IUCN is seeking a Technical Assistant BIOPAMA.
The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) program aims to improve the long-term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the ACP Group of States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF), jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). Building on the first five years of activities financed by the 10th EDF, BIOPAMA’s second phase provides tools for data and information management, services for improving the knowledge and capacity for protected area planning and decision making, and funding opportunities for specific site-based actions. www.biopama.org
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.
The actions support the role of the Regional Observatories (RO) for protected areas, 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 Central Africa, the observatory is hosted by COMIFAC (Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale); In West Africa it is institutionally hosted by WAEMU.
One of the main activities of the project is the implementation of an Action Component which comprises a mechanism of small to medium sized grants to support specific actions on the ground in priority conservation landscapes that are aimed at strengthening PA and natural resource management effectiveness and governance.
In this regard, IUCN wishes to recruit a technical assistant to assist the BIOPAMA regional project coordinator in ensuring the effective implementation of the overall project and particularly the Action Component.
The technical assistant will contribute to the day-to-day technical implementation of BIOPAMA including the Action Component that are the responsibility of the IUCN West and Central Africa Regional Office, under the direct supervision of the project regional coordinator and in close working collaboration with the oversight provided by the IUCN Global BIOPAMA program.
Yours specific duties at IUCN
The technical assistant is expected to assist the project coordinator by:
Developing a thorough understanding of the BIOPAMA including the Action Component mechanism in West and Central Africa.
Providing guidance to the global team on regionally tailored approaches for an effective communication program to promote and explain the grant mechanism opportunity to stakeholders across the region.
Working effectively with the BIOPAMA regional and global team to deliver regional BIOPAMA communication products and communicate results.
Providing regular technical advice to the BIOPAMA regional coordinator and assist in work planning and the preparation of reports.
Supporting the establishment and running of the BIOPAMA protected areas Observatories for West and Central Africa;
Identifying key regional and national networks and organizations and develop and maintain contact lists and liaison.
Providing advice on due diligence assessments and screening of applicants in consultation with the global team.
As necessary, providing direct technical support for capacity building, particularly of local-level civil society organizations and mentor applicants and grantees through aspects of grant management, from the initial proposal design and submission process, to assisting with project monitoring and evaluation.
Convening meetings and workshops to enable information sharing, capacity building and exchange between grantees and other stakeholders
Monitoring performance through communication with grantees and through site visits where appropriate.
Ensuring close synergies between the grants program and the regional observatories’ roles in BIOPAMA particularly in regard to management effectiveness assessments and activities that will improve the quality of baseline PA information and ensure that relevant information derived from grant projects is accessible to the sub regional observatories.
Contributing to project publicity, promotion, updates and knowledge products suitably branded and attributed.
Supporting the Protected Areas Coordinator as required through engagement on regional network groups, task forces and committees; representing IUCN and BIOPAMA at relevant fora, meetings and workshops at all levels; contribution to IUCN PACO program planning forums, advisory committees and, project reviews.
Contributing to information sharing, lessons learning and documentation of project and program experiences.
Drafting contracts and terms of reference as requested by the project’s coordinator or the unit’s coordination for consultancies and workshops
Contributing to organizing event
Performing other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Please Note: The above TORs contain the main responsibilities and duties of this position. However, in an ever evolving organization such as IUCN staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks that are reasonably allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TORs. Where any task becomes a regular part of staff member’s responsibilities, the TORs should be changed in consultation between the manager, the staff member and the HR Unit. Any one of the three may initiate the consultation.
University Degree in environmental management, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, conservation, natural science related discipline or a relevant field;
At least 5 years of experience in biodiversity conservation and/or protected areas management, ideally involving terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems, at national and/or regional levels;
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 administration;
Demonstrated experience on small grants management;
Demonstrated experience in capacity building and working as a facilitator or trainer in a multi-cultural setting;
Sound French and English (verbal/written) with excellent communication and presentation skills;
Proficient in using office applications (MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and other web-based management systems.