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Species Conservation Officer

Vacancy #:   1540
Unit:   ECARO - Conservation Action
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Species Conservation Grants Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 September 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (30 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   25 May 2017
IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic candidate to join the IUCN ECARO team as SOS Central Asia Officer.
SOS - Save Our Species is an IUCN initiative intended to be a long-term global programme to improve the conservation status of globally threatened species, their habitats and the people depending on them. It provides grants for conservation of globally threatened species. By strategically focusing on species conservation priorities identified by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and by providing rapid action funding that can be mobilized quickly during crises, SOS provides critically-needed resources where and when they matter most.
The primary tasks of the SOS Central Asia Officer will be to develop and manage a grant programme for species conservation under the SOS Central Asia project. Other tasks will include priority setting for species conservation, donor and partner relationship, and liaison with IUCN Programmes, Members, Commissions, and partners.
The successful candidate will work in close cooperation with the IUCN ECARO Director and the IUCN Species Conservation Grants Coordinator, and will be responsible for the management of the SOS Central Asia project under the Programme Area Valuing and Conserving Nature in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

• Coordinate and oversee the implementation of the IUCN SOS programme in Central Asia;
• Provide support to implementation of IUCN ECARO’s species conservation activities in the region;
• Liaise with the IUCN SOS Secretariat, Members, and partners in coordinating regional components of the SOS programme;
• Support donor relationship and fundraising efforts for the SOS programme in Central Asia;
• Support the development of the species and habitat conservation components of the IUCN Programme in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia;
• Act as ECARO’s Focal Point for the Global Species Programme, SSC and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).


• Coordinate the implementation of the IUCN SOS project in Central Asia;
• Coordinate the project “Achieving Biodiversity Conservation through Creation and Effective Management of Protected Areas and Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Land Use Planning”, implemented by UNEP, with respect to Output 2: “A Red List Index for Macedonia is generated, reflecting the prioritized list of threatened species within the country adopted by the Government of Macedonia”;
• Assist in reviewing applications received by the SOS Secretariat;
• Liaise with the SOS Central Asia Advisory Board;
• Review progress and final reports submitted by grantees and prepare project evaluation reports;
• Organise and conduct project monitoring missions and prepare mission reports;
• Help identify opportunities and funding sources for the continuation of the SOS Central Asia programme;
• Assist GSP and ECARO in project development and identification of partnership opportunities;
• Support the organisational development and capacity building of SOS Central Asia beneficiaries and ECARO partner organisations on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and Key Biodiversity Areas;
• Ensure timely and quality communication of the IUCN SOS Central Asia project through IUCN’s regional and global communications channels.
• Represent IUCN ECARO at programme-related events;
• Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line and functional managers.


The gross annual salary for this position is 28.800 EUR subject to deductions for social security contributions and health insurance, and before tax.
  • MSc degree (or higher) in environmental or economic sciences;

• Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of species conservation, preferably involving on-the-ground conservation activities;

• Experience in grant making or project monitoring initiatives;

• Strong project management skills at multiple levels including planning, implementation, reporting, and monitoring;

• Proven ability to work with multi-disciplinary groups, including governments, expert and civil society;

• Capacity to work effectively under time pressure and extended hours, if required and pre-approved by the ECARO Director;

• Willingness to travel within the region, sometimes at short notice;

• Excellent command of English and other language spoken in the region;

• Computer literacy in MS Office packages;

• Excellent organizational and networking skills.

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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