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Regional Programme Coordinator, IUCN West Asia

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Jordan - Asia & M East
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 07/07/2015
Company Name IUCN
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Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director for West Asia, the Regional Programme Coordinator (RPC) is responsible for the strategic development, steering and monitoring of the IUCN programmes for ROWA, which consists of programmes activities (projects) that are implemented in close partnership with IUCN members, Commissions and partners and are linked with global thematic programmes based at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland and elsewhere. 

The RPC will be specifically responsible for the development of project/programme activities within the four IUCN ROWA Thematic Programme Areas:

- Protected Areas, World Heritage and Biodiversity Programme
- Water and Climate Change Programme
- Marine and Coastal Management Programme
- Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme


1.Overall Planning and Management of ROWA Programmes:

• Coordinate IUCN’s ROWA programmes in close collaboration with IUCN’s Members, Commissions and Partners in the region;
• Overall “administrative” coordination of all IUCN ROWA Programmes, including yearly budgeting, overall finance and content reporting, annual work planning of programmes staff members;
• Coordinate and lead on the preparation of the Inter-sessional 4-year plans, situation analysis and business plans;
• Ensure coordination and linkage between IUCN Secretariat component programmes (global thematic programmes and regional programmes);
• Ensure that standards for individual and programme performance are put in place and used;
• Manage the quarterly and annual reporting process in a manner that meets IUCN’s reporting requirements;
• Ensure that human capacity and financial resources match programme needs in liaison with the Regional Director, Programme Managers and Finance Manager.
• Implement an integrated training programme at regional level in programme planning and project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
• Provide regular update to the Regional Director on changes and trends related to IUCN ROWA’s programme.

2.Managing the project portfolio

• Provide overall strategic guidance and ensure effective development and maintenance of the region’s project portfolio and pipeline, including project formulation, submission to donors, implementation, monitoring and delivery of high quality technical reports and products;
• Supervise the overall financial management and viability of the project portfolio, manage and report on funds used in project activities as per IUCN rules and regulations and maximise opportunities for developing long-term relations with donors;
• Assist Finance in regular monitoring of the thematic programme’s budgets and advise programme managers and the Regional Director on progress and problems associated with programme and budget delivery;
• Maintain the Regional Consolidated ABC List and oversee that project information in the IUCN portal is updated;
• Ensure the implementation of a regular planning cycle, the use of a common set of methods and tools and standards for planning in ROWA, and 
• Monitor the quality of planning activities and planning skills at all levels and ensure that a monitoring and feedback process is in place.

3.Coordination of the thematic programmes

• Provide overall substantive and strategic guidance and operational management of the IUCN ROWA thematic programmes. This includes planning, approval, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting;
• Provide technical advice to countries of the ROWA Region to support project implementation and coordination of all project activities within these programmes with the international donor community;
• Coordinate with Global Thematic Programmes towards a unified regional strategy that puts ecosystem management on the foreground;
• Develop project proposals that fit in the overall ROWA programme priorities for submission to donors;
• Coordinate closely with donors working in the thematic areas of the ROWA programme and resource mobilization for activities in the selected countries in the Region; 
• Develop, implement and review annual work programmes and project activities that contribute to the emergence of a strategic IUCN programme at the regional level, in association with relevant IUCN members, commissions and partners;
• Coach, support and line-manage Programme Managers, Documentation and Communication Officer, and consultants in the management of all projects, in accordance with the relevant procedures and in order to achieve anticipated outputs and outcomes;
• Ensure timely preparation and submission of the required progress and financial reports to donors and any other required progress reports;
• Provide leadership in feeding the results of project/programme activities into ROWA communication activities, and respond to requests about the programme;
• Represent IUCN in relevant fora (international conventions, policy forums, national and international meetings etc.), at the request of the Regional Director, giving appropriate and high quality technical representation of the programme;
• Undertaking other tasks at the request of the Regional Director to ensure the effective implementation of the programme, and
• Develop new initiatives and responses to emerging issues.

4.Documentation, Communication and External Networking
• Provide strategic guidance and operational management of the Documentation and Communication Officer. This includes planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation and reporting;
• Communicating with and responding to questions from media on ROWA’s work,and
• Liaise with stakeholders (Government, NGOs, UN agencies, donors, partners etc.) on programmatic linkages and joint initiatives


• Extensive background in project design, development, management and monitoring, with at least 10 years’ experience in managing multinational conservation and/or sustainable development programmes in an international environment;  

• At least 7 years’ experience in an international environment, preferably in countries covered by the IUCN ROWA region  

• Postgraduate/advanced degree in a subject related to conservation and sustainable development, e.g. environmental economics, biology, environmental sciences  

• High level of knowledge about international and West Asia technical and political issues; related to biodiversity, nature conservation and sustainable development  

• Good analytical skills, and a demonstrated ability to think strategically  

• Proven capacity for fundraising through bilateral or multilateral partners  

• strategic planning, conservation policy, project/programme cycle management, performance management and monitoring and evaluation  

• skills in training and facilitation; and making presentations to large and /or influential audience.  

• Excellent managerial, interpersonal and team building skills  


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST).

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