Programme Officer (Ecosystem Management)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Gland, , CH

The Global Ecosystem Management Programme (GEMP) is a thematic programme of the IUCN Secretariat that works under a mandate provided by IUCN membership with a focus on delivering key transformations in the conservation, restoration and management of ecosystems. GEMP works as a delocalised team across several IUCN duty stations with the majority of the staff divided between its Gland-based Headquarters, Washington D.C. office and Nairobi, Kenya. It also directly links to, and supports coordination between a worldwide network of over 50 regional and country level offices, with the objective of adding value to the work of IUCN members through both field-based and policy-orientated interventions.

The Programme Officer Ecosystem Management will support project management and delivery of IUCN’s projects on NbS and ecosystem management, such as EcoDRR. This would also involve liaising closely with other consortium members of projects, creating linkages with IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management and supporting collaborations between the assigned projects and IUCN’s work, especially work on the IUCN Global Standard for NbS. Furthermore, the position will be tasked with improving coordination and communication mechanisms within IUCN secretariat for improved information flows and collaborations on NbS. The role would also support outreach and communications externally, in order to promote the concept of NbS and support the rollout of the standard. The Programme Officer would be tasked with carrying out desk research on specific topics related to ecosystem approaches, keeping track of latest published literature that could inform IUCN’s work, add to capacity development efforts on NbS, internally and externally.

To work effectively on the tasks above, the Projects Officer is expected to build his/her knowledge and skills on ecosystem management approach and its applications, esp in the context of NbS, in order to provide substantive project, technical and communications support to the work.

1. Project Management Support

• Under the supervision of Director, GEMP, support the management and delivery of assigned NbS and ecosystem management projects;
• Assist with tracking project budget expenditure and project management actions on the IUCN portal;
• Support specific tasks and workflows in ways that generate opportunities to leverage IUCN’s Global Standard and other tools within these projects;
• Coordinate with project teams to organize regular meetings, attend and actively contribute to such meetings;
• Prepare drafts of donor and technical reports required for project implementation, support their finalization through seeking inputs and approvals.

2. Dissemination, communication and NbS data management

• Organise a series of technical webinars that discuss NbS relevant issues, maintaining a calendar of events for such webinars;
• Support the development and maintenance of the website and database for the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions, managing relationship with the User Group of the IUCN Global Standard;
• Provide regular communication on NbS development through websites, email communications, virtual sessions, social media and related outreach activities.

3. Development and expansion of collaborative networks

• Design the strategy for and support the development of the first key national and regional hubs for NbS, collaborating with regional offices, members and NbS focal points;
• Coordinate the embedding of the IUCN Global Standard in relevant IUCN NbS Group projects such as NetworkNature, promoting IUCNs presence in regional networks.
• Assist with the set up of the components of the governance structure of the IUCN Global Standard including meetings such as those of the International Standard Committee and the Scientific Committee;
• Identify and follow up on resourcing opportunities for engaging in or establishing regional or global networks, including through providing support in proposal development.

4. Internal coordination and capacity development

• Establish efficient ways for internal coordination amongst different IUCN programmes and offices, whereby regular updates on NbS are shared amongst technical staff in a systematic and timely manner;
• Assist with developing training material on NbS for training of trainers and targeted training packages for specific sectors;
• Support the delivery of (virtual or in-person) trainings, internally and externally

 • Competencies

1. Enthusiastic commitment and vision, characterized by:
• A commitment to nature conservation, ecosystem management approaches and sustainable development.
• Ability to leverage the latest virtual technologies to disseminate and amplify NbS knowledge and messages.

2. Integrity, maturity and trust, as characterized by:
• Unimpeachable integrity as evidenced by behavior, communication style and way of handling ambiguous or difficult situations.
• Clear commitment to embracing and contributing to a culture of high performance and accountability.
• Demonstrated commitment to working within teams diverse in gender, nationality and background to achieve business results.
• A well-developed sense of self-awareness with an ability to proactively manage one’s own strengths and weaknesses and understand how these influence the performance and motivation of other colleagues.

3. Professional competencies, characterized by:
• Demonstrable wiillingness to learn and grow professionally, including through responding to feedback.
• Ability and commitment to act in accordance with the core values of integrity, respect for diversity and professionalism as spelled out in IUCN’s Code of Conduct and Professional Ethics.
• Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.

4. Commitment to accountable and high quality delivery
• A clear and unambiguous work ethic that understands the necessity of, and demonstrates willingness to adhere to, institutional procedures and standards.
• A clear sense of institutional propriety with respect to accountability and transparency at both the individual and team level.
• An enthusiasm for and commitment to understanding and contributing to tangible, equitable and durable change processes in the field of conservation and sustainable development.

5. Sound judgment and decision making, characterized by:
• Experience in identifying key issues in a complex situation, and consulting, gathering, and analyzing relevant information before proposing and implementing decisive actions or recommendations.
• Well-organized and logical in thought and action.
• Ability to anticipate, assess and account for political and reputational risk associated with contested or divergent technical issues.

• Requirements

• At least 5 years’ work experience at a professional level, preferably within an international organisation setting and with field experience.
• Demonstrable expriences in project management knowledge and skills.
• Evidence of experience with virtual technologies and apps that can be used in creating and engaging virtual networks of collaborators and being able to function virtually.
• Prior experience with development of conservation or sustainable projects is highly desirable.
• Masters Degree or equivalent in Ecology, Biology, Geography or a relevant field.
• Fluency in English and at least one additional IUCN official language (French or Spanish); demonstrated ability for report writing and ability to communicate complicated technical issues to a wide range of audiences and cultures.
• Deep understanding of, and passion for, biodiversity conservation.
• Willing and able to travel internationally on a regular basis and for extended periods.


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