Head of Office Vacancy – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Job Title:   Head of Office
Organization: International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Vacancy #: 1118
About IUCN:
International Union for
Conservation of Nature (IUCN) helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our
most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on
biodiversity, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by
supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and
bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy,
laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than
1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some
160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and
hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.
Job Summary: The Head
of Office will be responsible for managing the effectiveness of IUCN’s
Programme of Work at a sub-regional level, providing strategic oversight and
day to day management of the Office, as well as providing a representation role
through supporting and building IUCN’s Constituency in the region.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Organizational Management and Leadership:
  • The
    Head of Office is responsible for the overall leadership and management of
    the office and its resources. This includes overarching responsibility for
    the financial viability and sustainability of the Office.
  • The
    Head of Office bears responsibility for the management of the offices
    human resources. The office is comprised of Programme and Project
    Officers, Finance and Administration as well as Support staff – all of
    whom report to the Head of Office. The Head of Office is responsible for
    both individual performance as well as ensuring that all individuals
    across the different departments work together as a team. The Head of
    Office is also responsible for ensuring that IUCN policies and procedures
    are adhered to in the day to day running of the office and management of
    all assets.
2. Overseeing the effectiveness of IUCN’s Programme of Work:  IUCN is seeking to build on the success of the Programme to date and
consolidate and further develop this into a cohesive sub-regional programme –
covering transboundary ecosystems as well as underlying drivers affecting
biodiversity across Uganda and its neighbouring countries. The Head of Office
will play a lead role in this process, working closely with regional Technical
Coordinators as subject matter specialists. This will involve the following:
  • Working
    closely with the (regional and sub-regional) Programme team to clearly
    define strategic areas of focus, in line with the IUCN Global and Regional
    priorities and multi-year Programme;
  • In
    charge of identifying core issues and opportunities for project/programme
    development;
  • Working
    with the relevant Technical Coordinators to make decisions on growth areas
    and to develop and secure new projects and programmatic initiatives; and
  • Effectively
    planning for and mobilizing resources (financial, human and physical)
    necessary for the effective implementation of the Programme.
  • The
    Head of Office will also be responsible for ensuring that all programmatic
    initiatives are effectively implemented. This will involve strategic
    oversight, ensuring that projects are realizing their overall
    results/objectives; high quality and timely delivery of outputs as well as
    efficient use of resources in line with approved budgets. This involves
    establishing clear mechanisms for adaptive management – guiding both the
    strategic direction of the portfolio of activities at the sub-regional
    level as well as coordinating the day to day operations.
3. Representation:
  • The
    Head of Office serves as a liaison between IUCN and its constituency,
    particularly the IUCN membership at country level. This includes providing
    support to the National Coordination Committee (NCC), ensuring that
    regular meetings are convened, supporting individual members in matters
    related to IUCN and acting as a liaison between the membership and the
    IUCN Regional Director. The Head of Office is also responsible for
    identifying new members and recruiting with the support of the IUCN
    Regional Membership Administrator.
  • The
    Head of Office is also responsible for monitoring key sub-regional
    developments and trends affecting biodiversity conservation across the
    sub-region and bringing these to the attention of the Regional Programme
    Team.
  • The
    incumbent will represent IUCN in various forums, including the public and
    private sectors, with partners and donors and will ensure that IUCN is
    participating in the right forums, is presenting a consistent message, is
    engaging and being engaged by all key stakeholders to address crucial
    conservation issues. From time to time, the Head of Office may also be
    required to issue formal statements on behalf of IUCN as directed by the
    Regional Director.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the IUCN Head of Office career placement should have a
    minimum of eight years of proven experience with an advanced degree in
    natural science related to the management of natural resources or related
    fields; 
  • Past
    experience in working with international/regional organizations would be
    an asset; 
  • Proven
    high level of knowledge about policy and political issues in the
    sub-region related to the management of natural resources with
    demonstrated experience in engaging with relevant national and
    sub-regional forums and other policy processes; 
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of the established and emerging relevant
    conservation and natural resource management approaches, methodologies and
    processes – including Landscape/Ecosystem based approaches; 
  • Demonstrated
    experience with climate change adaptation and mitigation would be an added
    advantage; 
  • Demonstrated
    fundraising, budgeting and programme planning abilities and past
    performance, including experience of development and successful marketing
    of project proposals with donors, and subsequent delivery and reporting; 
  • Significant
    experience with result based portfolio and project cycle management,
    monitoring and evaluation methodologies and principles and facilitation
    skills; 
  • Excellent
    interpersonal, management and supervisory skills and experience, with a
    minimum of 5 years’ experience in managing organizations and/or
    teams; 
  • Demonstrated
    experience in facilitating the establishment of networks and
    multi-stakeholder participatory processes; 
  • Excellent
    verbal and communication skills in English essential, with a working
    knowledge of French an added advantage; 
  • Computer
    literacy in relation to office applications (word processing,
    spreadsheets, powerpoint) use of internet and online communication tools;
    and 
  • Be
    willing to undertake frequent travel (approximately 40% of ones time) and
    interact with different stakeholders from diverse cultures. 
How to Apply: 
All applicants are requested
to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy
announcement and pressing the “Apply” button below.
Applicants will be asked to
create an account and submit their profile information.
Deadline: 3rd July
2015

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