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Nature-based Solutions Senior Project Officer

Vacancy #:   5526
Unit:   ECARO – Ecosystem Management
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
  This position is based in Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Director – IUCN European Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 January 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   14 February 2021 (extended)
IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is seeking to recruit an experienced and motivated candidate to join the IUCN ECARO team as Nature-based Solutions Senior Project Officer. The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the IUCN ECARO Director, and the IUCN Programme Centres, the Nature-based Solutions Senior Project Officer will be responsible for programme development and coordination, knowledge management, portfolio development and project management in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, with a primary focus on Nature-based Solutions.
The tasks of the NbS Senior Project Officer will also include donor and partner relations, people management, project oversight and execution, and liaison with IUCN Programmatic Teams, Members, and Commissions.

• Overall responsibility for NbS programme planning, coordination, management, and reporting;
• Effective people-skills and staff management and development;
• Strategic planning, identification of programme priorities and project development opportunities;
• Development of high-quality projects in coordination with IUCN Programmatic Teams, members and partners;
• Contribute to the institutional leadership of IUCN in further developing and improving the NbS concept as well as its application, leveraging lessons learnt from the ECARO region;
• Guide the implementation of the NbS Global Strategy at the regional level;
• Liaison with partners and representation at senior level.


• Oversee and coordinate the implementation of the IUCN ECARO project portfolio related to Nature-based Solution;
• Ensure high quality project management and reporting, including preparation of work plans, technical and financial project reports, partnership agreements and service contracts;
• Prepare and monitor annual work plans and project budgets, ensuring timely and quality implementation of projects;
• Ensure that NbS project-related entries on the Project Portal are accurate and up-to-date;
• Oversee and manage staff, including preparing ToR, work plans, and undertaking annual performance appraisals;
• Ensure proper dissemination and uptake of IUCN knowledge tools and standards on Nature-based Solutions in the region, especially the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions and accompanying tools;
• Keep the IUCN ECARO Director up-to-date on programme priorities and project development opportunities;
• Liaise with IUCN Members, Commissions, donors and partners on knowledge generation, project identification and formulation;
• Lead the development of a portfolio of thematically-aligned projects;
• With support of the communications team, ensure the appropriate communication and visibility of programme activities and results;
• Represent IUCN ECARO at global, regional and national events and manage bilateral meetings with donors and strategic partners;
• Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager.
  • Master’s degree (or higher)in environmental sciences or engineering;

• Minimum of 7 years of professional experience in natural resource management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction or related fields, with at least 5 years in an international setting;

• Work experience in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia with particular emphasis on the Western Balkans;

• Excellent knowledge of global environmental standards and frameworks, e.g. the Paris Agreement, SDGs and Sendai Framework;

• Good understanding of the IUCN NbS Standard and experience with its implementation;

• Understanding of gender equality and human rights-based approaches;

• Proven experience in management and coordination of multi-partner projects;

• Ability to coordinate complex partnerships, including governments, experts, civil society and the private sector;

• Capacity to work effectively under time pressure and during extended hours if required;

• Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice;

• Excellent command of English; knowledge of other languages spoken in the region is 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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