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Project Marine Officer

Vacancy #:   5418
Unit:   Marine Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:   Director - Mediterranean Cooperation Center
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   15 October 2020
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (39 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   20 September 2020
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,100 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 11,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices, and at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.
Within the framework of different projects and in collaboration with different partners, IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation is promoting the conservation of the Mediterranean marine waters, nearshore and offshore. As part of the Strategic framework and operational plan for IUCN Med, address marine related issues within the 5 strategic areas on Nature advocacy and Blue Capital, Emerging threats, Spatial planning, Sustainable tourism and Mainstreaming biodiversity in fisheries.
The IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation, based in Málaga, Spain, is looking for a marine project officer, for supporting in the coordination and correct execution of the activities related to several projects, as well as for the support to other Mediterranean Center’s activities:
The MAVA Partnership project was designed to improve the functioning, visibility and sustainability of the Partnership working in the outcomes M4/M5 MAVA (“Reconciling fisheries and biodiversity”). This initiative involves 14 different organizations from the Mediterranean working through several projects to protect critical habitats for the benefit of fishers and biodiversity, and reduce interactions between fishing and biodiversity. The Partnership project´s main actions are: to promote projects results and site information, to strengthen cooperation and ownership for MAVA partners, to bring long-term regional capitalization of results from projects, to facilitate the emergence of common advocacy messages towards donors community and the identification and facilitation of access to new joint funding.

The project “Enhancing socio-ecological climate change resilience of marine and coastal systems in Lebanon” is implemented in cooperation and led by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia. It aims to reduce the vulnerability of selected coastal areas in Lebanon, improve management effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas, enhance sustainability of small-scale coastal fisheries and boost spatial planning. Applying a mix of tools and approaches including the establishment of long term monitoring programmes for the marine environment, this project will assess cost effectiveness and impacts of Ecosystem based Adaptation and provide the foundations for marine spatial planning.

The IUCN Red List has been assessing the extinction threat faced by species around the world for the last 50 years. It is the most comprehensive information source on the global and regional conservation status of the world’s species. This crucial tool is instrumental to driving conservation actions towards threatened species, enabling conservationists to reduce or prevent extinctions. The Red List is a global and Mediterranean reference relied on by policy makers at the highest levels.

• Support implementation of the IUCN Programme in the Mediterranean with specific emphasis on the marine aspects
• Contribute to IUCN Med’s conservation programme through planning, development and implementation of projects
• Actively build and maintain relationship with donors, partners and expert networks


• Day to day projects implementation
• Ensure high quality project planning and reporting, including preparing and monitoring work plans, budgets, and technical reports
• Prepare and organize project´s activity meetings, in close collaboration with Partners and other IUCN offices.
• Assist in organising the Steering Committee meetings of MAVA Partnership project and elaborate swiftly the meeting reports with the co-leading organisation;
• Support the organisation of regional capacity-building workshops (e.g. policy and advocacy on sustainable fisheries & biodiversity for CSOs) as well as online seminars on MAVA marine projects.
• Organise sub-regional joint meetings on fisheries-biodiversity outputs from MAVA OAP4/5 projects to monitor projects implementation, facilitate synergies and cross fertilisations as well as to engage relevant decision-makers and stakeholders in the Alboran region.
• Facilitate, as part of MAVA Partnership project, partners dialogue meetings, joint communications in specific events as well as a common framework to convey best available information and cooperation to mainstream results, provide indicators and recommendations towards biodiversity and sustainable fisheries commitments.
• Assist in the establishment of marine and coastal monitoring stations to measure key indicators in Lebanon and vulnerability assessments outcomes for adaptive management actions.
• Support the elaboration of proposals for policy recommendations on community-based management and governance for improved coastal and marine governance and enforcement in the region.
• Assist and contribute in the technical/scientific preparation of marine extinction risk assessments as part of the IUCN Red List for the Mediterranean.
• 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

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a relatively small Centre as IUCN-Med, 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.
  • University degree in marine-related field (e.g. ecology, biology, fisheries)

• Minimum 6 years of work experience with progressively increasing responsibilities in project management and grant management (support to third parties); particularly in marine management related projects.

• Good knowledge and background experience especially in Mediterranean marine biodiversity conservation essential. Specific knowledge and experience on aspects of monitoring, climate change, protected areas and or links between biodiversity and fisheries an asset

• Sound administrative/coordination skills for project implementation or in other initiatives, including contract administration, logistical coordination and event preparation, monitoring and evaluation, management and implementation of agendas, basic financial skills; report preparation

• Track record of working as a team member as well as independently, demonstrating the application of initiative in problem-solving and trouble-shooting, creativity and flexibility

• Fundraising experience in conservation or science/business based projects with conservation application

• Proven experience fostering the implication of partnerships in marine conservation actions. Previous experience with an international NGO/multi-lateral or inter-governmental agency is an advantage

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

• Fluent or high languages skills in English essential. French and Spanish an asset

• Ability to work with people from diverse cultures and different backgrounds

• Editorial ability of proven technical, communication outreach and administrative documents

• Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple deadlines and be flexible
Ability to travel regionally.

• Good knowledge of IUCN, its mission and working requirements

• The annual gross salary for this position is 40.480 €

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