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Programme Officer, Solutions

Vacancy #:   5193
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Lead, Protected Area Solutions
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   13 January 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   10 November 2019
IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme (GPAP) is expanding its work on marine protected areas (MPAs) knowledge sharing and capacity building through a number of new projects, in particular an extension of the Blue Solutions project collaboration.
Blue Solutions is a global project funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) under its International Climate Initiative (IKI). It is jointly implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) as the lead with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), GRID-Arendal, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). The project focuses on developing and setting up a global platform for exchanging and disseminating knowledge on how to sustainably use marine and coastal biodiversity and on capacity development among key political and technical stakeholders in this field. The recent two-year extension of the project until September 2021 is designed to support implementation in selected target countries and regions, while consolidating the global partnership and strengthening the link to key global policy processes.
Blue Solutions builds on the broader multi-thematic, multi-partner knowledge and learning initiative PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet, which aims to identify and promote successful approaches (solutions) in conservation and sustainable development. IUCN GPAP provides an overall secretariat function for PANORAMA, jointly with GIZ. IUCN GPAP is also actively involved in PANORAMA’s “marine and coastal” and “protected areas” thematic communities. Several other projects and initiatives across GPAP’s portfolio are foreseen to sustain this position in the medium term as an integral component of the GPAP team.
1. Support delivery of the Blue Solutions project activities in selected target countries and regions and globally:

o In close coordination with Blue Solutions partners, IUCN regional and country offices
and local partners, provide advisory and capacity-building services, supporting implementation in partner countries and regions e.g. through planning and delivering regional and national knowledge exchange and training events and follow-up engagement with local partners, with a particular focus on MPAs;

o Lead the identification, documentation and review of relevant MPA “solution” case studies;

o Contribute to the advancement of Blue Solutions capacity development approach through development of innovative learning tools with a focus on MPA planning, design, stakeholder engagement and performance as part of wider ocean planning processes;

o Develop and strengthen strategic partnerships with other relevant initiatives, networks and organizations that support knowledge exchange and capacity-building on marine and coastal issues and other topics relating to sustainable natural resource use and solutions more generally;

o Support project communications and presentation at international events and conferences, e.g. IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 and CBD COP15, as well as relevant regional and national events in partner regions and countries;

o Support project monitoring, reporting and coordination with project implementing partners;

2. Input into the PANORAMA business development process;

3. Help oversee development of digital tools and new functionalities on the PANORAMA web platform; and

4. Support GPAP programme development around marine protected areas and “solutions”, i.e. learning, knowledge sharing, capacity building, by providing input into project development opportunities.
  • Required: A master’s degree in environmental management and/or natural resources conservation and management or other relevant field; or a bachelor’s degree level qualification in a subject relevant to the position with complementary additional experience;

• Required: At least 5 years’ relevant work experience in a relevant field;

• Required: Demonstrated understanding of the global context of marine conservation, and technical expertise related to protected areas governance and management, especially marine protected areas (MPAs);

• Required: Experience and understanding of capacity-building, knowledge sharing and learning approaches in nature conservation;

• Required: Very good written and spoken English language skills; Knowledge of other language skills such as German, Spanish, French and/or Portuguese language skills an advantage;

• Required: Willingness to travel and to work non-traditional hours as required;

• Required: Ability to work independently and deliver quality products within agreed tight deadlines;

• Required: Cultural sensitivity, diplomatic skill and ability to adapt to realities “on the ground” in a diversity of countries;

• Required: Experience working in a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment

• Strongly desired: Experience in marine conservation in South East Asia, as well as ideally at least one of the following regions: eastern Africa and western Indian Ocean; Caribbean; western Africa;

• Desired: Experience in Communications, website management and/or event management experience an advantage;

• Desired: Experience working in a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is CHF 86'330, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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