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Lead, Green List Programme Development

Vacancy #:   5371
Unit:   Global Protected Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Associate Director
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   07 September 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (16 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   19 June 2020
Reporting to the Deputy Director: Global Protected and Conserved Areas Programme, the Lead, Green List Programme Development is responsible for the implementation and ongoing strategic development of the Business Plan for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas as an integral part of the IUCN Global Protected and Conserved Areas Programme, and the IUCN Programme. The Lead, Green List Programme Development will also take overall responsibility for the ongoing strategic development of the Green List Programme and for resource mobilization for the programme’s implementation, according to the Business Plan. The position will support the overall governance of the IUCN Green List Programme and the development and maintenance of partnerships, including with the World Commission on Protected Areas, and will be responsible for monitoring and measuring programme impact, learning and knowledge exchange. In practice, the work involves liaison and participation with the IUCN Green List Community Manager and GPAP leads on other priority programme components, with IUCN thematic programmes and regional offices, with IUCN member organisations, and with IUCN-WCPA, other IUCN Commissions and external partners, including national and site authorities to identify and develop opportunities to implement the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Programme.
1. Implementation and ongoing strategic development of the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Business Plan.

2. Coordination of the governance and management arrangements for the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Programme, and the development of the Green List Partnership including developing new partnerships (in close coordination with the Green List Community Manager)

3. Design and management of a programme for monitoring and evaluating the impact of the Green List Programme, and for incorporating lessons learned across the knowledge network.

1. The Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Business Plan.

• Take responsibility for implementing and further developing the Green List Business Plan including its conceptualization, design, governance, financing, mobilization, communication and implementation worldwide;
• In conjunction with the Programme Developer and other programmatic leads contribute towards resource mobilisation for the financing of the Green List Secretariat, and the maintenance and expansion of the Green List globally;
• Manage the overall project portfolio including projects that directly or indirectly implement the Green List, and contribute directly to project implementation where assigned.
• Design and implement an overall Green List Communications Strategy, including the development of regional components in Francophone, Hispanophone and Anglophone regions.

2. Green List Governance and Management
• Ensure that the Green List Governance bodies are fully constituted, including the IUCN Green List Committee and its associated Green List Standard Committee, the IUCN Green List Management Committee, and the Green List Operations Committee.
• Ensure that the Green List programme is implemented according to the Green List Operational Manual, incorporating the ISEAL Code of Practice for Sustainability Standards, and the application of Independent Assurance procedures for the identification, evaluation and listing of sites.
• Supervise direct reports forming the Green List Secretariat, and provide functional supervision for regional programme staff, and external consultants implementing aspects of the Green List Programme.
• In close coordination with the Green List Community Manager, seek to strengthen and develop new and existing partnerships, including support for the WCPA role in Green List implementation.

3. Monitoring and evaluation programme implementation and impact.
• Ensure that all elements of the programme’s governance, its constituency, its sites and site attributes are securely documented in COMPASS (the IUCN Green List data management system).
• Coordinate the further development of COMPASS as a key management tool and information resource for the programme, and directly linked to the World Database on Protected Areas
• Support integration of improved tracking and benchmarking tools to help measure the conservation impact of the Green List programme;
• Ensure that programme implementation is monitored and that the lessons learned from implementation are captured and disseminated through a knowledge network, and as a basis for capacity development.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position.
However, in a small organization such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee, their line manager and the Human Resources Management Group.
  • A higher degree qualification in life sciences, social sciences and development studies and/or environmental management.
• At least 10 years of experience in the design, coordination, implementation and evaluation of a nature conservation programme portfolio.
• Experience at a global and regional level in the coordination and implementation of nature conservation and development programmes.
• Demonstrated project development, fundraising and communication skills, particularly on developing large project proposals and fundraising campaigns.
• Proven ability to operate within a results-based management framework.
• Full fluency in English, French and Spanish is essential, and a command of, or ability to expand communications to all UN languages will be an advantage.
• Effective manager with demonstrated ability to work in multi-institutional and multi-cultural environments.
• Ability to work under stress including producing and delivering high quality products under tight deadlines.
• Good knowledge of IUCN, its work and that of its commissions, partners and networks is essential.
• Willingness to travel extensively as required in particular for project development, negotiation and fundraising.

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