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Senior Programme Officer, IUCN Uganda Country Office

Vacancy #:   1551
Unit:   Uganda Country Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Uganda Country Office, Kampala, Uganda
Reporting to:   Head of Office
Work percentage:   100%
Function group:   P2
Expected start date:   01 July 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   29 May 2017
BACKGROUND
THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION OPEN ONLY TO NATIONALS/PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF UGANDA OR THOSE WITH AN EXISTING PERMIT TO WORK IN UGANDA.

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

To support the delivery of its programmes in West and Central Africa and Eastern and Southern Africa Regions, IUCN is launching a new project entitled “Stabilizing Land Use: PA categories V and VI as landscape mechanisms for enhancing biodiversity in agricultural land, ecological connectivity and REDD+ implementation”. The goal of the project is to demonstrate conservation and development benefits in targeted landscapes in four African countries, including Ghana, DR Congo, Tanzania and Uganda through better use of Protected Area categories V and VI (or other appropriate area based conservation mechanisms), and facilitate alignment with and integration of project outcomes, lessons and knowledge into national, sub-national and landscape policies and strategies. This project will increase biodiversity conservation potential of agricultural and forest land in 4 African countries by enhancing and expanding the role of PA categories V and VI, and other conservation measures including the full IUCN PA Matrix of governance types. Focus of implementation is to build on and/or enhance existing local and national initiatives and governance structures and processes to facilitate conservation of biodiversity and forest ecosystems at the sub-national levels, while making sure that lessons learned are captured at the national, regional and global levels. The project will also develop and/or promote appropriate local and national institutional arrangements and mechanisms to promote dialogue and reduce conflicts linked to natural resource management.

To enable successful delivery of the project in each of the target countries, IUCN is seeking talented, motivated, experienced and visionary persons to fill the position of Senior Programme Officers who will serve as the National Coordinators.
JOB DESCRIPTION
The Senior Programme Officer will have the following specific responsibilities:

1 Project management and implementation
- Overall in-country technical and financial management of the project;
- Ensure full compliance of project implementation, management and reporting to donor requirements and IUCN standards as per organizations policies and in internal implementation arrangements;
- Ensure that project activities are delivered on-time, on-budget, and on-track to showcase the achievement of the projects’ objectives, contractual obligations and the IUCN- ESARO People and Landscapes programmatic objectives;
- Lead and facilitate in-country project operations planning, monitoring and learning;
- Prepare and submit technical reports on time and following agreed formats and standards;
- Ensure that all project records and sources of verification are documented, finalized and stored in format and content that demonstrate achievements and ensure accountability of project;
- Provide technical assistance to relevant partners and colleagues to ensure that the achievement of targets, results and deliverables is on time and reflect the expected quality and technical standards;
- Support the activities of the People and Landscapes Programme by searching and synthesizing information on innovative themes and issues relevant to the work of the Program.
- Regularly update IUCN’s databases and portals with project data.

2 Knowledge generation and analytical work

- Ensure that all project information is appropriately documented through an established communications schedule to support stakeholders involvement and project delivery;
- Promote exchange of policy, strategic and technical information with key conservation and development partners in Ghana;
- Be proactive in seeking and delivering innovative solutions and technical information to relevant partners and colleagues;
- Develop and support exchange and sharing of knowledge and lessons learned from the project to ensure timely and quality delivery of knowledge products to specific audiences;
- Ensure effective information flow between all those engaged in or affected by the implementation of the project;
- Establish files to ensure that information on the progress of the project is appropriately documented and whenever necessary shared to appropriate audience.

3 Program and project development
- Assist in identifying opportunities for Program and project development in line with the IUCN 2017-2020 Program, ESARO 2017-2020 Work plan and the ESARO People and Landscapes Strategy for 2017-2020.

This will entail the following key responsibilities;
o Identify conservation and development priorities relevant to IUCN and the needs of IUCN Members and Commissions in the country and beyond;
o Build partnerships with relevant Government and Non-government Organizations as well as Private sector, including IUCN Members and Commissions to establish functional networks and joint initiatives to promote fundraising to complement the implementation of the activities of the Project in the country.
o Support implementation of related projects to identify synergies and emerging issues to inform programme and project development within the country priorities.

4 Other responsibilities

As requested by the Regional/Country Office, the Senior Programme Officer shall:
- Represent IUCN during strategic, political and technical meetings, seminars, conferences, etc;
- Where appropriate, supervise additional staff, consultants and interns;
- Provide technical review of programme/strategy documents
- Carry out additional tasks as may be requested.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Master’s degree in in a relevant discipline, including forestry, natural resources management and biodiversity conservation, environmental policy and management, development studies or related fields.

• At least 6 years of professional experience in conservation, forest and natural resources management- especially on locally controlled forest, Climate change/REDD+, Forest Landscape Restoration, or sustainable development

• Solid knowledge of conservation, climate change, land tenure and governance, and sustainable development policy issues and how they fit into the national policy and socioeconomic development agendas

• Practical experience in implementation of field projects, with linkages to national policy processes and programmes

• Proven experience in fundraising and resource mobilization

• Fluency in English, both written and verbal.

• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability;

• Excellent report writing skill

• Experience in creating and facilitating dialogue, partnerships and synergies;

• A strong delivery-oriented work ethic with the ability to meet competing demands and challenging timelines;

• Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, powerpoint) use of internet and online communication tools

• Demonstrates strong leadership and people -management experience including supervision of staff, consultants and coordination of programme/projects teams in an multi-disciplinary environment and effective management of virtual team settings;

• Must be a hands-on, highly motivated, results driven and resourceful individual who is able to energize and motivate teams

• Excellent interpersonal skills to support building networks and partnerships;

• Must be a strong team player with proven communication and diplomacy skills and ability to work effectively with multicultural environment displaying sensitivity and respect for diversity

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

• Willing to travel frequently within the region
APPLICATIONS

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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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.

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