New Delhi, India
Seeking local hire, based in Punjab, India. This position will have extensive travel within Punjab and to New Delhi.
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TNC is the largest conservation organisation in the world, working in places as diverse as the United States, Brazil, Kenya, Indonesia, Australia and, more recently, India. TNC is incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia, USA. TNC is a science-based organization. All over the world we work and partner with governments, businesses, and local communities. We are advancing our mission by protecting and restoring rivers, landscapes and oceans for people and their development at an unprecedented scale; transforming the way humanity uses the Earth’s natural resources to sustain ourselves as part of the natural world.
Nature Conservancy India Solutions Private Limited (NCIS) is a private limited company incorporated under the Companies Act 2013, having it registered office in India at New Delhi. It is a wholly owned Indian subsidiary of The Nature Conservancy. The company currently provides technical consultancy, monitoring & evaluation and other relate services in the domain of conservation and environment to it various clients. The company under Indian laws can also provide fee-based service to clients (development organisations, Corporates and Govt. Agencies) within and outside India. The company has all the required registrations under the relevant laws to provide such fee-based services in India.
TNC has been successful in securing a significant grant from the Bezos Earth Fund for the Promoting Regenerative and No-burn Agriculture (PRANA) Project in India. Nature Conservancy India Solutions Pvt Ltd (NCIS) is providing techno-managerial services for the effective management and implementation of the project. The expected outcomes for the successful delivery of the project over four years are as follows:
The elimination of burning on 1 million hectares of cropland
At least 250,000 farmers adopt zero-burn cropping systems.
At least 6 million tonnes of CO2-e mitigation.
500 billion litres of water saved from enhanced soil health and better agronomic practices.
A pilot financial instrument that incentivizes farmers to adopt no-burn practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
Working under the overall guidance and supervision of the PRANA Project Director, The PRANA Field Operations Manager oversees all aspects of the PRANA project field implementation in Punjab, including science, stewardship, community relations, pilot implementation and scaling-up of successful crop residue management (CRM) technologies, and implementation of strategies, through active engagement with local farmers and other relevant stakeholders, seeking to ensure the project achieves PRANA’s objective to help transition 250,000 farmers into no-burn practices of CRM and reducing the residue burning in Northwest India by 1 million hectares by June 2025, within the specified timeframe and budget.
The PRANA Field Operations Manager is responsible for coordinating the PRANA field operations in Punjab, by building and supervising a team of field staff and monitoring field activities of the project implementing partners. They provide technical support to the PRANA Project Director in the development of annual workplans in support of the above-mentioned project objectives and overall conservation priorities of Punjab. They establish and maintain relationships with local stakeholders (including government, private sector, academia, farmer associations, local NGOs and community-based organizations) and supervise the overall project outreach to farmers and other project participants/beneficiaries.
This position ends June 30th, 2025 with the possibility for extension subject to funding and meeting project outcomes. The location for this position is Punjab with extensive travel within the state and to New Delhi. This is a local hire, and no immigration or visa support is offered with this position.
The PRANA Field Operations Manager is accountable for the proper implementation and effectiveness of the project activities implemented in Punjab. They provide and are responsible for technical, program and operational support to PRANA field operations. They lead, supervise, and provide guidance to a local team in support of the PRANA field operations, conservation efforts, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. In coordination with the Policy and Partnerships Manager, they facilitate and build partnerships and relationships across various stakeholder groups in Punjab in support of PRANA and TNC. They serve as the PRANA liaison to local Punjab-based stakeholders, including local government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, farmer associations, community-based organizations and other local stakeholders. They work closely with the Project Director, the Policy and Partnerships Manager, and the MEL Manager in identifying and resolving technical, policy and programmatic issues and to create enabling conditions for the project success. They identify and share innovations in CRM solutions and best practices enhancements that better address the project objectives and include the natural system needs and community support for conservation. They negotiate complex and innovative collaborations and agreements with local government agencies and other local stakeholders. They establish TNC as a major conservation partner with farmers and communities, specifically within Punjab.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Works with the PRANA Project Director and the PRANA field team to adaptively manage field operations while developing field and scaling strategies.
Responsible for elevating challenges and creating enabling conditions to implement work in the field, including the coordination of field operations with key partners.
Serves as key member of the PRANA team who bridges project field implementation with the Project team and other organizational staff in New Delhi.
Builds, facilitates and manages partnerships and relationships across PRANA project stakeholders in Punjab, while scoping and identifying new partnerships and potential additional projects related to the overall no burn of crop residue and other PRANA project strategies. Works in close partnership with the Policy and Partnership manager to identify and manage local government relationships.
Supervises PRANA field staff at remote locations and responsible for field team engagement, the alignment of their activities with the PRANA project strategy and annual workplans, and staff development and retention.
Liaisons with the field implementation partners and provides guidance where applicable.
Ensures quality control and monitors the field implementation of key activities by different partners as per key performance indicators.
Responsible for outreach and effective information flow between key stakeholders, local communities, farmers and the PRANA team.
Responsible for producing periodic operational and project performance reports against the annual workplans, including progress made, explain significant variances against expected results, detail necessary adjustments needed.
Responsible for analyzing and reporting the changes in conditions regarding agricultural practices, use of CRM machinery, new technologies being deployed, ex-situ programs being implemented, and other changes that may affect the project.
Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
Provides input to the MEL Manager to ensure quality control and monitor the field implementation of key activities by different partners as per key performance indicators.
Builds and maintains a robust network of contacts in the government and other organizations at the local level that are relevant to the implementation of PRANA activities.
As needed, supports the PRANA Project Director and other programmatic leads, and responsible for field program operations, including liaising with and managing contractors for obtaining satisfactory and timely deliverables.
Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information and context.
May provide inputs on requests for proposal (RFPs) for grants and contracts.
Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice, agronomy or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
Fluency in Punjabi, Hindi and English languages.
Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
Master’s degree and/or 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice, agriculture or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation is a plus.
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