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Environmental Legal Officer

Vacancy #:   509
Unit:   Oceania Programme Coordination Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Reporting to:   Pacific Centre for Environmental Governance (PCEG) Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 January 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   13 March 2013
Special Notes:
1)wef 3rd July 2014, current incumbent Maria Muavesi will be reporting to Alan Saunders,RPC, under relieving acting arrangements as SELO. This is only for the interim period until a decision is made on ELP for the future.
2) Effective 15/01/2016, ELO M Muavesi who is also the acting SELO will report to the PCEG Coordinator until a decision is made on the SELO position.
The Environmental Law Programme of IUCN is a developing programme that is seeking to establish a comprehensive set of environmental law related activities in the Pacific. The aim of the programme is to promote integrated approach to legislation and governance for the protection of the environment, natural resources and biodiversity in all countries in the Pacific.

Scope of responsibilities
1. The Environmental Legal Officer will, as agreed with the Senior Environmental Legal Officer, be responsible for specific agreed areas of the Environmental Law Programme of the IUCN Oceania Regional Office.
2. The Environmental Legal Officer will contribute to mentoring the Junior Environmental Legal Officer and interns.

The position may require extensive travel in the Pacific islands.

The reporting relationships will be as follows:

Direct Reporting Line: Senior Environmental Legal Officer
Reporting Area: All areas

- All IUCN Oceania Regional Office Staff and Consultants are responsible to IUCN Oceania Regional Office.
- Direct reporting lines indicate those staff members providing direct supervision.
- Functional reporting lines indicate accountability for particular functions or areas of work
- Additional reporting lines indicate mutual reporting, information sharing and accountability, which is often reciprocal.
- Further cooperation will be extended to all other IUCN staff as appropriate. However consultation, information sharing and other relationship lines are not indicated as they are likely to be numerous.


Specific activities / responsibilities

Regional Integration
• Contributing to maintenance of linkages with governments, CROP agencies, NGOs and partners working in the a variety of sectors and seeking to incorporate environmental law considerations into the various approaches and plans;
• Contributing to maintenance of linkages to the Pacific law networks and identification of opportunities for cooperation.
Planning and implementation

The Environmental Legal Officer will, as agreed with the Senior Environmental Legal Officer:
• Contribute to the development and maintenance of the regional law programme for the IUCN Oceania Regional Office in collaboration with governments, partners and collaborators;
• Take responsibility for specific agreed areas of the Environmental Law Programme of the IUCN Oceania Regional Office.
• Contribute to the development, management and implementation of the portfolio of law related projects based on the IUCN value proposition, as agreed;
• Assist in the development of plans and implement annual work programmes and project activities as agreed to contribute to the emergence of a strategic IUCN Oceania Regional Office Environmental Law Programme in collaboration with relevant IUCN Oceania staff, IUCN members and partners;
• Identify the need for and coordinate technical inputs of consultants and IUCN technical staff; and mentor staff, interns and partners as required;
• Review of the technical outputs of external and internal consultants and ensure they meet the standards set for the activity;
• As required, represent IUCN at national and international meetings; and contribute to the development and maintenance of local, national, and regional working relationships with key partners;
• Provide support to achieve full compliance with procedures in the delivery of projects, specifically in relation to following donor guidelines.
• Report on project activities as required by IUCN or donors.
• Draft and publish project reports using appropriate language and feeding results into IUCN Global Law Programme and Oceania Regional Office communication activities;
• Assist in development of a communications strategy for the programme and input into various communication initiatives
IUCN Internal linkages

• Support engagement with the IUCN Commissions and Programmes by enhancing linkages with the IUCN networks of academics, lawyers, and managers to implement Oceania Regional Office activities;
Ensuring quality of contracts
• As required, review and provide inputs into the development of draft contracts and agreements for IUCN Oceania Regional Office

Other duties
• Represent IUCN at appropriate national, regional and international forums.
• Carry out other duties as required by the Senior Environmental Legal Officer
  • • A law degree and a minimum of 5-10 years in the practice of law

• • A knowledge of, or strong interest coupled with preparedness to work to develop that interest in, environmental law, at national, regional and international levels

• • The ability to interpret legislation

• • Drafting skills (documents including contracts)

• • A familiarity with domestic environmental laws in PI countries

• • Some knowledge of the law systems in the region

• • Ability to speak and read and write a Pacific Island language

• • The skills and ability to mentor the Junior Environmental Legal Officer (JELO)

• • Good computer skills (Word, Xcel, PPT)

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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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