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Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   6048
Unit:   Enterprise and investment
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Programme Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 October 2022
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   15 August 2022
The Enterprise and Investment team (EIT) in the IUCN Centre of Economy and Finance consists of a global secretariat based at IUCN Headquarters and out-posted staff in North America and Brazil. EIT’s work is structured around three streams of work: Farmers and Supply Chains, Extractives and Finance.

The Farmers and Supply Chains stream of EIT’s portfolio focuses on private sector engagement, including farmers’ organisations, international agri-businesses and producers, to motivate and implement locally controlled forest landscape restoration and sustainable land management around the world.

EIT supports forest and farm producers’ organisations and tests innovative financing mechanisms for restorative action such as agroecological practices. Forest and farm producers organisations are small business entities with a wide an varied membership, making them excellent vector of changes for a nature positive production system.

In addition, EIT engages with multinational companies to help them frame their nature positive actions along their supply chains. EIT is developing and piloting tools to assess and implement restoration interventions in international agribusinesses supply chains while building a bigger momentum for private investment in restoration and sustainable land management.

The incumbent will mainly support this growing portfolio but might be engaged in other topics depending on the evolution of the work.

1. Project and Programme Implementation

- Provide support to EIT projects as required through the provision of targeted agri-business, farmer engagement and nature positive supply chains inputs with respect to project development, implementation, reporting (and other Monitoring & Evaluation activities), and coordinate specific consultant, Commission and/or partner inputs to ensure alignment with project outcomes across the centres.

- As required provide specific technical advice and inputs to IUCN regions and thematic units with respect to ensuring that the development of projects are consistent with EIT’s approach to farmers organisations engagement and nature positive supply chains.

- As appropriate, and in conjunction with the line manager, support the periodic review of the medium to long-term focus and technical delivery of the current programme portfolio.

- Foster and build partnerships with governments, IUCN members, Commissions and other partners that establish clear operational mandates for impact delivery, thereby demonstrating the influence and demand-responsive nature of IUCN’s work to donors and investors.

2. Providing Technical Support

- Review documents, reports and publications of partners and of EIT staff to ensure accuracy and reflection of EIT’s Farmers and Supply Chain approach.

- Lead on technical administrative tasks such as drafting and coordinating Terms of Reference, risk assessments and due diligence, organising local/regional/international events.

- Provide technical advice to external partners and consultants on technical issues related to agri-business and farmer organisations engagement and restorative actions in supply chains.

3. Knowledge Generation and Uptake

- Ensure the information generated and lessons learnt from EIT Farmers and Supply Chains stream supports the development and implementation of project proposals, knowledge products, national/regional/international policies. Including, and in conjunction with the Science and Data Centre:

o Contribute to the EIT farmers and Supply Chains knowledge and outreach strategies through helping design materials for the web and other knowledge products derived from farmers’ engagement and nature positive supply chains work.

o Support and facilitate farmers representatives presence at key policy dialogues (development of a calendar and data repository of potential speakers, organise logistics of attendance between organisers and participants, summary and analysis of discussions during the events).

o Organise webinars or other type of online or in person meetings to exchange knowledge between farmer organisations and agribusinesses, present knowledge products and tools in key knowledge platforms.
  • A degree in a subject relevant to the position (e.g. natural resources management, political science, international relations, geography, etc.).

• At least 2 years relevant work or research experience, and ideally a longer period in a relevant field.

• Exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail.

• Excellent written and spoken English is essential for this position. Knowledge of written and spoken French and/or Spanish is a strong advantage.

• A strong aptitude and ability to communicate both informally (interpersonal skills and networking) and formally.

• Ability to deliver quality products within agreed deadlines.

• 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.

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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