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Field Officer, Ngoma, Rwanda

Vacancy #:   6451
Unit:   Rwanda Country Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Rwanda Programme Office, Kigali, Rwanda
Reporting to:   Chief of Party-(TREPA)- Rwanda Country Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 July 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   08 June 2023



To support the implementation of the Forest Landscape Restoration program to support the country in achieving its commitment to Bonn Challenge and related sustainable development goals, IUCN Rwanda is implemented an integrated forest landscape restoration and biodiversity conservation portfolios of projects in the Eastern Province that include, currently, COMBIO, AREECA and TREPA.

The “Reducing vulnerability to climate change through enhanced community-based biodiversity conservation in the Eastern Province of Rwanda – COMBIO Project” is funded by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) and implemented by Rwanda Forestry Authority, IUCN, and Enabel with the main objective of contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation through enhanced community-based biodiversity restoration and conservation in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.

COMBIO aims to restore and sustain the biodiversity in the protected natural forests, while establishing new biodiversity sanctuaries and integrating diversified biodiversity native species in the productive crop/forest lands targeted by the GCF-funded TREPA intervention, increasing the geographic distribution of the biodiversity supportive areas and enhancing ecosystem’s biodiversity connectivity.

In addition, COMBIO will work closely with local communities and government institutions under the Large-scale Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) in Africa (AREECA) which, is mainly focusing on tree-rich landscapes for more biodiversity, climate change resilience, and better livelihoods. Moreover, COMBIO was designed to complement the “Transforming Eastern Province through Adaptation (TREPA) project”, funded by Green Climate Fund, by increasing biodiversity in all landscapes under restoration by TREPA.
Under this background, the entire portfolio of intervention has the following major objectives:
To contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation of ecosystems and population in the Eastern Province of Rwanda
To restore and sustain the biodiversity in the protected natural forests, while establishing new biodiversity sanctuaries and integrating diversified biodiversity native species in the productive crop/forest lands targeted by the three project interventions.
To sustain the biodiversity integration in the production systems, to involve in organizing, training, and equipping farmer’s groups for the development of viable nature-based value chains and enterprises (ecotourism, nurseries, native fruit trees, essential oil, etc.) while establishing community revolving fund mechanisms to secure a financial rewarding of farmers who integrate biodiversity native species in their lands.
Contribute to the appropriation of climate resilience, biodiversity and nature-based solutions by communities and government agencies, district authorities in the integration and monitoring/reporting of biodiversity indicators, evidence-based results demonstrating the positive impact
To implement these objectives, IUCN wants to recruit Field officer that will be working in the Eastern part of Rwanda. IUCN is seeking a high performing and experienced Field Officer to take up the following responsibilities:

The major task of the Field Officer is to support the implementation of the portfolio of COMBIO, AREECA and TREPA projects with the timely and quality delivery of field-related work at the district and landscape in the eastern province of Rwanda. The incumbent will be located in the IUCN Rwanda, Eastern Province in one of the three hub offices (Gatsibo or Ngoma or Rwamagana) with frequent travel to the field.


Under the direct guidance of, and working closely with, the relevant Project Manager, the specific responsibilities of the field officer will be:
Assist with the implementation of all IUCN projects in Eastern Province of Rwanda (COMBIO, TREPA, AREECA, and other upcoming projects) at the community level.
Through active participation in landscape hubs, assist in the development of annual, quarterly and monthly intervention plan
Assist in the design of participatory forest management and action plans, community landscape restoration plans, and facilitate participatory stakeholder workshops.
Support the establishment, organization, and training of local community groups, participate in the restoration and protection actions for each of the protected natural forests and/or restored landscapes, awareness sessions, group organization and agreement meetings, practical field training, to ensure community engagement throught the restoration and protection processes.
Support the natural regeneration and enrichment plantation of biodiversity-supportive native trees and shrubs and for regeneration of biodiversity tree seedling production, planting, and maintenance/protection
Support in controlling measures to fight against invasive exotic species and construction of firebreaks, green fences
Assist in monitoring and supervision of landscape restoration activities (agroforestry, public and private forest rehabilitation, protective forests) and extension activities driven by implementing partners
Assist in the establishment of a Community-based Biodiversity Revolving Fund (CBRF) Payment for the Ecosystem (PES), registration and selling of carbon credit scheme, and overall climate finance and incentive mechanisms
Assist in providing and facilitating the training and organizing of dedicated local institutions for the registration and selling of carbon credits generated from community biodiversity and forest restoration actions, as a second resource potential for the CBRF.
Assist in the efficient distribution of tree planting materials and improved cookstoves to beneficiaries, by ensuring compliance to approved distribution modalities, where required.
Support field-level monitoring system on activities mainly under COMBIO, but, also for AREECA and TREPA projects. Also, Assist in the collection of project-related data.
Provide regular field reports. In close collaboration with the M&E Officer, ensure monitoring and recording of progress against the project’s indicators
In addition, the candidates will do any other business assigned by the IUCN management.

At least BSc the area of Natural Resources and Sustainable Land Management, Forestry, Biology/ Biodiversity Conservation, Agriculture and related field

A minimum of 5 years of experience in forest landscape restoration and biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation, and sustainable finance of which 2 years in an International Organization or Enviromental NGO and having a motorcycle driving license will be a must.
Experince of working in Eastern province will be an added value.
High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and knowledge of GIS will be a benefit.
A good field level report writing, networking, facilitation and communication skills
Possess energy, drive, enthusiasm, commitment and passion for good quality work benefiting communities;

Language Proficiency;
A high level of proficiency in oral and written communication in English and the local language is required.

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 provides a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates an ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment, and maintains effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives, and values diligently and professionally.
Accountability: Takes responsibility for individual and collective actions, and promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

Functional Competencies;
Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism, and Accountability.
Strong problem-analysis and solving skills.
Strong interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a very good communicator.
Innovative and dynamic, with the ability to take initiative and provide creative solutions to project management problems.
Excellent analytical skills and ability to work with field supervision and function in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
Highly motivated and results-oriented individual.
Committed to continuous learning and a proactive and mature attitude towards self-development.
Ability and willingness to travel.

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