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Project Manager - CPEC

Vacancy #:   3922
Unit:   Pakistan - Islamabad Programme Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Pakistan Islamabad Programme Office, Islamabad, Pakistan
  Islamabad with field travel
Reporting to:   Manager, Islamabad Programme Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 January 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   14 December 2018
BACKGROUND
The proposed project has the overall objective to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and to prevent the degradation of environment on anthropized and wild fragile ecosystem, by introducing Pakistan in an international consensus. This project has two specific objectives. The first specific objective is to improve the knowledge of the global state of nature and to help bring the degradation and the loss of biodiversity into mainstream political and economic decision making. The second specific objective is to safeguard the biodiversity and livelihoods of local communities in selected locations of the northern areas of Pakistan from the impacts of the infrastructure development projects namely China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The northern areas of Pakistan, which are home to a variety of fragile ecosystems, are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, including glacial melting. This impacts biodiversity as well the livelihoods of local communities. IUCN will organize the environmental assessments of infrastructure developments under CPEC in the select locations. IUCN will establish a high level Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to strategically advise on environmental impacts. Some innovative pilots will be initiated by the local community and government with IUCN’s support for demonstration of improved resilience to climate change, ecological and social safeguarding.
JOB DESCRIPTION
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent will be responsible for implementing the project in coordination with Manager Islamabad Programme Office.

The incumbent will also be responsible to coordinate with Government of Gilgit Baltistan, for developing, managing, coordinating and providing support in the effective implementation of the project activities at GB. The incumbent will also collaborate with other partners in GB in coordination with Manager Islamabad Programme Office.

S/He will be expected to demonstrate the project management and conceptual input in natural resource management in general and biodiversity conservation in particular. S/He will be expected to have clear idea of the functioning of government departments, civil society, local organizations and area context. The incumbent will be expected to be well aware of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and Belt and Road Initiative particularly in context of socio-economic and environmental aspect for Pakistan.

SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES:

1 PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT:

1.1 Set up the project implementation as per the project document and as per IUCN rules and
regulations.
1.2 Organize the inception workshop in coordination with Manager Islamabad Programme Office
and the GB Government.
1.3 Participate in the selection process of Project Team.
1.4 Prepare work plans and progress reports as per the project document and signed agreement.
1.5 Coordinate and facilitate overall on-the-ground management and implementation of the
project.
1.6 Liaise with the respective government departments for the effective implementation of the
project as well as exploring further opportunities for expansion and enhancing the
impact.
1.7 Explore opportunities for resource mobilization for the extension of project beyond 2
years and other relevant programme development in GB.


2 TECHNICAL SUPPORT:

2.1 Provide technical guidance and support in all interventions related to the project.
2.2 Identify the additional technical support required within or outside the organization in
coordination with Manager Islamabad Programme Office.

3 OVERSIGHT AND QUALITY CONTROL FUNCTIONS:

3.1 Keep track of project budget and ensure that the project expenses are strictly in line
with the budget and expenses are made as per IUCN procedures for requisite approvals.
Strict monitoring of the expenses against budget is done on monthly basis and monthly
expenses are regularly assessed and monitored.
3.2 Submit monthly financial and progress reports of the implementation of project activities
along with plan for next month.
3.3 Ensure that lessons learnt through the project are documented and internalized in IUCN
Pakistan’s current and future work and shared with donor when required.
3.4 Collaborate and ensure that the M&E system is in place as per the goals and objectives of
the project.

4 NETWORKING AND REPRESENTATIONAL FUNCTIONS:

4.1 Coordinate with government line departments, donors, partners and stakeholders in
implementation of project and day to day matters and meetings in coordination with
Manager Islamabad Programme Office.
4.2 Maintain regular donor coordination in collaboration with Manager Islamabad Programme
Office and Country Representative.
4.3 Maintain coordination with Pakistan National Committee members, other organizations and
stakeholders working in GB on other development projects.

5 OTHER FUNCTIONS:

5.1 Support the development and maintenance of a dynamic and enabling culture and spirit at
GB.
5.2 Provide active input to the formal and non-formal fora of IUCN and GB government.
5.3 Manage, deploy and delegate responsibilities to staff allocated to the project for
optimum effectiveness and productivity.
5.4 Supervise and guide staff in oversight and quality control functions.
5.5 Responsible for the administrative and managerial tasks of the project.

6 Carry out any other relevant tasks as required by and mutually agreed with the line
manager/ supervisor(s).
REQUIREMENTS
  • The incumbent should have a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management

• At least ten years of relevant experience with international organizations, preferably in development of projects and programme/project management in the development sector, with the ability to lead a team.

• Demonstrate strong collaboration and liaison with the relevant Government departments.

• Demonstrated experience in applying Results Based Management tools in managing complex donor-funded projects.

• Expertise in project formulation and implementation will be an added advantage.

• The candidates must be well versed in written and spoken Urdu/English/local language with strong analytical and interpersonal skills, positive attitude and ability to work in a team and willing to travel in connection with project activities.
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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