United States and more than  76 countries. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia on October 22, 1951. TNC  is science-based and in every place, we work, we partner with governments, businesses, and local communities. TNC  is advancing its mission by protecting and restoring rivers, landscapes and oceans for people and their development  at an unprecedented scale; it is transforming the way humanity uses the Earth’s natural resources to sustain  ourselves. 
 

Urban Conservation Program 
Indian cities are growing at a very aggressive pace. We are looking at a population of 600 million living in cities by  2030. Tamil Nadu is at the forefront of the growth in urbanization, with half the population currently living in cities  – projected to increase to 67% by 2030. With increasing urbanisation and climate change, there is a decline in natural  spaces that renders cities vulnerable to the effects of climate extremities. 
The objective of the Program is to integrate natural infrastructure in the city’s development process in building  climate resilience. The efforts involve conservation of natural resources including forests and waterbodies and also  supporting low-impact development towards mitigation and adaptation to climate change. We believe in science based approaches and work collaboratively with various stakeholders such as Government, research and academic  institutions, NGOs and local communities with an aim to create a positive impact on people and nature. 
The ongoing works under this program are currently in Chennai, including an Urban Wetland Restoration project  and a Green Printing project that involves the development of a conservation plan for the city. The program envisions  creating a larger conservation impact towards building climate resilience and adaptation by scaling up similar  sustainability efforts in more cities across the country. 

What We Can Achieve Together: 

The Assistant Project Manager, Urban Conservation assists in overseeing all aspects of our Urban Conservation  Project management in Chennai but with the future possibility of expanding to other cities in India.  S/he provides technical and managerial support for urban conservation projects, including wetland restoration, and  conservation of natural spaces through planning of sustainable cities. She or he will build upon the current body of  work to have a cohesive and comprehensive cities conservation programme focusing on Chennai with the option to  expand to additional cities in the future S/he coordinates with government agencies, other conservation  organizations, and the academic community. She or he manages the partner relations, project deliverables meeting  technical standards, project funding and timelines.  

We’re Looking for You: 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

  • Assisting the team in managing projects, including scoping, budget and delivery 
  • Develop project strategy, goals, key performance indicators, identify gaps, risks and mitigation measures.
  • Support team building by identifying and recruiting team members 
  • Mentoring and growing junior staff as a part of team-strengthening efforts 
  • Identification and engaging with project partners, subject matter expert for specific project outputs 
  • Develop and maintain a project tracker for documenting project progress 
  • Co-ordinate with concerned stakeholders from government, research institutions and academia and subject  matter experts as required to meet overall program objectives 
  • Make field visits to oversee project progress, data collection, analysis and documentation as needed
  • Assist in activities related to project outreach such as for developing communication materials, conducting  meetings with communities, policymakers, donors 
  • Preparation of internal/ external reporting documents. 
  • Responsible for project documentation in written and video formats 
  • Participate and represent TNC in various discussion forums, and conferences for sharing learnings from similar  projects 
  • Support fundraising efforts of the team by writing proposals and attending joint meetings
  • Support in the procurement process for project related activities 
  • Expand organisation’s professional network and explore opportunities for collaborative associations with like minded organisations 
  • May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours. 

 

What You’ll Bring: 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental or related field with 5 years’ experience or an equivalent combination. 
  • Experience with environmental issues in Chennai. 
  • Experience managing cross-functional teams. 
  • Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and  partners. 
  • Experience working and communicating with high-level government officials and/or business executives.
  • Expert communicator. 
  • Fluent in written and spoken Tamil 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Master’s degree in Environmental or related field with 7-8 years’ experience or an equivalent combination. 
  • Proven ability to negotiate high-profile or sensitive agreements. 
  • Ability to work at the community level and be able to move things at the grassroots level.  
  • Experience in wetland restoration.  
  • Experience effectively changing environmental policies and practices.  

What We Bring: 

Nature Conservancy India Solutions Private Limited (NCIS) is a private limited company incorporated under the  Companies Act 2013, having it registered office in India in New Delhi. India. It is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of  The Nature Conservancy. The company currently provides technical consultancy, monitoring & evaluation and other  related services in the domain of conservation and environment to its various clients within and outside India. 

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the  people we employ! 

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job. 

Our Competencies: 

 

How to apply

How to apply: Visit this link: https://careers.nature.org/ 
 

To apply for job ID 52921, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by  11:59 PM EST on 28-Feb-2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org


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