Please note that IUCN is re-posting this position as they have made some changes to the Terms of Reference. The extended deadline for applications is 10 December 2017.

If you have applied previously and are still interested you do not need to re-apply as your application will be reviewed.

The full job description and how to apply is available here: https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.show&lang=en&vacId=2653

The responsibilities of the position are reproduced below:

The Species Conservation Action Programme brings together an expanding group of large projects (annual budget currently c. 7 million Euros) that provide grants (mostly to IUCN Members) to catalyze action (with measurable impact) for species and habitats conservation on the ground all around the globe. These currently include SOS (Save Our Species), and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) amongst others.

Under the overall supervision of the Director, Global Species Programme, the incumbent will seek to source additional and new sources of funding to further build the portfolio as well as direct and provide oversight management for the disbursement of funds of the Species Action Programme. The work undertaken will be underpinned by species conservation action plans and sound monitoring and evaluation, linking to relevant policy mechanisms. The position is responsible for managing and motivating a staff team of five colleagues plus two in the IUCN Regions. S/he will also help shape long-term strategic input to ensure that the various re-granting mechanisms work in harmony with the GSP, BCG other global and regional Programmes.

More specifically the responsibilities are as follows:

  1. In accordance with the IUCN Programme 2017-2020, seek to extend large scale funding from existing donors and raise additional large scale resources from new donors to support conservation action ‘on the ground’ for all species groups from all realms as well as habitats.
  2. Take overall responsibility for maintaining high quality relationships with donors ensuring that donor expectations and requirements, including all aspects of reporting and communications, are fully met.
  3. In this way, further build a wide project portfolio to support IUCN’s work on actions to improve the status of species and habitats (including key biodiversity areas) ‘on the ground’.
  4. Build, manage and motivate the staff team responsible for the management, disbursement and monitoring of funds working to ensure a cohesive and collegial approach both in relation to the species conservation action work and in relation to the GSP as a whole.
  5. Responsibility of marketing and communications for the SCAP, ensuring strategic messaging alignment with others from the GSP and BCG according to an agreed strategy.
  6. Working with communications colleagues in the GSP and Global Communications, promote and implement outreach activity to publicize the work carried out through all relevant media
  7. Oversee, in close collaboration and partnership with the IUCN Regions, the development off staff (teams) to both raise resources and carry out SCAP operations.
  8. Establish a sound monitoring and evaluation framework for the species action work both from the perspective of conservation impact and programmatic implementation.
  9. Finalize, working with relevant stakeholders (especially the SOS Coordinator), the Operational manual for IUCN’s species conservation action re-granting work to ensure that this becomes the ‘industry standard’ for IUCN’s work in this sphere.
  10. Working with the Species Survival Commission, notably with the Conservation Planning Specialist Group, support the development and implementation of species and habitat action plans /strategic plans, and build capacity within the Members and SSC Specialist Groups to carry them out.
  11. Working with the Species Survival Commission to ensure technical excellence in the development and provision of technical support to the design and implementation of various funding streams
  12. Build capacity within the Programme on species strategic planning / action planning – by linking re-granting efforts to the development and implementation of robust species and habitat action plans
  13. Work to align the operations of the Programme with other conservation re-granting mechanisms in other Programmes and Regions of IUCN where possible and feasible.
  14. In developing and implementing the work of the SCAP make operational links to the IUCN work on the implementation of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the newly adopted Key Biodiversity Area standard, the Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas and the emerging Green List of Species.
  15. Ensure that links are made to relevant policy mechanisms such as the SDGs and Aichi Targets in both the development and implementation of the portfolio and ensure that such links are leveraged, explained and supported in all species conservation action operations.
  16. Ensure that the operations of the Programme work in support of IUCN policy positions (e.g. in support of the implementation of the Aichi target and SDGs).
  17. Carry delegated authority as the representative of the Director, Global Species Programme and / or Director General in engagement with international, regional and national conferences and meetings (especially where these involve species conservation action).
  18. Deputize for the Director, Global Species Programme as needed in her absence.
  19. Represent the Union at a high-level in professional discussions and negotiations relating to species conservation action issues.
  20. Oversee the management of the finances (including budgeting, overseeing production of accounts, audits) of the SCAP in association with GPOU.