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Environmental Education Expert - USAID Project

Vacancy #:   1370
Unit:   Pakistan - Country Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Pakistan Country Office, Karachi, Pakistan
Reporting to:   Project Manager - USAID Project
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 November 2016
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (13 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   03 October 2016
BACKGROUND
IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of 1,300 member organisations and some 15,000 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.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

IUCN Pakistan has been awarded the project ‘Integrated Approach for Education, Capacity Building and Livelihood Development of Coastal Communities in Sindh and in Balochistan Provinces’ under USAID Small Grants and Ambassador Fund Programme. The Project will be implemented by IUCN Pakistan through Country Office – Karachi during the period September 2016 to September 2017.

The objectives of the project are to promote integrated coastal management by running an environmental education program in 50 schools through awareness sessions, educational visits and dissemination of posters; Conducting research in the illegal trade of freshwater turtles and recommending measures for addressing the same; Conserving sea turtles by protecting their nests and creating awareness among beach hut watchers; Building capacity of fisher folk in natural resource management; and Promoting mangrove based eco-tourism by constructing required infrastructure, developing an ecotourism operational plan, and capacitating local civil society organization for active involvement in the same.

We are searching for self-motivated professionals who have a proven track record of meeting challenges through proactive approaches.
JOB DESCRIPTION
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
The incumbent will be responsible for implementation of the project activities in the coastal areas of Pakistan under the supervision and guidance of Project Manager – USAID Project. It includes building meaningful and strong partnerships with project partners, with whom the project can work and make a strong impact.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

• Work under direct supervision of the Project Manager and provide technical backstopping, advice and support in implementation of the project activities.
• Responsible for development of resource materials for varied audiences and conducting awareness raising and capacity building sessions of fisher folks in natural resources management, organisation of events and workshops under the project.
• Liaise with school management of identified schools for the conduct of awareness sessions, including evaluation of the conducted sessions and other related events and dissemination of educational materials as prescribed under the project.
• Identify and liaise with technical experts/resource persons and engage their support in developing and conducting awareness sessions under the project.
• Support in undertaking of pre project baseline and post project impact studies under the project.
• Coordinate with Field Coordinators in the implementation of awareness and capacity building and other project activities and making logistical arrangements thereof.
• Monitor activities of turtle watchers for conservation of sea turtles by protecting their nests and creating awareness among beach hut watchers.
• Design monthly and quarterly plans of activities and initiatives including budgets with a clear vision towards the goal of the project.
• Liaise with and monitor implementation of activities of Field Coordinators and provide technical backstopping.
• Coordinate with Field Coordinators for collection of field activities reports, compile and submit these to the Project Manager on a monthly basis.
• Liaise with project partners and relevant local government representatives, NGOs, CBOs and teachers to involve them in executing planned initiatives of the project as well as their capacity building.
• Plan and bring up joint initiatives with other programmes and project of IUCN Pakistan.
• Work in harmony with the Communication Unit and provide and facilitate documentation of field stories and articles in relation to the project activities.

Any other relevant duties not specifically mentioned above and assigned by the supervisor(s) from time to time.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Master’s degree in Environment related disciplines such as forestry, wildlife, environmental science or sociology.

• Have 3 to 5 year’s field experience of working on any conservation related assignment preferably awareness raising and capacity building of coastal communities.

• Knowledge about the education sector in coastal areas of Pakistan; training and capacity building and institutional strengthening.

• Good knowledge about the issues related to environment and sustainable development and ability to executive it through education and communication.

• Be enthusiastic to work with the local communities and a task achiever.

• Proficiency in all MS Office applications and in particular Outlook, Word and Excel and any other related computer software also required.

• Well versed with English, Urdu (Knowledge of local languages i.e. Sindhi and Balochi will be added advantage).
APPLICATIONS

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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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About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

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.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

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