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Biodiversity Coordinator

Vacancy #:   1513
Unit:   Lao PDR Programme Coordination
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Lao PDR Country Office, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Reporting to:   Head of Office, Lao PDR
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 September 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (71 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   09 April 2017
Based in the Country Program Office in Vientiane, with frequent travel to the provinces, the BC is responsible for leading implementation of all biodiversity-related activities in Lao PDR. This will require a range of research, field investigation, proposal development, training, communications, and coordination tasks, all of which require excellent English language and technical skills. The major responsibilities are:

1. Project financial and technical planning, monitoring, and reporting on all biodiversity projects..
2. Project development including preparation of concept notes, proposals, etc.
3. Project communications and outreach, including coordination with other international organizations.

The BC’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Train and supervise field and project staff in the design and implementation of field activities, e.g., surveys, village consultations, zoning, technical guidelines.
• Lead communication and coordination with government counterparts.
• Provide technical assistance to IUCN staff and project partners as required.
• Communicate regularly with partners to identify project support needs, monitor field activities, and report on progress; Coordinate with in-country organizations working on relevant areas/themes.
• Carry out desk-based research and literature review on technical approaches and provide summaries.
• Support preparation of work plans and budget for field staff.
• Participate in M&E visits and prepare project progress reports.
• Coordinate with IUCN’s technical staff regionally and globally.

• Carry out desk-based research on key policy issues relevant to IUCN’s priorities.
• Draft policy briefs and other short policy documents for government as needed.
• Prepare concept notes, briefing documents, etc. that can be used as basis for funding proposals.
• Ensure regular program reporting requirements by both donors and ARO are met (e.g., monthly and quarterly progress-reports and annual reports).
• In coordination with IUCN regional staff, lead preparation of donor proposals.
• Assist the HO in developing innovative alliances with donors, IUCN members, and partners.

• Prepare web stories and other communications material in English.
• In coordination with IUCN’s regional communications staff, prepare press releases, etc.
• Edit English language reports to publication standard.

• Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by, and mutually agreed with the line manager.
  • Advanced University Degree in Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sustainability or other relevant field;

• At least 4 years of relevant field experience with in-depth understanding of biodiversity conservation issues in the Mekong Region and/or developing countries in Asia, ideally in Lao PDR;

• Strong and proven research and analytical skills;

• Experience in GIS a distinct advantage;

• Excellent communication skills and fluency in verbal/written English a must; knowledge of a regional language (in Asia such as Lao or Thai) an asset.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

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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