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Chief Technical Advisor, GEF Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems in Mekong Countries Project

Vacancy #:   3914
Unit:   Myanmar Project Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Myanmar Country Office, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  Inlay Lake, Shan State, Myanmar
Reporting to:   Head, Indo - Burma Group
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 January 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   25 December 2018 (extended)
The remuneration and benefits package for this position is established with reference to the local labour market and in line with the IUCN conditions of service for Myanmar.
Under the guidance of the Head, Indo-Burma Group (IBG), the CTA will manage human and non-human resources to ensure the smooth delivery of the GEF Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems in Mekong Countries Project, which will operate in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar. The objective of the project is to sustainably manage peatland ecosystems in targeted countries and to conserve biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, by (1) assessing and documenting peatland ecosystems in the three countries; (2) strengthening the capacity and the enabling policy and legal framework for sustainable peatland management at local, national and sub-regional levels; and (3) demonstrating sustainable peatland management practices that conserve biodiversity, reduce GHG emissions and strengthen sustainable livelihoods for local communities.

IUCN is the GEF Implementing Agency. The Executing Agencies are the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in Cambodia, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) in Lao PDR, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) in Myanmar.

The project will be delivered through a Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) and a national Project Management Unit (PMU) in each of the three countries. The RCU will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the Chief Technical Advisor and the three National Project Directors (NPDs) assigned (on a part-time basis) by the three executing agencies.

The RCU will be responsible for the overall day-to-day project operations. The RCU will operate under the guidance of the Regional Steering Committee, to ensure the effective and efficient coordination and delivery of the project. The RCU is not a physical unit since the three NPDs are located in three different countries. Rather, it is an organizational unit that communicates regularly via video calling, email and other means.

In addition to the NPDs of the three countries, the RCU is composed of the following project staff: (1) CTA; (2) Knowledge Management Specialist (50%); and (3) Regional Finance and Administrative Officer.

These RCU staff members will be situated in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar at the same location as the national PMU for Myanmar. The Regional Finance/Admin Officer will be supported by part-time national Finance and Administrative staff of IUCN in Cambodia and Lao PDR.

The CTA will have at least 10-15 years of relevant experience in managing large regional ecosystem-related projects, and will have strong knowledge, qualifications and experience in peatland, wetland and/or mangrove ecology, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation.


• Lead the tasks of the RCU.
• Coordinate the implementation of the project activities with the national PMUs in the three participating countries.
• Manage performance of all project staff.
• Manage project finances according to the agreed project budget.
• Monitor, and regularly report on the progress of the project against annual work plans and identify issues that need urgent attention by the regional and national Project Steering Committees.
• Provide six-monthly and annual written reports on the overall project delivery, including by country, covering issues such as project activities, outputs and outcome delivery, and staffing.
• Maintain linkages with other related regional and national projects and identify opportunities for partnership, technical collaboration and knowledge exchange with other agencies, organizations and donors. This will involve collaboration with other GEF-funded projects on peatland management in the ASEAN countries, as well as other projects relevant to the target sites.

• Represent in external and internal IUCN meetings, at national, regional and international levels, as needed.
• Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by, and mutually agreed with the line manager.
  • Minimum of Masters in natural resources management or equivalent discipline, with PhD a distinct advantage.

• At least 8 years of experience managing large, complex projects.

• Fluency in English.

• Expellent communications skills in a multi-cultural context.

• Exerience establishing and maintaining high-level government relations.

• Experience managing multi-million dollar budgets.

• Ability to work independently.

• Ability to respond flexibly and exercise judgment involving analysis and interpretation of facts and circumstances in order to identify the correct solution or course of action.

• Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines to meet donor reporting or proposal deadlines.

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