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Project Officer -IUCN Green List Africa

Vacancy #:   5435
Unit:   ESARO South Africa Programme
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   South Africa Country Office, Pretoria, South Africa
  IUCN S.Africa Country Office
Reporting to:   Coordinator - Pan-African Protected Areas
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   25 September 2020


The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas is the first global standard of best practice for area-based conservation. It is a programme of certification for protected and conserved areas – national parks, natural World Heritage sites, community conserved areas, nature reserves and so on – that are effectively managed and fairly governed. As such, IUCN-Papaco (Programme for African Protected Areas and Conservation) is looking for a Programme Officer to implement the Green List of protected areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Namibia and Zambia.
Major Responsibilities;

Implement the Green List of protected areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Namibia and Zambia.

Specific Duties;

Understand and promote the IUCN Green List programme to government and civil society stakeholders in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa
Support project-specific activities in Zambia, Namibia and other countries as required, based on agreed project commitments and donor requirements;
• Training and orientation workshops
• Facilitate establishment of Green List processes in partner countries
• Provide guidance on site-level assessments and engagement
• Track project commitments and provide reports and updates on activities and events

Track Green List progress in Africa and provide updates on progress to the IUCN GL Operations Team and Management Committee as required
Manage COMPASS (data management system) access and user needs for African experts and evaluators
Support project development and fundraising opportunities
Provide inputs to PAPACO team activities, as required
  • Education;
Good academic profile with Bachelor Degree in the relevant field (conservation biology, management, political sciences, biology).

• Work Experience;
At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in conservation, or 3 plus other relevant studies / experience

• Language Proficiency;
Fluency in written and spoken English is a must

• Functional competencies;
Direct experience in protected / conserved areas, in any relevant field
Experience with standards / certification a bonus
Good computer skills, including use of databases and CRM a plus

• Core Competencies;
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions, promotes the IUCN One Programme approach.

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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IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

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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