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Project Officer, Conservation Programme

Vacancy #:   5240
Unit:   ECARO – Protected Areas
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Belgrade, Serbia
Reporting to:   Senior Conservation Project Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 April 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   20 January 2020
The IUCN Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) promotes IUCN’s mission and implements the IUCN Programme with the aim of long-term protection of biodiversity and sustainable use of natural resources in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, North and Central Asia. It is part of the IUCN Statutory Region East Europe, North and Central Asia.

• Support the development and implementation of the IUCN's Programme in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia with specific emphasis on the Valuing and Conserving Nature Programme Area
• Contribute to the IUCN ECARO Valuing and Conserving Nature Programme project portfolio through development, implementation and monitoring of projects
• Assist in identification of programme priorities and project development opportunities
• Actively build and maintain relationship with IUCN constituents, donors, partners and expert networks in identifying fund raising and project development opportunities


• Coordinate and manage projects under the IUCN ECARO Valuing and Conserving Nature Programme Area, with a particular focus on protected and conserved areas governance and management
• Ensure high quality project planning and reporting, including preparing and monitoring work plans, budgets, and technical reports
• Prepare partnership and service contracts under projects while ensuring that all donor-related and IUCN administrative requirements and protocols are observed
• Oversee timely and quality delivery of projects outputs and outcomes and ensure the long-term impact of project activities
• Assist in developing project proposals and identifying funding opportunities relative to protected and conserved areas in Eastern Europe, North and Central Asia
• Collaborate with relevant staff on project-related communications including writing, editing and helping with web stories, fact sheets, publications and other knowledge and communications material
• Represent IUCN ECARO at events and meetings relevant for the programme area and project portfolio
• Support IUCN ECARO day-to-day operations, including logistical services and organization of meetings and events
• Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager


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

• At least 5 years of experience in a relevant position

• Experience in the development and management of all phases of the project management cycle

• Good knowledge of IUCN global standards on protected and conserved areas

• Good knowledge of global and regional nature conservation policy, with specific emphasis on protected areas

• Proven leadership skills, ability to work under pressure and within multi-national environment and different cultures

• Experience in managing institutional relationships and support to multi-stakeholder initiatives

• Excellent command of written and spoken English. Knowledge of other languages spoken in the region is an asset

• Ability to cope with varied workload and flexible working hours

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

• Full computer literacy

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 is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.