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Programme Development Manager

Vacancy #:   290
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Global Protected Areas Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   15 August 2012
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   14 November 2011
The Programme Development Manager is responsible for the enhancement of the Global Protected Areas Programme's (GPAP) overall strategy and the design and fundraising for existing and new programmes and projects to support delivery of the IUCN Programme as part of the Biodiversity Conservation Group. In practice, the work will involve liaison and participation with GPAP leads on priority programme components, with IUCN global thematic programmes and regional offices, and with IUCN-WCPA (World Commission on Protected Areas) and external partners to identify and develop opportunities to sustain and fund GPAP’s operations and functions. The Programme Development Manager will also play an integral role in the GPAP management team, advising the Director and Programme Leads and supporting the GPAP in its wider coordination and communication functions.


1. Design of key elements of the Global Programme on Protected Areas in conjunction with IUCN Global Thematic and Regional Programmes, WCPA and external partners, as part of the IUCN One Programme approach.

2. Development of a funded and sustainable project portfolio to give effect to GPAP programme priorities, and that facilitates the integration in practice of the work of IUCN GPAP, WCPA, IUCN members and the distributed IUCN secretariat;

3. Coordination and lead project.
1. Programme design, monitoring and evaluation
Based on IUCN’s management response to the external review of the programme, and in conjunction with the wider GPAP team and in the context of the Biodiversity Conservation Group, develop significant initiatives of the Global Programme on Protected Areas, including the five agreed programme priorities.
• Programme elements for Capacity Development and Climate Change and PAs have already been initiated, but the foundation for each of these needs to be broadened and complemented with new projects that enhance the funding base and achieve sustainability beyond current resources;
• Develop a new flagship initiative that focuses more particularly on PAs and Governance, to give full effect to IUCN’s role in developing guidance for national governments, NGOs and other stakeholders for the implementation of Element 2 of the CBD’s Programme of Work on Protected Areas and related decisions that affect governance of protected areas and the achievement of Strategic Plan targets;
• Develop and promote a new flagship initiative that focuses more particularly on the Economics and Sustainable Financing of PAs.
• Support the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the GPAP programme in the context of IUCN’s One Programme approach and in the context of the Biodiversity Conservation Group.

2. Project and funding portfolio
Build and coordinate a significant pipeline of project concepts, proposals and agreements that will finance and sustain the GPAP programme and complement IUCN’s core support to the programme.
• Investigate the potential of donors and partners to fund GPAP programme priorities, and maintain a current awareness of funding opportunities and relationships with key donors, in conjunction with IUCN’s Strategic Partnerships Unit;
• Develop a suite of large and small project concepts that can be tailored to the requirements of donors and partners;
• Based on donor and partner interest, develop fully-fledged project proposals in accordance with the relevant requirements, ensure appropriate consultation and involvement of all key groups within IUCN, and manage the process of submission, responsiveness and negotiation of project and other contractual agreements;
• Maintain a current awareness of the full suite of funding proposals that are being undertaken by WCPA, and by other components of IUCN that have relevance or offer opportunities for the involvement of GPAP.

3. Coordination and project management
Each person in the GPAP team will take responsibility for the coordination and management of funded projects. Although all activities cannot be identified specifically in advance, the development of significant funded initiatives will include activities to mobilize and advance project management. Likely activities include:
• Establishment of project coordination and technical and financial management and reporting arrangements for funded projects;
• Development of initial workplans and budgets to access funds;
• Negotiations with funders and partners of project documentation, budgets and workplans as required;
• Establishment of project governance and implementation oversight arrangements;
• Liaison with relevant legal, financial, human resources, IT and communications personnel in IUCN Headquarters and regions to secure programme and project effectiveness.
  • A degree qualification in life sciences, social sciences and development studies and/or environmental management, and a specific knowledge of protected area technical and policy issues will be preferred.

• Demonstrated project development, fundraising and communication skills, particularly on developing large project proposals and fundraising campaigns.

• Proven ability to operate within a results-based management framework and excellent analytical skills to prepare complex situation analyses often required for the development of large and multiple scale projects.

• Fluency in English. French and Spanish fluency are desirable, and fluency in all IUCN official languages will be preferred.

• Demonstrated coordinating, organizational and networking skills.

• Excellent team player and demonstrated ability to work in multi-institutional and multi-cultural environments.

• Ability to work under stress including producing and delivering high quality products under tight deadlines.

• Good knowledge of IUCN, its work and that of its Commissions, partners and networks will be an advantage for the incumbent.

• Willingness to travel extensively as required in particular for project development, negotiation and fundraising.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 100'355 to CHF 125'444, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax.

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