Senior Programme Officer – Water and Biodiversity Jobs – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Head of
Vacancy #: 1129
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 Senior Programme Officer – Water and
Biodiversity will be responsible for both the administrative and technical
management of the Water and Biodiversity thematic programme, within the country
portfolio. The incumbent will work in liaison with the Technical Coordinators
and Programme Officers, to coordinate the development, planning and
implementation of the Water and Biodiversity portfolio for effective delivery
of the programme of work.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Administrative and
managerial oversight of the Water and Biodiverstiy portfolio
  • Work
    closely with project staff and the Finance Department; Prepare and update
    the Water and Biodiversity Portfolio on a regular basis and as requested
    by the Head of Office;
  • Work
    closely with the Head of Office as well as relevant Technical Coordinators
    to identify opportunities and strategic approaches to ensure that the
    portfolio is financially viable and sustainable;
  • Organize
    regular meetings with project staff to review progress on projects as well
    as cost recovery and provide monthly reports to the Head of Office
  • Provide
    timely support to monitoring and evaluation processes of the portfolio of
    projects, ensuring that M&E processes are carried out in line with IUCN
    guidelines and procedures
2. Project management and
  • The
    incumbent will primarily ensure the timely implementation of projects
    within the portfolio, in accordance with the projects’ documents,
    supporting agreements (e.g. contracts, MoUs, Project Activity
    Implementation Agreements etc.), annual work plans and the procedures of
  • Ensure
    that programme/project budgets are utilized and monitored in accordance
    with IUCN internal controls and donor agreements;
  • Steer
    and ensure the collection, collation, and reporting of all project data
    and documents, including timely submission of technical progress reports
    according to the agreed formats and deadlines
  • Maintain
    appropriate and effective (timely, respectful and professional)
    communications with all IUCN and programme stakeholders; and
  • Provide
    capacity strengthening to team members and project partners to improve
    capacity to deliver on project activities and objectives
3. Technical backstopping and
support to programmatic initiatives (Water and Biodiversity):
  • In
    charge of developing strategic and operational work plans for the delivery
    of projects and other programmatic initiatives, ensuring integrated
    collaboration between IUCN’s thematic portfolios as appropriate;
  • Significantly
    contribute directly to the delivery of technical outputs, ensuring high
    quality, relevance and technical accuracy;
  • Identify,
    establish and build relationships with strategic partners (including, but
    not limited to Members and Donors) relevant and necessary for Programme
    delivery and growth;
  • Assist
    the Technical Coordinators in developing and implementing strategies for
    learning and knowledge generation from ongoing initiatives for sharing
    with the wider Regional Team as well as the broader IUCN Constituency;
  • Identify
    needs and opportunities for Programme development and work with the
    Technical Coordinator(s), the Head of Office and other members of the team
    to develop new concept notes and mobilizing resources; and
  • Actively
    contribute to the review and development of IUCN’s regional programme as
    requested by the Head of Office.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Master of Science Degree in
    Natural Resource Management, or its equivalent, with a specialisation in
    water resources or wetlands management 
  • A
    minimum of six years’ work experience in managing and coordinating
    projects within the water and wetlands sectors. 
  • Working
    knowledge and experience in implementation of biodiversity and water
    related projects for mitigation and adaptation to climate change; 
  • Basic
    knowledge of the Catchment Based Water Resource Management approach 
  • Demonstrated
    experience in participatory natural resource management. Proven ability to
    organise and facilitate multi-stakeholder participatory processes 
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of the Ugandan Catchment Based Water Resource
    Management approach and associated policy and laws 
  • Demonstrated
    capacity to work in a multi-disciplinary and multi-partner
  • Demonstrated
    ability in project management and administration. 
  • Ability
    to communicate with different partners and stakeholders. 
  • Prior
    experience in building teams for collective delivery 
  • Detailed
    understanding of and motivated to work according to IUCN’s vision and
  • Highly
    Computer literacy; 
  • Cultural
    awareness and sensitivity to gender issues; 
  • Willingness
    to travel frequently in-country and abroad 
  • The
    applicant must be an innovative and pro-active individual who is able to
    work with minimum supervision
  • Fluency
    in English.
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: 4th August 2015

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