IUCN logo

Human Resources
Management System

Organisation Logo

Field Project Assistant – SUSTAIN PRO – Mozambique

Vacancy #:   6439
Unit:   ESARO Mozambique Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Mozambique Country Office, Maputo, Mozambique
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer, Forests
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 July 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   30 May 2023

Location: Chimoio,Manica Province,Mozambique


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, the Provincial Delegation of the Institute of E-government and They link to the central level via the respective Ministries and/or National Funds and Agencies.
To strengthen the project implementation team and the overall integration of projects into the programme and in the Hub, IUCN seeks to recruit a Field Project Assistant, to be based in Chimoio, and support the activities of the NORAD funded project, which cover the districts of Báruè and Vanduzi of Manica Province. This will be a local recruitment and the position will be located in the Chimoio PMU-Office, with travel in the intervened districts requested. This is a full-time position for one year, 2023-2024, with possible extensions within the project period, depending on good deliverables and evaluation.
The Project Field Assistant will be integrated in the wider project regional team and IUCN Mozambique Country Office. S/He will support the teams visiting the province, the meetings to be organized, the collaboration with local implementing partners and the collection, filling, and processing of information to the project

The Project Field Assistant is responsible to ensure the project’s constant engagement with the main stakeholders in the province, district and support the timely implementation of day-to-day project activities. S/He will be responsible for supporting planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities of the project, in articulation with the Programme Manager. S/He will oversee the logistical organization of meetings and field visits as necessary as well as to contribute technically to the progress of the activities and produce respective minutes and reports. The Project Field Assistant reports directly to the Programme Manager or other as indicated on the daily management, while interfacing systematically with other project partners and members.


More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Field Project Assistant are as follows;
Assist day-to-day activity implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SUSTAIN PRO project related activities;
Assist in organizing different project events with people of concern and other stakeholders (e.g. discussions. Meetings, workshops, training sessions, knowledge sharing events, consultations and promotional opportunities for the project);
Assist to identify points of entry, needs and requirements for interventions in each value chain.
Conduct meetings with business leaders and farmer organizations, using gender-sensitive participatory approaches.
Identify market chain participants at each exchange point and be able to approach them to investigate their volumes handled, prices they pay for raw material, their sale prices, and interview them to determine their constraints and bottle necks.
Carry out financial, logistical and administration support of the project in coordination with IUCN Mozambique finance and admin team, with local implementing partners (DPAP, DPTDT, ADEM, SDAEs Vanduzi and Báruè, local NGOS and community-based groups, academia, other as recommended) and as requested by project management team.
Organize and supervise the contents, visits and work of the Knowledge HUB and the environmental education training-of-trainers, facilitating access to and security of the Knowledge Hub;
Organize discussions and negotiation between suppliers and buyers to “link” farmers and agribusinesses.
Lead the development of business plans for farmers cooperatives/associations.
Have some market distribution channels knowledge and understanding.
Support the evaluation and training sessions for the project to facilitate training needs and participate in field visits as requested for the good development of actions and successful implementation.
Work closely with the project partners and stakeholders at district and community levels and provide support in recommending and implementing the field activities:
Ensure strong information flows between all interested parties concerned by project where the Assistant will be assigned regarding the workflow;
Assist the Project Management Team in preparing project documents and reports. Including event reports, case studies, fact-sheets and web-stories;
Alert the project management team immediately in the face of any obstacles or constraints;
Carry out other relevant tasks assigned by and mutually agreed with the Project Manager.
Maintain up-to-date files and records of project documentation
Contribute to age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in all activities undertaken.
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time

Advanced university degree in agriculture, agri-business, agricultural economics, development economics or related field;
Solid understanding, both theoretical and practical, of agriculture development strategies and approaches and ability to convey this knowledge to other team members and other agencies as required.
Strong knowledge in training(s) in Community Based or Training of Trainers, as well as training(s) in the use of project knowledge sharing Platforms

Work Experience;
At least 3 years’ experience in community-based projects.

Language Proficiency;
Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese

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;
Strong analytical and results oriented skills; ability to see patterns and approach with solutions;
Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; and office technology equipment;
Experience in the areas of Gender or related subjects will be considered as an advantage
Ability to collaborate well with the teams, including those working at remote locations, while also taking initiative to complete assigned tasks with high competence;
Capacity to produce high-quality briefs and reports;
Detail-oriented, flexible and hardworking;
Creative, engaging, full of initiative, resourceful;
Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;
Demonstrable good understanding of the nature conservation landscape, climate risks, challenges, opportunities and priorities in the province of Manica province.

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: http://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 some 15,000 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.