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Project Officer, Ecosystem Management

Vacancy #:   3932
Unit:   ECARO – Ecosystem Management
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Director, IUCN Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   15 June 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   26 April 2019 (extended)
IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to join the IUCN ECARO team as Ecosystem Management Project Officer. The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the IUCN ECARO Director, the IUCN Environmental Law Center and the European Regional Office, and will be responsible for the management of the Horizon 2020 EnviroLENS project. The Ecosystem Management Project Officer will be part of the Nature-based Solutions Programme Area.EnviroLENS - Earth Observation Platform for Environmental Law Enforcement Support is a project under the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme that aims to increase the utilisation of satellite-derived information for environmental law enforcement. The project brings together a consortium of public and private sector organisations. The primary task of the Ecosystem Management Project Officer will be to manage and coordinate activities related to usage scenarios that demonstrate the application of earth observation (EO) services as ready-to-access evidence in a given environmental situation and/or to monitor violations, and communication and dissemination to generate user community acceptance, showcase EO applications and their value for monitoring and law enforcement.
Other tasks will include priority setting for ecosystem management, donor and partner relationship, and liaison with IUCN Programmes, Members, Commissions, and partners.

• Support implementation of the IUCN Programme in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia with specific emphasis on the Nature-based Solutions Programme Area
• Oversee the implementation of IUCN ECARO’s environmental monitoring activities in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia
• Liaise with the IUCN Secretariat, Members, Commissions and partners in identifying priorities in ecosystem management in the region
• Support fundraising efforts for activities in the area of ecosystem management and nature-based solutions, in particular those targeting donors active in the region


• Coordinate the implementation IUCN activities within the Horizon 2020 EnviroLENS project in collaboration with the IUCN Environmental Law Center and the European Regional Office
• Contribute to the identification and selection of pilot cases that demonstrate the use of earth observations for environmental law enforcement
• Provide technical assistance to consortium partners and design pilot cases, including functional, data and earth observation service requirements to validate the earth observation platform
• Contribute to project planning and reporting
• Coordinate the implementation of the EnviroLENS project communication and dissemination plan and ensure timely and quality communication of project results through IUCN’s regional and global communications channels
• Assist in identifying partnership opportunities and project development related to Nature-based Solutions in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia


The gross annual salary for this position is 28.800 EUR subject to deductions for social security contributions and health insurance, and before tax.
  • MSc degree (or higher) in a subject related to environmental sciences and natural resource management

• Minimum of 5 years of experience in a field related to land-use planning and natural resource management, preferably involving the practical application of earth observation/remote sensing for environmental management

• Familiarity with environmental legal and policy frameworks and processes

• Experience in project management, with particular emphasis on EU funding mechanisms

• Proven ability to work in multi-disciplinary groups, including governments, experts, civil society and the private sector

• Excellent communication skills

• Capacity to work effectively under time pressure and extended hours, if required and pre-approved by the ECARO Director

• Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice

• Excellent command English and other languages spoken in the region

• Computer literacy in MS Office packages

• Excellent organizational and networking skills

• Team-oriented attitude and ability to work independently

• Ability to adapt communication to diverse audiences and overview of different communication channels

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