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BACKGROUND

The project is a follow-up to the BIOPAMA I programme (2011-2016); thus representing a second phase of this programme. Protected Areas (PA) and the landscapes within which they are located have a central role to play in preserving the biodiversity and ecosystem services that the majority of rural communities depend on for sustainable livelihoods. However protected areas, particularly in developing nations, are underperforming for many reasons, notably lack of resources, lack of political support, limited capacity to address conservation and development challenges, insufficient support from local communities, and insufficient up-to-date information for good policy and decision making.

The overall aim of the project is to contribute to improving the long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific ACP regions in protected areas (PA) and surrounding communities. The project will continue to build institutional and technical capacity at the regional, national and site levels for improved PA and biodiversity management with access to and application of data and information related to biodiversity and PA management and governance being used to inform and strengthen policy decisions and management actions. These actions are structured around the work of a series of Regional Observatories (RO) for protected areas across the ACP, managed by regional institutions, and housing Regional Reference Information Systems (RRIS) with tools and services that stakeholders can use to monitor and report on the status of biodiversity and PAs. In the Pacific region, the observatory is hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program SPREP.

The project also implements a substantial grant program to support specific actions on the ground in priority conservation landscapes that are aimed at strengthening PA and natural resource management effectiveness and governance.
vices that the majority of rural communities depend on for sustainable livelihoods. However protected areas, particularly in developing nations, are under-performing for many reasons, notably lack of resources, lack of political support, limited capacity to address conservation and development challenges, insufficient support from local communities, and insufficient up-to-date information for good policy and decision making.

The overall aim of the project is to contribute to improving the long-term conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific ACP regions in protected areas (PA) and surrounding communities. The project will continue to build institutional and technical capacity at the regional, national and site levels for improved PA and biodiversity management with access to and application of data and information related to biodiversity and PA management and governance being used to inform and strengthen policy decisions and management actions. These actions are structured around the work of a series of Regional Observatories (RO) for protected areas across the ACP, managed by regional institutions, and housing Regional Reference Information Systems (RRIS) with tools and services that stakeholders can use to monitor and report on the status of biodiversity and PAs. In the Pacific region, the observatory is hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program SPREP.

The project also implements a substantial grant program to support specific actions on the ground in priority conservation landscapes that are aimed at strengthening PA and natural resource management effectiveness and governance.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

The Protected Areas Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day delivery of the BIOPAMA program in the Pacific region. This will include the administration and supervision of a major grant partnership agreement with the regional observatory host organisation SPREP and the implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of small to medium sized grants.SPECIFIC DUTIES

Overall project management:
• Develop a regionally-focused work programme based on the objectives, results and activities identified in the Description of the Action for BIOPAMA II
• Establish a monitoring and evaluation framework to guide the project review and reporting cycle and prepare required reports on project activities, outputs and outcomes including updates on the IUCN project portal
• Undertake project financial planning, monitor and report on funds usage and request EC consideration (through IUCN Gland) of budget revisions as necessary
• Work closely with IUCN ORO Financial Team to manage the project budget and expenditure authorisations in accordance with IUCN’s financial management systems and procedures and EC auditing requirements
• Supervise regional BIOPAMA project staff including mentoring, performance appraisal and training needs and understanding organizational policies and codes of conduct
• Maintain close liaison with the IUCN Global BIOPAMA team and the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme and World Heritage Programme
• Ensure that the EU Pacific desk, the regional ACP secretariat and IUCN commissions membership are kept suitably engaged in project forums and informed about activities, successes and challenges.

Liaison with regional implementing partner SPREP
• Develop and administer the contract/s established with SPREP as observatory hosting partner, including performance monitoring and evaluation to review progress against contract deliverables and funding allocation
• Provide guidance as appropriate, to the work planning and timing, ACP country engagement approaches, technical platform development, capacity building activities and communication actions that SPREP develops to deliver its contracted duties for BIOPAMA
• Support SPREP in leveraging those resources, relationships and allied projects that will enhance its effective delivery of contracted duties for BIOPAMA
• Liaise with BIOPAMA implementing agency EC-JRC on a strategic level to ensure that they are providing the required level of technical support and designated funding to the regional observatory
• Assist SPREP with the development of suitable approaches to state of protected area reporting
• Ensure close synergies between SPREPs roles in BIOPAMA and the BIOPAMA funded regional action component (grants) programme particularly in regard to management effectiveness assessments and activities that will improve the quality of baseline PA information available through the regional observatory

Action component (grants) programme
• Oversee the BIOPAMA regional action component (grants) project officer and other support staff such as administration, finance and legal.
• In line with the guidance contained in the Description of the Action for BIOPAMA II, assist the BIOPAMA regional action component (grants) project officer to:
– identify regional action priorities,
– disseminate of Calls for Proposals as wide as possible
– conduct proposal review and evaluation, including insight on the credibility of grantees and their capacity to comply with funding terms, and identify potential grantees
– mentor applicants and grantees through all aspects of grant management, from the initial proposal design and submission process, to assisting with monitoring and evaluation including coordination of any required site and supervision visits to grantees
– communicate with grantees on technical and financial performance and project management
– convene meetings and workshops to enable information sharing, capacity building and exchange between grantees and other stakeholders
• Contribute information derived from grant projects to the regional observatory at SPREP

Facilitate networking of experts and institutions
• Work with SPREP and other partners to enhance Pacific Islands Round Table Protected Areas Working Group as a useful regional forum for PA initiative, collaboration, networking, information sharing, coordination and advocacy
• Facilitate the establishment of an expertise support register with contributors spanning the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand
• Develop a well-engaged regional contact network of focal points for BIOPAMA initiatives
• Develop and maintain local, national, and regional working relationships with key partners
• Work with leadership forums to strengthen national and regional commitments to effective protected area networks

Visibility and communications
• Develop a regional BIOPAMA communications and visibility plan including a specific joint sub-plan in collaboration with SPREP
• Ensure that the purpose, benefits and assistance available through BIOPAMA is well communicated and clearly understood by stakeholders across the region
• Develop an communication program to promote and explain the grant mechanism opportunity to stakeholders across the ACP region
• Create project publicity, promotion, updates and knowledge products suitably branded and attributed
• Raising the profile of protected and managed areas as a foundation element of regional biodiversity conservation and people’s livelihoods
• Represent IUCN and BIOPAMA at fora at all levels and deliver presentations where required
• Contribute to IUCN’s regular publications such as newsletters, website and annual report.
• Work effectively with the BIOPAMA Global to deliver regional BIOPAMA communication products and communicate results

Support ORO programmatic issues as required 
• Participate as an integral member of IUCN ORO programme planning forums, advisory committees, project reviews and formulation of new project concepts and funding proposals
• Participate in IUCN Oceania Regional management structures and other Regional groups, task forces and committees as required
• Represent ORO in meetings and events as requested by the Regional Programme Coordinator
• Contribute to information sharing, lessons learning and documentation of project and programme experiences

REQUIREMENTS
• Advanced University Degree in Natural Resource Management, Ecology, or a relevant field. A University Degree in a related discipline accompanied with an additional 2 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Advanced University Degree requirement.
• At least 5 years’ experience in biodiversity conservation and/or protected areas management, ideally involving terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, at national and/or regional levels, preferably in the Oceania region.
• Experience in communicating and collaborating with management agencies, academic institutions and local, national and regional stakeholders to achieve agreed collective outcomes
• Proven experience in project and budget management
• Demonstrated experience in capacity building and working as a facilitator or trainer in a multi-cultural setting
• Fluent English (verbal/written) with excellent communication and presentation skills
• Proficient in using office applications (MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and other web-based management systems
• Ability to travel frequently as the position requires regular travel to ACP countries in the region and to international meetings and events at a minimum of six missions per year (on average)

APPLICATIONS

Applicants need to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button: https://hrms.iucn.org/vacancy/2703

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). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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