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Vacancy #:   3923
Unit:   Vietnam Country Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Vietnam Country Office, Hanoi, Viet Nam
  This is a local recruitment. Only Vietnamese nationals, individuals with residence status or the appropriate employment visa for Vietnam are eligible to apply.
Reporting to:   Water and Wetlands Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   31 December 2018
IUCN is an international organization and manages its staff in a professional manner to international standards. The purpose of this position is to provide IUCN Vietnam with the techinical support under the direct supervision of the Water and Wetlands Coordinator, Vietnam. The Project Officer will closely work with other technical and support staff, and the Department of Special Use and Production Forest Management (DSUPFM) of Administration of Forestry (VNForest) and other institutional partners to implement IUCN’s programme and activities relating to the SWG’s Saola One Plan program, the Protected Area Solution. Project, and other tasks as defined. .
Support implementation of Saola Working Group activities:
• Act as a focal point and facilitator for the collaborative work between the SWG and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
• Work with the SWG and MARD/VNForest to prepare work plans and a Project Document for the Saola One Plan program, following the format and procedures required by the Government of Vietnam.
• Facilitate the approval by the government of Vietnam of work plans and the Project Document, so that the Saola One Plan program can be implemented as quickly as possible, including development of the conservation breeding center at Bach Ma National Park.
• Provide regular liaison with project partners including VNForest (MARD), relevant provincial Forestry Protection Departments and protected area directors and management boards.
• Actively help maintain good communication and relationships between the SWG and other Saola conservation stakeholders in Vietnam, such as NGOs, universities, and scientific institutes.
• Support the SWG’s Building One Plan Support Task Team to finalize a plan for generating support within Vietnam for the Saola conservation breeding program, and successfully facilitate implementation of the plan.
• Work with national and local partners to secure all necessary permissions from central and provincial government agencies to allow implementation of the Saola One Plan work plans and Project Document. In particular, this will require close collaboration and communication with the SWG’s Capture Coordinator, and the SWG’s Captive Management Task Team Leader, for activities in Vietnam.
• Work with and support MARD to develop an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) of Lao PDR, for cooperative implementation of the Saola conservation breeding program, including the loan of Saolas and/or Large-antlered Muntjacs captured or confiscated in Lao PDR to the conservation breeding centre in Bach Ma National Park
• Coordinate with and support as needed the SWG’s Manager of the Bach Ma conservation breeding center.
• Support the SWG Head of Operations, as appropriate, in the management of SWG funds spent in Vietnam as well as in the preparation of SWG’s bi-annual and annual work plans, budgets and reports.
• Help facilitate the importation into Vietnam of equipment required by the SWG.
• Send to the SWG Head of Operations quarterly work plans and reports on SWG activities in Vietnam.

Support implementation of “Protected Area Solutions: achieving the quality elements of Aichi Target 11 and the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-20” project (PA Solution)
• Participate in the implementation of all project activities in Vietnam, including:
- Support IUCN Green List global standard and programme development
- Support assurance for the IUCN Green List – the role of Accreditation Services International (ASI)
- Support Governance Assessment – coordinating approaches and overview material
- Support Site-based governance mapping support – the role of GRID-Arendal
- Participate PA Solution events and project communications and visibility
• Provide regular liaison with project partners including VNForest (MARD), Protected Area (PA) management boards, EAGL members, independent reviewers and others in all PA Solution project matters.
• Provide support for GLPCA candidates in Green Listing process
• Support other species and site conservation activities as required
• Carry out any other duties as may be assigned.
  • Advanced Degree in Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable Development, or similar field;

• At least three years field experience in species and/or site conservation;

• National of Vietnam, with fluency in written and spoken English and Vietnamese;

• Ability to motivate others, strong networking and inter-personal skills;

• Excellent communication, facilitation and negotiation skills;

• Professional experience working with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, civil society and the private sector is desirable;

• Previous experience with an international organization in an internationally funded project is essential;

• Proficient computer skills and use of office applications (Microsoft). Knowledge of GIS is an advantage;

• Hard working and willing to travel both domestically and regionally

• Proven experience in project management (planning, budgeting, administration, reporting).

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