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Specific Responsibilities and tasks
1. Program management and implementation: Supporting processes to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of ongoing projects/programmes within the drylands portfolio. More specifically:
Support the timely implementation of funded projects in the portfolio in accordance with the project documents, supporting agreements (e.g. contracts, MOUs, PAIAs etc.), annual workplans and the procedures of IUCN;
Ensure that project/programme budgets are utilized and monitored in accordance with IUCN internal controls and donor agreements;
Facilitate WISP training workshops and participatory field exercises;
Support the collection, collation, and reporting of all project data and documents, and assist with the submission of technical progress reports according to the agreed formats and deadlines
Assist in providing technical support and facilitation to project activities and ensure quality outputs that meet the satisfaction of project partners;
Provide capacity strengthening to project partners to improve capacity to deliver on project activities and objectives;
2. Contribute to programme strategic development and implementation within the Ecosystem Management Programme (EMP) and Global Drylands Initiative (GDI):
Contribute to inter-sessional and annual programme planning;
Ensure projects within the portfolio contribute to and report against programme goals;
Contribute to annual work planning and budgeting for the EMP cost centre and GDI sub cost centre;
Develop and maintain working relationships with other IUCN component programmes and staff to develop and strengthen programme implementation;
3. Representation: Assist in building and maintaining strong relationships with IUCN partners. More specifically:
Maintain and develop relationships between IUCN and its donors and implementing partners, ensuring that these partners are appraised of and satisfied with project progress;
Use opportunities at internal and public events to raise the profile of the of the WISP and the GDI and identify strategic partnerships and initiatives;
Ensure working relationships between with IUCN members and Commission Members as well as other strategic partners;
As required and approved represent IUCN at internal and external meetings;
Represent IUCN at meetings conducted in French.
4. Monitoring, Evaluation and learning: Support the development and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and processes to support accountability and program learning. More specifically:
Contribute the development of a portfolio wide M&E framework which capture the aims and objectives of WISP;
Ensure that all projects develop and effectively implement M&E frameworks and systems, in line IUCN guidelines and procedures as well as that required by specific projects.
Contribute to developing capacity for M&E within 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;
Document and share lessons and experiences, as appropriate
5. Program growth and strategic guidance: Responsible for contributing to processes that guide the overall strategic direction and growth of the ESARO Programme and development of the Thematic Programmatic portfolios. More specifically:
Work closely with IUCN members and/or partners, and the line managers, to develop innovative fund raising proposals that address members and/or partner's needs;
In collaboration with other team members and project partners, investigate additional fund-raising possibilities to ensure the sustainability of project activities and the portfolio.
Support the heads of the WISP and the GDI to negotiate project funding with potential donors according to IUCN standards and guidelines on cost recovery;
Contribute to the communication goals of WISP and the GDI, especially when dealing with French speakers or readers.
Qualifications and Experience required
A Masters degree in a pastoralism-related discipline (preferably natural resources);
At least 5 years working experience, of which 3 must be in the management of projects in Natural Resource Management or a pastoralism-related field;
Experience with results-based project cycle management including monitoring and evaluation methodologies and project budget management;
Experience in participatory and community based development or natural resource management approaches;
A good understanding of pastoralism, Drylands conservation and sustainable development;
Proficiency in French and English, with competence in Arabic or Spanish an advantage;
Experience in interacting confidently with multiple stakeholders including with government officials and local communities;
Willingness to undertake regular field visits in challenging environments;
Excellent communication skills and proven writing ability;
Excellent IT and communication skills (e-mail, spreadsheet, word processing, database, website management).
Strong motivation for working on pastoralism, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development;
Ability to work with minimum supervision and function in multicultural and multidisciplinary environment;
A clear and analytical thinker and communicator;
High personal integrity especially in matters related to finance, official information and communications;
Strong organisational and administrative skills;
A good team worker who can also display leadership qualities;
Willingness to travel globally for not less than 30% of the working year, sometimes at a short notice.
Applicants are asked to submit their CV in English and a supporting letter of motivation along with the names and contact details of three referees, one of whom should be a recent employer by e-mail before 12 April, 2013: IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office Email: earohr [at] iucn.org IUCN is an Equal Opportunity employer
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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