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Water & Wetlands Programme Coordinator

Vacancy #:   1198
Unit:   Oceania Programme Coordination Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Reporting to:   Regional Programme Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 January 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   19 December 2015
The Water and Wetlands Programme of IUCN has established a comprehensive set of water and wetland related activities in the Pacific. The aim of the programme is to promote ecosystem-based management approaches to water and wetland management and to demonstrate ecosystem based approaches to climate change adaptation. It is the primary program of the Nature based Solutions cluster group of IUCN ORO.

Currently the major elements of the programme include:

• Pacific Mangroves Initiatives – seeking to enhance eco-system based management of mangroves and promote ecosystem based adaptation to climate change.
• Climate Change Adaptation Project in Republic of Marshall Islands
• RELIEF Kit project in Oceania
Scope of responsibilities:

1. The Water and Wetlands Programme Coordinator will be responsible for the leadership and management of the Water and Wetlands Programme of the IUCN Oceania Regional Office.
2. Implement the BMUB-TNC project in Republic of Marshall Islands.
3. Raise funds for additional projects under the Programme.

Specific activities / responsibilities:

Regional Integration
• Maintaining linkages with governments, CROP agencies, NGOs and partners working in a variety of sectors and seeking to incorporate environmental considerations into the various approaches and plans;
• Identify opportunities to expand the Pacific Mangroves Initiative to other countries

Leadership, planning and implementation

• Lead, develop and maintain regional wetlands and water programme for the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in collaboration with governments, partners and collaborators;
• Develop and manage a portfolio of water and wetlands projects based on the IUCN value proposition;
• Assist in the development of strategic plans and implement annual work programmes and project activities that contribute to the emergence of a strategic IUCN Oceania Regional Office Programme in collaboration with relevant IUCN Oceania staff, IUCN members and partners;
• Assist in identifying the need for and coordinating technical inputs of consultants and IUCN technical staff;
• Supervision of staff as appropriate
• Representing IUCN and presenting seminars at national and international meetings; and assisting the development and maintenance of local, national, and regional working relationships with key partners;
• Ensure full compliance with procedures in the delivery of projects, specifically in relation to following donor guidelines.
• Reporting on project activities on regular basis, as required by IUCN or donors.

• Drafting and publishing project reports using appropriate language and feeding results into IUCN Oceania Regional Office communication activities;

IUCN Internal linkages
• Developing and reinforcing the links with the IUCN Commission and Programmes by enhancing the IUCN networks of water and wetlands researches, conservationists, and managers to implement Oceania Regional Office activities;
• Maintain linkages with the IUCN HQ on the development and implementation of the Water and Wetlands Programme in Oceania and as part of the delivery of the “One Programme” approach.

Other duties
• Represent IUCN at appropriate national, regional and international forums.
• Carry out other duties as required by the Regional Director from time to time

Specific components of the programme to be implemented by the Water and Wetlands Programme Coordinator include:

• Pacific Mangroves Initiative and related projects.
• Implementing the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)/the Nature Conservancy (TNC) project “Building the Resilience of Communities and their Ecosystems to the Impacts of Climate Change in Micronesia and Melanesia” in Republic of Marshall Islands. IUCN ORO is a sub-contractor in this project.
• Implement the SCBD-funded Resilience through investing in ecosystems-knowledge, innovation and transformation of risk management (RELIEF Kit)

Ethical, Social and Ecological Responsibilities

This role requires the following ethical, social and ecological responsibilities:
• Respect for people from different nationalities, cultures, ethnicities, religion, gender, sexual orientation as well as the young and elderly;
• Responsible for exercising utmost care and judgement to ensure the assets belonging or entrusted to IUCN are not misused or wasted;
• Avoids all instances of conflict of interest in one’s dealings;
• Commitment to help conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure the sustainable use of resources;
• Adherence to the IUCN Code of Conduct.

Personal Attributes
This role requires the following personal attributes:
• Accepts Responsibility : Willing and able to bear high levels of responsibility by making timely decisions and being accountable;
• A Learner : Willing to learn about the countries, cultures and development/ environmental issues in the region;
• Adaptation : Willing to adapt to regional norms without compromising personal beliefs and principles;
• Openness : Communicates honestly, openly, and consistently. Shares information appropriately and ensures that views of all members of the team are freely expressed;
• Positive Attitude : Encourages a positive rather than negative viewpoint;
• Integrity : Maintains the highest standard of personal conduct in performing all duties;
• Commitment : Committed to making the project a success. Willing and able to work for the best interests of the project. Not thinking in terms of being right at the expense of being successful;
• Can handle stressful situations well : Willing and able to deal with problem situations. Mentally tough and always mentally prepared;
• People Skills : Able to build productive working relationships with other staff and partners based on respect and good rapport. Listens well and never assumes one knows best;
• Judgement : Able to evaluate information quickly, identify key issues and formulate conclusions based on sound, practical judgment, experience, and common sense;
• Organized : Well prepared and organized. Carries out all responsibilities and action items in a purposeful way.
• Dependable : Can be relied upon to get the job done at the expected time. Relied upon to give advanced prior notice if deadlines are not to be met;
• Proactive : Proactive rather than reactive. Able to avoid mistakes that could/should be anticipated.

Please Note: The above TOR contains the main responsibilities and duties of this position. However in an ever evolving
organization 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.
  • Minimum Qualification Requirements:
At least 5 years of project management experience in general inclusive of financial management and monitoring and evaluation.

• At least a Masters Degree qualification in natural resource management, marine sciences or relevant disciplines.

• At least 10 years of proven relevant working experience in the Oceania Region of which a minimum of 5 years preferably was spent with an environmental related programme.

• Some knowledge of the programme would be an advantage.

• Proven experience of working with staff and in particular, in the area of mentoring.

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.

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