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Project Officer, East African Community Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas

Vacancy #:   1480
Unit:   Eastern and Southern Africa Region
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Tanzania Project Office, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer Conservation Areas and Species Diversity
Work percentage:   100%
Function group:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   12 February 2017

BIOPAMA programme aims to enhance the management of protected areas (terrestrial and marine) and national systems of protected areas. A Regional Observatory and a Reference Information System were established in the Eastern African region to enable the provision of relevant data and information to assist in improved planning and decision-making as well as exchanging knowledge.

In the second phase of the programme, the Observatory will support the collation of Management Effectiveness and Governance information in the Eastern African region and collating this for input into relevant decision-making fora.
The EAC Programme Officer will be responsible for overseeing the further development of the Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas and expanding the networks of contributors and users in the EAC and IGAD region. S/he will further be responsible for working closely with Protected Area agencies and experts to collect and collate data and information on Management Effectiveness and Governance of Protected Areas in the region and work with PA agencies on institutionalizing relevant monitoring systems in this regard. S/he will further work with PA agencies and other relevant partners and institutions to ensure that the information is used in relevant decision-making fora and can support Protected Areas in working towards and achieving the Green List standard for Protected Areas.

The Programme Officer will be responsible for the following main duties:

1. Program management and implementation:
Ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the BIOPAMA II project in the EAC and IGAD region. More specifically:
• Support the timely implementation of the BIOPAMA II project in the EAC and IGAD region in accordance with the projects’ documents, supporting agreements (e.g. contracts, MoUs, PAIAs etc.), annual work plans and the procedures of IUCN;
• Work with the SPO and other experts to inform the development of appropriate Management Effectiveness and Governance assessment tools that are relevant to the region;
• Develop a Training Programme for PA agencies on Management Effectiveness and Governance Assessment and monitoring;
• Develop a strategy to institutionalise these assessments in at least 5 countries in the region over the project lifetime (6 years);
• Ensure that project budgets are utilized and monitored in accordance with IUCN internal controls and donor agreements;
• Lead and ensure the collection, collation, and reporting of all project data and documents, and lead or assist with the submission of technical progress reports according to the agreed formats and deadlines;
• Provide technical support and facilitation to project activities, with support from the SPO, and ensure quality outputs that meet the satisfaction of donors, sub-grantees and project partners;
• Maintain project documents and regularly update summary sheets, project brochures and ppt. presentation in a format that is easily accessible to other members of the BIOPAMA and EAC Team.
• Maintain appropriate and effective (timely, respectful and professional) communications with all IUCN, EAC and programme stakeholders;
• Provide capacity strengthening to project partners to improve capacity to deliver on project activities and objectives,
• Assume the line manager role for projects with field-based teams including in Kenya and the region where applicable

2. Stakeholder Engagement and representation:
Assist in building and maintaining strong relationships with IUCN partners, donors, project participants and wider stakeholders and develop the Observatory network. More specifically:
• Develop and manage the relationship between IUCN and the EAC and IGAD countries in relation to the Observatory, ensuring that these stakeholders are appraised of and satisfied with project progress
• Develop and manage the network of Observatory contributors and users in the EAC and IGAD region, ensuring that these stakeholders take ownership of the Observatory functions and development, in line with regional needs and requests;
• Engage with Members and Commissions in line with IUCN one programme and integrate experts into the Observatory network as appropriate;
• Engage with other relevant IUCN projects and programmes where they link to BIOPAMA objectives
• As required and approved represent IUCN at internal and external meetings

3. Monitoring, evaluation and learning:
Support the development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and processes to support accountability and program learning. More specifically:
• Ensure the development and effective implementation of M&E frameworks and systems for BIOPAMA II in the East African region. These should capture agreed upon, integrated impacts, and which are in line IUCN guidelines and procedures;
• Contribute to the development of a project wide M&E framework which captures the aims and objectives of IUCN’s work on BIOPAMA II and is in line with global objectives;
• Contribute to developing capacity for M&E within projects;
• Ensure that all the information related to the implementation of projects is adequately filed, organized and updated for easy access;
• Identify and use lessons to inform practice;
• Document and share lessons and experiences, as appropriate, including taking the responsibility for specific knowledge products.

4. Program growth:
Contributing to processes that guide the growth of the ESARO Programme and development of the Thematic Programmatic portfolios. More specifically:
• Promote the integrated collaboration between IUCN’s thematic portfolios
• Identify opportunities for new projects, building on the work of the Observatories, and work with the SPO to design and develop the concepts for these;
• Work closely with IUCN members, commissions and/or partners, and the SPO to support the development of innovative proposals that address members and/or partner’s needs;
• Support the investigation of additional fund-raising possibilities to ensure the sustainability of project activities and the portfolio.
• Support the communication and dissemination (internally and externally) of portfolio achievements;
  • A degree, such as environmental management, geographic sciences, natural resource management, conservation, ecology or natural science related discipline, preferably with formal training in Geographic Information Systems;

• At least 5 years demonstrated project management experience;

• Experience with results-based project cycle management including monitoring and evaluation methodologies;

• A good understanding of protected areas, sustainable development issues and ecosystem based approaches;

• A good understanding of Management Effectiveness and Governance in Protected Areas is an advantage;

• Experience with organising and facilitating workshops and training;

• Experience in training and mentoring, in particular on technical issues;

• Experience in interacting confidently with diverse stakeholders including with government officials and local communities;

• Experience in GIS, specifically understanding data standards, meta data, database design, cartography, spatial analysis is an advantage;

• Hands-on experience in report writing and excellent working knowledge of Microsoft packages and electronic communication tools;

• Fluency in English, both written and verbal. French language skills are an advantage;

• Highly motivated and results-oriented individual who is able to work with limited supervision to prioritize tasking and manage workflow in a high pressure environment;

• Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy with the ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams with sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Committed to continuous learning and proactive and mature attitude towards self-development;

• Willing to travel frequently within the region.

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