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Executive Director Position (PIPA Conservation Trust)

The PIPA Conservation Trust (the PIPA “Trust”) seeks an innovative, experienced leader to plan and direct the operations of an established nonprofit organization located in Tarawa.


The PIPA Trust was legally established in 2009 as a corporate body under the laws of Kiribati. It is also registered in the US as a charitable organization. Its primary activity is to utilize its assets, financed through an endowment, to provide for:

a) administration of and operation of the PIPA Trust;

b) management of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area;

c) ensuring the exploitation of the resources of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area remains limited or protected. Its secondary activity is to support conservation initiatives throughout Kiribati, such as the “Bring PIPA Home” initiative.

The Role - The Executive Director provides vision, leadership, and motivates the organization to adhere to the highest quality standards for the operation of the PIPA Trust.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

•     Responsible for the overall management and direction of the PIPA Trust, the achievement of its mission and financial stability.

•     Reports to the PIPA Trust’s Board of Directors and is responsible for the development and implementation of the annual operating plans, internal operations manuals and policies as may be required, and annual budgets for consideration and approval by the PIPA Trust’s Board.

•     Ensures the operations of the PIPA Trust are in full compliance with Phoenix Islands Protected Area Conservation Trust Act

•     Serves as principal liaison with the PIPA Management Committee for purposes of monitoring and understanding the implementation status of the PIPA Management Plan.

Key selection criteria:

1.     Qualifications

·      At least a Masters degree in development, marine science, law, international relations, or other relevant discipline from a recognized university. 


2.   Essential Experience and Skills

The successful candidate will be an experienced leader, capable administrator, skillful advocate, solid relationship-builder and demonstrated fundraiser, with a talent for building consensus among partners, stakeholders and communities.



Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits.


For a full job description, contact:

Chairman, PIPA Trust Board at: .

How To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter and three work-related referees and their email contacts, in email attachments to . no later than 4:15 PM, 30 April 2020.

Expressions of Interest are invited from Consultants & Consultancy firms to undertake tasks related to the Kiribati BUR1

Report on Kiribati National Mitigation activities & Domestic Measurement Reporting and Verification report.

About the Kiribati BUR1 project

The Government of KIRIBATI through its Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agriculture Development (MELAD) had signed the Project Cooperation Agreement for executing the facilitation of the BUR project. The project is being implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and was funded by the GEF. The Biennial Update Report (BUR) project is in conformity with objective 3 of the GEF-6 Climate Mitigation. A strategy that focuses on fostering enabling conditions to mainstream mitigation concerns into sustainable development strategies. It is aligned to program 5 for integrating findings of convention obligations and enabling activities into national planning processes and mitigation contributions.

The overall objective of this project is to prepare and submit the Kiribati Initial Biennial Update Report (BUR) to fulfill Kiribati’s obligation aligned with the United Nation Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) Article 12. 

The main outputs that are expected from the BUR project are;

1.             Information on National circumstances and institutional arrangements

2.             The national inventory of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) for the years from 2016 to 2019

3.             Information on Mitigation actions and their effects including associated methodologies and assumptions

4.             Constraints and gaps, and related financial, technical, and capacity needs, including support received for preparation and submission of the Biennial Update Report.

5.             Domestic Measurement Reporting and Verification

6.             Any other information relevant to the Convention.

From the listed project output above, the consultancy work is only required on project output 3 & 5.

About the opportunity

BUR project is seeking expressions of interest for a suitably qualified national and international consultant for the above specific area. The consultancy work will based on developing chapters that consist of information on Mitigation actions and their effect including associated methodologies and assumptions and domestic Measurement reporting and Verification. (Project outputs 3 & 5)

The consultancy work will require a maximum of three months or less and the payments are deliverable-based.

About applicants

To be successful, you will have strong adaptive leadership/management skills and a proven ability to deliver results. You will have significant experience and expertise working in a diverse team of individuals with different technical backgrounds and specialties. You will have experience working with different agencies, preferably in a small island state context.

You will have demonstrated relevant experts in the field of institutional arrangement, Greenhouse gas inventories, mitigation actions, and establishment of Domestic Measurement, Reporting, and Verification system.

Thorough knowledge and hands-on experience with the following:

-          Guidelines for the preparation of Biennial Update Reports/National Communication from parties not included in Annex I.

-          Non Annex Parties to the Convention adopted by Conference of Parties (Decision adopted by COP Decision 2/CP 17).

-          UNFCCC biennial update reporting guidelines for Parties not included in Annex I to the convention.

At least ten (5) years experience in climate change mitigation fields, preferably environmental, and more specifically climate change-related.

To apply

1.      Applicants will need to clearly outline their relevant skills, knowledge and experience in a maximum two-page cover letter and submit a CV with two current referees.

2.      Proposed methodology of high quality, technically and logistically feasible, responsive to the ToR, the time schedule for consultancy work, and the rate.

3.      Applicants are free to use the request for proposal (RFP) templates provided at the procurement website for their proposals.

- or contact .

Applications will close on Monday 21st December 2020 (4:00 pm Kiribati time) and maybe progressed prior to the closing date.


For further information please contact Raeterenga Kiaitoka, BUR Project Coordinator ..

Office number: 63030038, 75228000, 75228211        mobile number: 73030113

Address: Bikenibeu, Tarawa | P.O. Box 234


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