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Programme Officer - Forests, Business and Biodiversity

Vacancy #:   2689
Unit:   Global Forest and Climate Change Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Deputy Director, Operations
Work percentage:   80%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   08 January 2018
Type of contract:   Max-term (10 months)
Closing date:   12 December 2017
Both the Business and Biodiversity, and Forest & Climate Change Programmes are in a group of programmes within IUCN that support the delivery of nature-based solutions – the Nature Based Solutions Group (NBSG) – whilst ensuring programmatic coherence, enhanced project-based delivery and optimized staffing efficiency to strengthen quality delivery of the IUCN programme. Within this group both programmes are strengthening links through programmes such as SUSTAIN – a landscape programme in Africa – and mutually supportive programmatic processes such as Monitoring and Evaluation. In order to continue building such synergies the programmes have combined to develop these Terms of Reference to cover maternity leave in both programmes.

• Maintain momentum for implementation of business engagement in SUSTAIN-Africa and support the documentation of learning and results in anticipation of the end of Phase I of the programme;
• Provide input and support the development and implementation of multiple project Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks;
• Support development of the second phase of the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) and project management of the transitional phase to strengthen the links between forest and farm producers organizations and forest landscape restoration;
• Explore opportunities for project development linked to SUSTAIN-Africa and / or BBP and GFCCP thematic business lines.


Under the overall supervision, direction and guidance of the Director – Business and Biodiversity Programme, and Deputy Director – Forest and Climate Change Programme and working in close collaboration with other concerned IUCN staff, the incumbent will undertake the following duties:

Business engagement in SUSTAIN
• Support the coordination of BBP’s role within the SUSTAIN programme including day to day running of the business engagement component
• Support Corridor Coordinators in Tanzania and Mozambique on engagement with key business related stakeholders, more specifically:
o Implementing the engagement with the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania and the SAGCOT Centre, including mainstreaming biodiversity and ecosystem management and reporting;
o Organizing and co-delivering a training workshop on responsible and inclusive business with CTA/CEP in Tete.
• Provide input into developing a project proposal for engaging with business and the Tanzanian Government on Natural Capital Accounting (linking to SUSTAIN 2 and to the broader IUCN proposal on this topic)
• Provide demand-driven guidance and support to implementing partners for business engagement.

Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks
• Support the development of a plan for extracting and collating lessons from business engagement in SUSTAIN (linked to AWF GNF project).
• Based on information available from SUSTAIN M&E processes, prepare BBP and GFCCP annual reports for 2017 and draft 2018 semi-annual reports.
• Support the development of the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Rio Doce ISTAP and explore the value of applying the Value for Money and Impact Framework Methodologies to this project.
• Provide input and support to the development and implementation of M&E frameworks from BBP and GFCCP projects & programmes, with a particular focus on Rio Doce ISTAP and GEF / GCF projects.

Forest and Farm Facility (FFF)
• Work with the FFF management team to support the technical development and administrative processes (contracting) for IUCN’s input into the Facility.
• Work with GFCCP management to identify “best placed” regional and country support for FFF country actions.
• Support the development of the global component for FFF including identifying key partners and appropriate process for selection.
• Help coordinate the process of developing maps and data the demonstrates the value of smallholders as delivery mechanisms for FLR.
• With relevant communication teams Facilitate the production of FFF related knowledge and communication products especially the “value of smallholders” paper and the work with regional FFF partners (gender in Forest and Farm Producer Organisations).

Programme support
• Support the development of BBP’s pipeline of projects, especially by leading on project proposals linked to SUSTAIN-Africa and input into SUSTAIN Phase 2 proposal development.
• Provide input and support as required to GFCCP programme development.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline, preferably in Project Management, Resources Management or equivalent;

• 3 years of work experience related to development programmes and/or projects, with national/international agencies;

• Experience in Project Management in community based projects/ activities and working with business engagement;

• Ability to communicate effectively in English;

• Strong analytical and practical problem-solving skills;

• Knowledge of IUCN business organisation structure and an understanding of its functions;

• Proven experience of having practised time management skills;

• Competent skills in Computer Applications;

• Ability to work with competing deadlines.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 69'064 to CHF 86'330, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.

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