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Ecosystem Management Specialist

Vacancy #:   4093
Unit:   Myanmar Project Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Myanmar Country Office, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
  Working locations in Nay Pyi Taw and Inle Lake, with travel to peat sites.
Reporting to:   Chief Technical Advisor, GEF Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems in Mekong Countries Project
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 August 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   15 July 2019 (extended)
BACKGROUND
This is a local recruitment. Only Myanmar nationals, individuals with residence status or the appropriate employment visa for Myanmar are eligible to apply. The remuneration and benefits package for this position is established with reference to the local labour market and in line with the IUCN conditions of service for Myanmar.
JOB DESCRIPTION
BACKGROUND
The Mekong Peatlands Project supports the governments of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, through a range of activities that focus on the sustainable management of peatland ecosystems. The project achieves this through a combination of activities that include: assessments, surveys, capacity building and awareness raising, mainstreaming peatlands into policy and planning, and the demonstration of sustainable peatland management practices at targeted peatland ecosystems in each of the three countries.
The project is comprised of four components:

1. Assessment and documentation of peatlands in targeted countries
2. Capacity development and policy and legal frameworks
3. Development and demonstration of sustainable peatland management
4. Regional cooperation

Also, the project contributes to regional peatland management initiatives, such as the ASEAN Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems 2014-2020, the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (2013), and the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2006-2020.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
Based between the Nay Pyi Taw IUCN project office and the project field office at Inle Lake, the Ecosystems Management Specialist will work closely with the project’s CTA (IUCN) and the National Project Director (ECD, MONREC). The Ecosystems Management Specialist will assist the CTA by providing guidance and supervision of the workplan of the Community Engagement Specialist, Myanmar. The position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Act as the National Project Coordinator for activities in Myanmar:
Support the CTA and National Project Director by leading the in-country implementation of project activities through:
• Supervision and coordination of project activities in line with prepared work plans, budgets and requirements under approved activities.
• Monitoring and reporting on implementation of project activities against annual budget and work plans, prepare monthly reporting according to the requirements of project partners, and provide inputs for the six-monthly and annual progress reports.
• Prepare personal monthly work plans and reports, detailed activity plans and budgets for project field activities, and field mission/ workshop reports.
• Providing implementation support to project partners where required.
• Facilitate and assist visits by the project donor, government officials and consultants in their studies, meetings and program activities including translating and interpreting, where necessary.
• Managing project funds for field operations and taking responsibility for expenditures of project funds and reporting field expenditure.
• Identifying and developing opportunities for partnerships with local stakeholders to meet project outcomes.
• Translating project outputs from English to Burmese and vice versa as required.
• Coordinate technical aspects of project activities and communicate and liaise with local partners
• Deliver technical training/support at different levels to project partners and relevant stakeholders
• Conduct training for community and local government in aspects of wetland and peatland management
• Organize and lead meetings with local project partners and stakeholders.
• Coordinate and collaborate closely with project partners and stakeholders, delegating tasks when appropriate and maintaining good communications and relations
• Carry out desk-based research and literature review on relevant technical project based activities
• Liaising and networking with current and potential colleagues, donors, partners and beneficiaries
• Providing technical guidance and review of activities and outputs delivered by national consultants

Institutional tasks
• Ensure that project offices and field operations are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity. This includes ensuring that field medical kits are in good order and taken out on every field trip.
• Ensure that IUCN policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of project activities.
• Represent IUCN Myanmar in external and internal IUCN meetings at national levels, as needed.

Other Duties: Carry out any other duties as required by, and mutually agreed with, your line manager.
REQUIREMENTS
  • General:
The Ecosystem Management Specialist will have at least 5 years of relevant experience in facilitating/managing ecosystem-related projects at national and or regional levels, and will have strong knowledge, qualifications and experience in peatland, wetland and/or mangrove ecology.

Specific:
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of:
• Peatland ecosystems in Myanmar and their identification
• Integrated and sustainable management of natural resources
• Biodiversity conservation and restoration
• The environmental and socio-economic state of Inle Lake and its ecosystems
• Institutional and governance structures of Myanmar
• Mainstreaming ecosystem-based approaches/ principles into policies and planning in Myanmar

Skills and experience in:
• Design and delivery of capacity development and training programs
• Liaising with Myanmar government agencies
• Drafting technical and financial reports
• Coordinating and managing contracts and consultants
• Socio-economic assessments and livelihoods

Other requirements:
• Fluency in written and verbal English and Burmese
• Proficient in using computers and software applications such as word, PowerPoint, excel and email
• Willingness and capacity to undertake strenuous and/or extended periods of field-based 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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