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Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator

Vacancy #:   1156
Unit:   Asia - Science and Strategy Group
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Asia Regional Office, Bangkok, Thailand
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer, Water and Wetlands
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 November 2015
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (52 months)
Closing date:   21 September 2015
The Science and Strategy Group (SSG) is considered one administrative entity, and has evolved from the previous Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group, Asia construct. It brings under one umbrella all component thematic programmes in IUCN.

The Asia Regional Office (ARO) of IUCN is expanding its regional expertise in Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR). The aim of this position is to provide technical and management support towards the restoration of 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested lands by 2020 – also known as the Bonn Challenge. The Bonn Challenge is an initiative of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration (GPFLR), for which IUCN provides the Secretariat.

The Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator will lead the development and support effective delivery of economically, socially and environmentally feasible and innovative solutions to engage countries on large-scale forest and landscape restoration efforts of the Bonn Challenge within the region. S/he will therefore have a strong technical background on issues related to land-use dynamics and the restoration of forest and agricultural landscapes. S/he will support the FLR programme and its development in multiple countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and China.
Under the guidance of the Head, Natural Resources Group, and in close collaboration with the Senior Manager FLR, Global Forest and Climate Change Programme and IUCN Country Offices, Members, Commissions and other partners, the FLR Coordinator will be responsible for the development, delivery, monitoring and evaluation of an integrated and coherent FLR programme for IUCN-Asia. The position will have particular responsibility for ensuring effective implementation of the project, "Accelerating Action on REDD+ through Forest Landscape Restoration".

More specifically, the Forest Landscape Restoration Coordinator will perform, inter alia, the following responsibilities:

Programme development
• Develop a long-term FLR strategy and vision for the region, aimed at delivering Asia’s contribution to the Bonn Challenge and the New York Declaration on Forests.
• Assist countries and partners with the development of FLR strategies at the national and local levels.
• Provide appropriate high-level support and interface for activities with governments, private sector, NGO’s and local communities to develop and implement FLR actions within the region.
• Develop frameworks and partnerships for scaled-up FLR interventions and implementation in Bonn Challenge partner countries. This will include engaging directly with Bonn Challenge countries and organizations (and potential pledgers) on the definition, management, tracking and delivery of their pledges, and working closely with colleagues, partners, collaborators and stakeholders to ensure alignment of efforts and effective prioritization and deployment of resources.
• Support, and where appropriate, lead the development and submission of concepts and funding proposals for expansion of the FLR programme in the region.
• Facilitate integration of the technical missions with broader work of the IUCN GFCCP activities within the region.
• Coordinate implementation of FLR GPFLR focal point, especially WRI, FAO and UNEP.

Programme and financial management and administration
• Assist the Head, NRG, with annual budgeting and work planning processes, as well as re-views.

Networking, relationship building and communications
• Develop a network of FLR Focal Points in the IUCN Country Offices and create an in-house network of FLR expertise which draws upon both regional and country office staff.
• Maintain regular contacts with IUCN Members and partners, with a view to building relationships and exploring new areas of cooperation for the IUCN programme in general and the Natural Resources Group in particular.
• Assist with the development and implementation of appropriate communications and knowledge management activities to support NRG’s FLR-related work within the region.
• Contribute to the production of relevant technical reports and outputs as stipulated in the yearly work plans of NRG, with a particular focus on FLR.
• Contribute to information sharing, lesson learning and documentation of project and programme experiences.

Capacity development and technical support
• Provide technical advice and support to IUCN regional staff and country programmes on FLR-related project development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
• Keep abreast of the latest developments in forest conservation emerging from within IUCN and from outside the organisation, and help ensure that relevant publications, tools and best practices are made available to regional and country programme staff

Project implementation
• Assume overall responsibility for the timely and effective delivery and management of in-country landscape restoration projects and FLR assessments in selected countries in the region, including but not limited to Indonesia, Vietnam and China.
• Oversee and direct multi-disciplinary teams consisting of IUCN staff, national partners, and/or contractors to analyze and adopt innovative approaches to landscape restoration opportunities.
• Provide intellectual and strategic leadership to multidisciplinary teams to assess forest landscape restoration opportunities at the national and sub-national levels.
• Lead technical teams and develop work plans for in-country national assessments of forest landscape restoration, including coordinating specialists in the use of GIS spatial analysis, land-use & economic modelling, participatory mapping exercises & validation workshops, deploying the enabling conditions diagnostic, and putting in place systems and approaches for monitoring of early adoption and delivery of results and impacts.
• Manage forest landscape restoration projects in the region including designing, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, budgeting and budget management, and donor and partner relationship management.

Other Duties
• As requested, represent the Natural Resources Group, IUCN Asia, and/or GFCCP at national, regional and international events.
• Carry out other relevant tasks assigned by, and mutually agreed with, the line manager.

Please Note: The above TOR contain the main responsibilities and duties of this position. However, in an ever-evolving organisation such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR. Where any task becomes a regular part of staff member’s responsibilities, the TOR should be changed in consultation between the manager, the staff member and the HR Unit. Any one of the three may initiate the consultation.
  • Master’s degree in forestry/agroforestry, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation or other relevant discipline;

• Minimum 7-10 years of experience in developing, managing and implementing multi-stakeholder projects with defined objectives, deliverables, monitoring and evaluation of results, including proven experience working in the Asia/Pacific region;

• Solid experience with developing strategic plans at the regional and national level, developing workplans, fundraising and budgeting;

• Solid experience in programme management, including leading multi-disciplinary teams;

• Demonstrated understanding of issues related to land-use dynamics at the field, national and international level, and its social, environmental and economic implications;

• Good knowledge and experience of GIS spatial analysis and land-use modelling for natural resource management;

• Ability to work effectively within a large decentralized workforce of professionals of different nationalities and to mobilize it towards common goals;

• Strong networking skills with developmental organizations, governments and international research organizations;

• Excellent communication skills in English. Good written and spoken abilities in any of the regional languages is an asset;

• Good computer skills in MS-applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook);

• Ability and willingness to travel extensively within the region and beyond;

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