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Programme Assistant, UNHCR

Vacancy #:   6283
Unit:   Bangladesh Programme Coordination
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Bangladesh Project Office, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A2
Expected start date:   15 February 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (11 months)
Closing date:   31 January 2023
BACKGROUND
IUCN, represented by its Bangladesh Country Office, is implementing a project with support from the UNHCR to implement human-elephant conflict mitigation activities in and around the forcibly displaced Myanmar Nationals camp in Cox’s Bazar. IUCN requires a Programme Assistant for smooth operation of the project in Cox’s Bazar, over the project period.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Under the overall guidance from the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, and under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer of ‘Humanitarian-conservation actions for biodiversity protection around Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar district project’, the Programme Assistant be part of a diversified team and will be responsible for implementing the project activities in Cox’s Bazar in the light of the Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) between UNHCR and IUCN.

o Assist the project team in data collection from the fields on human-elephant conflict to understand the nature, scale and related attributes (e.g. population, demography, routes, corridors, environment, social structures, nature of loss and damage caused by elephants, and sensitive issues related to forcibly displaced Myanmar citizens) that are affecting the conflicts;

o Assist in the formation of Elephant Response Teams (ERTs) from refugee and host communities with support from Bangladesh Forest Department, UNHCR, and Camp In-Charge (CIC) of RRRC;

o Assist to organize capacity building activities for ERTs and ensure their effective engagement as per their code of conduct;

o Provide support in mapping, planning, survey design, data management and presentation. In addition, support visualization of elephant radio collaring tracking and GPS data. Maintain systematic storing of shapefiles, maps and geospatial database of previous studies/assessment.
o Assist in the supervision of manpower, quality planting material collection, propagation, seedling production, existing seedling stock management, ensure care and maintenance and delivery of quality planting materials to assist camp greening initiatives.

o Assist in monthly progress data collection from camp focal and compilation of monthly progress report, input data in activity info according to the set reporting indicators. In addition, assist compilation of bi-weekly, six monthly and yearly reporting.

o Assist in the formation, training and project implementation of youth environmental club members. Organize community level awareness and capacity development activities, coordinate with other team members for effective engagement of youth in environmental rehabilitation.

o Assist community level awareness raising, plantation, capacity development activities in and around the SuLMER sites, Kalamchara stream and walkway.

o Assist the stock management, database development, repair and maintenance of plantation nursery, eco-shed, store facilities, plantation and walkway.

o Assist in the installment of watch-towers, trip alarms, and road-signs (i.e. signboards, billboards, flags, etc.) in and around the camp area as a part of human-elephant conflict mitigation activities as per the guidelines and policies of IUCN, UNHCR and RRRC;

o Assist in providing logistics to the ERTs (e.g. high powered search lights, hand mikes, whistles, torch lights, umbrellas, and solar panels) and ensure proper utilization and maintenance of those items;

o Assist in organizing different project events with people of concern and other stakeholders (e.g. discussions, meetings, workshops, training sessions, knowledge sharing events, and promotional opportunities for the project) in Cox’s Bazar and other parts of the country;

o Assist the project team members in preparing project documents and reports, including donor reports, event reports, case studies, fact-sheets, and web-stories;

o Assist in collecting information on the impacts, lessons, and challenges of human-elephant conflict mitigation measures undertaken by the project in and around the camp area;

o Assist the project team members, project experts/consultants, UNHCR, RRRC, and the programme development unit of IUCN Bangladesh in project development;

o Provide support to the other projects of IUCN Bangladesh in the Cox’s Bazar region;

o Ensure that IUCN’s and UNHCR’s policies and mandates as outlined in the PPA is duly complied with in all project activities; and

o Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the Programme Coordinator and the Project Manager of IUCN Bangladesh, from time to time.
REQUIREMENTS
  • MSc in Zoology/Wildlife Biology/Marine science/Forestry/Environmental Science, geography or other related field

• 2 years’ working experience in the relevant to the terms of reference.

• Excellent presentation, writing and spoken communication skills in English and Bangla are essential.

• Will be an added advantage
SALARY
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is BDT 561'874. 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.
APPLICATIONS

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