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Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience-Mozambique

Vacancy #:   6192
Unit:   ESARO Mozambique Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Mozambique Country Office, Maputo, Mozambique
Reporting to:   Programme Manager- Mozambique Country Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 December 2022
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (14 months)
Closing date:   21 November 2022

The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) runs a number of Regional and Country based projects. Some of these projects include provincial and district-based sub offices and Knowledge Hubs. The project teams and the Knowledge Hubs work together with IUCN Academy and the Provincial Directorates of (1) Agriculture and Artisanal Fisheries, (2) Environment and Territorial Development and (3) Ministry of Science, Technology and higher Education. They link to the central level via the respective Ministries and/or National Funds and Agencies.

The IKI LEAP regional project has been developed in close collaboration with Government counterparts and aligned with the IUCN ESARO and Mozambique strategies, focusing on delivering greater resilience to coastal communities, developing CCPs and LMMAs constituencies and functional capacities, as well as to deliver on policy advocacy for improved management of coastal and marine areas up to the functional Pemba Seascape.

With the increased conflict in Cabo Delgado and the high movements of IDPs in the province, the districts where LEAP worked have in the length of a month, observed a multiplication og inhabitants, leading to response measures in support of host communities and IDP families, as well as measures to integrate the new settlements within a natural, coastal and marine sustainable management capacity framework. The LEAP and its funding partners, IKI and BMU, have therefore engaged in a project extension to ensure a combined response to IDPs and host communities and by joining nature-based solutions components to an existing n going socio economic project, led by one the implementing partners, IUCN and partners aim at contributing to a sustainable socio-economic integration and development of the new human settlements. The project further combines the development and restoration/conservation activities with Communication for Development and Training of Trainer programmes, via the Knowledge Hubs and the Environmental Clubs, as a manner to induce sustainability and, the exit strategy, which will include the transfer of the knowledge Hubs and the capacity building to the two most involved directorates, namely the Directorate of Territorial Development and Environment and the Agriculture and Fisheries. Knowledge Hubs/ToTs will accelerate knowledge sharing, will contribute to attain the NDC and Agenda 2030 commitments which is aligned with our Nature and People goals. AT policy level and policy influencing, from the approval and functional se of the CCPs/LMMAs to the national territorial development plan and marine spatial plan, the IUCN Mozambique Office, will coordinate and supervise the required actions.

To strengthen the project implementation team and the overall integration of projects into the programme and in the Hub, IUCN seeks to recruit a Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience to be based in Pemba, and support the activities of the IKI funded LEAP project, which will cover the districts of Mecufi and Metuge and the provincial capital, Pemba, based at the Provincial Directorate of Territorial Development and Environment, ad where the Knowledge Hub is also based. This will be a local recruitment and the position will be located in Pemba with travel in the intervened districts as requested. This is a full-time position for the 2023-2024 period, ending with the project closure.

The Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will be integrated in the wider project regional team and IUCN Mozambique Country Office. She/he will support the teams visiting Cabo Delgado, organize meetings and lead the collaboration with local implementing partners and the collection, filling and processing of information to the Programme Manager. The Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will also assist in the functioning of the Knowledge Hub and the Communication for Development Team

The Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will work under the supervision and guidance of Program Manager – COR Prgramme in Mozambique. The major role of the Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will be to establish strong coordination and linkages amongst all the major stakeholders in the field / district and at the Regional level to ensure that program activities are implemented successfully. The Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will be responsible for managing the field-level program implementation and for achievement of the field level outputs.


Set up and manage the project office at field level in accordance with the project work plan and supported by the project field assistant;
Coordinate the implementation of project activities at field level as per the project document as well as the annual work plan and budget.
Maintain close coordination with the counterpart authorities, implementing partners and local actors in planning, implementation and monitoring of project activities
Support the production and sharing of project reports to the MCO;
Establish linkages with other initiatives at the field level that the IPs and donors have in the region;
Ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach at field-level in implementing project interventions.
Assist the Program Manager in organizing various workshops, trainings and meetings.
Update and report to the Program Manager on a regular basis about the progress and constraints and try to resolve implementation problems, if any, in consultation with advice/guidance of the Program Manager.
Act as a field level representative of the Program Manager and of IUCN during project meetings and external events.
Supervise the activities of field-based community enterprises including administrative work
Prepare annual work plan, quarterly progress report, annual progress report and other plans as required and ensure timely submission to the Program Manager.
Support the development, coordination and supervision of ocean/ blue venture enterprises to operate as desired.
Support data collection and monitoring of project activities at field level.
Assist the Program Manager on coordination, facilitation and supervision of subcontracts/consultants in the field.
Represent IUCN at relevant events when requested
Perform any other duties as may be required

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in fisheries, aquaculture, environmental sciences, business administration, sustainable development or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources;

Work Experience;
7 years of sound working experience in the field of community development, environment or project management
A good understanding of community development and expertise in self-reliant and participatory development process.
A track record of working with District governments, fisheries groups, natural resources management groups, women and youth groups
Demonstrable political, advisory and facilitation skills.
Demonstrable experience in concept note and proposal development.
Able and willing to travel frequently
Experience in working for an international organization is an added advantage.
Computer literate

Language Proficiency;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Portuguese;

Language Requirements;
Fluency in Swahili, Makonde and Macua (both written and verbal).

Core Competencies;
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

Functional Competencies;
Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability
Excellent report writing skill
A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines;
Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, power point) 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 strategic thinker, highly motivated, results driven and 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, proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;
Willing to travel and work in rural areas frequently within Mozambique

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