Agroforestry Carbon Project Manager

Nature Conservancy
  • Location
    Pará, Brazil
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 10

Position description

The Agroforestry Carbon Project Manager (PM) will be responsible for project managing and support leading a large-scale, multi-year, complex project that involves multiple staff across TNC in Brazil, the Latin America Region, and globally, to drive multiple strategies across including restoration, bioeconomy, innovation, and finance and that may span multiple departments and programs in the Pará State in Brazil (Amazon biome).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The PM will establish project management goals and success factors, and will develop and adapt project plans, budgets, metrics and schedules with input and buy-in from key stakeholders and team members. They will critically assess project scope and objectives, ensuring all risks and dependencies are addressed in the project plan in order to deliver successful project results that support the fulfillment of the objectives and achievement of key milestones and timely delivery of outputs. They will help improve definition and clarity of roles and responsibilities, according to the identified goals in the most cost-effective and time-saving manner possible. The PM will be in charge of routine project decisions and shall obtain go/no-go decisions regarding critical issues from the Project Technical Director, Pará Systems Director or Sponsor, and identify and obtain approval for project deliverables from the appropriate staff or teams. Throughout the project lifecycle, the PM will actively adjust project tasks and create sub-projects with team members as necessary, monitor and measure project progress, conduct corrective action as necessary, communicate project status information to all stakeholders. They will recruit, manage and lead a large cross-function team that will report directly and indirectly to them, including relationship with external partners and contractors. They will perform risk management, issue resolution, and conflict management, and collaboratively solve complex problems. They will utilize project management methodologies and processes, and ensure all organizational and divisional standards are met.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Manage a large and complex project, including cross-function staff, external partners and contractors;
  • Act independently and in supervisor’s stead, as needed; exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems;
  • Coordinate the work of cross-functional, cross-divisional teams towards a desired outcome;
  • Demonstrate extreme sensitivity in handling confidential information;
  • Develop and implement new initiatives that will ensure project and organization-wide goals and strategies are achieved;
  • Ensure programmatic commitments, Conservancy policies and procedures, financial standards, and legal requirements are met and managed for compliance; decisions may bind the organization financially or legally;
  • Manage project budgets and assist with budget development related to strategic projects;
  • Manage and implement multiple complex actions and initiatives, including managing project teams, setting deadlines, and ensuring accountability;
  • Establish, support and manage relationship with external partners and contractors;
  • May manage or participate in complex negotiations;
  • Supervise several administrative or professional staff, including training and professional development;
  • Travel occasionally, working long and flexible hours as needed;
  • Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain;
  • Work is diversified and may not always fall under established practices and guidelines;
  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals and the project’s defined outcomes and workplans.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant professional experience with project management and/or with portfolio management;
  • Experience managing diversified and complex workstreams and projects in a constant changing environment;
  • Professional experience with sustainability or conservation projects with on the ground and remote area work;
  • Completed coursework or other training on project management principles;
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple projects;
  • Experience supervising staff, interns and/or volunteers;
  • Experience managing project teams and working with cross-functional staff;
  • Experience managing scheduling and financial aspects of large multi-year projects;
  • Experience using Project Management tools, such as Microsoft Project, Celoxis, Clarizen, Primavera, Smartsheets or equivalent;
  • Portuguese and English fluent verbal and written skills.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Professional experience managing large and complex projects involving private sector and mixed funds with national and international resources;
  • Graduate-level course in project management or recognized professional certifications in Project Management such as PMP, Prince2, Agile or Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM);
  • Experience implementing a Project Management Office (PMO) within a public, non-governmental or private organization;
  • Experience managing projects in the Amazon region;
  • Experience managing Agroforestry and/or Forest Restoration Projects;
  • Experience working with projects that have technology and innovation as central components;
  • Education in or relevant experience working with carbon markets or a combination of both;
  • Experience supporting the negotiation of complex agreements;
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes;
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Proficiency in interpreting guidelines and manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate, influence, and persuade;
  • Successful experience implementing strategic program goals.

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