Deputy Program Manager for a Project Proposal

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Quito, Ecuador
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 


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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 Deputy Program Manager (DPM) 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. 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 DPM 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.


The Deputy Program Manager (DPM) will take on coordination tasks to support the Program Manager (PM) in managing the overall project’s implementation and oversee performance, management and operations. With a 100% dedication time he/she will:
• Supervise the day-to-day work of the Amazon Indigenous Rights and Resources Activity team and in particular the Field Teams in the prioritized areas of the project;
• Support and supervise the technical and operative preparation and implementation of sub-awards, contracts, work plans, budgets, transfer of funds, and timely submission and quality control of technical and financial reports and products.
• Contribute and follow the implementation of strategies and issues related to communication, social inclusion in particular for indigenous people and gender equality and empowerment.
• Provide technical assistance on governance and related biodiversity conservation and economic development to the project team and partners.
• Support the PM to ensure operational relationship -technical focal point- with regional networks and organizations.
• Contribute to the promotion and coordination of the project with key national stakeholders; supporting the staff at central level and the field teams in establishing synergies with organizations and institutions at different levels to ensure complementarity of the project activity.
• Contribute to the coordination with other on-going initiatives (from USAID, other donors and national/ regional initiatives) to ensure synergies and complementary efforts.
• Be the Project focal point for the coordination of the technical backstopping with IUCN and other main partners to ensure the provision of the technical support as planned and requested.


• At least Master’s Degree in natural resources management, environmental economics, forest economics, sustainable development, international development or a similar field related to the project’s thematic priorities

• At least 6 years of experience in senior management roles within similar international and/or regional organizations in South America with direct supervision of professional and support staff, and technical assistance in fields related to the subject matter of the project, such as, landscape planning, biodiversity conservation, sustainable natural resource management, indigenous enterprise development, private sector engagement and partnerships, indigenous rights, natural resources management, and/or infrastructure, extractives project impacts, local communities governance, gender integration, among others.

• Proven leadership and organizational skills, successfully managing and coordinating regional, large, complex and diverse teams.

• Experience in coordination and negotiation with organizations and stakeholders at sub national and local levels in the South American Region – in particular in the Amazon Region: indigenous partners, local communities and the private and public sector.

• Experience in coordination with international cooperation agencies, preferably with USAID.

• Excellent communication capabilities.

• Proven experience and leadership in the administration of USAID (preferred) or similar international donor support programs in South America with skills in management processes and systems, such as human resources management and development, financial management and management of staff.

• Extensive experience working with international donors

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

• Fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish. Portuguese is an advantage.

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

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

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

• Willingness to travel frequently in the areas of the project intervention.


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

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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