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Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights

Vacancy #:   1382
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Global Protected Areas Programme
Work percentage:   60%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   17 March 2017
Type of contract:   Max-term (39 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   20 November 2016 (extended)
IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme has a cross-cutting portfolio of activities related to protected areas and rights and governance. Within the new Programme for 2017 to 2020 IUCN GPAP has prioritized thematic work on protected area governance, especially to advance understanding and action at a national level for a protected area system.

In order to capitalize on project opportunities to test implementation, IUCN GPAP require a Programme Officer –Governance, Equity and Rights to help make sure that progress is tracked, activities are communicated, lessons are documented and promoted, and partners are encouraged and engaged.
The Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights will take on the following tasks:

Project Delivery (50% time)

The Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights will oversee the implementation of governance-related activities in the current IUCN GPAP portfolio, including the “Global Support Initiative to Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas” project with UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme and the “Protected Area Solutions” project funded by the German BMUB through the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

He/She will provide planning, operational support and help negotiation for a number of national protected area governance assessments, including coordination and technical oversight of consultants, as well as overseeing partner leads and associate inputs.

The Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights will ensure that these governance assessment activities allow for informed learning and evaluation, especially on how to implement the guidance provided by the IUCN guidance on Protected Area Governance Assessment.

He/She will track progress and ensure synthesis, reporting and promotion is delivered by the project teams for each of these assessments.

Specifically, national-level governance assessment and relevant follow-up is required in at least the following regions (countries):

Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines)
Middle East / East and Central Europe (Georgia, Iran)
Latin America (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico)
Africa (Kenya, Tanzania)

The Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights is expected to participate directly in at least two of these assessments, based on timing and fit to experience and linguistic abilities. The engagement in each country should begin to leverage contributions and commitments to protected area governance in each region and country.

IUCN Programme Development and Coordination (10%)
The Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights may be required to support IUCN programme development for governance, including support in project development and production of briefs and technical content to help promote and develop this aspect of the IUCN GPAP programme 2017 to 2020. He/she will be expected to relate rights and governance to IUCN GPAP programmes on Solutions (Panorama), Capacity Development (BIOPAMA) and Quality and Standards (The IUCN Green List)

The Programme Officer, Governance, Equity and Rights will also provide a coordinating role and focal point for IUCN GPAP to engage with other programmes, in particular the World Heritage Programme, the Social Policy Unit, Gender Office, ESMS team, Global Forest Programme; and Commissions, especially the WCPA (including the Governance Working Group) and the CEESP.
  • University degree in relevant subject

• At least 7 years of experience in nature conservation, including hands-on work with IUCN and / or international environment and conservation organisations

• First hand international field experience, including social assessments

• Experience in or directly related to Protected Areas work

• Familiarity with protected area governance issues and terminology

• Proven track record in coordinating programmes and/or networks

• Project Management skills and demonstrated experience

• Proven ability to organise and benefit from workshop and conference events

• English; and fluency in at least one language related to the countries or regions of implementation

• PC and web skills, including good communications skills.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 51'798 and CHF 64'748, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. 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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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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