Blue Ventures Conservation
Level 2 Annex, Omnibus Business Centre,
39-41 North Road, London N7 9DP
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7697 8598
Fax: +44 (0) 800 066 4032
Registered charity #1098893

Conservation Programmes Director

Location: London, UK
Closing date for applications: Friday 17th November 2017
Start date: January 2018
Contract duration: Full time/Permanent position
Remuneration: Competitive salary based on experience

Organisation overview

Blue Ventures is an award-winning marine conservation organisation working to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. Weíre committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. We work in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and where there is a fundamental unmet need to support human development.

Summary Job Description

We are recruiting for an experienced leader and strategist to direct BVís global conservation team. This senior leadership position is responsible for strategic oversight and direction of programme design and delivery across our growing portfolio of field operations in tropical coastal states, as well as playing an instrumental role in shaping our growing organisation.

Weíre looking for someone with outstanding management and leadership skills, particularly attuned to leading and empowering senior managers to design and execute innovative community-based programmes in challenging settings. This is a pivotal leadership role within the organisation, responsible for ensuring that BV delivers effective, innovative and scalable marine conservation and community development interventions in line with our mission. The position will be instrumental in promoting innovation in the tropical marine conservation sector by leading BVís programming in priority regions in pursuit of our 2020 vision.

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, pragmatic individual who is resourceful and strategic in managing a team to deliver a diverse and evolving series of conservation interventions, while understanding and responding to the needs and interests of BVís partner communities and stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in managing and overseeing community-based development initiatives. This will ideally include a proven track record of designing and implementing integrated natural resource management and rural development initiatives, including piloting and testing new approaches, and building robust monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.

We are looking for an individual who is open to new ideas and embraces innovation and who can demonstrate experience of building effective working partnerships for conservation and/or development. Assessment of applications will include candidatesí alignment with BVís core values and mission to support human rights-based approaches to marine conservation and fisheries management.

The successful candidate will join the organisation at a time of rapid growth, and will thrive in environments that are fast-paced, collegiate and ambitious. We are looking for a dynamic leader demonstrating practical experience of leading and inspiring an international team, and responding effectively to urgent changes and challenges to operational planning whilst staying aligned to a core mission and strategy.

The successful candidate will report to BVís Executive Director, and lead a team of five that is responsible for managing and supporting a growing team of more than 140 field-based colleagues. The Conservation Programmes Director plays a central role in BVís five-person senior management team, and will travel regularly to work closely with overseas colleagues, partners, field teams and communities.

Application Process

To discuss this role informally please contact our recruitment team (

Applicants should apply online via the Blue Ventures website by Friday 17th November 2017. All shortlisted candidates will be contacted within two weeks of this date.

posted: 24 October 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.