IUCN – Union for Conservation of Nature is Hiring International Staff [2024]

Human Resources is Required

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

IUCN was created in 1948, is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

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.

IUCN 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.

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Strategic management;
In collaboration with the Country Representative, South Africa, facilitate the strategic development of the COR Country thematic Programme;

In collaboration with the Country Representative, develop and maintain strong strategic partnerships with in-country programmes, regional programme units, members, commissions, technical agencies, government and non-governmental partners (national, provincial and city level), private sector, policy bodies and donors, and work closely with and other thematic programmes to develop and maintain an appropriate project portfolio and funding for implementation of the country programme;

Oversee the development and implementation of any relevant marine and coastal initiative in the country, ensuring alignment with key strategic national action points agreed across regional conventions (Nairobi Convention, Abidjan Convention, and Benguela Current Convention), and provide where needed, guidance and support to the development and implementation of other IUCN Initiatives;

Ensure that IUCN is adequately represented in relevant country fora and negotiations on marine and coastal issues and facilitate discussions on relevant thematic emerging issues to position IUCN as a reference;

Provide support at regional and international level when required coordination with the Country Representative;

Develop, coordinate and supervise COR programme country team to ensure that individuals work as an integrated team, ensuring coherence and consistency in programmatic outputs, and that high quality of technical advice is given to IUCN national programmes, field programmes, projects, members and partners;

Oversee the development and implementation of annual budgets and work plans and provide a timely progress report of the Programme financial and technical activities in accordance with IUCN’s standards and procedures.

Minimum of an advanced degree in environmental sciences, marine and coastal management, natural resources management, sustainable development or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources or related fields combined with experience in similar organization/s or programmatic setting;

Computer literacy in relation to office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint), use of internet and knowledge management tools;

Work Experience;
We’re looking for an outstanding, hands-on, highly motivated, autonomous, innovative, solution oriented, results driven and resourceful individual with at least 7 to 10 years of proven experience in:
natural resource management, coastal and marine conservation, protected and conserved areas, environmental economics, or regenerative blue economy;

Programme coordination and management, project development and fundraising, budgeting, project planning, and day-to-day delivery of activities;

Result-based portfolio and project cycle management, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies;
adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work.

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