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Head, Enterprise and Investment Team

Vacancy #:   6145
Unit:   Enterprise and investment
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Deputy Director General - Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   M1
Expected start date:   01 November 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   14 October 2022 (extended)
The Head, Enterprise and Investment Team is responsible for developing and delivering a coherent and impactful programme of work that generates knowledge, tools and approaches that incorporate private sector engagement and innovative finance mechanisms into IUCN programme delivery and, by extension, proactively drives sectoral transformational processes. This will be delivered primarily through the development of private sector and public partnerships at the corporate, sectoral, supply chain and regulatory levels.

The EIT programme of work is centered around four key product lines: sectoral engagement and technical support, innovative finance pipeline building, tools and knowledge products for effective private sector deployment, and engaging regulatory bodies and public financing mechanisms, for which the Head will ensure is supported by a sustainable project portfolio. In doing so the Head will work in close collaboration with IUCN’s Business Engagement Unit and Finance for Nature Initiative, and across IUCN’s programmatic centres (such as the multi-lateral finance team and IUCNs work in Agriculture), regional offices, members and commissions to ensure an aligned thematic programme of activities.

In delivering and growing the project portfolio the Head will have responsibility for ensuring efficient and effective planning, budgeting and financial management of projects and the team that achieve full cost recovery, and generate surplus revenues that supports the overall management of the Centre, whilst allowing for innovative investment in portfolio growth and income. In doing so this position will also be responsible for the recruitment, management and supervision of all staff to carry out their assigned duties, and to develop the team and individual staff in order they reach their potential through mentorship and support.
1. Programme development, coordination and reporting
• Act as IUCN’s senior programmatic focal point on technical issues related to the Enterprise and Investment workstream, ensuring a coherent and consistent approach on the use and application of EIT products across the organization, and providing authoritative advice to the Union, its Members and external audiences.
• Develop and consistently review an overall strategy for the team to deliver the IUCN Programme and Vision 2030.
• Contribute to the Centre for Economy and Finance’s leadership and business plan ensuring the design of private and public partnerships are robust and deliver against the IUCN programme with respect to corporate, sectoral, supply and regulatory private sector engagement.
• Ensure quality reporting systems are in place to monitor progress according to the IUCN Programme Results Framework for relevant programme areas.

2. Specific thematic functions and roles of the Enterprise and Investment Team
• Ensure the team is equipped to respond to demands for “fit for purpose” conservation tools from the private sector for sectoral transformation.
• Lead the development and implementation of innovative financing mechanisms, support the application of those mechanisms, and help mobilise any necessary public sector funding needed to accelerate such investments into conservation and NbS.
• Build partnerships to ensure environmental sustainability and social safeguards are integrated into the design and implementation of regulatory framework for sectors that have a significant environmental footprint or use of natural resources, including setting quality standards and monitoring performance.
• Integrate, as appropriate, knowledge generation, publications and policy economic analysis into projects as a foundational assets for the provision of technical advice.

3. Resource mobilisation and portfolio development
• Develop a project pipeline aligned to IUCNs programmatic priorities through:
o Large scale project based on and funded through corporate and sectoral partnerships;
o Income from private sector actors through targeted service provision based on the generation and application of specific knowledge and / or tools.
• Ensure the application of IUCN Project Guidelines and Standards (PGS) and Project Appraisal and Approval (PAAS) procedures.

4. Planning, budgeting and financial management
• Prepare annual work plans and budgets.
• Undertake procurement in accordance with IUCN Delegation of Authority.
• Monitor programme implementation and expenditure for all projects in the programme unit portfolio.
• Ensure that all technical and financial reports are prepared in accordance with contracts.
• Ensure the complementarity and efficiency of projects in the portfolio, meeting the timelines for delivery of technical and financial reports.
• Allocate staff capacity to deliver the projects and programme objectives and ensure strategic growth of the staff complement and its sustainability.

5. Supervision and development of staff
• Plan and recruit staff capacity to deliver the programme and projects.
• Supervise and coordinate the leads for each thematic programme area in the team.
• Support and develop the relevant staff to perform their functions individually and collectively.
• Build capacity of staff to develop fundable projects that support and expand their work.
• Ensure application of Conditions of Service and other HR policies.

6. Policy, knowledge and communications
• Serve as IUCN Secretariat technical representative, as agreed with the Director for Centre for Economy and Finance, on various Enterprise and Investment related committees and bodies, both internally and externally, whilst ensuring these are underpinned by sufficient cost recovery mechanisms.
• Support the development of IUCN’s policy engagement in relevant arenas, in coordination with the International Policy Unit, and with the input of relevant Commission experts.
• Working alongside the Centre for Science and Data ensure that knowledge and learning across the programme portfolio are communicated internally across programme units and externally.
• Coordinate the monitoring of implementation and reporting on the resolutions and recommendations of the World Conservation Congress that are the responsibility of the team.
• Represent IUCN and the Director General on thematic policy and communications functions as required.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organization 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 job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
  • At least 15 years of experience of designing, leading and managing initiatives, programmes and projects aimed at the transforming private sector engagement and innovative finance mechanisms in conservation, including an emphasis on the delivery of local and global societal and environmental benefits. Management of programmes and projects in a developing country context and / or within the private sector is a distinct advantage.

• At least 15 years of experience of proven capacity and skills in leading and managing diverse, multi-stakeholder partnerships and networks involving e.g. government agencies, NGOs, international organizations, development agencies, and scientific and technical bodies.

• At least 15 years of proven experience in managing a large team of professionals, including through a decentralized global network.

• Demonstrated capacity to successfully design projects according to the latest project appraisal standards. Previous working experience of the GEF or other multilateral funding mechanism would be an additional asset.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences. A second language (French, Spanish) is highly desirable and the willingness to travel frequently within IUCN offices and programme sites.

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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