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BIOPAMA Project Officer

Vacancy #:   5281
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Global Protected Areas Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   27 April 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   23 February 2020
The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme is a component programme of the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme. It aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). Building on the first five years of activities financed by the 10th EDF, BIOPAMA’s second phase (BIOPAMA II) provides tools for data and information management, services for improving the knowledge and capacity for protected area planning and decision-making, and funding opportunities for specific site-based actions. www.biopama.org.

The programme will continue to build institutional and technical capacity at the regional, national and site levels for improved PA and biodiversity management with access to and application of data and information related to biodiversity, protected and conserved areas governance and management, being used to inform and strengthen policy decisions and management actions. BIOPAMA II also implements an Action Component, including grants to support specific actions on the ground in priority areas for strengthening protected and conserved areas governance and management.

The BIOPAMA Project Officer is thus expected to have a solid grasp of project management, monitoring and evaluation, the application of environmental and social safeguards, and grant-making rules, particularly those applying to the Action Component, and to contribute to the derivation of lessons learned through practice. The relationship with the beneficiaries of grants requires knowledge of grant making, a proactive attitude, patience and creativity. The process will be informed by and supportive of the BIOPAMA Regional Programme Coordinators and the BIOPAMA Action Component Coordinator. The duty station will be IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.

Working under the supervision of the GPAP Director and the BIOPAMA AC coordinator, the BIOPAMA Programme Officer is responsible for supporting the implementation of the BIOPAMA II programme in two main areas of work:

(i) Supporting the GPAP Director and BIOPAMA team to undertake BIOPAMA programme management and monitoring, integrated into the work of the Global Protected Areas Programme;
(ii) Supporting the Senior BIOPAMA Action Grant Manager to implement the Action Component in particular through grant implementation, application of environmental and social safeguards, monitoring impact and learning.


The BIOPAMA Project Officer will be responsible for the following main duties:

1. Planning, management and monitoring of BIOPAMA II Programme

Under the supervision of the BIOPAMA Global Coordinator:

1.1 Coordination and organisation

(i) Convene the regular technical meetings of the implementing partners and donors.
(ii) Support the organisation of the annual BIOPAMA Steering Committee Meeting.
(iii) Convene the internal coordination meetings between the BIOPAMA implementing partners.
(iv) Keep records of the decisions taken in coordination and management meetings, and advise team members on their effective follow up.
(v) Prepare monthly updates.
(vi) Manage the engagement with BIOPAMA’s Technical Scientific and Advisory Committee.

1.2 Programme monitoring and evaluation

(i) Contribute to the maintenance of the programme’s logical framework, including at the regional level;
(ii) Develop and implement monitoring and evaluation activities for the BIOPAMA II programme implementation, including tracking of indicators in the programme’s logical framework.
(iii) Contribute to the preparation and review of the annual work plans aligned with the logical framework;
(iv) Coordinate the preparation of the six-monthly and annual reports together with other members of the BIOPAMA team and the regional teams;
(v) Support the IUCN BIOPAMA team through internal and external evaluations and monitoring missions.
(vi) Disseminate findings and recommendations of evaluations, assist with the compilation of management responses, and track actions needed.
(vii) Perform other programme implementation tasks, as needed.
(viii) Contribute towards the overall GPAP implementation and integration priorities, as needed

2. Provide support for the implementation, monitoring and capitalization of the BIOPAMA Action Component.

2.1 Support the application of the Environmental and Social Management System

(i) Support the BIOPAMA AC coordinator in overseeing BIOPAMA AC Environmental and Social risk management and implementation of BIOPAMA AC ESMS;
(ii) Support ESMS screening by the regional teams of grant proposals, and undertake capacity development activities;
(iii) Ensure that all BIOPAMA AC grants incorporate relevant ESMS documentation;
(iv) Monitor grantee compliance with ESMS, and remedial actions.

2.2 Monitor and evaluate performance of the Action Component

(i) Monitor the performance of the BIOPAMA Action Component in accordance with the overall programme logical framework and its indicators;
(ii) Develop performance indicators for the BIOPAMA AC grants, incorporate these into grant agreements along with grant-specific indicators;
(iii) Identifying sources of data, collection methods and resources needed;
(iv) Support regional teams to monitor performance of grant projects against the agreed indicators and ensure that these are incorporated into the regional reference information systems;
(v) Assist in building capacity of regional teams for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E)

2.3 Document, report and share lessons learned

(i) Manage and maintain the BIOPAMA Action Component portal, with technical support from external consultants.
(ii) Incorporate a BIOPAMA AC projects database into the portal;
(iii) Upload articles and other materials to promote the projects;
(iv) Ensure that lessons learned from project implementation are identified, captured and synthesized with a view to sharing knowledge across the BIOPAMA network and beyond;
(v) Coordinate the preparation of PANORAMA articles for relevant projects;
(vi) Develop capacity for undertaking learning and sharing across the BIOPAMA programme with regional teams and implementers.
  • A Bachelors or higher degree in social sciences, development studies, statistics, environmental studies, natural resources, economics or related fields;

• Training/certification and or relevant experience in Monitoring and Evaluation including data collection and analysis;

• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), database, spreadsheet and graphics presentations, including one or more database and statistical applications such as SPSS, SAS, or STATA.

• Knowledge of protected and conserved areas governance and management, including a working knowledge of biodiversity, social justice and gender policy;

• At least six years work experience in processes of planning, implementation, performance, management, monitoring and evaluation, application of Environmental and Social Management Systems, capacity building in large governmental or international organizations;

• Experience in (i) monitoring and evaluating natural resource management or nature conservation related projects; (ii) field data collection and (iii) report writing and presentation;

• Proven ability in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems and ESMS from project initiation to closeout stages;

• Experience with project reporting requirements; experience with European Commission project cycle management will be an advantage;

• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential; proficiency in French, Spanish or Portuguese will be an advantage;

• Adherence to IUCN core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;

• Proven ability to work effectively as a team member;

• Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills;

• Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy with the ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Commitment to continuous learning and having a proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

• Willingness to travel frequently within BIOPAMA regions.
The gross annual salary for this position is in the range from CHF 86'330 to CHF 107'913, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organizations hosted by IUCN.

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