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Strategic Partnerships Officer

Vacancy #:   6274
Unit:   Oceania Corporate Support unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Reporting to:   Regional Director, Oceania Regional Office (ORO)
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   31 March 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   05 February 2023
The Strategic Partnerships Officer will be the IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO) focal point for strategic partnerships and programme/project development (fundraising, among others) and resource mobilization. In addition, the incumbent will also play a key role in the development of effective programmes/projects at IUCN ORO.
IUCN encourages applications from people of diverse backgrounds, including women and people with disabilities.

Strategic Partnerships and Fundraising
•Assist programme team in identifying and following through on strategic fundraising opportunities;
•Lead engagements with Bi-lateral and Multi-lateral donor partners on projects, programmes and other strategic opportunities;
•Manage donor relationships and ensure donors are fully informed on IUCN ORO business, its programmes and projects by coordinating communication with the respective parties;
•Engage potential donors in developing ideas for new projects within existing programmes or new initiatives;
•Manage and expand relations with donors and strategic partners throughout the project implementation phase to ensure delivery in terms of results and outcomes; remain engaged in the monitoring of progress;
•Work with IUCN Members and Commissions, and with regional agencies (especially CROPs), on developing new initiatives / projects
•Manage and monitor ORO’s funding portfolio (ABC List).
•Engage as necessary with IUCN Head Quarters in terms of information sharing, guidelines and acceptable IUCN practices.

Resource Mobilisation (GEF & GCF)
•Provide oversight and input for GEF and GCF concept development
•Advise on GEF & GCF governance, including policies and decisions, as well as relations between member countries
•Provide advice at a strategic level to IUCN ORO programmes and member countries on the development of GEF and GCF projects.
•Manage resource mobilization by working closely with the Regional Director (RD), Regional Programme Coordinator (RPC) and Programme Coordinators in identifying opportunities, prioritizing programme needs and through engagement with potential donors, develop proposals from initiation to set-up stage;

Institutional Support
•Participate as an integral member of the IUCN ORO management team in meetings
•Provide overall input into IUCN ORO programmes, projects, activities and initiatives and offer advice on emerging initiatives
•Engage with IUCN global programmes as required.
•Perform other duties as may be assigned

Project Development
•Work with the Regional Director and the Regional Programme Coordinator to identify significant opportunities for project development. In addition, coordinate and implement project development including concept and proposal writing, submission and follow-up.
  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline, such as Development Studies, Environmental Management, International Relations or Governance.

• Atleast 8-10 years work experience with 3 to 5 years of work experience in a senior role.

• Experience in project development and implementation, and in partnership development and relationship management.

• Successful record of identifying and successfully attaining substantial funding for development project and programmes

• Knowledge of development and environment issues and complexities as they relate to the Oceania region.

• Capacity to interact effectively with a wide range of people at different levels including donors, the private sector, NGOs, and government officials

• Experience and ability to work in an international, multicultural and multi-perspective environment

• Proficient in the use of software applications including MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), and the ability to learn other organizational software applications

• Strong communication skills in written and spoken English, including making presentations to large and/or influential audiences.

• Highly motivated and results-oriented individual
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is USD 33'695. 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.

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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