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Opportunity: Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership Recruit a Regional Focal Point for Latin America

via Rainforest trust

Thirteen of the world's leading conservation organizations have established an ambitious new partnership to identify, map, monitor and conserve key biodiversity areas (KBAs) by applying the KBA Standard. O KBA Focal Point in Latin America will lead and support activities and report to the Head of Secretariat. It will implement a visionary and ambitious program to mobilize resources and experiences that will identify and map key biodiversity areas in Central and South America. The Regional Focal Point will also lead efforts to advise national governments on expanding their network of protected areas. , advocate for the protection of existing KBAs, and work with private companies to minimize and mitigate their impact on nature.
THE Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership It was formed in 2016 by leading conservation organizations to identify, map and conserve the most important sites for biodiversity on Earth. The KBA Secretariat was established in 2018 to coordinate program implementation. Within the Secretariat, Regional Focal Points are responsible for facilitating and encouraging the formation of National Coordinating Groups (NCGs) within countries, and for supporting the process of proposing KBAs led by NCGs and other independent proposers.

Key Biodiversity Areas Partnership Recruit a Regional Focal Point for Latin America (Central and South America), which will be based on Medellin, Colombia.

The main tasks of the KBA Regional Focal Point for Latin America will be:

  • Promote KBA Program in Latin America
  • Be the first point of contact for people or institutions interested in identifying areas that meet the KBA criteria and propose that they be included in the World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas in their respective regions.
  • Maintain an overview of KBA identification initiatives in your region by regularly updating the KBA Secretariat and Partners.
  • Encourage and support the establishment and operation of KBA National Coordination Groups, including working with them to organize and facilitate workshops to identify and map potential KBAs.
  • Identify training needs within the region, inform the head of the KBA Secretariat, and support fundraising efforts for KBA training. Also help in translating training materials into Spanish / Portuguese.
  • Maintain regular contact with their respective KBA regional representatives and support their work in the region.
  • Guide NCGs and independent tenderers through the process of proposing KBAs, and provide the first proposal review to assist tenderers.
  • Coordinate the external review of proposals from the region.
  • Support the nomination of revised area proposals to the KBA Secretariat in Cambridge
  • Advocate with national and state governments and civil society organizations for the protection of existing KBAs.

The KBA Regional Focal Point for Latin America should have the following knowledge:

  • Familiarity with biogeography and socio-political context for biodiversity conservation throughout Latin America.
  • Familiarity with national and regional organizations and institutions that can work to establish KBA national coordination groups and / or to conduct processes to identify KBAs.
  • Understanding of national and regional political sensitivities and ability to promote the KBA program within the regional context.
  • Knowledge of KBA's criteria and limits and experience in applying it would be ideal, but a willingness to learn is essential.
  • Know your region and be able to influence governments and / or civil society to get involved in KBA identification and conservation
  • Able to use GIS tool.

This position reports to KBA's Chief of Staff Dr. Andrew Plumptre, and in addition to the Rainforest Trust.

Applicants must have at least 10 years of experience in Latin America, preferably with knowledge of various countries in the region. They must be fluent in English and Spanish or Portuguese, but able to communicate professionally with Spanish and Portuguese speakers. The position will be based on Medellin, Colombiaat the offices of the ProAves Foundation, a national NGO.

Interested candidates should send a letter describing their suitability for the position, along with a resume that includes contacts of at least two references. Submission must be made by April 15, 2019 for jobs@RainforestTrust.org with the files named as follows: name of candidate_Latin -America_RFP.

See job description in English at site from Rainforest Trust.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, Global Environmental Management, the Government of Japan and the World Bank. A key goal is to ensure that civil society is involved in biodiversity conservation.