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Biodiversity Coordinator

Vacancy #:   1513
Unit:   Lao PDR Country Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Lao PDR Country Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Reporting to:   Head of Office
Work percentage:   100%
Function group:   P1
Expected start date:   01 May 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   09 April 2017
The IUCN Lao PDR Country Program assists biodiversity conservation through a range of policy support and field projects. In 2016, IUCN prepared a new National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP) that sets strategic priorities through 2025. IUCN is currently supporting government in the improved management of Lao PDR’s two Ramsar sites in Savannakhet and Champasak Provinces, facilitating government participation in regional transboundary water dialogues, implementing the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) (over US$1,000,000 granted in Lao PDR since 2013), and implementing a White cheeked gibbon conservation project in Phou Hin Poun National Protected Area, Khammouane Province.
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.

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IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.