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Manager - Global Species Programme

Vacancy #:   211
Unit:   Species Cambridge Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Species Programme Office, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reporting to:   Director - Global Species & KBA Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Function group:   M1
Expected start date:   01 April 2012
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   29 December 2010
BACKGROUND
RE-ANNOUNCEMENT

This is a new position to support the ongoing development of the IUCN Species Programme in the UK. Under the overall supervision of the Head, Species Programme, the incumbent is responsible for the day to day management of the operations of the Species Programme in the UK, including management of the newly formed IUCN UK charity (name to be confirmed), and fundraising. The work complements that carried out by the Deputy Head of the Species Programme, based in Gland, Switzerland.

1. Manage the staff in the Species Programme Office in the UK, including managing species conservation project work to support implementation of the Species Programme SSC Strategic Plan and the IUCN Programme.
2. Take overall responsibility for running and administering all aspects of the IUCN UK Charity.
3. With a focus on the newly formed UK charity, lead fundraising initiatives to increase resources for species conservation in IUCN.
4. Carry delegated authority as the representative of the Director General in relations with international, regional and national conferences and meetings (especially where these involve matters of species conservation policy).
5. Represent the Union at a high level in professional discussions and negotiations relating to species conservation issues.

The Manager, Species Programme, UK, works in close collaboration with the Head, Species Programme, and Deputy Head, Species Programme as well as the Species Survival Commission network of experts.
JOB DESCRIPTION
1. Manage the staff in the Species Programme Office in the UK, including managing species conservation project work to support implementation of the Species Programme SSC Strategic Plan and the IUCN Programme.
a. Responsible for the day-to-day management of the Species Programme in the UK.
b. Deputises for the Head, Species Programme on a needs basis.
c. Working with the Head, with SSC and with IUCN Red List partners, help support ongoing work to streamline processes linked to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
d. Oversee species conservation project work, including overseeing the development of a new global standard to select sites of importance for biodiversity (KBAs).
e. Overall responsibility for HR issues in the Species Programme UK, in coordination with the Head, Species Programme and the Human Resources Management Group (HRMG).
f. Support implementation of sound financial policies, procedures and systems working in partnership with IUCN’s Global Finance Group and other Species Programme staff.
g. Prepare and manage the UK component of the Species Programme budget.
h. Responsible for the operation of the Species Programme office in the UK including office accommodation and facilities and matters related to compliance with local legislation.
i. Take part in Species Programme staff Biodiversity Conservation Group meetings.
j. Overall responsibility for overseeing the implementation of performance management of the Species Programme in the UK in accordance with guidelines from HRMG.
k. Act as a Secretariat representative at various SSC meetings.

2. Take overall responsibility for running and administering all aspects of the newly formed IUCN UK Charity (a UK Registered Charity, No. pending).
a. Manage the administrative aspects of the operation of the IUCN UK charity in the UK working with the Administrative Assistant and the Finance Assistant.
b. Organize the production of annual accounts in keeping with all current Charity Commission rules and guidelines.
c. Responsibility for organizing meetings of trustees including the production of agendas and minutes.
d. In coordination with the relevant project managers, monitor and maintain an overview of the financial status of IUCN Species Programme projects in the UK.

3. With a focus on the newly formed UK charity, lead fundraising initiatives to increase resources for species conservation in IUCN.
a. Lead the development and implementation of a fundraising strategy to help leverage funding for IUCN’s work in the UK. This will include the coordination of funding proposals, in coordination with the various technical leads in the Species Programme. This work will involve liaising directly with charity donors, developing and maintaining excellent working relationships.
b. Manage the use of the IUCN charity by other IUCN components ensuring full cost recovery from funds raised to facilitate this. (Note: this work is not expected to begin until the UK charity is fully operational.)

4. Carry delegated authority as the representative of the Director General in relations with international, regional and national conferences and meetings (especially where these involve matters of species conservation policy).
a. Act as a spokesperson for IUCN on species conservation issues as needed.
b. Take a lead in representing IUCN on issues linked to the use and application of data from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (e.g. IBAT).
c. Act as IUCN’s representative for the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

5. Represent the Union at a high level in professional discussions and negotiations relating to species conservation issues.
REQUIREMENTS
  • At least ten years of work experience relevant to financial and administrative management in non-governmental organisations.

• Masters Degree or equivalent in Ecology, Biology, Geography or a relevant field.

• Broad international experience, and understanding of wildlife conservation and international conservation laws and agreements and the range of policies affecting the conservation, use of and trade in biological resources.

• Strong skills in financial management and experience of the operation of finance systems in non-governmental organisations.

• Experience in human resource management.

• Proven experience in supervision and an ability to work co-operatively with others, both in an office situation and with staff of other organisations with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches.

• Communications skills and experience of working with the media.

• Familiarity with standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software, and with electronic communication technology.

• Fluency in English and preferably the ability to work in Spanish and/or French.

• A willingness to travel world-wide on a regular basis and to work under pressure.

• Willingness to speak in public, chair meetings and conference calls, communicate regularly to taskforce members.

• Demonstrated fundraising experience and success.

• Applicants must provide details of whether or not they are eligible to work in the UK. If not eligible at present, but they have applied for a work permit/visa, details of the application (particularly the Tier of Visa) must be provided.
SALARY
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from GBP 50'239 to GBP 62'799.
APPLICATIONS

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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