Project Manager for a USAID Project Proposal

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Quito, Ecuador
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
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NOTE: The initial contract for this position is of two years (renewable by mutual agreement).

The Regional Office for South America (UICN-Sur) was established in 1991 in Quito, Ecuador, and is an important part of the regional network of IUCN Together with more than 100 member organizations and almost 1,000 volunteer scientists from IUCN Commissions, UICN-Sur has been working for more than 20 years on the implementation of biodiversity and natural resources sustainable management and conservation projects in the region.

UICN-SUR is recognized as a leader in strengthening regional networks, in the generation and dissemination of information as well as in the promotion of conservation strategies and policies. In addition, it has played an important role in supporting national governments and civil society organizations in the development of public policies, supporting and advising decision making processes and the implementation of actions towards sustainable development.

IUCN believes that biodiversity and natural resources management and conservation are determined by choices made by society which lead us to promote improved environmental governance processes. Therefore reforms of governance systems only occur with the support of an informed society which requires the effective involvement of the actors and the negotiation of interests. Regionally, UICN-Sur is acknowledged as a convening organization due to its capacity to facilitate multi stakeholders’ dialogues, gathering academy, field practitioners, governmental, nongovernmental and multilateral organizations as well as the private sector.

UICN-Sur provides its members and partners with tools and methods to assess the social impact of their conservation initiatives in the context of a changing climate, through the provision of information and a clear understanding of the linkages between social and environmental dynamics. UICN-Sur continuously works with the multilateral environmental agreements in the South American countries to prepare and advise them on their positions
For UICN-Sur, strengthened environmental governance is fundamental to promoting societal choices towards biodiversity and natural resources sustainable management and conservation.

The South American Regional Programme is designed and implemented in close collaboration with the Director General and IUCN’s Senior Management Team as well as with IUCN Members, members of IUCN Commissions in the region, and partners, such as governments and government agencies, NGOs,, agencies from the UN system, bi- and multilateral donors, and foundations.

The IUCN’s Regional Office for South America is identifying candidates for a Program Manager (PM) for a competitive proposal to be submitted to USAID for an expected duration of five years related to implement the Amazon Indigenous Rights and Resources Activity (AIRR). It is anticipated that this project will improve participation of indigenous peoples as key protagonists in the sustainable development of the Amazon, ultimately leading to the conservation of biodiversity and reduced emissions from forest loss. This participation includes strengthened indigenous organizations, improved capacity for advocacy of indigenous peoples' rights and more favorable terms of negotiation with national and sub-national governments, energy and mining industries, and others that threaten their traditional territories, as well as strengthened positions of indigenous productive enterprises that are sustainable.

The application process for PM identification will result in a selection of the more competent and best suited candidate who will be included in the staff list and with whom a commitment exclusivity agreement will be signed. The formal contractual process will depend upon the award of the grant provided by USAID.


She/he will be a full time job, responsible for the overall leadership and strategic technical and administrative oversight, including planning, monitoring, management of the project and serve as the principal institutional liaison to USAID. She/he will support for the implementation of the project in the prioritized areas at local, national and regional levels. She/he will be responsible for an effective integration of the different Activity objectives of the project to ensure achievement of the project purpose and its integration into the broader Amazon Regional Environment Program (AREP) in coordination with the other initiatives of that program.

The PM will directly supervise and provide strategic institutional and technical support and guidance to the interdisciplinary team, including IUCN staff as well as the members of the consortium working within the project as well as to other members, partners, contractors, communities and organizations at local, national and regional levels.

The PM will represent AIRR in regional and international contexts and be responsible for AIRR´s activities. He/She will be responsible for ensuring development and implementation of the sustainability plan for AIRR. He/She will coordinate with other USAID, US related projects and other initiatives to capitalize on the efforts and resources invested in complementary activities, and to leverage partnership and resources ensuring also capacity building for the sustainability of the project results.

She/he will ensure compliance with all project commitments, including delivery of quality reports and compliance with performance indicators. She/he will be accountable for supervision of the project staff and coordinate with consultants on agreed scopes of work and subsequent deliverables hired for this project and serve as the principal liaison with donors and program partners; in particular s/he will ensure the compliance with institutional branding and marking.

The Program Manager will ensure that the project promotes social inclusion in particular for Indigenous People, gender equality, youth participation and avoids adverse impacts, and strongly supports communication and knowledge management within the project and throughout the region.

S/he will facilitate and coordinate negotiations with participating indigenous organizations, national and sub-national governments, and private sector actors to ensure that AIRR activity objectives are met.


• At least Master’s Degree on business, law (human rights or environmental), environment management, natural resource management, geography, anthropology, biodiversity, climate change, sustainable development, international development or a similar field related to the project’s thematic priorities.

• A minimum of 10 years of experience in fields related to: indigenous governance and associated enterprise development, promotion of sound governance of IP and private sector engagement and partnerships, indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, natural resources management and/or infrastructure and extractive projects impacts /conflict resolution, natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, including experience in Latin America and in particular in the Amazon Region.

• Experience working with indigenous peoples and organizations on indigenous rights, organizational development, advocacy, enterprise development, and other project interventions.

• Proven experience and leadership in the administration of USAID and similar international donor support programs in South America with skills in strategic planning, implementation, supervision and budgeting.

• Proven ability to lead multidisciplinary teams and organizations across wide geographies with working proficiency in English and Spanish. French and Portuguese would be an asset.

• Knowledge and experience with South America institutions and network in particular local, national and regional organizations related to Indigenous People and the extractive private sector

• Proven experience with USAID procedures at technical, administrative, financial and strategic approach of USAID.

• Ability to work under pressure and to deal tactfully with sensitive political and indigenous issues.

• A proven track record of managing adaptive organizations and handling complex operations and diverse teams with time-sensitive deliverables.

• Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender and youth issues.

• Excellent managerial, analytical, interpersonal, negotiating and team building skills.

• Problem solving skills, creativity, collaboration and willingness to innovate.

• Excellent command of English and Spanish with demonstrated ability to speak and write. Good working knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset.

• Functional word processing, spreadsheet and computer skills.

• Willingness to travel frequently in South America, mostly in the Amazon region.

• Willingness to live and work in Quito, Ecuador, or Lima, Perú.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

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