Programme Manager (Environmental Law Programme)

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


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The Environmental Law Programme (ELP) is the principal source of environmental governance and legal expertise to the IUCN Programme.
The work of the ELP is carried out by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and IUCN Global, Regional and Country Programmes.
The ELC’s primary areas of work are:
• The conceptual development of environmental law and policy at international and national levels.
• Provision of strategic and technical advice to implement environmental law at national and local levels.
• Strengthening of national and local capacities to foster the effective implementation of environmental law at global, national and local levels.
• Development of information and sharing of knowledge on environmental policy, law and governance for effective decision-making.

At present, the ELC’s work focuses on governance and legal issues relating to various aspects of biological diversity, climate change, Nature based Solutions and transboundary resources. Other new areas of programmatic intervention for the ELC may emerge as a result of the evolution of the IUCN Programme.
The ELC maintains the world’s premier environmental law information service: ECOLEX –The Gateway to Environmental Law, a partnership between IUCN, FAO and UNEP.



The incumbent is responsible for coordinating the delivery of the ELC’s programme of work and has the following specific duties:

a) Development and Implementation of the ELC component programme

• Coordinate the substantive implementation of the ELC contribution to the IUCN Programme.
• Supervise the work of the ELC project managers ensuring timely delivery.
• Ensure that IUCN standards, policies, and tools for project development, management and tracking are applied at the ELC, such as the Project Appraisal and Approval System (PAAS) and the IUCN Project Portal.
• Support the ELC finance management in the preparation and delivery of the ELC annual budget and workplan and its mid-year review.
• Advise the ELC Director on issues and trends related to the ELC pipeline and portfolio development and implementation.
• Manage monthly, bimonthly, and annual reporting processes in line with the IUCN reporting requirements.

b) Portfolio development and resource mobilization

• Oversee the development and implementation of any relevant ELC programmatic intervention ensuring consistency with IUCN relevant policies and procedures as well as with the ELC’s mandate.
• Supervise the development of the ELC project pipeline, including formulation and submission of projects, and follow up actions.
• Support and enable the ELC project managers in the design of project interventions and coordinate closely with potential donors and partners.
• Closely collaborate with IUCN global thematic programmes, regional programmes, and IUCN Commissions to develop and maintain an adequate portfolio and the resources needed to deliver the ELC contributions to the IUCN Programme.

c) Information management, outreach and other duties

• Coordinate and supervise the delivery of internal and external reports, and project audits.
• Coordinate and supervise the preparation and delivery of outreach materials and documents relating to the ELC, its initiatives, projects, and activities.
• Supervise the work of interns assigned to his/her area of work.
• Represent the ELC Director in relevant meetings and conferences.
• Perform any other duties assigned by the ELC Director.


• Advanced university degree in environmental sciences, natural resources management, political sciences, international relations, or law with emphasis in environmental and natural resources issues.

• • A minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible work experience in those fields. Work experience in developing countries is desirable.

• • Proven experience in developing, fundraising, and managing large scale projects in relevant areas of work of the ELC.

• Excellent research, writing and analytical skills.

• • Experience in working with Governments, International Organizations, and NGOs is an advantage.

• • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.

• • Fluency in oral and written English is required. Working knowledge in other IUCN official languages desirable. Working knowledge of German is an advantage.

• Computer literacy of office applications and the internet.

• • Only those candidates complying with all the requirements stated above are invited to send their application.


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