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Programme Officer, Ecosystem Management

Vacancy #:   655
Unit:   ECARO – Ecosystem Management
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Director, IUCN Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   12 December 2014
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   10 October 2013 (extended)
IUCN Programme Office for South-Eastern Europe (SEE) is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to join the IUCN SEE team. The successful candidate will contribute to the implementation of the IUCN Strategic Plan for SEE with particular focus on the implementation of its sustainable ecosystem management strategic priority and the development of a related portfolio of projects and activities

This will initially be a 12 month position with the possibility of extension.
• In accordance with the IUCN Programme 2013-2016 and the IUCN Strategic Plan for SEE assist in programme implementation and project development.
• Maintain and develop partnerships with IUCN Members and Commissions, governments, institutional partners, and NGOs in the nature conservation sector in SEE.
• Provide support to the IUCN SEE Director and to the day-to-day operations of the IUCN Office for South-Eastern Europe.

• Manage a number of projects aimed at enabling strategic planning in nature conservation in the region, including the project "Toward Strengthened Conservation Planning in South-Eastern Europe".
• Provide technical support to the implementation of other projects implemented by IUCN SEE.
• Coordinate the establishment of a regional network of authorities responsible for nature conservation.
• Provide overall coordination of IUCN SEE's portfolio on sustainable ecosystem management, including partner identification, project development and donor relation.
• Develop and maintain relationships with the IUCN Secretariat, Members and Commissions as regards ecosystem management.
• Represent IUCN in national, regional and international forums and initiatives.
• Assist with the management of IUCN events.
• Provide support to portfolio-related communications.


The gross annual salary for this position is in the range of EUR 22'888 to EUR 28'609.
  • At least 5 years of experience in a relevant position.

• Bachelor's degree (or higher) in a subject related to nature conservation and environmental management.

• Experience in the management of technical programmes and projects, including project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and financial and technical reporting.

• Proven knowledge of, and experience in relevant global and regional nature conservation and environmental management policies, with specific emphasis on ecosystem management.

• Proven leadership skills, ability to work under pressure and within multi-national environment and different cultures.

• Ability to manage institutional relationships and support multi-stakeholder initiatives.

• Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of languages spoken in SEE is an asset.

• Ability to cope with varied workload and flexible working hours.

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

• Full computer literacy.

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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