Published: March 26, 2024

Location: São Tomé, São Tomé & Príncipe


Closing Date: April 15, 2024

Salary: EUR 45,702 per annum

Programme Manager, Seascapes

About the organisation

At Fauna & Flora, our shared purpose is to protect the diversity of life on Earth, for the survival of the planet and its people. We work closely with local conservation partners around the world to save nature, together. We harness this collective expertise to inspire positive change globally.

About the role

Fauna & Flora and FP are working with a consortium of partners to strengthen the conservation of the unique marine biodiversity of São Tomé & Príncipe. Funded by the Blue Action Fund, Rainforest Trust, Arcadia and Oceans 5, the project’s overall goal is to establish and ensure effective management of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) across São Tomé & Príncipe using a co-management approach. We are seeking a qualified, fluent Portuguese-speaking candidate to lead the national project team and partner consortium to deliver this exciting and ambitious project. Employed directly by Fauna & Flora and under secondment to FP, you will be based on São Tomé island.

Strong project and people management and leadership skills are essential to the role to ensure a professional and motivated team that delivers effectively against project aims, objectives and timelines. The role also requires a skilled and credible communicator, who is confident in developing and managing relationships internally and with partner organisations and relevant stakeholders, including regional and national government. You will have proven experience in conservation project management with demonstrable skills and experience in engaging local communities in conservation and the development of sustainable livelihood initiatives.

A strong team player, you will enjoy working in a dynamic team environment where creative approaches and thinking are required to deliver project concepts. Experience raising funds for projects will also be an advantage. A Master’s degree or equivalent level qualification in a relevant discipline and strong experience in a related role and in working in remote and sometimes challenging environments are expected. In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within two ground breaking and entrepreneurial organisations, at the forefront of conservation.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese
  • Excellent ability to manage conservation projects and teams
  • Strong technical skills relating to marine ecology and conservation
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with partner organisations, including governments, national and local NGOs, community groups and businesses
  • Ability to communicate publicly (written and oral) and with a wide range of audiences
  • Proven project financial / budget management skills
  • A Masters’ degree or equivalent level qualification in a conservation / natural resource management or relevant social science field
  • Substantial leadership experience in a relevant organisation / working environment
  • Substantial relevant experience of working on marine conservation and / or environmental or relevant social issues
  • Previous experience living and working in developing country
  • A strong technical background and understanding of a range of marine conservation and related social issues
  • Experience designing and leading the delivery of institutional capacity development
  • Good track record in project development and fundraising
  • Demonstrates Fauna & Flora’s values
  • Self-motivated, independent and resourceful
  • Ability to deal with challenges in a patient, flexible and positive way
  • Capable and effective communicator
  • Builds positive personal and organisational relationships
  • Commitment to conservation and community-led development process and empowering local people

Salary and benefits

Duration of Contract: Fixed-term until 31 August 2026, with potential to extend subject to business need and funding availability
Probation Period: Six months
Gross Salary: EUR 45,702 per annum
Location: São Tomé, São Tomé & Príncipe
Benefits: For international appointments, Fauna & Flora expatriate benefits apply:
30 working days’ annual leave entitlement plus national public holidays observed in São Tomé & Príncipe
Accommodation provision
Medical insurance
Relocation flight on commencement of employment (if applicable)
Repatriation flight on termination of employment (if applicable)
Annual return flight home (if applicable)
NB: This is an unaccompanied position
Hours of Work: This is a full-time position requiring flexible working.

Start date

As soon as possible

How to apply

Applications should consist of the following:

  • Covering letter explaining why you are applying, relating your experience and skills to the role
  • Full CV
  • Contact details for two referees (who will not be approached without your permission)

Applications should be submitted electronically to

Please mark your application ‘Programme Manager, Seascapes’ and indicate in your covering letter where you saw the position advertised. The closing date for applications is Monday 15 April 2024. Interviews are likely to take place during the week commencing 22 April 2024. Regrettably, due to limited resources and the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to contact short-listed candidates. If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.