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Nature-based Solutions Coordinator

Vacancy #:   6171
Unit:   Oceania Programme Coordination Unit
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Reporting to:   Regional Programme Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   SP
Expected start date:   01 January 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   12 November 2022
Nature-based Solutions are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously benefiting people and nature.
Nature-based Solutions address societal challenges through the protection, sustainable management and restoration of both natural and modified ecosystems, benefiting both biodiversity and human well-being. Nature-based Solutions are underpinned by benefits that flow from healthy ecosystems. They target major challenges like climate change, disaster risk reduction, food and water security, biodiversity loss and human health, and are critical to sustainable economic development.

IUCN pioneered the concept of Nature-based Solutions 20 years ago, first developing a formal definition and then the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions as a safeguard for their use. Nature-based Solutions have significant, but currently underutilised, potential to help address global challenges. IUCN provides tools and on-the-ground support to help governments, communities, business and NGOs implement effective Nature-based Solutions that are ambitious, safe, sustainable, and that benefit people and the planet.

Nature-based Solutions are integral to delivering protection and sustainable management of natural resources and climate change resilience in the Pacific. Pacific Island Countries and communities are disproportionately reliant on natural resources and healthy ecosystems for livelihoods, food security, climate change resilience and cultural identity. Nature-based Solutions have a growing presence in the region. The IUCN Oceania Nature-based Solutions Coordinator will lead IUCN Oceania’s efforts in the region to build awareness, capacity and adoption of Nature-based Solutions based on the use of a Pacific-contextualised Global Standard for Nature-based Solution.
Provide oversight and coordination for the management and technical execution of the PPIN Project in the Oceania Region in the following aspect:

Programme Supervision, Management and Delivery
•Take a lead role in delivering NbS projects in the Oceania Region, through providing vision and guidance in developing a well-defined strategic focus as per the short-, medium- and long-term objectives of projects;
•Lead the development and implementation of annual work plans and provide a timely progress report of the programme financials and technical activities in accordance with donor and IUCN’s practices;
•Be responsible for the financial and budget management of project activities, including ensuring that procurement processes follow donor and IUCN procedures, record-keeping systems are in place and reporting is undertaken in accordance with donor requirements;
•Oversee the effective implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks for the PPIN and Kiwa Projects to monitor project-wide progress and impact;
•Represent NbS projects in meetings and conferences relevant to the achievement of the project’s objectives;
•Establish working relations with appropriate national and regional agencies and groups in participating countries to ensure effective implementation of project supported activities, and ensure adequate information flow, discussions and feedback among the various stakeholders of projects;
•Ensure overall coordination and integration between project components and their respective executing agencies.

Resource Mobilization, Partner Engagement and Communication.
•In close consultation with the Strategic Partnership Coordinator, coordinate across IUCN to leverage intelligence and networks that facilitate and advance IUCN’s interests with respect to resource mobilization and donor engagement, with a particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on NbS;
•Foster and build partnerships with governments, multilateral institutions, donors, private sector and other partners;
•Act as the focal point for the PPIN project, particularly concerning collaboration and partnership with headquarters, IUCN members and commissions and partners;
•Ensure that all communication materials related to projects, including the IUCN website are innovative, accurate and comprehensive;
•Represent IUCN in the region in a way that promotes IUCN's mission and enhances the status of the Union among decision-making bodies, intergovernmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector;
•In collaboration with the Membership focal point, support the implementation of the IUCN Membership Strategy;
•Participate and support ORO activities in the region as required.

Strategic development
•Coordinate and lead fund-raising outreach and proposal development for IUCN’s work on Nature-based Solutions in collaboration with other IUCN ORO and HQ programmes;
•Identify and develop opportunities for partnerships and collaboration with relevant organisations and donors to expand the protected and conserved areas portfolio of projects and activities;
•Contribute to the development and writing of IUCN proposals.

Staff supervision
•Supervise, mentor, guide and appraise project staff and interns ensuring 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;
•Supervise and evaluate the performance of consultants hired by the unit to undertake specific activities.
  • An advanced degree in biodiversity conservation or a related field;

• Minimum of 10 year’s post-qualification experience in the management of projects on ecosystem/ biodiversity conservation, climate change resilience and adaptation or a related field, with a focus on Natural Resources Management and/or Nature-based Solutions;

• Experience in communicating and collaborating with management agencies, academic institutions and local, national and regional stakeholders to achieve agreed collective outcomes;

• Extensive experience in managing and supporting donor funded projects;

• Demonstrated experience in capacity building and working as a facilitator or trainer in a multi-cultural setting;

• Proficient in using office applications (MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and other web-based management systems;

• Fluent English (verbal/written) with excellent communication and presentation skills.
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is USD 45'490. 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.

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