Environment/NRM Specialist

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Peshawar, Pakistan
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
10+ Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
English and Urdu and Local Language


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IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organizations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

IUCN and the FATA Secretariat are implementing the project Revitalizing Environment in Tribal Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) through Pro-poor and Pro-gender Environmental Development with the financial assistance of Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC). 

Consisting of seven administrative Agencies and six smaller Frontier Regions, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is situated between the latitudes of 31° and 35° North, and the longitudes of 69° 15' and 71° 50' East. It spans over an approximate area of 27,220 km2. It shares its boundaries with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly NWFP) to the east, Balochistan to its south and Afghanistan to its west. On March 2, 2017, the Government of Pakistan considered a proposal to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and to repeal the Frontier Crimes Regulations, which are currently applicable to the tribal areas. However, some political parties have opposed the merger, and called for the tribal areas to instead and other natural resources in the Tribal Districts are reduced; technical capacities of relevant become a separate province of Pakistan. On 24 May 2018, the National Assembly of Pakistan voted in favour of an amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan to merge the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly then approved the historic merger FATA-KP bill on 28 May 2018 making FATA officially part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

The project “Revitalizing Environment in Tribal Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) through Pro-poor and Pro-gender Environmental Development is designed to produce outputs which are expected to contribute to the realization of project outcomes if certain frame conditions exist. The assumed theory of change is that if the existing and potential future threats to stakeholders to conceive, design, plan and implement pro-poor and pro-environment development projects and programs are enhanced and institutionalized; and there is increased availability of information and awareness about environmental issues and the natural and cultural resources in the region, all these will cumulatively and synergistically contribute to and support pro-poor and pro-environment development in the Tribal Districts. These in turn will ensure water, food, income and environmental security as well as increase landscape and community resilience to climate change. When the above mentioned project outcomes are realized, these will lead to better environmental, economic, social and institutional impacts on the ecology, economy and society. 

Main opportunities for this development approach in different landscapes in the region lie in the following areas:

  • Rehabilitation and re-vegetation of River Basins of the Rivers flowing through the Tribal Districts;
  • Conservation and promoting judicious use of ground and surface water resources through integrated management of water resources;
  • Restoration of degraded natural forest lands and planting over blank areas;
  • Improving productivity of crop lands;
  • Integration of silvo-pastoral systems and Improving productivity of grass lands and range lands;
  • Integration of trees and crops growing on crop lands; and
  • Assessing and protecting the natural heritage of Tribal Districts such as its landscapes and biodiversity including vegetation and wildlife.



Under the supervision and guidance of Team Leader Revitalizing Environment in Tribal Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) through Pro-poor and Pro-gender Environmental Development and in close collaboration with concerned directorates of FATA, advisors/consultants for other components, the Environment and Natural Resource Management Specialist will be responsible for facilitating and supporting the integration of the present Environment Cell in FATA into the new institutional environment of the KP Province; documenting and disseminating the existing knowledge in the forthcoming KP/FATA merger; enhancing the technical capacities of key stakeholder groups to develop and implement pro-poor, pro-gender and pro-environment projects; and increasing/improving availability of information on and awareness of the landscape and natural heritage of Tribal Districts to enhance opportunities for nature-based ecotourism and biodiversity related tourism.


  1. To assist in transformation and strengthening of FATA Environment Cell as Tribal Districts Environment Directorate in EPA, KP.
  2. To build capacities of Tribal Districts Environment and other relevant existing Directorates in Environment Policy, Environmental Profile and Mainstreaming of Environment into Development Planning.
  3. To document and disseminate the existing Environmental and Water Governance Knowledge (reports, studies, etc.) to the relevant stakeholders.
  4. To prepare two Watershed Management Plans, one each for the catchment area of River Gomal and Panjkora/Swat falling in Tribal Districts.
  5. To assist in the establishment of four number Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) demonstration projects, two each in the selected basins.
  6. To prepare two Plans for Rehabilitation and Restoration of Degraded Natural Forests in Tribal Districts.
  7. To develop one Plan for Integrated Silvo-pastoral System in Tribal Districts.
  8. To develop one Plan for Improving Productivity of Crop Lands in Tribal Districts.
  9. To develop one Plan for Controlling Irrational Cutting of Coniferous, Oak and Other Trees for Fuelwood Purposes.
  10. To assist in increasing/improving availability of information on and awareness of the landscape and natural heritage of Tribal Districts to enhance opportunities for nature-based eco-tourism and biodiversity related tourism.
  11. To assist in documentation of Natural Heritage of Tribal Districts. 
  12. Any other relevant tasks as required and assigned by your line managers/supervisor(s).


  • A Ph.D with 7 years minimum or Master’s degree holder in Environmental Sciences/Environmental Planning/Environmental Management and and/or Forestry/Agriculture/Natural Resource Management (NRM) related discipline with 10 years’ experience in environment sector and/or NRM related project in public and private sector.
  • 10 years’ experience in environment sector and/or NRM related project in public and private sector.
  • Sound understanding of environmental standards and NRM practices applied in KP and Pakistan and sound understanding of NRM related issues of Merged Areas, formally FATA, of KP.
  • Sound background of conducting EIA, IEE and EIS and other relevant techniques for Environmental Assessment, Conservation, Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation & DRR coupled with a strong working experience with Public and Private sector working for NRM and Environment activities.
  • Strong skills in MS Office, Excel, Word processing and Power Point etc.
  • Excellent ability to prepare technical reports & documents.
  • Well versed in written and spoken English/Urdu and local language with strong analytical and interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team and willing to travel in connection with project activities.


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