London, Greater London
£36,056 pro rata (inclusive of London Weighting)
Temporary, 1 year Fixed Term Contract Contract, Full-time
Job description

Position: Project Manager (Full-Time, 1 year Fixed Term Contract)

Location: London

Salary: £36,056 inclusive of London Weighting

About Us:

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a charity founded in 1826, is a world-renowned centre of excellence for conservation science and applied conservation. ZSL’s mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This is realised by carrying out field conservation and research in over 50 countries across the globe and through education and awareness-raising at our two zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, inspiring people to take conservation action.

Overview of role:

The purpose of this role is to track the delivery of agreed project results and KPI’s across all intervention areas in collaboration with the technical leads in Nepal and Kenya who lead the in-country implementation of the project. S/he will ensure that donor standards are reached in the implementation of the project and that the implementation of the project aligns with ZSL’s global standards for conservation, project management and data management and verification.

They will manage the coordination of the project across both country offices; ensuring that the activities of all partners are aligned and implemented efficiently and effectively, in order to meet agreed country-level targets and deliver good value for money. They will assist the Project Leads in the preparation, review and periodic revision of detailed country-level implementation plans, monitor and respond to partner performance and be responsible for driving communication between the ZSL in country offices, Head Office, and across the programme.

They will assist the Technical Leads in the management of Stakeholder relations and engagement - the project works closely with central and regional government bodies in addition to working with the donor and other development partners.

The main workstreams include:

  • Providing managerial expertise and experience to help facilitate programming
  • Ensuring the performance and monitoring across all project activities and indicators and its reflection in project reporting and documentation
  • Facilitating all communication between in country staff, the ZSL head office, communications team and Mannion Daniels the agency tasked with managing DFID’s Aid Match campaigns

Key Areas of Responsibility

Planning and reporting

  • Work with the Technical Leads to contribute to the annual workplans, including preparation of annual costed workplans for programme activities.
  • Oversee the Technical Leads quarterly plan for mobilising technical assistance, coordinating with partners as necessary.
  • As part of the team, contribute to normal project cycle management as necessary, including through quality assuring the teams’ draft text for reports for MD/ DFID

Managing implementation

  • Oversee the in-country drafting of Terms of Reference for consultants, quality assure reports and other deliverables, produced either internally or through external bodies where needed.
  • Provide support for the continuous performance monitoring and reporting of project activities, including overseeing analysis of data on impact and outcomes for M&E framework.
  • Where necessary support the technical leads to provide technical assistance to government and other implementing partners to effectively support the delivery of the programme.
  • Oversee and quality assure processes to sustain interventions beyond the life of the programme, to ensure sustainability including helping technical leads to manage the project exit strategy.
  • Oversee and quality assure implementing partners supporting CSOs to engage more effectively in community banking, Livelihoods, Human Wildlife Conflict Resolution, and support the team with linking into planning and budgeting processes.
  • Oversee and, as necessary, improve, monitoring and evaluation of project interventions together with the technical leads to ensure that the impact is well documented and fed into the programme’s knowledge management strategies.

Team Management

  • Line-manage and provide technical support to the Technical Leads in the country offices.
  • Ensure effective co-ordination of the project team in Nepal and Kenya, including by leading regular team meetings and the sharing of information with UK based SMT and the communications department.


  • Engage with the team to promote an understanding about voice and accountability issues in order to ensure there is an effective integration with other areas of work in the programme.
  • Actively engage with the partners and other country office/ technical lead to ensure the project strategy and workplan are appropriately adjusted in relation to emergent issues and, similarly, that the other technical strategies are adapting to any changes emerging from the project work.
  • Work closely with the Technical Leads on collaborative work with the Regional and National Government bodies and For People For Wildlife colleagues/ partners to ensure that voice, accountability and demand-side access issues are adequately reflected in government policy, planning and services.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge about the Programme’s implementation progress to ensure the project activities are progressing as expected.
  • Ensure the project systems are at all times designed to provide efficient and effective delivery of the For People For Wildlife work and respond to environmental and programmatic needs and changes.
  • Coordinate with the ZSL communication team in head office to ensure the project team provide relevant information emerging from the work that demonstrates the effectiveness of approaches.
  • Participate in team meetings and other team events as appropriate.

Person Specification:

  • Extensive experience of working within a conservation development and / or internationally funded programmes, including a proven track record in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Experience leading or working in cross-functional teams or inter-departmental teams.
  • A sound understanding of core conservation development concepts, including voice, accountability, rights-based approaches, gender, equity and social inclusion and citizen participation.
  • Experience of working in complex political and conservation environments, and a sound knowledge of the Nepal and/ or Kenyan context.
  • A commitment to ensuring that all Nepalese and Kenyan citizens, including women, the poorest and other marginalised groups, are able to have equal voice and participate in the project;
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytic skills;
  • Excellent programme and team management skills;
  • Fluent in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work to deadlines;
  • Self-starter and able to set strategic direction for a technical assistance programme.
  • Team player, with excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work to deadlines;
  • Willingness and ability to travel extensively in Nepal/ Kenya (subject to COVID 19 travel restrictions being lifted).

To Apply:

Applicants will need to upload their CV plus a covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skills, stating why they want the position and including details of availability). If you have any queries regarding these positions or when applying through the system.

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 24 January 2021

The Zoological Society of London is a charity registered in England and Wales: no. 208728.

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Posted on: 06 January 2021
Closed date: 24 January 2021
Tags: Management, Project Management