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Technical Officer (Agriculture Specialist)

Vacancy #:   5399
Unit:   ORMACC - Biodiversity and Rights
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Saint Kitss and Nevis Project Office, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  The position is in Saint Kitts
Reporting to:   Gerente Regional de Portafolio de Proyectos
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2021
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   08 February 2021 (extended)
The economy in St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) has undergone a radical transformation during the last fifteen years, which has changed the islands’ land use patterns and pressures on its ecosystems. Sugarcane long dominated the landscape, particularly on the island of St. Kitts, but as a result of unfavourable trading terms the industry was closed in July 2005. In an effort to diversify the economy, land use zoning has been modified to allow for non- agricultural uses of former sugarcane lands, such as construction of homes, tourism facilities, schools, commercial & industrial sites, etc. More broadly, SKN has transitioned rapidly towards a more service-oriented economy. This rapid growth comes with sustainable development challenges, as it relates to land use planning and sustainable use of natural resources.

The Global Environment Facility-funded Project, Improving Environmental Management through Sustainable Land Management in Saint Kitts and Nevis aims to support SKN to address the drivers of development which have adverse impacts on land and other natural resources as a result of competing demands and reorient all sectors of the economy towards sustainable resource use policies and practices, which together can provide economic opportunities for the country’s population while also sustaining ecosystem services and globally significant biodiversity. The Project Objective is to transform degraded forest landscapes areas into biodiversity and climate-friendly areas of sustainable agricultural/agroforestry production.
To achieve these primary goals, the project has three main Components:

• Component 1: Integrated and strengthened environmental planning and management on the islands of SKN to support island sustainability;
• Component 2: Mainstreaming Biodiversity (BD) conservation, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) and Common Carbon Metric (CCM) into key development and resource management sectors; and
• Component 3: Increased awareness and understanding of issues related to SLM, BD Conservation and Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) with the approval of the Government of SKN (GOSKN) has selected the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the Implementing Agency of the project; as well, the GOSKN has selected the International Union for Conservation of Nature Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (IUCN-ORMACC) as the Executing Agency.
To ensure the delivery of outputs under Component 2, IUCN is hiring an Agriculture Specialist, based in SKN.
The Agriculture Specialist will be under direct supervision of the Project Coordinator (PC) and will coordinate and provide technical advice and direction in matters related to Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR), Reforestation, Climate-Resilient Agriculture (CRA), Water Infrastructure for Agricultural Production, and Training to Farmers.


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•Guide identification and prioritization of the specific areas to be intervened by the project in ANR and overall reforestation efforts;
•Define the process for establishment and operations of nurseries to be used in the project’s reforestation and ANR efforts;
•Identify specific areas to be intervened by the project in land restoration and CSA efforts;
•Identify the 10 hectares and corresponding farmers/land owners to be engaged in the 10 pilot farms to be supported by the project in reforestation efforts;
•Organize Climate-Resilient Agriculture trainings and extension services to farmers;
•Serve as focal point for the project in engaging schools and other stakeholders in all education and awareness efforts relating SLM, BD conservation, and CSA.
•Oversee the construction and/or restoration of at least five (5) water storage tanks to support agricultural production, ensuring proper due diligence and quality of outputs.


•Provide technical support, on request, to the design and development of knowledge products related to the Agriculture Specialist’s professional background and/or area of expertise;
•Prepare presentations in relation to the work for which you are responsible and for other tasks that are assigned to you that are related to your experience and professional background;
•Provide technical support in your area of expertise, knowledge and experience; and
•Contribute with the project’s general coordination and articulation by supporting processes and activities assigned to you.
•Elaborate inputs from the area of expertise to the PC for the periodical and annual technical reports.
•Other assignments requested by the PC.


The Agriculture Specialist will:

•Be accountable to the PC and the project’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC);
•Present clarifications on technical matters to the TAC when requested;
•Be accountable to the PC for the achievement of project objectives, results and all technical aspects related to Component 2;
•Maintain regular communication with local and national project partners interested in furthering the project’s planned outcomes for Component 2;
•Maintain regular communication with project stakeholders and the IUCN as necessary;
•Supervise the work of project consultants and project partners delivering products under Component 2;
•Work with the PC in the submission of inputs for development of project technical progress reports, financial reports and annual Progress Implementation Review (PIR) reports.
  • Graduate degree in Agriculture or environmental science-related disciplines

• A background of at least five(5) years in the field of agriculture or environmental science-related disciplines

• At least five (5) years’ experience in the field of Sustainable Land Management (SLM)

• Relevant experience in producing technical reports

• Advanced computer skills

• Good capacity to communicate with persons from different backgrounds and positions, as well as with local communities and national authorities

• Good command of spoken and written English is necessary

• Practical experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation is a plus

• Experience in planning and programme management is a plus

• Problem solving, creativity, initiative and innovation

• Ability for interpersonal relationships and team work

• Facility to perform tasks in an organized manner and in adherence to internal policies and procedures

• Applicants will need to demonstrate ability to work with persons from different social, personal and professional backgrounds

• Understanding of the institutional framework in which the work will be developed, this entails comprehension of institutional characteristics and relevant thematic commitment

• Applicants must be sensible towards cultural, social and economic practices of vulnerable groups (e.g. local communities, women and youth)

• Applicants must be willing to work under the IUCN gender and rights based approach

• Willingness to travel at national level and internationally, whenever required

• Willingness to occasionally work outside of office hours

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