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International Union for Conservation of Nature Djibouti
Feb 22, 2017
Contractor - Independent Consultant
Consultant to carry out a hiking trail ecotourism study in the Lake Abbé Transboundary Landscape during April-May 2017.  The project target area is the Lower Awash-Lake Abbétransboundary ecosystem - Djibouti / Ethiopia. The objective of the consultancy is to develop a development plan for an ecotourism hiking trail within the transboundary landscape. QUALIFICATIONS • At least a Master’s degree in environmental conservation, community development, tourism management or related topics, with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in Africa, including demonstrated experience in the development of nature –based tourism industry, including community nature-based management enterprises. • A good understanding of eco-tourism and community nature-based enterprises as well as community development and community Protected Area management planning, specifically in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ALAs) • Experience in hiking trail planning and management. • Experience in the development of transboundary tourism products would be an advantage• Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping skills • Fluency (written and spoken) in English and French • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender, religious, political and ethnic issues • Previous work experience in the Horn of Africa region a distinct advantage Remember to say you found this opportunity at
International Union for Conservation of Nature Lao PDR Country Office, Vientiane, Lao PDR
Feb 22, 2017
Full time
The Water and Wetlands (W&W) Programme has a long history of work with the Government of Lao PDR and development partners. IUCN Lao PDR encourages collaborative, efficient and sustainable water resources management mechanisms to ensure that secure water for all. Through our work with local leadership, communities, governments and regional development partners, we seek to continue implementing multi-stakeholder processes to promote healthy watersheds and wetlands. There are currently two main projects under the W&W Programme as follows: Climate Change Adaptation in Wetland Areas (CAWA) In response to biodiversity surveys carried out in the two Ramsar sites and the recognition that agricultural encroachment is the greatest threat to the wetlands of Beung Kiat Ngong (BKN) and Xe Champhone (XC), FAO and MoNRE have designed a project to address the challenges and asked IUCN to provide technical support in the two Ramsar sites. CAWA seeks to reduce climate change vulnerability of the communities and the wetlands ecosystems. The project is not just be wetlands-focused but also focuses on the livelihoods of people in and around the wetlands and the interactions between communities’ livelihoods and wetland ecosystems. This is a 5-year project. Lower Mekong Basin Wetland Management and Conservation Project (MRWP) MRWP of KfW is in line with the overall goal of the Strategic Framework for cooperation between the MRC and the Federal Republic of Germany. All projects between these parties have the following objective: “The MRC is effectively and competently supporting member countries in the sustainable management of basin challenges, particularly those arising from hydropower development and climate change”. MRWP will consist of three distinct but closely linked components: one regional component (to be implemented by the MRC) and two national components (to be implemented in Lao PDR and Cambodia). The national components to be implemented by Cambodia and Lao PDR will contribute to sustainable rehabilitation, conservation and management of wetlands ecosystem services while improving the livelihood of local communities in selected wetlands sites. JOB DESCRIPTION MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: The WWPA is responsible for the management of the W&W Programme including all aspects of project cycle management, i.e. planning & development, implementation, and monitoring & reporting. SPECIFIC DUTIES : The position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Technically advise and contribute towards achieving CAWA deliverables: • Pilot methodological tool for participatory climate change (CC) vulnerability and disaster risk assessment in wetlands developed. • Training programme on CC adaptation (CCA) and vulnerability and disaster risk assessment (VDRA) in wetlands. • Participatory CC vulnerability risk assessments carried out in BKN and XC wetlands. • Studies of CC related issues affecting the target wetlands, including: hydrology, wetlands ecology, fisheries biology, watershed management, and agronomy. • Planning and coordination of frameworks and capacities for promoting and sustaining CCA measures in the two wetlands, including: ecotourism, infrastructure, hydrology, institutional development, and rural development. • Capacities of water/natural resources/wetlands user groups strengthened to apply effective governance of wetlands use and management. • Capacity development programmes and innovation systems to support CC resilience strategies. • Methodological guidelines for integration of CCA and disaster risk management into local and national plans. • Training programme for community, district and provincial stakeholders in participatory CCA and disaster management planning and M&E. • Institutional mechanisms for coordinating CC resilience in wetlands strengthened. Technically advise and contribute towards achieving MRWP deliverables: • Undertake village eco-system delineation and zoning through field mapping of Ramsar wetlands: ground truthing with communities, defining project boundaries and proposing amendments to conservation zones if appropriate. • Develop sector implementation plans, including water management, fisheries, birds and wildlife, protection (by community rangers), vegetation and habitat and livelihoods (including ecotourism). • Revisit current 5-year management plan and update and integrate sector work plans. • Assist communities with updating sector implementation plans and integrated management plan in project year 5 to prepare the next 5-year plan. • Prepare and test guidelines for planning and implementing integrated management of wetlands. • Promote guidelines within Government for inclusion as national policy and use in other Ramsar sites and wetlands of significance. • Develop integrated ecosystem monitoring guidelines (ecosystem, flora and fauna, water, management, etc.) and provide training. • Undertake special studies as necessary. • Assist communities to prepare a business plan for the sustainable development of ecotourism. • Based on business plan, prepare further pre-feasibility studies visitors center, meeting area, restaurant, car park in BKN and Ban Phapho and if feasible continue with next steps (technical design, tender, construction). • Implement feasible investment proposals for wetland management. • Strengthening patrolling systems. • Rehabilitation of sites through natural regeneration and if necessary reforestation. • Remove invasive species from wetlands if necessary. • Review environmental curriculum of primary and secondary schools in Champasak Province and develop a concept of wetland environmental education curricula for pilot schools for teaching in an experience center. Institutional tasks • Represent IUCN Lao PDR in external and internal IUCN meetings, at national, regional and international levels, as needed. • Undertake any other tasks as may be assigned by, and mutually agreed with the line manager Requirements • Minimum of a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as Climate Change, Hydrology, Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management or Environmental Management. • At least 7 years of progressive work experience out of which at least 5 years in a project management role; experience in project implementation and execution is essential; GEF and KFW grant management experience is highly desired • Strong presentation skills and exceptional written and spoken communication skills in English is essential; ability to speak Laos would be highly beneficial • Experience and ability to work in a multicultural and multi-perspective environment and a broad awareness of the Greater Mekong region Fixed-term (24 months with possibility of renewal) Closing: 7 March 2017 About IUCN IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 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. Remember to say you found this opportunity at
International Union for Conservation of Nature Washington, DC, United States
Feb 13, 2017
Full time
Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal) Expected start date: 15 March 2017 KEY RESPONSIBILITIES • Ensure consistent, strategic branding of IUCN GGO and of IUCN GGO messages, including through maintaining the IUCN GGO website ( and gender pages of the main IUCN site (; using social media and traditional media/press, as needed; as well as in representation via presentations, events, etc. • Guide and manage the development, editing and production of IUCN GGO knowledge products (e.g., reports, factsheets, thematic briefs), including to align with IUCN style guide(s) and relevant partner, donor or project brands (e.g., USAID; EGI) • Develop and implement an IUCN GGO communications strategy, as well as specific project communications strategies, as required, including toward identifying and taking advantage of key events and opportunities for strategic communications • Ensure consistency and complementarity between IUCN GGO and wider IUCN communications efforts, especially programmes, offices and teams with whom IUCN GGO specifically currently partners, as well as with external donors/partners • Create, facilitate and/or manage communications of multi-cultural, cross-sectoral networks • Support the Global Senior Gender Adviser with research, talking points and other administrative/technical tasks, as needed, as well as with donor relations and reporting • Support IUCN GGO-wide efforts toward consistent internal communications and knowledge-sharing • Working closely with the IUCN Global Communications Unit, identify opportunities and produce communications content to highlight IUCN GGO work through IUCN corporate channels including the IUCN website, media and social media In addition/ in complement to above responsibilities, specific priority duties in 2017 will include: Strategic and Project-specific Support • Develop, coordinate and deliver communications strategies for specific projects, especially as related to the Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative, an IUCN-USAID joint initiative • Support the networking and communications activities of expert working groups and discussion platforms, as well as support knowledge-sharing activities such as webinar series • Oversee production timelines, budgets and impact of forthcoming IUCN GGO knowledge products, from copy editing to managing design and branding, to tracking results for internal M&E, across all projects • Update and manage content for relevant websites and platforms, including ensuring featured news and project pages, as well as the IUCN GGO Knowledge Center, among all other sections on the IUCN GGO website, are current and strategically focused • Support IUCN GGO staff to develop and deliver effective communication strategies for their projects in line with the overall IUCN and IUCN GGO communication strategies External Communications • Develop and deliver a bi-annual GGO newsletter • Effectively support high-level speaking engagements for staff • In close collaboration with IUCN Global Communications Unit, and following relevant global communications policies and guidelines, help manage social media and media relations on gender-related topics COMPENSATION PACKAGE - Gross salary USD $60,000 per year - Comprehensive health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance plan - Retirement benefit of 5% of gross salary from the 4th month of employment - 7.65% of gross salary FICA contribution (this benefit is only applicable to US nationals and green card holders)   REQUIREMENTS   • Exceptional written and oral communication skills; strong copy-editing skills, with meticulous attention to detail • A minimum of 3-5 years of previous experience in communications, marketing, public relations, or journalism, with evidence of strong writing and editing skills, as well as design • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required; Master’s degree (completed or in process) in a relevant field, such as environment, gender, development or journalism preferred • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality and environmental issues, with solid understanding of “gender and environment” terms and themes • Knowledge of and practical experience related to approaches for effective communications at an international scale, especially with respect to developing and implementing communications strategies and products toward diverse audiences • Ability to rapidly research, analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; experience with qualitative data analysis and/or gender analysis a plus • Capacity to work well under pressure, prioritize and successfully manage competing demands and deadlines • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, is a strong advantage, while a working knowledge of French would also be valuable. (English, Spanish, and French are the official languages of IUCN) • Strong relevant IT skills, including experience with WordPress and Google Analytics, are required; preferred skills will also include HTML and CSS, Drupal, and desktop publishing • Experience working with photography and video, including with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, iMovie, and/or other programs, is not required but desirable    Closing date: 27 February 2017   Remember to say you found this opportunity at    
International Union for Conservation of Nature Malaga, Spain
Dec 20, 2016
Full time
The assistant will be working on the developing and implementation of two European projects in the Mediterranean: the 30 month-project, MPA-ADAPT (Guiding Mediterranean MPAs through the climate change era: Building resilience and adaptation) and the 18 month-project Posbemed (Sustainable management of the systems Posidonia-beaches in the Mediterranean region). Both projects started on November 2016. The overall objectives of MPA-Adapt are to develop collaborative and site-specific adaptation plans for the MPAs that enhance resilience to climate change impacts. This will be achieved by Project Partners and in cooperation with Associated Partners by building capacity for effective management, assessing risks; and exploring potential actions and priorities needed to ensure the adaptability and the resilience of biodiversity and the local communities. It also aims to incorporate vulnerability assessments and nature-based adaptation planning into their existing management framework, and provide guidance to managers and local stakeholders to implement and test climate-change approaches, creating the first line of Mediterranean MPA sentinel sites. IUCN Med will be particularly responsible on: - Enhance capacity for adaptive management in MPAs and oversee the testing on five Mediterranean MPAs - Developing tools and actions within a strategy about MPAs as Natural based solutions - Coordinating with Horizontal project and Med Programme communication and capitalisation activities - The development of an online platform (to be hosted by IUCN and link to associated networks) as a repository of all the results, capacity trainings, tools and pilot actions testing experiences to ensure the longer and wider implementation and transfer of results to local sites and a wider MPA community. - Coordinate with other Mediterranean regional partners, a task force group of experts and managers to discuss and provide the most updated scientific knowledge and practical lessons learnt from the implementation of standarized protocols in other MPAs and assess the ways forward to provide assistance and local transferability. Posbemed project aims to integrate previous Mediterranean works and offer common sustainable tools with a transnational joint management strategy to integrate management of the coastal habitats with seagrass meadows, beaches and foredunes. Within the activities planned with the Project Partners and in cooperation with Associated Partners, this project will: - Examine the state of the art of Posidonia meadows and beaches/dunes management in different Mediterranean countries and the social perceptions of visitors - Carry out a cost-benefit analysis to assess management strategies on Posidonia banquettes - Developing awareness tools and activities to improve management - Develop practice guidelines for enhancing the conservation effectiveness of areas hosting seagrass ecosystems, beach and dune habitats. - Elaborate a framework for good practice governance that balance conservation goals and stakeholders interests The marine project assistant will develop in cooperation and consultation with the Marine Project Coordinator the workplan established with the partners on both projects. It will assist the Project Manager in the following roles and responsibilities: - Day to day projects implementation - Systematic monitoring and evaluation of on-going project activities - Preparation of progress reports and guidelines, ensuring quality, deadlines and submission to the donors. - Participate to key communication and promotion events as requested by the project; - Develop and coordinate a communication plan including a social media strategy in collaboration with the rest of the partnership and in coordination with the Corporate Department. - Support other ongoing initiatives of the IUCN Med Marine department in the creation, delivery and dissemination of key messages and dissemination of the department’s activities; REQUIREMENTS  • University Degree or Master Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental Science or Marine Biology, Coastal and Marine Management, or a related field. • At least 3 years of progressively responsible relevant experience in managing development projects with specific focus on marine biodiversity and conservation. • Good knowledge of climate change related issues and their linkage with livelihoods issues as well as experience on the implementation of activities of coastal climate change adaptation and seagrass management are strong assets. • Proven experience in project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, financial and stakeholder management, are essential. • Experience in managing and coordinating thematic working groups of several partners at project level. • Excellent communication skills; fluent in verbal and written English; knowledge of any other language, especially French, Italian and Spanish is an asset. • Ability to work under pressure and to deal tactfully with sensitive political issues • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issues • Proven skills in writing, problem solving, creativity, collaboration and willingness to innovate • Willingness to travel frequently in the region About IUCN IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 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.  Remember to say you found this opportunity at