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Project Coordinator

Vacancy #:   4027
Unit:   ORMACC - Biodiversity and Rights
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Antigua and Barbuda, St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Reporting to:   Coordinador Unidad Biodiversidad y Derechos
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   20 May 2019
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   05 May 2019
With support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), IUCN launched the Plastic Waste Free Islands project in 2019. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate effective, quantifiable solutions to addressing plastic leakage from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) - three from the Pacific and three from the Caribbean.
In cooperation with key stakeholders from governments, private sector and civil society, as well as local men and women, the project will generate and demonstrate demand-responsive solutions to plastic waste incorporating policy, business operations, and citizen behavior changes. Evidence and lessons learned will be packaged into a scalable ‘blueprint’ for use beyond the initial six targeted SIDS; key regional bodies will be equipped with this blueprint and will be supported to identify further opportunities to expand its application.
Project location: Six SIDS will be selected from the following list, divided evenly between the Pacific and the Caribbean.
Caribbean SIDS
• St Lucia
• Grenada
• Antigua & Barbuda
Pacific SIDS
• Fiji
• Kiribati
• Palau
• Republic of the Marshall Islands
• Samoa
• Vanuatu
To ensure the achievement of project objectives and delivery of project outputs, IUCN ORMACC is hiring a Project Coordinator based in the Caribbean, preferably in any of the countries where the project will be implemented (St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda). The project coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination, planning, and supervision of the project’s Caribbean related activities and outputs in the countries of intervention and at regional level, mainly coordinating with the two main regional partners, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The Project Coordinator will ensure the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project’s Caribbean related activities and outputs in a timely manner; s/he will also ensure compliance with all relevant project commitments, including delivery of quality reports and compliance with performance indicators. The Project Coordinator will liaise directly with key regional bodies and stakeholders as well as IUCN Headquarters and IUCN Regional Offices for Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania, and Asia; all in order to articulate, complement and monitor the project’s proper implementation.
Ensure compliance and proper implementation (technical and financial) of relevant project activities and outputs;
• Coordinate strategic and technical actions with Implementing Partners at national and regional level , IUCN Headquarters and IUCN Regional Offices for Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania and Asia; establishment of action plans and communication channels;
• Guide, coordinate and articulate actions with relevant stakeholders at a national level;
• Development of technical reports and work plans;
• Recommend, promote and develop actions that ensure the project’s regional approach;
• Suggest strategies, solutions, or approaches (corrective if needed) that ensure the achievement of project outputs and impacts;
• Planning, design and implementation of coordination meetings, trainings and other relevant activities within the framework of the project;
• Ensure that project activities promote gender equality and avoid adverse gender impacts; and
• Ensure adequate communication and diffusion of project activities and outputs in accordance to provided policies, procedures and documents.
• Provide technical support, on request, to the design and development of knowledge products related to your professional background and/or area of expertise;
• Prepare presentations in relation to the work which you are responsible for and for other tasks that are assigned to you that are related to your experience and professional background;
• Provide technical support in your area of expertise, knowledge and experience; and
• Contribute with the project’s general coordination and articulation by supporting processes and activities assigned to you.
  • Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, Waste Management or related field;

• Academic background of Project Management is a plus.

• At least 5 years’ experience coordinating, implementing and monitoring projects and/or programs in the Caribbean region;

• Demonstrated experience in managing regional (multi-country) efforts funded by international cooperation;

• Experience in interacting with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, government organizations, regional bodies and multisectoral stakeholders

• Knowledge on enhancing participation of vulnerable groups in decision making processes (e.g. local communities, women and youth);

• Proficiency in the usage of Microsoft Office applications and other online workspaces (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Wetransfer);

• Ability and excellence in English oral expression and writing skills is a must; some dominion of the Spanish language is desirable.

• Problem solving, creativity, initiative and innovation

• Ability for interpersonal relationships and team work

• Facility to perform tasks in an organized manner and in adherence to internal policies and procedures

• Applicants will need to demonstrate ability to work with persons from different social, personal and professional backgrounds

• Understanding of the institutional framework in which the work will be developed, this entails comprehension of institutional characteristics and relevant thematic commitment

• Applicants must be sensible towards cultural, social and economic practices of vulnerable groups (e.g. local communities, women and youth)

• Applicants must be willing to work under the IUCN gender and rights based approach.

• Willingness to travel within the Caribbean and internationally, whenever required

• Willingness to occasionally work outside of office hours

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