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Marine Project Officer

Vacancy #:   5430
Unit:   Oceania Programme Coordination Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Reporting to:   Marine Programme Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 November 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   27 September 2020
Natural resources in marine and coastal areas are of high economic importance for Pacific island countries and sustain the livelihoods of coastal communities. However, the need to conserve and use marine resources sustainably is not sufficiently reflected in national planning processes, due in part to a lack of information regarding their economic value. Existing marine protected areas (MPAs) have often been developed opportunistically, lack a clear design and spatial planning process, and are not managed in a way to secure associated biodiversity and ecosystem services.

This is a local recruitment. Nationals, individuals with residence status or the appropriate employment visa for Fiji are eligible to apply.
Improved management of marine and coastal biodiversity on volcanic islands (Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu) and atolls (Tonga) will help countries to meet their commitments under the CBD Strategic Plan 2011–2020 and the relevant Aichi targets, including the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) and the Programme of Work on Island Biodiversity (PoWIB).
Enhanced ecosystem-based management and more effectively managed marine resources will lead to more resilient coastal and marine ecosystems, more effective conservation of marine biodiversity, and will contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as to securing and strengthening local livelihoods.

This is a local recruitment. Nationals, individuals with residence status or the appropriate employment visa for Fiji are eligible to apply.
Scope of Responsibilities:
To provide support on all aspects of the IUCN’s Marine Programme projects.

Specific Duties:
-Provide technical, administrative and financial support on the implementation of the project activities undertaken in the five participating countries, including:
-Liaison with national governments,
-supporting national and regional workshops, and
-the development of awareness materials and activities.
-Assist in the monitoring, and regularly reporting on the progress of the projects against the Marine Programme annual plan and agreed milestones for the programme in each country.
-Liaise with technical experts and contribute to the production of knowledge products.
-Represent the Marine projects at relevant meetings when required.
-Assist in the preparation of work-plans, internal IUCN reports, and donor reports.
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field. A post-graduate diploma in the related field is an advantage. ( Please attach all relevant transcripts to the application)

• 3-5 years of experience in marine resources management, administration and financial management.

• An ability to communicate to a wide range of audiences and cultures

• Strong numerical skills that can be or have been applied to financial management

• Must be able to travel within Fiji and/or the Pacific region when required

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