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Senior Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   5644
Unit:   Lao PDR Programme Coordination
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Lao PDR Country Office, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Reporting to:   Acting Head of Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 October 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   30 September 2021 (extended)
BACKGROUND
This is a local recruitment. Only Laos nationals, individuals with residence status or the appropriate employment visa for Lao PDR are eligible to apply. The remuneration and benefits package for this position is established with reference to the local labour market and in line with the IUCN conditions of service for Lao PDR.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Under the guidance of the Head of Office, Los PDR, Senior Programme Officer will support the Head of Office in managing the personnel and finances of the Lao Programme to ensure effective and timely delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of an integrated and coherent programme. Senior Program Officer will assist the Head of Office and the Deputy Head of IBG in developing new project concepts and proposals, and in monitoring performance in achieving programmatic and financial objectives.

1. Programme and Project Delivery & Management Oversight:

Provide technical & management oversight and lead in delivering results under the projects of the Biodiversity and Water & Wetlands Programmes of IUCN Lao PDR, particularly for SUPA and SWG projects.

Provide budget management & oversight of finances spending, planning and reporting to the donors, particularly for SUPA and SWG projects

Lead coordination and liaison with major government agencies in MONRE and MAF, as well with external partners as required for delivery of SUPA & SWG projects.

Support & manage staff in the facilitating technical input and reviews by regional and HQ bodies as appropriate.

Technically support the programme in delivering results under IUCN's One Programme approach and facilitating the necessary coordination with Natural Resources Group (NRG) and other thematic units.

Act as a primary representative of IUCN Lao PDR in terms of programs representation & projects delivery for the Government of Laos

Assist the Head of Office in Programme development, especially in providing technical input to concepts & proposals

2 Specific projects delivery

Lead the implementation & technically contribute towards achieving deliveries for projects on Saola Working Group (SWG) & Sustainable Use of Peatlands and Haze Mitigation in ASEAN (SUPA) in Lao PDR

3 Programme and Project Planning, Monitoring and Reporting

Coordinate the process of country programme and project delivery, monitoring and reporting in accordance with regional and HQ guidelines.

Ensure the development of good quality annual plans, including the development and regular monitoring of programme and project work plans.

Liaise closely with thematic units and projects to ensure outputs and commitments identified in work plans are delivered in a timely and high quality manner.

Assist the Head of Office in monitoring and evaluation in the work of SUPA and SWG projects including the development and use of performance indicators for quality management.

Ensure that lessons learnt in relevant projects and units are documented and internalized in the current and future work of the program.
Ensure strong links between communications/knowledge management and programme coordination and delivery.

4 Capacity Development in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

Identify needs for technical support and recommend to the Head of Office on how these may be met.

Undertake specific capacity building measures and exercises (training, mentoring, etc.) as necessary.

5 Other Duties

Carry out any other duties as required by, and mutually agreed with, your line manager.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Advanced university degree in biodiversity conservation, natural resource management or a related fiel;

• Minimum 5 years’ experience in programme/project coordination and implementation, preferably in a field directly related to biodiversity convervation;

• Proficient in the use of office applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other web-based management systems; experience of databases and CRM considered advantageous;

• A high level of organisational skills and attention to detail; good analytical and presentation skills;

• An ability to work co-operatively as part of a large team with strong inter-personal skills and an ability to work in different cultural contexts with strategic partners;

• Passion for sustainable development and innovative ideas, including the appropriate application of technology for successful conservation results and impact.

• Fluency in English (verbal/written) is essential.
APPLICATIONS

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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