Project Director (PD): USAID/Honduras Conserving Coastal Ecosystems Activity

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Tegucigalpa, Honduras 🇭🇳

Vacancy #:  6117
Unit:  ORMACC – Biodiversity and Rights
Organisation:  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:  Honduras Country Office, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Reporting to:  Coordinador de País
Work percentage:  100%
Grade:  SP
Expected start date:  01 October 2022
Type of contract:  Indefinite
Closing date:  09 September 2022


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-ORMACC) Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, through its Country Office in Honduras is seeking an exceptionally qualified and highly motivated professional to serve as Activity Leader for an innovative and exciting USAID-funded project in Honduras, the USAID/Honduras Conserving Coastal Ecosystems (CCE).

This Activity (CCE) will be implemented by the consortium formed by IUCN (consortium leader) and the Foundation for Rural Business Development (FUNDER). The activity leader, in coordination with the IUCN Country Representative in Honduras, will lead the implementation of the project, effectively translating the initial vision into a shared vision, fostering collaboration, coordination and consensus with the consortium partner (FUNDER) and other local agencies or organizations that will support its implementation in the prioritized areas of intervention. He/she will also lead effective governance mechanisms to achieve the objectives of the activity.

The project (CCE) will target at least 10,000 individuals in municipalities near priority coastal wetlands systems covering at least 150,000 hectares of biological significance in two priority landscapes: one along Honduras’ Caribbean coast; and one along Honduras’ Pacific coast.

The Activity has two main objectives: i) to identify and implement coastal ecosystem management models aimed at improving biophysical conditions in biologically important areas along the Honduran coasts and Bay Islands; and, ii) to support the private sector, local governments and other organized groups to create, promote and influence conditions to expand economic opportunities. Specifically, with the implementation of this Activity, it is expected to: (i) increase the effectiveness of coastal ecosystem management inside and outside protected areas; (ii) increase political, economic and financial incentives for coastal wetland management; (iii) improve market functioning for sustainable commodities by increasing the trade capacity and productivity of the private sector in selected value chains; iv) increase the effectiveness of economic governance by improving political will, legal and policy frameworks, and the mobilization and management of public financial resources for sustainable commodity production; and, v) Increase the economic inclusion of sustainable commodities by improving access to alternative financing and employment opportunities.


He/She selected candidate will report to the IUCN Country Representative in Honduras and will have to supervise the technical and administrative team that he will be in charge of; will direct the day-to-day management of the project. The project director’s headquarters will be located in Tegucigalpa City, although as part of his responsibilities he/she will be required to travel to work on the north coast and in the Gulf of Fonseca region.

The activity leader will play a key role in execution, in the design and implementation of a rigorous monitoring, evaluation and learning system and in the incorporation of social and environmental safeguards, with special emphasis on gender equity, inclusion of youth, and inclusion of and respect for the rights of the Garifuna people.

The selected candidate must have solid knowledge and experience in the execution of field projects that integrate conservation efforts and sustainable territorial economic development, in particular in the promotion of initiatives that have contributed to the improvement of the management and governance of natural ecosystems inside and outside protected areas (ideally in coastal ecosystems), as well as in the promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that generate jobs, through economic activities that have applied sustainable practices throughout the value chain .

The Activity Leader will ensure high-quality and timely presentation of quarterly, semi-annual, and annual technical and financial reporting to USAID. He/she will monitor the procurement plan in accordance with USAID and IUCN rules and regulations and ensure that contracts and partners adhere to USAID and IUCN rules and regulations. He/she will also visualize the Activity not only in the medium but also in the long term as a self-sustaining mechanism that integrates the participation of multiple actors and sectors at a landscape scale, and coordinates and articulates investments with local participation and, in general, will lead the model of investment and conservation with a landscape approach to reduce pressures and threats to coastal ecosystems.

He/she will also promote and coordinate working relationships with governments, buyers, donors and investors. In addition, you will collaborate with IUCN colleagues from the Country (Honduras) and Regional (Costa Rica) Offices.

It is anticipated that this will be a full-time, five-year position, although the eventual hiring depends on the final award of the contract.


Leadership and management
• Leads and manages the Activity/project team – providing strategic direction, vision, coordination, resource management, and supervision required to accomplish strategic goals and objectives and to deliver superior quality products.
• Directs the preparation of the annual work plans, budgets, and annual progress reports, submitting timely, accurate and professional reports that meet donor requirements.
• Directs and oversees grant implementation, ensuring that all strategic objectives are met through proper design, staffing, implementation, and quality assurance.
• Establishes and maintains effective project reporting, evaluation, and communication systems
• Oversees the completion of all technical requirements, including project results and deliverables, developing solutions to keep deliverables on track and motivate staff and partners.
• In agreement with the IUCN Country Representative in Honduras, liaises with USAID and all internal and external stakeholders, creating and maintaining critical and strategic alliances for IUCN.
• Ensures efficient and effective use of resources to achieve desired project results, overseeing work plans, budgets and finances in accordance with USAID and IUCN procedures.
• Leads all social and environmental safeguards requirements and plans of the “Activity” for their successful completion and implementation, including consultations and applications of the principle of free, prior and informed consent with the Garifuna people, gender mainstreaming, climate change risk analysis, compliance with environmental requirements, promoting affirmative actions that potential inclusion of women, young people in conservation and economic development initiatives, and driving the rights-based approach to conservation and sustainable territorial economic development.
• Performs other duties as required.

Strategic alliances and partnerships
• In coordination with the IUCN country representative in Honduras, supports the structuring and operation of the project’s executive and advisory committees.
• Manages the day-to-day relationship with partners and other agencies responsible for project implementation.
• Promotes relationships and joint work with civil society and private sector organisations, enhancing the development of synergies and complementarities for the successful implementation of the project.
• Establishes communication and coordination mechanisms at the territorial level with authorities of related public entities and municipal governments, maximising political, institutional and, if possible, technical and financial support for the achievement of the project’s objectives.

People and resource management responsibilities

• This position directly and indirectly supervises project staff and consultants.
• Oversees all project staff and builds local and institutional capacity, including managing and mentoring.
• This position manages a significant public funding project and budget.
• Each month, completes time sheets and review and approve time sheets of the project personnel.
• Ensure strict compliance with USAID and IUCN regulations and policies, both administratively and financially, as well as in terms of visibility, communications and monitoring, evaluation and learning and implementation of social and environmental safeguards.

Other tasks
• Represent in external and internal IUCN meetings, at national, regional and international levels, as needed.
• Participate in meetings of the IUCN Honduras country office staff and in other meetings convened by the regional office.
• Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by the line manager.
• Support in leveraging and mobilizing funds to strengthen the project portfolio facilitated by IUCN in Honduras.
• Maintain the IUCN Project Portal up to date.
• Promote coordination and collaboration with IUCN members in Honduras and global commissions.
• Other duties related to their position as assigned by their immediate supervisor.


• Master’s degree in relevant discipline or field related to the objectives of the project. Advanced degree strongly preferred;

• At least ten years of experience managing aspects of complex activities of similar scale, with a particular emphasis on enterprise development in the context of coastal biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation preferred;

• Technical expertise in areas such as agricultural and marine value chain development, economic growth (linking small farmers with domestic and international markets), small and medium-size enterprise business development, poverty reduction, coastal biodiversity conservation, and/or climate change;

• Experience in creating enabling environments to promote innovation and transformative change within implementation teams and partners.

• Experience working with local communities and indigenous peoples and applications of social and environmental safeguards preferred;

• Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, proactiveness, creative problem-solving and ethical management;

• Experience working with local communities and indigenous peoples and applications of social and environmental safeguards preferred;

• At least five (5) years of management experience, including direct supervision of professional and support staff and the formation of teams working on integrated conservation and development programs.

• Experience in the field execution of projects in Honduras is desirable, including in areas where indigenous and/or Garifuna peoples live and occupy.

• Proven leadership in the administration of similar activities with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision, and budgeting.

• Experience and knowledge of relevant donor regulations, policies, and procedures with demonstrated success managing international projects of similar scope and scale.

• Proven ability to engage and collaborate effectively and establish strong working relationships with senior representatives of national and local government, the private sector and civil society.

• Demonstrated ability to implement projects with rigorous timelines and deliverables and to track program quality through donor approved monitoring and evaluation systems.

• Superb technical and analytical skills.

• Superior interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills with written and oral English and Spanish fluency required.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

• Previous Project Director, Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party experience preferred.

• Willingness to travel on a weekly basis to the regions covered by the project.


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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website:


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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website:

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Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 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.

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