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Senior Programme Coordinator, Science, Practice and Learning

Vacancy #:   5376
Unit:   Forest Conservation Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Director - Forest Conservation Programme
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 August 2020
Type of contract:   Max-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   09 July 2020 (extended)
The Forest Conservation Programme (FCP) is a global thematic programme of the IUCN Secretariat that works under a mandate provided by IUCN membership with a focus on delivering key transformations in the conservation, restoration and management of forest and tree-associated landscapes. The FCP works as a distributed team across several IUCN duty stations with the majority of the staff divided between its Gland-based Headquarters and its Washington D.C. office. It also directly links to, and supports coordination between a worldwide network of over 50 regional and country level forest officers, enabling it to add value to the work of IUCN members through both field-based and policy-orientated interventions.

The FCP is programme of work is structured to create tangible linkages between field-based learning, national and sub-national policy implementation and national and international forest and land-use policy dialogue. In this respect, the FCP is an active member of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), The Forests Dialogue (TFD), and acts as secretariat for the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration. Its programme of work is centred around three mutually supporting themes of Forest Landscape Restoration, Locally Controlled Forests and Primary Forests. The FCP has institutional responsibility for the Forest and Land Use job family network designed to enhance country, regional and global collaboration across the secretariat, as well as providing group level support for overall Monitoring and Evaluation processes
Senior Programme Coordinators are responsible for delivering a substantive element of their unit’s portfolio as assigned by their line manager. They are required to ensure that IUCN operational and programmatic procedures are observed in full and that implementation is accompanied by a robust and institutionally aligned monitoring and evaluation system. They have a remit for pro-active partner engagement and resource mobilisation as long as this is exercised with full and prior knowledge their line manager and prioritizes institutional interests and needs. They are required to co-own and support institutional and group wide decisions and demonstrate integrity, humility and self-awareness in their interactions with other colleagues, including junior members of staff, IUCN members and IUCN expert commissions. With respect to this Terms of Reference the position will coordinate analytical, scientific and learning elements of the FCP’s programme of work, whilst also supporting other Nature Based Solutions (NBS) Units and across the NBS Group to facilitate effective quantitative and qualitative measurement of portfolio progress and delivery.
Section A – Duties and Responsibilities

1. Programme Implementation

• Provide vision, direction, strategic focus and operational guidance for the strategic analysis, science and learning of the FCP programme of work ensuring that: there is a documented operational plan; internal and external collaborators fully understand the overall framework as well as their specific role and contribution to it; and, delivery is supported by clear and enforced lines of accountability. This includes providing overall quality assurance, supervision, technical inputs and accountability for the development, implementation and delivery of analytical and learning processes. Support and guide uptake of these key functions across the broader NBS Group – optimizing, where possible, intra-group synergies
• Further develop and apply robust programmatic monitoring and evaluation processes that measure FCP’s contribution to, and delivery of, relevant elements of the IUCN Programme, to ensure synergies between project and programme monitoring systems, and support and capture results and learning through application of cutting edge tools and systems. Ensure continued M&E support is provided to enhance and deliver high quality M&E frameworks across the broader Nature Based Solutions Group.
• Develop and lead programmatic research and analysis to ensure robust evidence is available and facilitates enhanced integration of science and learning around the 3 programmatic business line that supports programme development and knowledge processes and the translation of lessons from field and practice into policy recommendations or to improve coherence in policies aimed at forest and landscape management.
• Ensure collaboration with, and across, project managers, policy and communications officers, regional colleagues and their teams to ensure cross programme and project alignment of timely and coherent: programmatic alignment; regional, commission and member involvement; coherency and viability of Theory of Change; adequacy of and justification for cost recovery; and provision for effective accountability and results management (monitoring & evaluation).
• In collaboration with the FCP colleagues and regional offices lead FCPs development and application of effective implementation frameworks for the Bonn Challenge Barometer and other M&E systems, including the establishment of necessary baselines according to institutional frameworks established by the Director of Planning Monitoring Evaluation & Risk Unit, to ensure that FCP project design and learning cycle’s respond to robust scientific data or relevant evidence base.
• Support the FCP Director in periodically reviewing the medium to long-term stability of the current portfolio, obstacles to the effective & timely delivery of ongoing projects, adequacy of project-based cost recovery, forecasted future staffing needs and actively contribute to the implementation of any identified corrective measures.
• As requested by the FCP Director - Operations and/ or the Global Director-NBS group contribute to periodic strategic programmatic planning and review processes at either the institutional or programme unit level.

2. Project Design and implementation, Technical Advice and Quality Assurance

• Lead on the direct management of specific projects ensuring the quality and timeliness of deliverables and donor reporting through: Preparing and adapting project plans and budgets; Coordinating project implementation with staff / partners / vendors – with emphasis on optimizing “fit for purpose” contributions across IUCN teams; and, managing communication and information flow on projects, processes and to ensure coherency of implementation across a portfolio of projects.
• Ensure institutional operational and programmatic standards and procedures for the design, development and delivery of projects are applied, and provide technical support to IUCN senior management, externals partners and, in particular, other IUCN regional and technical units, including contributing to, reviewing and appraising other projects under development, including GEF and GCF.
• Lead FCP’s development and application of the Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress and synthesis of results in multiple regions and initiatives (such as AFR 100, ECA 30x30, Decade of Restoration), ensuring institutional operational and programmatic standards and procedures for the design, development and delivery of projects that implement the Barometer or support delivery of FCP’s projects are fully observed and put into effect in a timely and operationally efficient manner.
• Facilitate and strengthen partner engagement in Barometer development and application by exploring avenues to strengthen integration of processes and delivery of global and regional initiatives, through the establishment of baselines, regular progress tracking, capacity building programmes ensuring the quality and timely delivery of materials and programmes that address clearly identified gaps in IUCN programmes and projects, and partners, governmental organization and communities.
• Identify opportunities to incorporate Barometer inputs and establish linkages with existing IUCN knowledge products, including datasets on Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), economics, ecosystems and species, with the explicit purpose of advancing analysis and insights on the implications of global progress on restoration.
• Use FCP’s data and evidence to foster and build partnerships with governments, foundations, multilaterals and NGOs to establish clear operational mandates for delivering FCP projects, thereby demonstrating the influence and demand-responsive nature of IUCN’s work to donors and investors.
• In close consultation with the Director – Strategic Partnership Unit and Director FCP, coordinate across IUCN to leverage intelligence and networks based on Barometer outcomes that facilitate and advance IUCN’s interests with respect to resource mobilization, with particular (but not exclusive) emphasize on FLR, including networking with donors by identifying their needs and goals, and align IUCN proposal and fundraising efforts accordingly.

3. Programmatic Monitoring, Learning and Knowledge

• Ensure FCP’s programme of work is supported by a robust monitoring and learning strategy, including effective systems for quantitative and qualitative data management.
• Develop and apply systematic approaches to capture and quantify learning, scientific learning and quantified impacts that support programmatic development and policy impact, and that these approaches are underpinned by the data management system, ensuring the integration of rigorous science and learning based on in-depth knowledge and systematic evaluations feed into IUCN proposals.
• In developing systems for vertical and horizontal exchanges of information throughout the programme, ensure project and programme monitoring processes are applied to facilitate learning and sharing of experiences across the programme pillars and learning is integrated into project design and that project achievements are synthesized in such a manner to feed into the knowledge, policy and communications activities.
• Work closely throughout the FCP team, but especially the policy and knowledge staff, to identify relevant and topical content that can contribute to a consistent programmatic knowledge and communication product flow, and IUCN corporate communications and thereby reach and engage a broad audience. This includes ensuring relevant scientific evidence is made publicly available, through peer review processes and journals.
• In collaboration with other NBS Units and across the NBS Group: support the development and application of project monitoring tools and processes to ensure that project activities are on-track and contributing to the achievement of the project’s objectives and contractual obligations; and, ensure project monitoring frameworks enable effective quantitative and qualitative measurement of project progress and delivery, through the development of baseline measurements, time bound milestones and project targets with clear indicators for measuring progress and impact.
• Support and provide quality assurance to the compilation and timely submission of project progress and final reports as per contractual requirements through tracking deadlines and submissions, and contributing to content development, and liaise with the IUCN Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit to support appropriate project evaluations as required.
• With relevant members of IUCN’s Global Forest Team ensure synergies between regional and global project monitoring and support and build capacity of those members to ensure the highest level of project data collection.
• Act as the first point of review and quality assurance for knowledge product and publication development

4. Representation, Resource Mobilization, and Staff supervision

• As part of FCP’s communications pipeline present at policy and/or scientific/practitioner events to share IUCN’s knowledge base, enhance visibility and leverage support for IUCN’s and FCPs programme of work.
• As directed by the Director lead or provide input as necessary to global, regional and / or national project and programme development processes including GEF and GCF ensuring the integration of relevant and available baselines and data
• Supervise, mentor, guide and appraise any FCP staff, interns or consultants as delegated by the Director FCP that IUCN Human Resource management protocols are fully observed and that staff members have a clear idea of their role, responsibilities and how their performance is assessed.
  • Section B – Competencies

1. Enthusiastic commitment and vision, characterized by:
• A commitment to nature conservation and sustainable development.
• Ability to provide inspiration and strategic direction.
2. Integrity, maturity and trust, as characterized by:
• Unimpeachable integrity as evidenced by behavior, communication style and way of handling ambiguous or difficult situations.
• Proven ability to effectively motivate and collaborate with colleagues and clients.
• Clear commitment to embracing and contributing to a culture of high performance and accountability.
• Demonstrated commitment to working within teams diverse in gender, nationality and background to achieve business results.
• A well-developed sense of self-awareness with an ability to proactively manage one’s own strengths and weaknesses and understand how these influence the performance and motivation of other colleagues.
3. Professional competencies, characterized by:
• A clear proven track record as competent and established authority on forest conservation issues with an established operational network.
• Extensive direct experience with the workings of government regulatory authorities and executive agencies, of how Multilateral Environmental Agreements interfaces with national policy and the role of private sector and non-governmental institutions in national policy implementation.
• Ability and commitment to act in accordance with IUCN’s core values including, integrity, respect for diversity, safety and dignity at work and professionalism as described in IUCN’s Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics, IUCN’s Policy on Protection from Sexual Abuse, Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Harassment, and IUCN’s Policy on Safety and Security.
• Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills

4. Commitment to accountable and high quality delivery
• A clear and unambiguous work ethic that understands the necessity of, and demonstrates willingness to adhere to, institutional procedures and standards
• A clear sense of institutional propriety with respect to accountability and transparency at both the individual and team level
• An enthusiasm for and commitment to understanding and contributing to tangible, equitable and durable change processes in the field of conservation and sustainable development

5. Sound judgment and decision making, characterized by:
• A clear moral compass and resolute professional integrity that does not shy away from making ethical decisions that safeguard IUCN’s reputation.
• Experience in identifying key issues in a complex situation, and consulting, gathering, and analyzing relevant information before proposing and implementing decisive actions or recommendations.
• Well-organized and logical in thought and action.
• Ability to anticipate, assess and account for political and reputational risk associated with contested or divergent technical issues.

• Section C – Requirements

• Minimum of 10 years relevant management experience in forest conservation issues and implementation, with a strong focus on science, learning and monitoring, within government or international organizations. A track record of publications and quantitative analysis is desirable though not necessary.
• At least 8 years’ of applied technical conservation practice acquired through sustained and verifiable field-based delivery, preferably in an IUCN programmatic priority location.
• A strong and verifiable programmatic delivery track record with respect to deploying knowledge, evidence and policy influence to facilitating and enabling substantive and demonstrable place-based change.
• Masters or PhD in environmental sciences, forestry or other natural sciences
• Impeccable writing skills. A track record of publications and quantitative analysis is desirable though not necessary.
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate and work with a multidisciplinary teams
• Diplomacy, good networking skills and excellent interpersonal skills. Track record of working effectively in a multicultural and diverse environment with colleagues at all levels
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including ability to communicate complex issues to a wide range of audiences. A second language (French, Spanish) is highly desirable.
• Ability to travel frequently.

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