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Senior Programme Assistant

Vacancy #:   5162
Unit:   Bangladesh Programme Coordination
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Bangladesh Country Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Reporting to:   Project Manager
Work percentage:   300%
Grade:   A3
Expected start date:   01 November 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   23 September 2019
IUCN, represented by its Bangladesh Country Office, is implementing a project entitled ‘Floral Diversity assessment of Cox’s Bazar South Forest Division, SMART patrolling guideline formulation and Watershed Management policy review Project’. IUCN requires a Senior Programme Assistant to lead smooth implementation of this project over the project period.

This position will be based at Cox's Bazar.

Under the overall guidance from the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, and under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer of ‘Floral Diversity Assessment of Cox’s Bazar South Forest Division, SMART Patrolling Guideline Formulation and Watershed Management Policy Review Project’, the Senior Programme Assistant will be part of a diversified team and will be responsible for assisting the project manager in implementing all the project activities in the light of the Letter of Agreement (LoA) between FAO and IUCN.


Under the overall guidance of the Country Representative and the Programme Coordinator of IUCN Bangladesh, and under the direct supervision of the Senior Programme Officer, the Senior Programme Assistant will be responsible for the following matter related to the project:

1.Assist the Senior Programme Officer in data collection from the fields on SMART patrolling, Floral assessment, watershed policy matters;

2.Assist in preparing handbook and/or guideline on SMART patrolling;

3.Assist in piloting SMART patrolling interventions in the field;

4.Support the biodiversity expert during the floral assessment of the project site;

5.Organize field teams or volunteers to conduct field surveys;

6.Support Senior Programme Officer during the development of biodiversity book (Flora);

7.Assist in preparing the draft outline of Watershed management policy;

8.Assist in organizing different project events (e.g. discussions, meetings, workshops, training sessions, knowledge sharing events, and promotional opportunities for the project);

9.Organize capacity building activities for Bangladesh Forest Department staffs, Community Patrol Group (CPG) members of the Co-Management Committee (CMC);

10.Assist the Senior Programme Officer in preparing project documents and reports, including donor reports, event reports, case studies, fact-sheets, and web-stories;

11.Organize field trips in consultation with project manager;

12.Assist the project team members, and the programme development unit of IUCN Bangladesh in project development;

13.Provide support to the other projects of IUCN Bangladesh;

14.Ensure that IUCN’s and FAO’s policies and mandates as outlined in the LoA is duly complied with in all project activities; and

15.Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the Programme Coordinator and the Project Manager of IUCN Bangladesh, from time to time.
  • Master’s in Forestry, Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, Marine Science, Agriculture, Natural Resources management or other related fields.

• At least 3 years' professional experience relevant to the assignment as defined in the terms of reference.

• Good presentation, writing and spoken communication skills in English and Bangla are essential.

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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