The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Country Office: South Africa is seeking to appoint an experienced Project Officer to serve the project. He/she will be a nationally recruited professional managed by IUCN, dually reporting to the IUCN South Africa Country Office and the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD). He/she shall be responsible for the overall project management of the project and will work under the supervision of IUCN and in as well as in close collaboration with DFFE and DALRRD
The Project Management Unit (PMU) will be headed up by a Project Officer (PM). The PM will take charge of all outcomes under Project Document. The PM will also have managerial responsibilities vis-à-vis the approval of payments within IUCN’s system.
In view of her/his responsibilities to deliver these outcomes, the PM should be an expert in sustainable land management (SLM), the financing thereof and all related institutional aspects, in addition to having the required experience in management of this type of project. The post of PM will be a full-time post over the project lifespan. This is a critical position, and it is important that person filling this position has a continuous global view of the overall project
Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of assigned programmes/projects, etc; monitors and analyzes programme/project development and implementation; reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaises with relevant parties; identifies and tracks follow-up actions.
Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the client, by planning facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing the action plan the client will use to manage the change.
Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse sources.
Assists in policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies.
Undertakes survey initiatives; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
Prepares various written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications.
At least a Master’s degree in Agricultural Production, Environmental Management, Ecological sciences, Resource Economics, Biodiversity Management, Value Chain Development, or Environmental Law.
At least 6 years of Project Management experience, showing a progressive increase in scope and responsibilities.
Demonstrated coordination and project leadership skills, and ability to multi-task.
Community facilitation and skill in implementing expanded public works programme for stimulation of job creation
Demonstrated experience on institutional and policy matters and technical knowledge on aspects relating to Sustainable Land Management (SLM), climate change and community livelihoods projects;
Technical knowledge on aspects relating to SLM (Soil, vegetation, climate and water resources).
Ability to work and engage with government officials, private sectors, research institutes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities, etc.;
Implementation of SLM legislations schemes, incentive, compliances and programmes
Availability for extensive domestic travel.
Ability to work under high pressure.
Excellent command of English and good communication skills.
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.