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Program Officer

Vacancy #:   6871
Unit:   West Asia - Water and climate change
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for West Asia, Amman, Jordan
Reporting to:   Programme Manager, Water and Climate Change
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   15 August 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   18 June 2024
The project Officer will be responsible for managing, coordinating, implementing, and following up on all project’s activities in the project of ''Agricultural Management to Enable Resilience (AMER)'' in accordance with IUCN policies, regulations, guidelines, donor requirements, and project documents.
The AMER project, which the Government of Italy funds, aims to enhance sustainable economic mechanisms in the agriculture and food security sector as drivers to empower Jordanian host communities and Syrian refugees in the Karak and Madaba governorates. AMER project would create job and livelihood opportunities in the agriculture sector as well as introduce and promote sustainable agriculture practices that build the resilience of vulnerable farmers and residents against climate change impacts by adopting water-energy-food security-ecosystem NEXUS approach.
The project Officer will report directly to the program manager while interacting with various Project Officers, officers, finance, procurement, administration, and communication departments. The project Officer will be also responsible for the day-to-day management of the project as well as developing work plans, procurement documents, validating designs and drawings, and specifications to the highest design and implementation standards in accordance with the project documents. In addition, the Project Officer will be responsible for preparing various types of reports internally and for the donor. The Project Officer will be based at the IUCN-ROWA offices in Amman and will travel to Karak and Madaba and outside Jordan wherever it is needed.
Duties and specific tasks
1. Manage, implement, coordinate, and follow up on the AMER project in full coordination with the programme manager and in compliance with all IUCN policies, guideline, regulations, and the donor requirements:
• Manage, coordinate and follow up in implementing of all project activities according to the work plan and allocated budget.
• Set up and follow up on the project work plan and the budget according to the project documents and IUCN& donor policies, regulations and guidelines.
• Day-to-day management and follow-up on the project operations in collaboration with the project staff and program manager guidance.
• Follow-up, and coordination with the M&E, finance, and procurement departments on the project implementation and daily operation.
• Developing all procurement documents for services, consultants and contractors including ToR and RfP as required. and follow up on the procurement process in compliance with the IUCN procurement policy and donor requirements.
• Developing all required reports to the donor as well as daily, weekly, and monthly progress reports in compliance with the work plan and timeline.
• Overall supervision of the activity’s implementation with consultants, contractors, and service providers.
• Manage and follow up with the project staff to ensure conducting their responsibilities and duties professionally and efficiently in compliance with the Donor and IUCN policies, regulations, and guidelines.
• Reviewing and approving the design drawing, specifications, and BOQ for all project interventions.
• Ensure developing a clear and transparent selection criterion for selecting the project’s beneficiaries.
• Ensuring the implementation of agriculture interventions is up to standards in compliance with the design, drawings, specifications, work plans, budget, and Donor& IUCN regulations.
• Conducting regular technical inspections and providing technical support for the project stakeholders as well as following up with the project beneficiaries on the operation and commissioning of the implemented interventions and activities (interventions).
• Ensure taking all safety measures on the working site to secure staff, workers, and beneficiaries.
• Assisting and supporting in building the capacity of beneficiaries through training sessions, on-the-job training, labour rights, a code of conduct, and financial literacy, as well as technical training support as required in full collaboration with the project staff.
• Provide technical support where requested.
• Represent the IUCN-ROWA /water program in all donor and stakeholder meetings and all relevant events. and full coordination with them in all project stages according to the project documents and agreement.
• Any other duties requested by line manager.

2. Establish and maintain sound and productive working relationship with donor, and project stakeholders at different level including end users, CBOs, private sectors, NGOs, governmental bodies, etc.

• Strengthen the partnership spirit within the donor and project stakeholder at different level (governmental and non- governmental).
• Establish and maintain positive relationships with the project’s beneficiaries and address social cohesion between the Syrian and Jordanian.
• Assist in the establishment and management of the national and local network.
• Ensure each stakeholder fulfil their responsibilities in the project according to the project documents.
• Contributing to all needed activities for project dissemination and knowledge sharing to increase the IUCN visibility.

3. Conceptual and technical duties including but not limited to the followings:

• Provide conceptual and methodological guidance to the water and climate change program.
• Enhance IUCN’s mission in promoting conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, by involving local communities and policymakers in the planning and management of these resources.
• Contribute to the development and support implementation of sustainable natural resource management projects within the region.


• University degree in water, agriculture, environment, engineering, or relative field (master / PHD degree is an advantage)
• 6 years' general experience in implementation projects related to water and agriculture fields.
• 4 years’ demonstration experience in working with the international organization.
• Should have managerial skills.
• Experience in development and implementation of sustainable agriculture.
• Knowledge on the sustainable agricultural and best irrigation practices.
• Knowledge of and adherence to the NGO Code of Conduct, and understanding of other international guidelines.
• knowledge of MS Office software use epically word, excel and outlook as well as Auto CAD, WATER CAD, GIS, and any relevant software.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and have strong organisational ability.
• Excellent reporting skills.
• Excellent in written and spoken English required.
• A good team player but also willing to work on own initiative.

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