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Team Leader, CBA-SCALE

Vacancy #:   6242
Unit:   ESARO - Zimbabwe Programme (ZW)
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Zimbabwe Country Office, Harare, Zimbabwe
Reporting to:   Regional Head, Land Systems / Country Representative, Kenya
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 January 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (36 months)
Closing date:   31 December 2022



Southern Africa is highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, which affects water availability, the integrity of ecosystems, food and livelihood security and human health. This vulnerability stems from a number of factors. First, Southern African countries are highly exposed to climate risks including increased rainfall variability, floods, droughts, extreme temperatures and in the case of coastal countries, cyclones. The devastating 2019 cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which killed more than 1,000 people and led to agricultural losses of at least USD 141 million in Mozambique alone, are only one recent example. This requires both short-term, emergency response efforts and investments in adaptation for the longer term. Poverty rates remain high, with Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe having 21- 62% of the population living below the poverty line, based on World Bank data. About 70% of the region's population depends on agriculture for food and income, making people’s livelihoods reliant on rainfall. Land degradation, coupled with pollution and poor management of natural resources, have reduced the resilience of ecosystems and the people that depend on them. Social inequalities, notably based on gender, also exacerbate vulnerability across the region, constraining access to information, resources and decision-making power.

Over the last few years, a number of projects and programs have promoted community-based adaptation (CBA) approaches across the region, in an effort to reduce local vulnerability to immediate as well as future climate change impacts. However, implementation of CBA at scale has not occurred. Many of these initiatives have operated as pilots, achieving localized impacts and generating useful learning, but without putting in place the systems and capacities for sustained implementation and institutionalization of the approaches. Another challenge is the disconnect between national-level policy processes and the realities on the ground in communities – even when good policies are in place, implementation is often lacking. Sub-national governments, the essential link between the local and national levels, are under-resourced and over-stretched and lack the capacity to bridge this gap. As decentralization processes advance, their role will only become more important, making it essential that they have the resources and capacities to support climate-resilient development in the communities they govern.

In this regard the IUCN and its programme partners, will implement a BMU-IKI funded project: Community-Based Adaptation: Scaling up Community Action for Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Southern Africa and Beyond (CBA-SCALE Southern Africa+) in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe between 2023 and 2027. The overall objective of the intervention is to building climate resilience, including: the integration of adaptation (incl. disaster risk reduction) in policies, planning and budgets at different levels; promote actions to build climate resilience and address climate risks in key sectors such as water, agriculture and fisheries; strengthening climate information, early warning and disaster management systems; and ecosystem and biodiversity protection; among others. The expected outcome of the project is increased resilience to climate change, for all genders and social groups, in over 100 communities of different size in Southern Africa. Inclusive, gender-responsive and nature-based planning and implementation of CBA actions will target over 500,000 community members in managing climate-related risks to human security, livelihoods and food security. Through learning networks and knowledge dissemination we will engage another 100+ communities

The Team Leader will lead project implementation in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. S/he will ensure effective and efficient implementation of the CBA-SCALE+ Project through timely implementation of programme activities in accordance with the project workplan.

More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Team Leader are as follows:

Project Management;
Lead the development of annual activity plan, budget and procurement work plan based on expected outputs;
Supervise agreed project management procedures to facilitate project implementation and ensure delivery of high-quality outcomes;
Supervise the project management team, service providers and consultants that work for the project;
Work with project staff to receive, review and synthesize monitoring information to support adaptive management and ensure timely compliance with internal and donor monitoring and reporting requirements, especially to produce the CBA-SACLE+ project annual performance reports (APRs);
Prepare any required updates / summaries on the projects and participate in project-related meetings with the donors, government, service providers, etc.
Plan and undertake regular communication with other consortium members of the CBA-SCALE+ project and provide support to monitoring and evaluation process of projects, ensuring that evaluations are carried-out in accordance within contracting requirements.
Ensure that donor contracting requirements are being met, including the timely submission of quality progress reports;

Operations and administration;
Arrange the procurement of equipment, supplies and services for offices and project sites and ensures that contractual processes follow the stipulated IUCN Internal Control System procedures.
Assist with Programme procurement and ensures that contractual processes follow the stipulated IUCN procurement procedures;
Establish and maintain a proper inventory of project assets register;

Financial management;
Take responsibility for the project budget, including staff time, procurement and donor compliance
Support the programme team with any budgetary follow-up action points from Program Unit meetings, conferences and workshops
Review Programme invoices and financial reports for the CBA-SCALE+ Project. Ensure documentation is completed to the highest of standard prior to sending to the Finance department.

Monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
Carry out regular follow-up and monitoring of implementation activities;
Carry out regular monitoring and reporting on risks and mitigation measures;
Ensure timely preparation and submission of required reports, including bi-annual progress and expenditure reports, per the requirements of CBA-SCALE+ Project;
Facilitate independent evaluations

Strategic engagement;
Lead IUCN re-engagement efforts in Zimbabwe, particularly with government, key partners, IUCN members and other relevant stakeholders
Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for learning and knowledge generation from ongoing initiatives for sharing with the wider Regional Team as well as the broader IUCN Constituency;
Support the identification of needs and opportunities for Programme development and work with Regional Thematic Heads and other members of the team to develop new concept notes and mobilizing resources
Carry out other relevant tasks assigned by, and mutually agreed with, the line manager

Education and Work Experience;
A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental management, forestry, resource economics, agriculture, water resources or development studies. A Master’s Degree is desirable.
Minimum 5 years’ experience in programme management in the environment, climate change or forestry sector, preferably with an international organization
Experience with results-based project cycle management including monitoring and evaluation methodologies and principles and project budget management
Experience in writing project proposals and fundraising
High level of computer literacy
Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in a local language is vital
High personal integrity especially in matters related to finance, official information and communications;
Ability to work with minimum supervision and function in multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
A good team worker with leadership abilities.
Be willing to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders.

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.

Functional competencies;
Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and prioritize needs
Possess energy, drive, enthusiasm, commitment and passion for high quality work.
Proven interpersonal skills and be to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Must be dependable, a good team player and able to work independently as well as have the ability to learn quickly and expand scope of functions;
Capacity to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and produce high quality documents at short notice.
Excellent writing and communication skills
Willingness to travel

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