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Programme Officer, Regional Water and Wetlands Programme

Vacancy #:   3959
Unit:   Water and Wetlands Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   West and Central Africa Regional Office in Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Reporting to:   -
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 February 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   31 January 2019
Our mission: “To influence, encourage & assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity & diversity of nature & to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable & ecologically sustainable.”

IUCN is a world leader in developing knowledge and understanding for effective conservation action. A unique worldwide partnership, IUCN brings together states, government agencies & NGO members, & some 10,000 scientists & experts from 181 countries in a global web of networks to provide a neutral forum for dialogue & action on environment & sustainable development issues.

The Regional Office for Central and West Africa currently has over 100 staff members working in its offices in Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Congo DR, Congo. The IUCN Regional Office for Central and West Africa is located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The IUCN Regional Water & Wetlands Programme Officer for West Africa (PREZOH) reports directly to the Regional Water and Wetlands Programme Coordinator with an additional reporting line to the Regional Programme Coordinator. His/her general role is to assist the Regional Water and Wetlands Programme Coordinator in the day to day backstopping of management units of projects that compose this programme.
The specific duties of the Regional Water and Wetlands Programme Officer for West Africa are:

Programme management

- Coordinate the daily implementation of the PREZOH programme in accordance with the programme’s annual work plan;

- Assist in the day-to-day management of PREZOH’s portfolio and various contracts, ensuring compliance with donor and partners contracts;

- Assist in the preparation and implementation annual work plans and budgets for the overall programme and specific projects;

- Assist in the daily management of PREZOH operations, ensuring compliance with financial and admin procedures, and quality control;

- Assist in the constant monitoring and documentation of overall portfolio technical and financial, to ensure timely execution of projects and contracts;

- Assist in the design and implementation of a system to track, document, analyse, report and communicate the overall performance and contributions of PREZOH to IUCN regional and global strategies, results and indicators;

- Ensure PREZOH data and information are constantly up to date at all time on the IUCN online Portals and relevant information systems;

- Provide cross-cutting technical assistance to the implementation of projects, including taking coordination and implementation responsibility for specific projects;

- Assist in the preparation of various annual and other technical reports of PREZOH.

- In the spirit of the One Programme, assist PACO country offices and other Thematic Programmes on matters related to Water and Wetlands;

Programme development and partnerships

- Assist in fundraising and development funding proposals to expand and ensure the long-term financial sustainability of PREZOH;

- Assist in the development and constant maintenance of a solid ABC List for the PREZOH;

- Work close with IUCN Global Programmes to ensure vertical alignments and cooperation in the development and implementation of water and wetland initiatives;

- Assist in developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and synergies with IUCN Members, Commissions and key partners to strengthen alliance for and the mainstreaming of IUCN work in the region and beyond;

- Actively participate in attracting and facilitating new partners to register for IUCN Membership;

Human Resources Management

- Assist in the management and supervision of assigned projects staff of PREZOH

- Assist in the coordination of capacity building initiatives in programme and project management aspects in accordance with the needs of the programme and project staff specifically in areas of project planning, needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, programme and project reviews, budget formulation and reviews, etc.

- Assist in setting and monitoring the implementation of individual work plans of assigned team

- Contribute to building a solid and collaborative team spirit.

Communication and outreach

- Work with IUCN’s communication teams to and assist in the development and implementation of a sound programme communication strategy;

- Assistance in the supervision of and ensure the maintenance of a lively and dynamic PREZOH web pages within the IUCN internet system (PACO News, Web page, posting documentation on the Knowledge Network web pages, ...);


Carry out other tasks compatible with his/her job description as required
  • Master’s degree in forestry/agroforestry, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation or other relevant discipline;

• Minimum 7 years of experience in developing, managing and implementing multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder initiatives in conservation, natural resources management and development fields;

• Experience in working in the Central and West Africa regions would be an asset;

• Demonstrated spoken and written fluency in French, and good working knowledge of English. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese would be an asset

• Advanced computer processing skills

• Excellent and demonstrated writting and communication skills of highly technical and general purposes

• Ability and willingness to travel frequently in West and Central Africa and occasionally in other parts of the World

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