Fauna & Flora is seeking an institutional development specialist with experience of working directly with Community-based Organisations (CBOs) or small, locally-based groups, for a one-year fixed term role. This role has been designed to meet an expressed need captured during the 2023 Coastal Communities Network gathering and is linked directly to grant funding, providing a short-term boost to enable these groups to move forward. The Capacity Building Support Specialist, Scotland, will lead provision of a package of bespoke measures designed to catalyse and kickstart the institutional development of a small pool of CBOs in Scotland, each of whom are engaging in the protection, management and/or restoration of their local natural environment. Working with a selection of agreed CBOs, the postholder will provide varied and carefully judged forms of engagement (e.g. technical input, advice, training, organisational development and mentoring) specifically designed to help each CBO overcome major barriers to institutional and financial sustainability, likely including actions required to enable CBOs to recruit and retain staff members in the future. In addition to providing this tailored technical support, the post holder will also support these CBOs to access accompanying funding available from an internal grant scheme managed by Fauna & Flora, helping them to obtain funding needed to invest directly in their long-term organisational capacity.
You will be a skilled and experienced institutional development specialist with experience of working directly with CBOs or similar groups. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong ability to work sensitively and constructively with groups and individuals. You will have strong experience of supporting the development of local grassroots organisations/CBOs, demonstrable abilities in mentoring and supporting individuals and organisations and experience of liaising remotely with a range of partners and stakeholders. You will have a tried-and-tested toolkit of methods to apply to a range of group development scenarios and will be self-motivated, independent, resourceful and committed to producing high quality work.
In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation, and alongside a vibrant and dynamic community network at an exciting stage of its development. In addition, Fauna & Flora offers a generous pension contribution, attractive annual leave allowance and life insurance. This position is based at Fauna & Flora’s Central Edinburgh office space, with partial remote working within the UK, to be agreed between the post-holder and line-manager. Some UK-wide travel may be required
Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest established international conservation organisation. Our vision is to create a sustainable future for the planet where biodiversity is conserved by the people living closest to it. We aim to do this through the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. We have become a trusted entity in the world of conservation. Today FFI is active in over 40 countries.
FFI is seeking an experienced Technical Specialist to fulfil a key role within FFI’s team in Scotland. The post holder will work closely with colleagues in Scotland, and across FFI, to support a range of Community-based Organisations (CBOs) in Scotland who are engaging in the protection, management and/or restoration of their local environment.
The Community Support Specialist, Scotland, will provide technical leadership for FFI’s work supporting and enabling community-led biodiversity protection and restoration in Scotland. They will deliver primary engagement, relationship building and support to communities, identifying appropriate mechanisms for support to help them to develop and realise tangible impacts for biodiversity and nature-positive natural resource management. The post holder will be the primary driver of community support, applying varied and carefully judged forms of engagement (technical input, advice, training, organisational development and mentoring) in line with the needs and aspirations of particular Scottish CBOs, and will provide a bridge to wider FFI organisational experience as needed.
The post holder will represent FFI’s position and ethos around community-led conservation and restoration in Scotland with a range of stakeholders and will work closely with the Senior Conservation Director, and the Project Manager, Scotland, to represent FFI more widely in Scotland, as required.
You will have excellent diplomatic and interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate and mediate. You will have excellent communication (verbal and written) skills, active listening skills and a proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse range of people and organisations, such as governments, NGOs, community groups and businesses. You will have good knowledge and understanding of the Scottish political landscape, at national and local level, and good knowledge of Scotland’s natural heritage and current biodiversity conservation issues. You will have proven experience of supporting the development of local grassroots organisations/CBOs and demonstrable abilities in mentoring and supporting individuals and organisations.
In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation, and alongside a vibrant and dynamic community network at an exciting stage of its development. In addition, FFI offers a generous pension contribution, attractive annual leave allowance and life insurance. Flexible working options will be considered. This position is based at FFI’s Central Edinburgh office space, although partial remote working from within Scotland may be available, to be agreed between the post-holder and line-manager. Scotland and UK-wide travel will be required.