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Programme Officer, Conservation Action

Vacancy #:   5394
Unit:   Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Species Conservation Grants Coordinator
Work percentage:   80%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 December 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (13 months)
Closing date:   31 August 2020
The Programme Officer, Conservation Action is part of the Species Conservation Action (SCA) Unit within the IUCN Global Species Programme. The SCA Unit facilitates species conservation action through the provision of resources, and advice based on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ and other knowledge products such as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA). The Unit engages closely with the Species Survival Commission (SSC) in all aspects of the work.

Healthy biodiversity is essential to human wellbeing, sustainable development and poverty reduction. Species are the most visible part of biodiversity; they are its building blocks. However, thousands of animals and plants around the world are facing extinction, with species currently disappearing at a rate of up to 1,000 times higher than normal. IUCN’s SCA Unit is working towards improving the status of wild species and habitats in key conservation sites through targeted interventions, including through its two main initiatives: Save Our Species (SOS) and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP).

The Programme Officer, Conservation Action will support the work and projects of the IUCN SCA Unit in Headquarters. This will include activities such as grant management, project coordination, carrying out research, supporting project communications and assisting in writing and reviewing technical reports, as well as a range of administrative activities.
This assignment will include the following responsibilities:
• Lead on the day-to-day management of the Fondation Segré Conservation Action Fund. In addition, support the day to day management of other initiatives in the SCA portfolio, such as SOS African Wildlife and SOS Lemurs;
• Prepare the documentation (guidelines and templates) to issue Calls for Proposals;
• Review project proposals and support the process from short-listing proposals to signing grant agreements with grantees;
• Review technical reports submitted by grantees, including data submitted to the IUCN SCA Monitoring and Evaluation framework;
• Apply the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to measure the impact of individual projects and the SCA Unit;
• Contribute to the preparation of technical and financial reports to donors;
• Support the continued development of the IUCN species grantmaking portal;
• Contribute to the production of high-quality communications products in a range of formats including reports, publications, brochures, web stories, etc.;
• Contribute to developing new project proposals and concept notes to further the work of SCA;
• Support the organisation of project meetings and events;
• Provide a range of administrative support functions on a day-to-day basis transversal to several projects (e.g. processing of invoices, issuing contracts, etc.).
  • MSc degree (or higher) in biodiversity conservation, species management, environmental sciences or other relevant discipline;
• Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of species conservation, preferably involving on-the-ground conservation activities;
• Experience in grantmaking or project management, with strong project management skills at multiple levels including planning, implementation, reporting, and monitoring;
• Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups, including governments, experts and civil society;
• Good knowledge of IUCN standards and knowledge tools for species conservation;
• Knowledge of and experience with the main species conservation challenges in Africa;
• Fundraising experience is an asset;
• Excellent fluency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in French would be an asset;
• Computer literacy in MS Office packages;
• Excellent organizational and networking skills;
• Team-oriented attitude and ability to work independently.

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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Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

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