Field Coordinator (USAID Project; two positions)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Karachi, Pakistan 🇵🇰

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

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of 1,300 member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

IUCN Pakistan has been awarded the project ‘Integrated Approach for Education, Capacity Building and Livelihood Development of Coastal Communities in Sindh and in Balochistan Provinces’ under USAID Small Grants and Ambassador Fund Programme. The Project will be implemented by IUCN Pakistan through Country Office – Karachi during the period September 2016 to September 2017.

The objectives of the project are to promote integrated coastal management by running an environmental education program in 50 schools through awareness sessions, educational visits and dissemination of posters; Conducting research in the illegal trade of freshwater turtles and recommending measures for addressing the same; Conserving sea turtles by protecting their nests and creating awareness among beach hut watchers; Building capacity of fisher folk in natural resource management; and Promoting mangrove based eco-tourism by constructing required infrastructure, developing an ecotourism operational plan, and capacitating local civil society organization for active involvement in the same.

We are searching for self-motivated professionals who have a proven track record of meeting challenges through proactive approaches.

The incumbent will be responsible for implementation of the project activities in the coastal areas of Pakistan under the supervision and guidance of the Environmental Education Expert and the Project Manager – USAID Project.


The incumbent will be responsible for:

1. Under the direct supervision of the Environmental Education Expert, provide technical backstopping, advice and support in implementation of the project activities.
2. Support in local coordination and implementation of capacity building and awareness-raising sessions, events, workshop in local schools and fisher folks under the project.
3. Liaise with local communities/fisher folk and ensure their participation in awareness raising and capacity building workshops/trainings under the project.
4. Undertake mobilization and identification of local communities/fisher folk at the project site for participation in project activities.
5. Maintain regular interaction with the project communities through monthly meetings to generate local support for project implementation.
6. Monitor and liaise with turtle watchers to gather field data for monitoring and reporting of the project activities.
7. Reporting monthly progress of implementation of the project activities in the field.
8. Provide facilitation in local coordination with relevant stakeholders and in making local logistic arrangements for the implementation of the project activities and data collection for monitoring purposes.

Any other relevant duties not specifically mentioned above and assigned by the supervisor(s) from time to time.

 • Bachelor’s degree in environment related disciplines or Sociology. In case of good previous experience of working with local communities the lower level of education may be considered.

• Have 3 year’s field experience of working with coastal communities.

• Good knowledge about the issues related to environment and sustainable development and ability to execute it through education and communication.

• Be enthusiastic to work with the local communities and a task achiever.

• Proficiency in all MS Office applications and in particular Outlook, Word and Excel and any other related computer software also required.

• Well versed with English, Urdu and local languages (Sindhi and Balochi will be added advantage).


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).

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IUCN works on biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.