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Senior Programme Assistant, FAO

Vacancy #:   5992
Unit:   Bangladesh Programme Coordination
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Bangladesh Project Office, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh
Reporting to:   Project Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   20 May 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (4 months)
Closing date:   15 May 2022
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with almost 1,300 government and NGO Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by almost 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.The Government of Bangladesh joined IUCN as a State Member in 1972. IUCN started its operation in Bangladesh as a “liaison office” in 1989 and a fully operation Country Office was established in Bangladesh in 1992.

Under the overall supervision of the Country Representative and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, the Senior Programme Assistant will be responsible for Project implementation of “Ensuring better watershed management for safer agriculture at territorial level with improved community capacity addressing the climatic ordeal in Cox’s Bazar” project (supported by FAO) for the Bangladesh Country Office of IUCN.
Under the overall guidance from the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, the Senior Programme Assistant will be part of a diversified team and will be responsible for assisting the project manager in implementing all the project activities in the light of the Letter of Agreement (LoA) between FAO and IUCN.

1. Assist the consultants in data collection from the fields related to nursery management;

2. Assist in preparing handbook and/or guidelines related to nursery management;

3. Assist in piloting interventions in the field related to nursery management;

4. Organize field teams or volunteers to conduct field surveys related to nursery management;

5. Assist in organizing different project events (e.g. discussions, meetings, workshops, training sessions, knowledge-sharing events, and promotional opportunities for the project) related to nursery management;

6. Organize capacity building activities for Bangladesh Forest Department staff, Department of Agriculture Extension staff related to nursery management;

7. Assist the Programme Coordinator in preparing project documents and reports, including donor reports, event reports, case studies, fact sheets, and web stories;

8. Organize field trips in consultation with project Manager related to nursery management;

9. Provide support to the other projects of IUCN Bangladesh;

10. Ensure that IUCN's and FAO's policies and mandates as outlined in the LoA is duly complied with in all project activities; and

11. Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the Programme Coordinator and the Project Manager of IUCN Bangladesh, from time to time.
  • Master’s degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, Marine Science, Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, or other related fields with at least 2 years of professional experience relevant to the assignment as defined in the terms of reference, or;

• University degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, Marine Science, Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, or other related fields with at least 3 years of professional experience;

• Demonstrated experience in Programme Management, Operation Management Cycle, and related processes, with knowledge of Results-Based Management, are essential;

• Computer skills (in MS office) including advanced Excel skills (pivot tables, data management, etc). is important;

• Good presentation, writing, and spoken communication skills in English and Bangla are essential.
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is BDT 835'529. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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