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Programme Officer

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).

    Personal Attributes

  • 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

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