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Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   5665
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   IUCN Washington DC Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Deputy Director, Knowledge, Policy and Environmental Governance - GFCCP
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   15 July 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   30 June 2021
The Global Forest and Climate Change Programme (GFCCP) is a global thematic programme of the IUCN Secretariat and supports the forest-related activities of the Union. The GFCCP consists of a global secretariat based at the IUCN Headquarters and out-posted staff in North America. The GFCCP also directly links to and supports coordination between a worldwide network of over 50 regional and country level forest officers, enabling it to add value to the work of IUCN members through both field-based and policy-orientated interventions. The GFCCP is structured to create tangible links between field-based learning and ongoing national and international policy dialogues with a view to catalysing delivery of tangible results. In this respect, the GFCCP is an active member of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, The Forests Dialogue and acts as secretariat for the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration.

The GFCCPs work is cantered on 3 mutually supporting themes of Forest Landscape Restoration, Locally Controlled Forests and Primary Forest Conservation. While the GFCCP’s programme portfolio is designed and implemented around these 3 thematic areas it is also expected to build synergies with IUCN’s core work on gender, private sector engagement, economics, ecosystem based adaptation and protected areas.
Development and facilitation of key partnerships

Provide secretariat functions for the Bonn Challenge and Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration including but not limited to: outreach to countries on restoration pledges, development and organisation of regional Bonn Challenge dialogues, leading the GPFLR e-secretariat and supporting the GPFLR Chair and Vice Chair.

Maintain relationships with staff of other international and regional organizations and IUCN members working on relevant issues (e.g. NYDF Platform, members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests).

Content production for international policy work and assigned projects

Research and draft documents for international policy work and assigned projects (e.g. Restoration Barometer, Bonn Challenge campaign, Bonn Challenge website, Collaborative Partnership on Forests Joint Initiative), including management of assigned budgets and contracts with consultants as needed.

As needed, support the organisation and roll out of sessions at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Project management

•Manage assigned projects e.g. Bonn Challenge website revamp grant, including ensuring compliance with IUCN and donor requirements; coordination with partners; the production of program/project documents, workplans, budgets and schedules; production of contracts and internal agreements; and management of the project budget.

•Ensure that program/project activities are on-time, on-budget, and on-track for contributing to the achievement the objectives and contractual obligations as well as the FCP’s programmatic objectives.

Delivery of programme /project technical functions

•Provide specific technical assistance to ensure the achievement of project and programme outputs and outcomes on time and with high quality (e.g. technical support to countries on Barometer, review and refinement of Barometer indicators).

Promote alignment between the FCP and other relevant programmes as needed to advance the Restoration Barometer and to create new opportunities to enhance the work of the FCP.
  • Master's degree in relevant subject (e.g. environment, natural resources management, international relations, etc.) or a Bachelor’s degree with additional work experience

• At least 1 year of relevant work or research experience in a relevant field if holding a Master’s Degree, or at least 3 years with a Bachelor’s degree

• Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail

• Excellent written and spoken English is essential for this position. Knowledge of written and spoken French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage

• A strong aptitude and ability to communicate both informally (interpersonal skills and networking) and formally

• Ability to deliver quality products within agreed deadlines

• Experience working in a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment

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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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