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Birdlife Fundraising and Communications Manager, Suva, Fiji

Do you want a challenge working in an exotic location where it is summer all-year round?   Opportunites to work in these locations in such a varied and exciting role don’t come up often, but we need  an experienced Fundraising and Communications Manager in our Pacific Partnership  office in Suva, Fiji.

What is BirdLife International?

BirdLife International is a voice for birds and conservation worldwide.  It is the world’s largest partnership of conservation NGOs with a presence in 121 countries.  In the Pacific BirdLife has partners in Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Palau and is looking to develop new partners in Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. BirdLife Pacific’s regional office is in Suva, Fiji; its global headquarters is in Cambridge, UK.

BirdLife is at the cutting edge of conservation and environmental sustainability in the Pacific where there are 42 critically endangered bird species, a quarter of the word’s total.  So what we do is urgent and essential.  In the Pacific, as in New Zealand, our biggest enemy is introduced invasive species like rats.  We are also working to save tropical forests, protect migratory birds as they fly between North and South each year and to protect our oceans and our seabirds.  In the big international forums, we are active on climate change and protecting the world’s precious biodiversity.

A big part of what BirdLife does is about people and in doing our conservation work we look to empower local people to protect their own environment and to help them maintain sustainable livelihoods. 

The challenge

The Fundraising and Communications Manager is a challenging and varied role.  In it you will be fundraising for the Pacific partner organisations and the different projects and programmes that they run. You will work with local BirdLife and partner staff to help develop fundraising proposals to enable them to successfully protect nature and support local people in the Pacific.  You will be working with other International and local partner fundraisers in a range of fundraising activities.  An important part of our fundraising relates to international foundations and funders.  At the same time you will be looking to develop other fundraising channels and opportunities.  You will have an excellent record in maintaining relationships with funders.

You will be the key person with our external and internal communications.  This will include producing newsletters and press releases, managing our web-content and also managing a programme for volunteers. Communications with our partners and their members will be an important role.

Are you the person?

You will have a successful track record in fundraising covering a range of channels.  You will have an interest in conservation and also in development, social and political issues.  Working with multiple partners and in different countries, you will have a flair for diplomacy, networking and problem-solving.  You will be a confident communicator and have some experience with social media, writing newsletters and press releases.  You will be a self-starter and be prepared to go the extra kilometre.  You will have good Microsoft Office skills and be willing to travel and work long hours.  A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable.

It would be great if you have experience in conservation management or fundraising. Experience in, and knowledge of, Pacific communities would be a real help in this position as would some ability in the French language.  Working with partners, communities or national teams in training and capacity-building would be another plus.

Want to know more?

If you think you have the relevant experience, skills and personality to make you a good fit for this position, and fancy escaping to the tropics, contact Mere Ledua by email and she will send you further information including the job description, details of remuneration, terms and conditions.

Mere’s email is

If you want to know more you can email Pacific Director Don Stewart: 

Or you could contact the New Zealand-based Pacific Regional Development Manager, Mike Britton, at or on +64 21 783776

The closing date for applications is 10 August 2014. 

Face to Face Recruiter

An exciting opportunity working in conservation has now arisen.  We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate people wanting to represent Forest & Bird; a well regarded and long serving conservation organisation in New Zealand.

You will be part of a dynamic face to face sales team promoting conservation awareness resulting in securing long term regular givers to our society, to help fund our national and local conservation projects and campaigns, and advocating for the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment.

To do well in this role you will have the following skill set:
•    Be well presented, personable, enthusiastic and outgoing
•    Great customer service skills or sales experience would be beneficial
•    Goal orientated and a drive to succeed
•    Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
•    A personal interest or affiliation with the natural environment

Benefits for the successful person include:
•    Entry level role – full training provided
•    Lots of variety in where you work each week – street, residential and at events such as trade fairs
•    A chance to learn new skills in sales and recruitment – perfect for someone looking for a career change or wanting to break into sales
•   Opportunities exist to advance - to become a team leader and beyond
•   Feel rewarded in your job by being part of a wonderful cause
•   Work in either Auckland or Wellington.

If this sounds like something you would love to become a part of, we are keen to hear from you. Please note that you will be representing Forest & Bird and your employer will be Aida Sales.

To enquire about the role and/or to make an appointment please contact Kylee Hyslop at at 04 815 9177. 


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