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Programme Officer, IWRM

Vacancy #:   5169
Unit:   Sri Lanka Programme Coordination
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Sri Lanka Country Office, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reporting to:   Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   30 October 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (14 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   12 October 2019
Globally and locally there is an increasing trend and need to integrate different aspects of natural resource management towards nature-based solutions. Conservation and development projects and programmes need to work on all phases air, water, soil etc. and the soil-water-climate and other processes should be factored in developing solutions to environmental / ecosystem challenges including climate challenge.

Special emphasis is on water as the quantity and quality of water is important in both ecosystem management, disaster resilience and sustainability of livelihoods that depends on nature. IUCN uses Forest Landscape Restoration, Area based Planning such as “Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)” and promotion of ecosystem best practices to minimize erosion, sedimentation of tanks and water bodies and use of appropriate crops and plant varieties to suit agro-ecological characteristics of areas.

The IUCN new programme of IUCN 2021-2014 also towards Protect, Restore, and Uses that are sustainable. In that contest this position will be a key position in IUCN Sri Lanka to operationalize the IUCN new programmes that are in line with Nature Based Solutions.

Integrated management also require working with multiple agencies in Government, Non-Government, Academia and Private sector. Generation of scientific data on ecosystems, use of computer models and simulations in landscape management and education and awareness leading to transformational changes in the society are some of the areas the Project office in IWRM will be supporting IUCN Sri Lanka by working with other project staff.
Project Development
• Maintain a project development support material system accessible to all project staff
• Monitor and aware of project opportunities relevant to IUCN
• Development of logical frameworks, results frameworks and text for projects
• Development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks
• Present the projects to clients and donors
• Add images, tables and formats to make the project documents
• Work in teams to draw expertise needed

Represent IUCN in National Forums
• Represent IUCN in national forums on Land and Water including Ministry of Environment’s Land Degradation Neutrality initiative under the United Nation’s Convention on Combating Land Degradation.
• Represent IUCN in Kelani River Conservation and Management Related work
• Represent IUCN in Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction
• Represent IUCN in UN related projects and programmes such as Environment Sensitive Areas, Nitrogen HUB initiative and payment for Ecosystem work to protect water resources

• Contribute to other projects and initiatives of IUCN
• Development of a Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) initiative for piloting in Sri Lanka.
• Assist building a partnership between IUCN and other key agencies including Ministry of Environment, University of Peradeniya IWRM programme, IWMI and Private Sector on IWRM area.
• Initiate designating a suitable small tank cascade system as a UNESCO world heritage cultural site.
• Contribute to Kelani River Management initiative lead by the Country Representative.
• Provide technical advice and inputs to the Project Managers on IWRM where required.
• Resource mobilization in the area of IWRM including GEF and GCF programmes
• Assist project development in IWRM and incorporating IWRM concepts in biodiversity conservation projects.
• Take the lead role in developing IWRM related communication material such as web stories, newspaper articles, awareness raising material, publications/presentations.
• Develop a standardized in-house monitoring methodology for soil and water conservation to be adopted by IUCN Sri Lanka for landscape restoration projects, and conduct monitoring.
• Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Country Representative on mutual agreement.
  • Advanced University Degree in Water Resources Management, Natural Resource Management, or a relevant field

• Minimum 3 years of experience in programme/project development, management, monitoring and evaluation after graduation.

• Experience in International organizations or donor funded projects would be an added advantage

• Demonstrated ability to liaise and coordinate with government entities and various stakeholders

• Demonstrated fund raising ability

• Proficient in the use of office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other web-based management systems

• Fluent in English (verbal/written) and the language of the duty station

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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