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Watcher, National Park Management Office

Vacancy #:   5748
Unit:   Pakistan Programme Coordination Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Pakistan Islamabad Programme Office, Islamabad, Pakistan
Reporting to:   Supervisor, National Park Management Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   O
Expected start date:   25 October 2021
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (11 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   27 September 2021
The Karot Power Company Limited (KPCL), a subsidiary of China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Limited (CSAIL), is undertaking the construction of the 720 MW Karot Hydropower Project on the Jhelum Riverin Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Consistent with the Biodiversity Management (Action) Plan Framework of CSAIL and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standard 6, the preparation of a Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) was recommended in the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of the Project. The main objectives of the BMP are to f develop further the biodiversity mitigation presented in the ESIA, inclusive of determination of environmental flow, hydropeaking management, and to demonstrate ‘No Net Loss’ of biodiversity in natural habitats where feasible, as required by the IFC Performance Standards. In this regard, KPCL has engaged the services of IUCN Pakistan as the “Implementation Organization” (IO) for the BMP of Karot HPP.

The Biodiversity Management Plan is a critical element of the Karot HPP. It was formulated to address regional biodiversity concerns andachieve ’No Net Loss’ under the IFC’s Performance Standard 6. In addition,it addresses the implementation of Protection Level 2 to conserve, protect and restore the biological resources of the Jhelum River Basin. While the BMP is designed to achieve these objectives at the basin level, the need for a management plan for Murree Kahutta Kotli Sattian National Park (MKKSNP) and Azad Pattan National Park (APNP) is triggered by the AJK Wildlife and Fisheries Department, the Punjab Wildlife Department, and the Punjab Fisheries Department respectively in AJK and Punjab. NPMPs for MKKSNP and APNP are expected to strengthen the sustainability of the BMP and more importantly the national park itself.

One of the key deliverables of the IO is the development of two National Park Management Offices: one for APNP in AJK and one for MKKSNP in Punjab. Accordingly, the below Terms of References (ToRs) have been developed for hiring staff to carry out activities of APNP and MKKSNP offices for the Karot HPP.
The incumbent will be responsible for watch and Ward at National Park areas of national park areas, APNP-AJK/MKKSNP-Punjab - Pakistan in the supervision of Supervisor and coordination withProject Manager, Karot BMP Implementation Islamabad Programme Office.

The incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring illegal mining/fishing/poaching/habitat destruction activities and coordination/collaboration with the Karot Power Company Limited and close Coordination with Project Manager, Karot BMP Implementation Project Islamabad Programme Office IUCN Pakistan. S/He will also be expected to prepare daily/weekly/Monthly watch & Ward reports and share with Supervisor, National Park Management Office.


Watch & Ward Tasks:

Patrol project areas and be on the lookout for illegal logging, sand/gravel mining, fishing and poaching activities;
Report to the supervisor and respective government line departments and inform them of any suspicious activity
Prepare daily patrol reports and inform supervisor
Facilitate social mobilizers in communicating with the local communities and schools for project activities
Any other tasks that are assigned by the supervisor from time to time

Networking And Representation:
Maintain coordination with Project Manager, Karot Hydro Power Project (Biodiversity Management Plan Implementation) Islamabad Programme Office.
Close collaboration/Coordination with project stakeholders including government departments, communities, schools, NGOs etc

Other Functions:
Carry out any other relevant tasks as required by supervisor(s).
  • Having completed Intermediate from a recognized school/college – with a certificate

• 1-5 years of demonstrated experience in Watch & Ward/inspections/administrative support.

• Physically fit for travelling/trekking in rugged mountain areas.

• Familiarity with the social, cultural, and geographical context of the project area will be an asset

• Aptitude for teamwork and fieldwork;

• Fair command of Urdu (written & spoken) and local languages of the project area with excellent communication skills.
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is PKR 298'731. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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