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Senior Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   5161
Unit:   Bangladesh Programme Coordination
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Reporting to:   Country Representative, IUCN Bangladesh
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 November 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   25 September 2019
IUCN, represented by its Bangladesh Country Office, is implementing a project entitled ‘Floral Diversity assessment of Cox’s Bazar South Forest Division, SMART patrolling guideline formulation and Watershed Management policy review Project’. IUCN requires a Senior Programme Officer to lead smooth implementation of this project over the project period.

Under the overall guidance from the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, the Senior Programme Officer will lead a diversified team of staff, volunteers, interns, and consultants, and will be responsible for implementing all project activities, managing funds, maintaining donor (FAO) and stakeholder [Bangladesh Forest Department (BFD), Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Local administration] liaison and project development, especially in the light of the Letter of Agreement (LoA) between FAO (donor) and IUCN.


Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, the Senior Programme Officer will undertake following specific responsibilities:


1.Manage and supervise all project activities as outlined in the LoA between FAO and IUCN and subsequent revisions agreed upon by both organizations;
2.Manage the project budget by ensuring the application of all appropriate IUCN and FAO policies, procedures, and guidelines;
3.Manage and lead the project team, including the volunteers and the consultants, and ensure timely outputs from them;
4.Maintain close relationship with FAO and its pertinent staff and wings for compliance, funding, capacity development, and building networks for effective implementation of the project;
5.Develop and maintain networks, collaborations and partnerships with organizations, individuals and stakeholders on a regular basis in line with the project needs, risk management, and for smooth project implementation;
6.Ensure that all project reports on performance, financial, personnel, and procurement and all other committed deliverables are produced, submitted and accepted by FAO on a timely manner as per the agreement;
7.Ensure all necessary IUCN’s management requirements, including timely submission of work plans, budgets, internal agreements, contracts, and progress reports;
8.Guide project team members to monitoring the performance of the project and track progress on issues, and report against key performance indicators of the project(s) in the light of log frame of the project;
9.Ensure that IUCN’s and FAO’s policies and mandates as outlined in the LoA is duly complied by the project team.

1.Contribute actively to the growth of the IUCN by designing and implementing projects under thematic areas, particularly on biodiversity conservation and natural resource governance, and in the light of IUCN Programme 2017-2020;
2.Develop and submit proposals to appropriate agencies to fund initiatives complementary to the FAO-funded project and in line with IUCN’s mandates;
3.Provide technical inputs into IUCN Bangladesh integrated programme planning and other thematic programmes through technical inputs into project proposals, project implementation and monitoring, workshops, publications and papers, etc.; and
4.Cross programme learning on integrating environment, disaster management, food security, climate change, and sustainable livelihoods approaches along with mainstreaming of gender issues.


1.Effectively contribute to implementing IUCN's 'One Programme' approach;
2.Support the institutionalization of relationships with members, partners and other organizations of IUCNB’s constituency;
3.Be a focal point in the Bangladesh Office for interaction with respect to areas in the line with IUCN's thematic areas, programme areas, and Commissions;
4.Support the organisational restructuring and systems development needed to manage a growing programme;
5.Ensure IUCN's brand and image are properly presented and maintained in all activities, forums and areas while developing and managing the country programme;
6.Develop and manage networks, and attend meetings and workshops related to the Country Programme;
7.Interact regularly with ministries and other agencies, local government, IUCN Members, IUCN Commissions, non-government agencies, development agencies, peers, scientists, and grassroots stakeholders to advise, plan, and design collaborative or interactive projects, and ensure projects are based on sound environmental knowledge;
8.Ensure that relevant information is communicated laterally, vertically and externally as appropriate; and
9.Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, from time to time.
  • Master’s in Forestry, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Economics, Statistics, Development Studies, Botany, Zoology, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management or other relevant disciplines.

• 8 years' professional experience, of which 5 years are in the managerial position and relevant to the terms of reference.

• Excellent presentation, writing and spoken communication skills in English are essential.

• International experience will be an advantage

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