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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 Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 June 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (0 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, IUCN thematic programmes and numerous external partners and will be responsible for the management of the project “ADAPT: Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Resilient Societies in the Western Balkans”. The Senior Nature-based Solutions Project Officer will work closely with IUCN thematic programmes, members and experts as part of the Nature-based Solutions Programme Area.
ADAPT is a project funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that aims to increase ecosystem and community resilience to climate change and environmental degradation in the Western Balkans. The project brings together Western Balkan economies to develop strategies and strengthen knowledge and awareness of Nature-based Solutions for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The project aims to increase capacities to implement such solutions, enhance the integration of NbS and equitable climate-smart planning into relevant policies, and increase the implementation of NbS solutions for disaster risk reduction, including through selected pilot sites. The primary task of the Nature-based Solutions Senior Project Officer will be to manage the project partnership and coordinate activities to ensure effective project implementation and the delivery of high quality project results.
Other tasks will include support to NbS programme development, donor and partner relationship, people management and liaison with IUCN Programmes, Members and Commissions.

• Overall responsibility for programme coordination, project management and reporting;
• Support the development and implementation of the IUCN Nature-based Solutions Programme Area in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia;
• Oversee the management and implementation of IUCN ECARO’s Nature-based Solutions activities in the region;
• Liaise with the IUCN Secretariat, Members, Commissions and partners in identifying priorities and project development opportunities related to Nature-based Solutions;
• Actively pursue partnerships and promote synergies with thematically-aligned initiatives and projects in the region;
• Lead the development of high quality projects in coordination with IUCN programmes and partners and support project fundraising;
• 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.


• Manage the project “ADAPT: Nature-based Solutions (NbS) for Resilient Societies in the Western Balkans” and ensure that it effectively delivers against the work plan and results framework;
• Coordinate the project team, field experts, external partners and consultants in a coherent and result-oriented manner;
• Ensure high quality project oversight and management, including preparation of project work plans, technical and financial reports, and partnership agreements;
• Oversee and manage staff within the NbS programme and lead the preparation of job descriptions, annual work plans, and performance appraisals;
• Assist in the development of an active portfolio of projects under the Nature-based Solutions Programme Area in the region;
• Identify opportunities for partnerships in the region and manage partner relationships;
• With support of the communications team, ensure the appropriate communication and visibility of the projects and its results within the beyond the region;
• Keep the IUCN ECARO Director up-to-date on opportunities for project and programme scale up;
• Present the NbS concept and IUCN’s work on NbS in the region in a technically competent and informed manner in various international fora;
• Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager.

The above list contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. IUCN ECARO staff members are expected to show flexibility and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description.


The gross annual salary for this position is 34.680 EUR subject to deductions for social security contributions and health insurance, and before tax.
  • 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.

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