Programme Coordinator/Country Representative

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Maputo, , MZ


The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates in twenty-four countries in the Horn of Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. The ESARO region is extremely rich in biodiversity with high number of endemic species and the largest remaining populations of iconic wildlife left on the continent. ESARO’s Programme focuses on biodiversity conservation through a diverse portfolio of projects and programmatic initiatives ranging from activities at the level of individual protected areas to shaping regional policy on biodiversity conservation. ESARO defines and delivers on its programmatic priorities in collaboration with IUCN members, commissions and other strategic partners. In Mozambique, IUCN began its activities in 1993 and established the country office in 1998. Since then, IUCN´s country representation in Mozambique has been developing various projects and activities in partnership with other institutions and donors agencies. The focus of the IUCN programme implemented out of the Mozambique office has, to date, largely been at local and national level engaging in a broad range of areas primarily related to the equitable and sustainable use of natural resources. The largest programme implemented out of the Mozambique Office is the Coastal Resilience to Climate Change initiative (CRCC)

The Coastal Resilience to Climate Change initiative (CRCC) is a response of the Government of Mozambique to the increasing challenges coastal communities face as a result of climate change. CRCC is focused around improving the contribution of ecosystem services to addressing societal challenges arising as a result of climate variability in Mozambique. CRCC will to do this by promoting the use of nature as a solution to support integrated approaches to issues such as economic and social development, climate change adaptation, food security, water security, human health and disaster risk reduction. CRCC will make significant contributions to, “strengthen and restore the value of coastal and marine ecosystem goods and services to improve social, economic and ecological resilience to climate change” in the three target Districts in Mozambique and beyond.

The Programme Coordinator (PC) is responsible for developing and coordinating the implementation of IUCN’s programmes at national level in Mozambique in line with the overall IUCN ESARO Strategic Plan and Programming guidelines. To this effect, the PC leads in conducting a country level analysis to develop Mozambique context specific areas of programming. The PC identifies, network and build alliances with like-minded organizations at country level. S/he provides technical and methodological support to the Mozambique Country programme initially in relation to the implementation of the CRCC (a Swedish funded 4 year programme, being implemented in three provinces) being responsible for overall coordination to meet the strategic goals defined, carrying overall responsibility for the delivery of the Programme in accordance to approved work plans and budgets. S/he ensures the smooth running of the Country Programme and its financial & grant management as well as the Programme’s sustainability. S/he is responsible for overall financial and human resources management of the Country Programme. S/he actively leads in the development of the Mozambique country strategy in line with the IUCN strategy. S/he represents IUCN in Mozambique, interact within external partners, including government, media and other stakeholders.


1. Project Management
• Day to day implementation of CRCC Project including: (i) lead the planning and implementation of project; (ii) facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables; (iii) define project tasks and resource requirements; (iv) develop full scale project plans; (v) assemble and coordinate project staff; (vi) manage project budget and resource allocation; (vii) plan and schedule project timelines; (viii) track project deliverables using appropriate tools and (ix) constantly monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders;
• Oversee and manage the timely implementation of funded projects in the portfolio in accordance with the project documents;
• Develop and administer annual work plans, budgets, internal agreements, contracts and progress reports as required by collaborating partners and donors, and be accountable for portfolio-related expenditures in accordance with IUCN procurement procedures;
• Ensure that field-based activities are efficiently and effectively implemented in accordance with agreed project plans, with the full participation of all project stakeholders.

2. Technical oversight and support to the country programme
• Lead in the development and implementation of the Mozambique Country Programme providing sound methodological and technical support, as per the organisational thematic alignment and programming approach
• Coordinate the Country Programme annual planning and budgeting as per organisational guidelines;
• Provide oversight to all finance and administrative services in the Programme;
• Promote a participatory approach in programming work and create space in the structure for staff participation and involvement in decision making;
• Oversee and coordinate the programme portfolio to ensure the highest level of project quality and accountability, while fostering continuity through building local capacity and developing innovative programme intervention;
• Coordinate the production of timely quality programme reports in line with IUCN and donor requirements.

3. Strategic Leadership and management
• Oversee adequate implementation of the performance management system including performance objectives and planning, review, appraisal and staff development;
• Organise regular meetings with the management team and all staff for the purpose of exchanging information, coordination and learning;
• Ensure that the country management team is effective, mutually supporting and sufficiently involved in decision making;

4. Representation and developing strategic partnerships
• Represent IUCN in Mozambique and be responsible for the management of host country relations and IUCN interests in dealing with government, international and local organisations, networks and media in the Country Programme;
• Represent IUCN in strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contribute towards consolidating and raising the profile of IUCN;
• Develop and strengthen relationships with local organisations, donors and networks and establish national and regional strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society working in common cause with IUCN objectives;
• Promote IUCN’s organizational identity and capacity to all stakeholders and partners in Mozambique and ensure IUCN remains relevant to the needs of the country;
• Networking among IUCN programmes and members and other organizations on programme development matters;
• Facilitate donor visits, donor meetings, round table discussions and evaluations as necessary;
• Be aware of all donors conditionality in the Country Programme and monitor adherence to donors conditionality.
• Manage relationships for ensuring a close collaboration among IUCN constituents under the One Programme Approach, and integrating secretariat, members and commissions into convergent efforts towards programme implementation;

5. Portfolio Development and Resources Mobilization
• Develop networks and partnerships with national/regional/international institutions in Mozambique and spearhead donor collaboration, fund raising and project development within the country;
• Keep abreast of the trends within the donor environment in the Country and Internationally;
• Undertake diversified local and international fundraising initiatives to strengthen programme funding and sustainability;
• Coordinate the production of good quality funding proposals and respond to calls for proposals;
• Provide technical inputs to ensure that IUCN projects and initiatives are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in accordance with IUCN standards, that project delivery is underpinned with adequate quality assurance and that all projects clearly align with and contribute to IUCN’s regional programmatic results;
• Networking for the submission of proposals (donors, ministries and other relevant funding sources);
• Provide vision, strategic focus and operational guidance as necessary for the further development and implementation of IUCN Programme at both country and regional levels;

  • Master’s Degree in related relevant discipline, such as marine ecology, marine natural resource management, environmental science / management. or Costal subjects;

• Strong technical background in marine and costal management, in particular related to Integrated Coastal Zone Management, marine ecology, ecosystems services and climate impacts on coastal and marine systems;

• At least 10 years’ experience in marine and costal conservation with at least 5years working in Africa preferably in the Western Indian Ocean region, in a senior management position on a major conservation programme

• Extensive proven experience in all phases of programme development and project implementation and management is essential, including, planning, execution, monitoring, and technical and financial reporting

• Extensive experience in project design and management and demonstrated fundraising capacity through bilateral or multilateral donors;

• Demonstrated experience and achievements in organizational, financial and personnel management, and in decision-making.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Portuguese. Working knowledge of French or Arabic is an added advantage.

• A high level of computer literacy including the use of standard office software packages

• A positive and proactive attitude: Ability to balance “analysis” with “doing” while setting high standards for self and committing to organisational goals;

• Proven experience in maintaining and nurturing expert networks with demonstrated ability to handle politically and culturally sensitive issues

• Proven ability to effectively delegate, empower and motivate staff and others.

• Demonstrated ability to both plan and take action, keeping the staff focused on priorities.

• Experience in identifying key issues in a complex situation, and consulting, gathering, and analyzing relevant information before proposing and implementing decisive actions or recommendations

• Excellent interpersonal skills to support building networks and partnerships;

• Must be a strong team player with proven diplomacy skills and ability to work effectively with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams displaying sensitivity and respect for diversity;

• Adheres to IUCN ESARO core values of Transparency, Inclusiveness, Professionalism and Accountability

• Demonstrated ability to work under pressure managing competing demands and complex situations and deliver satisfactory and timely results;

• Willing to travel frequently within the region


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