Senior Programme Officer, Forests & Natural Resource Governance Programme Job Vacancy – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Organization: International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Vacancy #: 1187
About US:
Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global
environmental organization which helps the world find pragmatic solutions to
our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on
biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by
supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and
bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy,
laws and best practice.
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has been working in Uganda since in
1991 and has done lots of work in influencing the national conservation agenda.
The Programme of Work executed by the office has largely been focused around
the relationship between ecosystem conservation and sustainable development. In
doing so, a critical element of the Uganda Office’s work has revolved around
identifying and applying demonstrable solutions towards enhancing equitable
governance of natural resources as a key mechanism for both improving
livelihoods of communities and the wider economic development of the country.
The Programme of Work has been carried out at both national as well as
transboundary levels, cutting across multiple sectors (but largely focused
around Water & Wetlands; Forests and, more recently, Drylands). IUCN’s work
more often than not draws upon landscape and ecosystem based approaches.
Job Summary: The Senior
Programme Officer, Forests & Natural Resource Governance Programme will
mainly be responsible for both the administrative and technical management of
the Forests and Natural Resources Governance portfolio, within the overall
country programme. The incumbent will work closely with the Technical
Coordinators and Programme Officers to oversee the development, planning and
implementation of the Forests and Natural Resource Governance portfolio, for
effective delivery of the programme of work.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Administrative and managerial oversight of the Forests and & Natural
Resource Governance Country Programme Portfolio:
Work in liaison with project staff and the Finance
Department; Prepare and update the portfolio on a regular basis and as
requested by the Deputy Regional Director, through the Head of Office;
The incumbent will identify resource gaps (financial,
human resource, physical etc) in the Programme portfolio vis a vis effective
delivery and work with the Country Programme Portfolio and in consultation with
the Regional Thematic Heads to define recommended strategies to address these
gaps to the Head of Country Office and Regional Thematic Heads;
Organize regular meetings with project staff to
review progress on projects as well as cost recovery and send monthly reports
to the Head of Office;
Ensure that donor contracting requirements are being
met, including the timely submission of quality progress reports;
Offer technical support to monitoring and evaluation
process of projects, ensuring that evaluations are carried out in accordance within
contracting requirements.
Provide technical backstopping and support
Programmatic initiatives (Forests & Natural Resource Governance)
Working closely and with the support of the Technical Coordinator, People and
Landscapes, provide technical support to Programmatic initiatives relating to
Forests and Natural Resource Governance to:
The incumbent will draft strategic and operational
workplans for the delivery of projects and other programmatic initiatives;
Identify, establish and build relationships with
strategic partners (including, but not limited to Members and Donors) relevant
and necessary for Programme delivery and growth;
Actively contribute directly to the delivery of
technical outputs, ensuring high quality, relevance and technical accuracy;
Develop and implement strategies for learning and
knowledge generation from ongoing initiatives for sharing with the wider
Regional Team as well as the broader IUCN Constituency;
Identify needs and opportunities for Programme
development and work with the Technical Coordinator, the Head of Office and
other members of the team to develop new concept notes and mobilizing
Contribute to the review and development of IUCN’s
regional programme as requested by Head of Office.
Project Management:
Ensure the timely implementation of projects within
the portfolio, in accordance with the projects’ documents, supporting
agreements (e.g. contracts, MoUs, Project Activity Implementation Agreements
etc.), annual work plans and the procedures of IUCN;
Ensure that programme/project budgets are utilized
and monitored in accordance with IUCN internal controls and donor agreements;
Manage and ensure the collection, collation, and
reporting of all project data and documents, including timely submission of
technical progress reports according to the agreed formats and deadlines;
Maintain appropriate and effective (timely,
respectful and professional) communications with all IUCN and programme
Provide capacity strengthening to team members and
project partners to improve capacity to deliver on project activities and
Other Duties:
Perform any other relevant tasks assigned by, and
mutually agreed with, the line manager.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the Senior Programme
Officer, Forests & Natural Resource Governance Programme vacancy must
possess a minimum of eight years’ experience in managing and coordinating
projects within the forestry and climate change sector; 
Demonstrated ability in fundraising and resource
mobilization a must; 
Proven experience in participatory natural resource
Significant experience in writing technical papers
and series; 
Demonstrated ability to organize and facilitate
multi-stakeholder participatory processes; 
Familiarity with the national REDD+ process, climate
change, and associated policies and laws; 
Relevant and proven experience in project management
and administration 
Demonstrated capacity to work in a
multi-disciplinary and multi-partner environment; 
Strong networking and communication skills and
ability to work with different partners and stakeholders 
Fluency in spoken and written English, with skills
in other local languages an advantage; 
Prior exposure and experience in building teams for
collective delivery;
Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills and
ability to work effectively as part of a small team, with respect for and
sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches; 
Show commitment to continuous learning and proactive
and mature attitude towards self-development; 
Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft
Office package and internet; 
Ability to be innovative, proactive and work with
minimal supervision; 
Willingness to travel as needed. 
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested applicants are requested to apply online through the
HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the
“Apply” button at the web link below.
Deadline: 20th November 2015

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