25 May 2017

Senior Programme Officer Job Careers - International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy #: 1551

About IUCN:
International 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.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Project management and implementation:
  • Overall in-country technical and financial management of the project;
  • Ensure full compliance of project implementation, management and reporting to donor requirements and IUCN standards as per organizations policies and in internal implementation arrangements;
  • Ensure that project activities are delivered on-time, on-budget, and on-track to showcase the achievement of the projects’ objectives, contractual obligations and the IUCN- ESARO People and Landscapes programmatic objectives;
  • Oversee and facilitate in-country project operations planning, monitoring and learning;
  • Prepare and submit technical reports on time and following agreed formats and standards;
  • Ensure that all project records and sources of verification are documented, finalized and stored in format and content that demonstrate achievements and ensure accountability of project;
  • Provide technical assistance to relevant partners and colleagues to ensure that the achievement of targets, results and deliverables is on time and reflect the expected quality and technical standards;
  • Support the activities of the People and Landscapes Programme by searching and synthesizing information on innovative themes and issues relevant to the work of the Program.
  • Regularly update IUCN’s databases and portals with project data.
Knowledge generation and analytical work:
  • Ensure that all project information is appropriately documented through an established communications schedule to support stakeholders involvement and project delivery;
  • Promote exchange of policy, strategic and technical information with key conservation and development partners in Ghana;
  • Be proactive in seeking and delivering innovative solutions and technical information to relevant partners and colleagues;
  • Develop and support exchange and sharing of knowledge and lessons learned from the project to ensure timely and quality delivery of knowledge products to specific audiences;
  • Ensure effective information flow between all those engaged in or affected by the implementation of the project;
  • Establish files to ensure that information on the progress of the project is appropriately documented and whenever necessary shared to appropriate audience.
Program and project development: Assist in identifying opportunities for Program and project development in line with the IUCN 2017-2020 Program, ESARO 2017-2020 Work plan and the ESARO People and Landscapes Strategy for 2017-2020. This will entail the following key responsibilities;
  • Identify conservation and development priorities relevant to IUCN and the needs of IUCN Members and Commissions in the country and beyond;
  • Build and maintain partnerships with relevant Government and Non-government Organizations as well as Private sector, including IUCN Members and Commissions to establish functional networks and joint initiatives to promote fundraising to complement the implementation of the activities of the Project in the country.
  • Support implementation of related projects to identify synergies and emerging issues to inform programme and project development within the country priorities.
Other responsibilities: As requested by the Regional/Country Office, the Senior Programme Officer shall:
  • Represent IUCN during strategic, political and technical meetings, seminars, conferences, etc;
  • Where appropriate, supervise additional staff, consultants and interns;
  • Provide technical review of programme/strategy documents
  • Carry out additional tasks as may be requested.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, including forestry, natural resources management and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and management, development studies or related fields.
  • A minimum of six years of professional experience in conservation, forest and natural resources management- especially on locally controlled forest, Climate change/REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration, or sustainable development
  • Broad knowledge of conservation, climate change, land tenure and governance, and sustainable development policy issues and how they fit into the national policy and socioeconomic development agendas
  • Hands-on experience in implementation of field projects, with linkages to national policy processes and programmes
  • Proven experience in fundraising and resource mobilization
  • Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;
  • Excellent report writing skill
  • Previous experience in creating and facilitating dialogue, partnerships and synergies;
  • A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines;
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficiency in office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint) use of internet and online communication tools
  • Demonstrates strong leadership and people -management experience including supervision of staff, consultants and coordination of programme/projects teams in an multi-disciplinary environment and effective management of virtual team settings;
  • Must be a hands-on, highly motivated, results driven and resourceful individual who is able to energize and motivate teams
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to support building networks and partnerships;
  • Must be a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy skills and ability to work effectively with multicultural environment displaying sensitivity and respect for diversity
  • Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;
  • Willing to travel frequently within the region
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

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: 29th May, 2017

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