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Senior Programme Officer, 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


The Senior Programme Officer (SPO), Ocean Resilience is in charge of providing strategic vision, leadership and capacity building for seascape level projects including: i) development and management of locally managed marine areas (LMMAs), ii) sustainable fisheries management, iii) marine biodiversity monitoring, iv) marine spatial planning, v) building knowledge and awareness on locally-appropriate governance and vi) marine policy advocacy plans and vii) Coral Reefs and Seagrass assessment and management. In addition, the SPO will be responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships among partners, sponsors and commission members with the ultimate goal of developing a network of donors and key influencers on marine management issues. Reporting to the country representative, the SPO will serve both as a senior member of IUCN/ESARO’s Mozambique’s portfolio and as a liaison to the regional marine programme team (led by the marine technical coordinator) that sets the broader transboundary strategic priorities in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region. He/she will work in close partnership with IUCN relevant Programmes, especially the Global Marine and Polar, including Commissions and members in Mozambique, government/non-government bodies and ESARO region.
1. Project management (LMMA-WIO)
• Lead the implementation of the LMMA-WIO project, ensuring that the activities are delivered in accordance with approved project plans
• Provide financial planning and management oversight for the LMMA-WIO project, ensuring that project budgets are efficiently maintained and reporting requirements are adhered to
• Identify the needs and prepare TORs for specific technical inputs (consultants) and oversee the recruitment and management of consultants and delivery of quality outputs
• Monitor the progress of the project in relation to milestones set out in annual work plans and identifies issues that need urgent attention.
• Lead the development of quarterly and annual reports as per donor(s) requirements

2. Strategy and policy direction
• Develop a medium-term integrated marine action/business plan for Mozambique
• Coordinate and support conservation and research activities that are relevant to management that improves the resilience of coral reefs in the face of climate change
• Field Monitoring and supervision of project activities and partners, ensuring that field-based activities are efficiently and effectively implemented in accordance with agreed project plans, with the full participation of all project stakeholders
• Develop strategies for a network of locally managed marine areas or marine protected areas
• Advice the country representative and marine technical coordinator on all matters relevant to the marine sector in the country
• Facilitate targeted policy analysis to inform decision-makers at various level of leadership and governance

3. Technical support
• Undertake technical leadership of all activities related to seascape conservation including; carrying out biodiversity and ecosystem assessments (coral reefs and seagrass), social vulnerability and livelihood resilience and participatory development of management plans;
• Increase capacity of local stakeholders and communities to enhance marine resilience and biodiversity conservation, through localised awareness, training, site specific action plans and implementation of actions for sustainable resource uses
• Coordinate the design, planning and coordination of capacity building workshop and events (capacity building trainings, workshops, MPA exchanges) to government and communities;
• Support promotion and capacity building on alternative livelihoods

4. Resource mobilization and communication
• Identify opportunities for resource mobilization and participate in preparation of grant proposals as required,
• Ensure strong coordination/collaboration with partners, district authorities and local community leaders 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;
• Dissemination of programme results to inform policy makers

5. Other responsibilities:
• Perform other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • An advanced degree in marine sciences, environmental studies, natural resources management, or a related field.

• Work Experience
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.

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