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Deputy Chief of Party

Vacancy #:   6039
Unit:   ORMACC - Forest Governance and Economy Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   El Salvador - San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
Reporting to:   Chief of Party
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   03 October 2022
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   23 September 2022 (extended)
BACKGROUND
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,100 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 11,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices, and at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.
The IUCN’s Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean is seeking candidates for a Deputy Chief of Party for an USAID- two-year Project extension entitled “Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project” now for $14 million which began to be implemented in Nov. 2017. The Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project is currently focused on three areas of the Central American Northern (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador)—Miskito Coast (Karataska Lagoon, Honduras), and two binational sites: Motagua River (Honduras-Guatemala), and Paz River (El Salvador-Guatemala)—to implement coastal-marine biodiversity conservation strategies which can then be scaled up to the national and regional levels. The project strives to use biodiversity conservation as a means to enhance regional economic integration – with strong emphasis on investments, leverage funding and synergies with the private sector-, security, stability, and governance applying biocommerce approach.
The USAID’s Regional Coastal Biodiversity Project will contribute to conserving biodiversity in coastal-marine ecosystems and their associated upland ecosystems in Central America in order to provide human wellbeing benefits for current and future generations. The overarching program objective will be achieved through four cross-cutting strategies: better science, climate-smart biocommerce, improved governance mechanisms, and landscape management to face global climate change. The main task of the Regional Project is to improve livelihoods and reduce threats to coastal marine ecosystems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, by opening new economic opportunities based on sustainable management of natural resources through Biocommerce approach, a key component of the Project.
The program has settled a regional project office is based in San Salvador and will have the support from IUCN national offices in Guatemala and Honduras, as well as from IUCN and GOAL regional offices (San Jose, Costa Rica and Tegucigalpa respectively). The project has three field operating offices in Puerto Barrios (Guatemala), Puerto Lempira (Honduras) and San Francisco Menendez (El Salvador).
The members of the RCBP consortium are: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, prime recipient), GOAL, Agency for the Development of the Mosquitia (MOPAWI, Honduras), Defenders of Nature Foundation (FDN, Guatemala), Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (ARCAS, Guatemala) and Salvadoran Ecological Unit (UNES, El Salvador).
JOB DESCRIPTION
S/he in his role of Deputy Chief of Party, will be responsible for the supervision of the overall operational coordination of the project implementation and team management (sites coordinators). Provide technical advice on all issues relating to biocommerce under the RCBP project approach as well as support and direct other project staff providing technical assistance to the consortium under Biocommerce scope of works. Provide technical support for governance, social inclusion, and gender matters. She/he will support the Monitoring, Evaluation and Small Grants officer activities to ensure timely implementation of the reporting and monitoring system of the project.
The person should be based in San Salvador as key staff personnel.
RESPONSABILITIES

•Coordinate with the COP all the implementation activities according to the contractual results expected by the donor focused in the biocommerce approach in order to ensure a good management providing economic revenues for its sustainable commercialization.

•As an integrated member of the RCBP “One Team” will coordinate and follow up the rules of procedures of USAID, IUCN as consortium lead to all project team members and other stakeholders for the efficient delivery of the project objectives.

•Supervise the day-to-day work of the RCBP team and in particular, the Field Team in each of the 3 prioritized areas.

•Provide technical advice on all issues relating to biocommerce strategy under the RCBP project approach. Support and direct other project staff providing technical assistance to the consortium under Biocommerce scope of works.


•Support and supervise the technical and operative preparation and implementation of sub-awards, contracts, work plans, budgets, transfer of funds, according to IUCN procedures and in coordination of the regional IUCN office ensuring biocommerce technical inputs and progress.

•Coordinate with consultants on agreed scopes of work and subsequent deliverables hired for this project

•Contribute and follow the implementation of strategies and issues, in coordination with COP, related to communication, gender and social inclusion and Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MEL).

•Promote and follow up alliances or partnership with other cooperation projects in the field with the same objectives of RCBP


•Lead and orient the team in annual work planning and internal progress reviews design and follow up; this includes close coordination with the Administrative/Financial Officer -in charge of budget planning IUCN ORMACC- to ensure technical and budgetary planning and monitoring.

•Support and general supervision of small grants operation with key personnel specialists and local implementors.


Please Note:
The above TORs contain the main responsibilities and duties of this position. However in an ever evolving organisation such as IUCN staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TORs. Where any task becomes a regular part of staff member’s responsibilities, the TORs should be changed in consultation between the manager, the staff member and the HR Unit. Any one of the three may initiate the consultation.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Graduate degree (Master’s Degree) in any of the following subjects: business administration, economics, natural resource management, social sciences, project management, international relations, sustainable development or a similar field.

• At least 5 years of experience in the design and implementation of projects and team operations, including business trade based on nature, bio-commerce, equity gender, youth considerations and governance. (Preferred) experience in the implementation of USAID funded projects in Central America.

• Good knowledge of Central America and its key conservation and development issues related to coastal and marine biodiversity, economic and social development, gender concerns, indigenous people and learning activities.

• Due to the biocommerce approach of the Regional Project, the candidate must have a good understanding of sustainable use of biodiversity, business plans and equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of biodiversity. A ToC will be closely followed.

• Experience facilitating in a participatory manner planning and project implementation activities with a wide range and levels of organizations and stakeholders (community organizations, governments, NGOs, private sector, research institutions

• Fluency in English advisable and Spanish (both verbal and written communication skills)

• Willingness to travel frequently to project sites and countries (Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador)

• Ability to work under pressure and to deal tactfully with sensitive political issues

• Excellent word processing, spreadsheet and computer skills (including smartsheet).

• Experience working with indigenous peoples, local communities and coastal communities.

• Excellent on developing interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills

• Proven skills in writing, problem solving, creativity, collaboration and willingness to innovate.
APPLICATIONS

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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