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Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience

Vacancy #:   5130
Unit:   Mozambique Country Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Mozambique Country Office, Maputo, Mozambique
Reporting to:   Regional Technical Coordinator – Marine and Coastal Resilience Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 September 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (36 months)
Closing date:   24 August 2019
BACKGROUND
The Senior Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will be responsible for the planning, implementation and tracking of a portfolio of projects as well as provide technical assistance and contribute to knowledge generation. This portfolio is aimed at strengthening the resilience of coastal socio-ecological systems in the Western Indian Ocean region (WIO), using a partnership-based approach that builds knowledge, supports action on the ground and enhances governance and policy processes in support of building resilience of coastal systems against global change, including climate change. Reporting to the Country Representative, the Programme Officer will serve as a member of IUCN/ESARO’s Mozambique’s portfolio and the regional coastal and ocean programme team (led by the marine technical coordinator) that sets the broader transboundary strategic priorities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Technical Coordinator - Marine and Coastal Resilience Program, the Programme Officer, Coastal and Ocean Resilience will have the following specific responsibilities:

1. Project management and implementation
• Create detailed work plans, budgets and schedules for successful project completion that effectively allocate the resources to the activities;
• Ensure that project activities are on-time, on-budget, and on-track for contributing to the achievement of the projects’ objectives and contractual obligations;
• Elaborate TORs and agreements with partners, IUCN’s Regional and Global programmes, and consultants;
• Assist project monitoring and learning (M&L) in collaboration with the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation officer to measure the impacts from the results of the projects and activities;
• Monitor the administration of project budgets and work plans according to approved contracts and internal agreements, work plans, internal procedures and policies, and donor requirements.
• Prepare project reports and supporting documentation for funders as outlined in funding agreements.

2. Technical assistance, knowledge generation and analytical work
• Provide specific technical assistance on:
• Activities related to seascape conservation, marine and coastal resource governance and fisheries management (establishment of Local Marine Managed Areas) and participatory development of management plans;
• Increase capacity of local partners and communities to enhance marine resilience and biodiversity conservation, through localised awareness, training/capacity building workshop and implementation of actions for sustainable marine resource uses;
• Support promotion and implementation of alternative livelihoods to local communities.
• Provide specific technical assistance to project partners and colleagues to ensure the achievement of targets, results and deliverables on time and with high quality;
• In collaboration with the Technical Coordinator, Coastal and Ocean Resilience, develop and support the capture and sharing of project related knowledge to ensure the timely and quality delivery of knowledge products for specific audiences and other project outputs.

3. Project and programme development
• Ensure strong coordination/collaboration with partners, district and provincial authorities and local communities through regular coordination meetings/program reviews, joint field visits and planning;
• Liaise closely with site communities, district and provincial offices and relevant government departments to ensure synergy and support for site activities;
• In close collaboration with the Regional Technical Coordinator, Coastal and Ocean Resilience and other colleagues design, develop and fundraise for new projects.

4. Other responsibilities:
• As requested by the Technical Coordinator, Coastal and Ocean Resilience, the Programme Officer shall:
• Represent IUCN on coastal and ocean resilience issues at technical meetings, seminars and other events and processes;
• Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
REQUIREMENTS
  • An advanced degree in marine sciences, environmental studies, natural resources management, or a related field.

• At least 5+ years of proven experience with:
• Relevant working experience in relation to marine areas and an up-to-date knowledge of the current thinking on biodiversity conservation, with particular reference to the establishment and effective management of protected areas systems at national and site levels;
• Familiarity with established and emerging biodiversity conservation approaches, and methodologies and processes – Marine Spatial Planning (MSP); Fisheries Management; Resilience thinking; Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation etc;
• Knowledge of the institutional and legal framework of marine, coastal and climate related issues and policies of Mozambique;
• Familiarity with practical species conservation and ecology, with specific knowledge relevant to the region would be an advantage;
• An in-depth understanding of the ESARO region, particularly the coastal states;
• Demonstrated fundraising, budgeting and programme planning abilities and past performance, including experience of development and successful marketing of project proposals with donors, and subsequent delivery and reporting;
• Experience with result based portfolio and project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation methodologies and principles and facilitation skills


• Language requirement:
Excellent verbal and communication skills in English and Portuguese a must


• Core Competencies:
• Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
• Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
• Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
• Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.


• Functional Competencies:
• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability
• Computer literacy in relation to office and online communication tools;
• Strong interpersonal, management and supervisory skills and experience, with demonstrated experience in managing teams an added advantage;
• Demonstrated experience in facilitating the establishment of networks and multi-stakeholder participatory processes;
• Ability to interact with different stakeholders from diverse cultures.
• Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;
• Willing to travel frequently within the region.
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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