Project Development Officer and GEF & GCF Coordinator

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 🇧🇫

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together nearly 1,100 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. Within the framework of global conventions IUCN has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices while some 150 work are based at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men
The Project Development Officer and GEF & GCF Coordinator is a strategic position in the development of the portfolio and the performance framework of the IUCN West and Central Africa Programme, in line with IUCN’s global programme framework for 2017-2020 and beyond. The regional programme for PACO is implemented in collaboration with 122 IUCN members, 25 countries (with offices in 11 of them), IUCN Commissions and partners, such as the agencies from the UN system, bi- and multilateral donors, and foundations.

The Project Development Officer and GEF & GCF Coordinator will directly report to the Regional Programme Coordinator and will be responsible for providing adequate support to all PACO units in all aspects of the programme cycle.
He/she is responsible at regional level for the quality of the GEF/GCF projects in the regional portfolio to be submitted by the region.
He/she will be linked with global and regional support units responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Learing (PML) and with thematic staff responsible for PML in regional thematic programmes (e.g. Water, Forests, etc) in a community of practice. In his/her GEF/GCF responsibility he/she will be vertically linked to the GEF/GCF global unit. He/she will supervise and manage the M&E officer and evaluate his/her work plan

Leadership of projects, programmes and portfolios development
– Provide leadership and oversight to ensure efficient and cost effective development, monitoring and evaluation of projects, programmes and portfolios for IUCN West and Central Africa and effective delivery of expected results in line with the global systems requirements;
– In liaison with the GEF/GCF global unit, provide leadership and oversight to the development and promotion of any tools to support the development of the GEF/GCF programme and project planning cycle;
– Provide direct support in ensuring that all PACO units operationalizes the IUCN Project Appraisal and approval System (PAAS) guidelines;
– Work closely with the Finance on matters related to preparation of project budget and donor contracts and ensure that project provide for adequate IUCN cost recovery;
– Ensure alignment of specific project objectives with IUCN annual and intersessional plans and with relevant GEF/GCF strategic objectives ;
– In liaison with the GEF/GCF global unit, oversee the overall composition and quality of PACO GEF/GCF portfolio.

Programme and project planning, monitoring and reporting
– Provide guidance and direct oversight on project planning, through leadership on quality assurance and project approval systems with special emphasis on GEF/GCF project portfolio ;
– Build capacity within the PACO units and projects for high-level standard project development, planning, monitoring, reporting and learning with special emphasis on GEF/GCF projects ;
– In liaison with global reporting requirements, support preparation and implementation of programme and/or project monitoring plans, indicators and data collection tools;
– Ensure technical quality of project monitoring systems (plans, indicators, etc) and reporting to donors
– Participate in globally led efforts to improve the quality of monitoring (especially technical) of conservation and sustainable development results
– Support donor led project evaluation by helping set terms of reference, supporting appointment of review teams, data collection, preparation of quality reports, follow-up and use of evaluation results
– Design and lead internal evaluations, as required, to support the development of the regional programme
– Participate in globally led evaluations or reviews, as required.

Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Development
– Design programme/project related thematic learning frameworks (e.g. defining programme learning questions by thematic priority and/or project learning questions)
– Prepare learning plans connected to M&E plans (define data collection & collation tools; define data analysis and mechanisms for discussion/reflection; define participation and modes of interaction);
– Ensure use of learning for improvements in the design and implementation of programmes and projects.
– Synthesize findings, recommendations and lessons learned from project evaluations and ensure use for both improvement of projects and their management, as well as further programme development

 • – Candidates should possess a degree in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation or related fields and at least 8 years of relevant work experience preferably in an International Organization.
– Familiarity with a range of planning approaches as well as monitoring and indicator approaches favoured by IUCN’s key donors both at global and regional level;
– Familiarity with adult learning processes and research skills;
– Experience with designing, conducting and managing evaluation processes, including evaluation design, survey design, various data collection methods, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report writing, etc.;
– Ability to connect planning, monitoring and evaluation in a integrated cycle of programme and project improvement;
– Facilitation and capacity building skills;
– Ability to work with and provide service to technical units of the regional office.
– Proven writing ability
– Demonstrated spoken and written fluency in French and English
– Advanced computer processing skills

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