Deadline: 27 December 2019
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Senior Programme Officer – Conservation Areas and Species Programme in Pretoria, South Africa. The duration of this post is 36 months.
The Senior Programme Officer – Conservation Areas and Species Programme is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient implementation of BIOPAMA and other on-going projects/programmes within the CAS portfolio.
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Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Senior Programme Officer will perform the following functions:
- Programme management and implementation:
- Ensure the implementation of existing CAS projects in accordance with the project documents, supporting agreements (e.g. contracts, MOUs, PAs, IAs etc.), annual work plans and the procedures of IUCN, as well as those of the donor, European Union (EU).
- Supervise and manage the BIOPAMA technical and administrative support staff (BIOPAMA Technical Officer – Regional Resource Hub, BIOPAMA Action Component Project Officer and BIOPAMA Administrative Assistant).
- Manage the relationship with the Observatory (Regional Resource Hub) host institution technical staff and refer to the Technical Coordinator any issues requiring high level intervention.
- Provide capacity strengthening to project partners to improve delivery of specific project activities and objectives.
- Assist in building and maintaining strong relationships with relevant IUCN partners.
- Assist in overseeing and developing the relationship between IUCN and its donors and implementing partners ensuring that these partners are appraised of and satisfied with progress of projects in the CAS portfolio.
- Represent IUCN ESARO at any relevant BIOPAMA governance structures and mechanisms (e.g. Project Steering Committees).
- Keep regular contact with the IUCN global and JRC teams involved in BIOPAMA implementation in the ESARO region including attending relevant physical and virtual meetings and consultation.
- Working closely with the CAS Technical Coordinator support the development of project proposals with a particular focus on leveraging additional funds related to Protected Areas initiatives.
- Financial Support:
- Liaise with IUCN ESARO Finance Officers regarding compliance with donors’ contractual, reporting and financial requirements.
- Ensure timely financial reporting to headquarters and donor partners, by providing the finance department withthe relevant project/programme information on a timely basis.
- Ensure regular review, analysis and monitoring of project financial reports and communicate any over-under expenditure observations to the Technical Coordinator on a timely basis.
- Ensure timely procurement of project assets and ensure all processes are in line with the IUCN Internal Control systems and donor requirements.
- Monitoring and evaluation:
- Ensure that BIOPAMA and any other projects assigned to the SPO develop and effectively implement M&E frameworks and systems, in line IUCN guidelines and procedures as well as that required by specific projects.
- Ensure that all the information related to the implementation of projects is adequately filed, organized and updated for easy access.
- Identify and use lessons to inform practice.
Applicants must have:
- An advanced degree in natural science related to biodiversity conservation, protected areas or related fields.
- At least 7 years of relevant working experience in the eastern and southern Africa region.
- At least 5 years in management and administration of projects in the field of biodiversity conservation, natural resources or environmental management, including management of donor grants and donor relations, technical and financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience with previous European Commission projects and with the management of grant-making facilities in Eastern and Southern Africa would be a distinct advantage.
- Experience in resource mobilisation including strong proposal writing skills.
- A good understanding of current and emerging environmental issues in the region, particularly those related to protected areas and biodiversity conservation approaches and policies in the region.
- Good understanding of the main international multilateral environmental agreements such as the Convention of Biological Diversity, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and the World Heritage Convention.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Ability to communicate in French and/or Portuguese an added advantage.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit IUCN.