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Biodiversity Coordinator

Vacancy #:   6404
Unit:   Vietnam Programme Coordination
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Vietnam Country Office, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Reporting to:   Head, Lower Mekong Subregion
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 June 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   02 June 2023 (extended)
IUCN is a membership Union consist of 1,400 government and civil society organizations and 1,800 experts, which makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and measures to safeguard it. In Vietnam, IUCN has one state member, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), and nine local organizations as members. IUCN works closely with MONRE to support the policy development and protection measures to conserve biodiversity and natural resources, such as ecosystem-based adaption, nature-based solutions and other effective area-based conservation measures. With a growing portfolio, there is a need for a senior programme officer to work closely with government, local and international NGOs and development partners on a wide range of biodiversity conservation projects.

This is a local recruitment. Only Vietnamese nationals are eligible to apply. The remuneration and benefits package for this position is established with reference to the local labour market and in line with the IUCN conditions of service for Viet Nam.
The Biodiversity Coordinator will lead the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of IUCN’s biodiversity and protected and conserved areas work in Viet Nam, including application of the IUCN Green List (GL) to assess protected area management effectiveness. He/she will lead proposal preparation and fund raising, and represent IUCN externally to government, donors, and other partners.


Project specific:
 Lead all PCA and IUCN GL-related activities, including use of the GL tool for site assessments, especially those that are part of the WWF-led USAID Biodiversity Conservation Activity, which intervenes in the Greate Annamites.
 Supervise the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) National Coordinator to ensure smooth implementation of CEPF activities.
 Lead the biodiversity monitoring component of the SNV-led IKI VN-ADAPT, which intervenes in the Mekong Delta and Central Highlands.
 Lead implementation of the FFI-led UK DEFRA Biodiverse Landscapes Fund (BLF), which intervenes in Pu Mat and Chu Mom Ray.
 Lead the preparation of Nature for Health activities, which is currently in scoping phase, in coordination with UNDP.

 Work with line managers to expand IUCN’s work on biodiversity and protected areas in ways that play to IUCN’s strengths as a knowledge and learning organization.
 Work with line managers to prepare funding proposals in line with IUCN’s priorities and areas of expertise.
 Liaise with MARD and MONRE to ensure effective communication and coordination on project design
and delivery, including GEF and GCF projects.
 On a monthly basis, capture project impacts in web stories and other communications products to
assist learning and outreach.
 Represent IUCN to internal and external audiences, including government, donors, embassies, and
other partners.

Carry out any other duties you may be called upon to perform from time to time by your supervisor
  • Master’s degree in environmental sciences, environmental policy, natural resources management, Biological Sciences or other relevant majors;

• At least eight years’ experience working on different aspects of biodiversity conservation and project management in Viet Nam;

• Knowledge of Protected and Conserved Area management related issues;

• Strong government relations;

• Interpersonal and community stakeholder engagement skills;

• Intellectual curiosity and analytical skills;

• Excellent communications skills in both Vietnamese and English;

• Proficiency in the use of office IT application.

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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: https://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.