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Project Manager - Conserving Natural Capital and Enhancing Collaborative Management of Transboundary Resources in East Africa (CONNECT) project

Vacancy #:   2890
Unit:   ESARO - Conservation Areas and Species
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya
Reporting to:   Regional Technical Coordinator, Conservation Areas & Species
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 July 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (5 months)
Closing date:   19 October 2018
The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates in twenty four countries in the Horn of Africa, eastern Africa, southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. IUCN ESARO engages directly in biodiversity conservation in the region through its innovative thematic programme, Conservation Areas and Species (CAS). The CAS programme draws on evidence-based and best practice approaches to enhance the conservation and management of biodiversity and ecosystems in Eastern and Southern Africa. CAS operates through a “One Programme” approach working closely with IUCN members and Commissions to engage in a diverse set of biodiversity conservation actions ranging from the implementation of field projects to influencing policy and institutional frameworks at local, national, regional and global levels. The CAS programme is focused on enhancing management effectiveness, governance and equity of protected and conserved areas, strengthening multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder engagement to improve biodiversity conservation at landscape and seascape level, and supporting effective local community engagement in biodiversity conservation. The thematic programme also contributes to building the capacity of IUCN Members and partners, as well as the ESARO Secretariat to tackle new and emerging biodiversity conservation challenges in the region and to implement relevant international conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) , Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The programme also links closely to relevant work and regional priorities of Regional Economic Communities, the African Union and the United Nations Environment Assembly.

The Conserving Natural Capital in East Africa project is a four-year project funded by USAID. The project is designed to contribute to the USAID Kenya and East Africa’s (USAID/KEA’s) Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS) and the USAID/KEA’s regional environmental program. Specifically, it will contribute towards the achievement of Intermediate Results 1.1. “Conservation and management of natural capital improved” identified in the RDCS Framework and the following three Sub-purposes and associated Outcomes:

Sub-Purpose 1: Collaborative Management and Conservation of Transboundary Natural Resource Management Enhanced
• Outcome 1: Strengthened regional policy dialogue, learning and decision-making on management of transboundary natural resources
• Outcome 2: Improved sustainable management of key transboundary landscapes
Sub-Purpose 2: Perceived value of living wildlife increased
• Outcome 3: Increased awareness of the economic and intrinsic value of living wildlife
Sub-Purpose 3: Wildlife poaching and trafficking reduced
• Outcome 4: Reduced demand for wildlife products
• Outcome 5: Improved regional and bilateral collaboration on enforcement and prosecution

This project aims to contribute to the above Sub-Purposes and associated Outcomes by capitalising and building on existing conservation initiatives, information, methodologies, best practices, resources and approaches to combating illegal wildlife trade, as well as injecting new and innovative thinking to strengthen wildlife conservation action and policy at regional level for the benefit of the Partner States of the East African Community (EAC).

The project has three main implementing partners: IUCN, WWF and TRAFFIC. It will have a specific focus on supporting the implementation of the EAC’s Strategy to Combat Poaching, Illegal Trade and Trafficking of Wildlife and Wildlife Products. The project will also support the development of the capacities, leadership and political in the EAC to address a wider range of transboundary natural resources management priorities working closely with the EAC Secretariat, Partner States, relevant EAC structures and other key stakeholders and technical partners.
Working under the supervision of the IUCN ESARO Technical Coordinator, Conservation Areas & Species Programme, the Project Manager is responsible for the performance, communications, partner relationships, and all technical aspects of the Project as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with the East African Community and the project partners.

The Project Manager will be responsible for the following main duties:

Project direction and management
• Provide overall project direction and management, and maintain vision and commitment to outcomes/results.
• Ensure continued alignment of project objectives and activities with EAC policies, strategies and priorities particularly those related to transboundary wildlife conservation and combatting wildlife crime.
• Ensure effective stakeholder engagement and buy-in to project activities including by the EAC Secretariat, relevant EAC structures, relevant government agencies, NGOs and private sector
• Ensure the timely and effective implementation of all IUCN-led project activities focused on: (i) strengthened regional policy dialogue, learning and decision-making on management of transboundary natural resources in the EAC region (ii) improved sustainable management of key transboundary landscapes in the EAC and (iii) building capacity for stronger engagement of local communities in combatting illegal wildlife trade in the EAC.
• Provide technical expertise to project implementation as appropriate.
• Develop and manage sub-contracts to WWF and TRAFFIC for the implementation of WWF and TRAFFIC-led activities of the project
• Closely coordinate with WWF and TRAFFIC and help monitor progress with the implementation of WWF and TRAFFIC-led project activities
• Identify short-term expertise needs, consultancy requirements, TORs for such assignments, and management of contracted consultants.
• Establish coordination mechanisms with EAC, USAID and project partners to agree on annual work plans and to coordinate project activities with other complementary initiatives in the region
• Coordinate, and where appropriate develop joint activities with other IUCN ESARO projects e.g. the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme
• Serve as the principal liaison with USAID. Ensure timely submission of all required programmatic deliverables to USAID including work plans, technical and financial reports, and other deliverables.
• Working with the IUCN ESARO Communications Officer, ensure effective delivery of all communication and visibility requirements in line with USAID and IUCN regulations and requirements
• Maintain close lines of communication with relevant technical and administrative staff at relevant IUCN country offices, the IUCN Regional Office for Eastern and Southern as well as relevant IUCN Global programmes, IUCN Members and Commissions
• Supervise and manage project personnel in line with IUCN human resources systems and procedures

Budget and financial management
• Have overall responsibility for the management of the project budget in close liaison with the IUCN ESARO Finance & Administrative staff in compliance with all USAID contractual and financial requirements and IUCN ESARO requirements. In this context ensure the timely and effective delivery of the following tasks:
• timely financial reporting to USAID in line with contractual obligations and provide the finance department with the relevant project/programme information on a timely basis;
• regular review, analysis and monitoring of project financial reports and communicate any over?under expenditure observations to the Technical Coordinator on a timely basis;
• timely procurement of project assets and ensure all processes are in line with the IUCN Internal Control systems and donor requirements.

Monitoring and evaluation
• Working with the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officer ensure development and implementation of an effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan for the project in line with USAID requirements and IUCN guidelines and procedures
Working under the supervision of the IUCN ESARO Technical Coordinator, Conservation Areas & Species Programme, the Project Manager is responsible for the performance, communications, partner relationships, and all technical aspects of the Project as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with the East African Community and the project partners.

Other responsibilities:
Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • At least a Master’s-level degree in natural resource management, international development, or related field of study.

• High proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

• • 10 years of experience in managing conservation and/or international programs or projects of similar scope and scale, preferably in Eastern Africa; and with the proven ability to effectively work and collaborate with regional economic communities, national government authorities and other stakeholders. Specific experience working with the East African Community a distinct advantage

• Extensive familiarity with US Government Project management, administrative and regulatory requirements, inclusive of experience in managing multi-partner USG-funded projects in natural resource management or related sector.

• Proven leadership in the management, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of large-scale international donor-supported programs

• Demonstrated expertise in biodiversity conservation such as protected area management, community-based natural resource management, and/or related topics.

• Fluency in written and spoken English is a must

• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;

• Skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.

• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, culturally sensitive, and ability to lead or work effectively as a team member

• Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners, and the ability to lead multi-sector and multi-disciplinary teams.

• Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills;

• Highly motivated and results-oriented individual;

• Demonstrated ability to work with limited supervision to prioritize tasking and manage workflow in a high pressure environment

• Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy with the ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

• Willing to travel frequently within the Eastern African region.

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