The IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) operates in twenty four countries in the Horn of Africa, eastern Africa, southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. IUCN ESARO engages directly in biodiversity conservation in the region through its innovative thematic programme, Conservation Areas and Species (CAS). The CAS programme was established in late 2010 and draws on evidence-based and best practice approaches to enhance the conservation and management of biodiversity and ecosystems. CAS operates through a “One Programme” approach working closely with IUCN members and Commissions to engage in a diverse set of biodiversity conservation actions ranging from the implementation of field projects to influencing policy and institutional frameworks at local, national, regional and global levels. The current CAS strategy and portfolio is particularly focused on enhancing management effectiveness and governance of protected and conserved areas and on supporting effective local community engagement in biodiversity conservation. The thematic programme also contributes to building the capacity of IUCN Members and partners, as well as the ESARO Secretariat to tackle new and emerging biodiversity conservation challenges and to understand and implement relevant international conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UNESCO World Heritage Convention.
The Senior Programme Officer (SPO) reports directly to the IUCN ESARO Technical Coordinator, CASD Programme and has a functional reporting line to and is expected to work closely with the IUCN ESARO Technical Coordinator, Regional Water Programme, in their capacity as Country Representative, and the BIOPAMA Global Programme Coordinator.
The main duties of the SPO include the management and implementation of projects in the CASD portfolio, with a particular focus on the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) project http://www.biopama.org/ as well as other IUCN ESARO’s initiatives related to protected and conserved areas, including Transfrontier Conservation Areas. The BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) Programme is a six-year programme funded through Intra-ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries) resources from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). The Programme is being implemented jointly by IUCN and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC). The implementation of BIOPAMA will require targeted capacity building activities for protected area managers at various levels making full use of IUCN’s network of experts and IUCN’s policy informing mandate. IUCN ESARO is also supporting biodiversity conservation with a particular focus on improving the management effectiveness and governance of protected and conserved areas in Africa through targeted capacity building and knowledge sharing. The SPO will play a supporting role in the development of portfolio-wide strategies and assist the Technical Coordinator, to develop, resource and manage projects and activities, and link them with those of the other ESARO Component Programs and Global Programmes.
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THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION OPEN TO SOUTH AFRICA NATIONALS OR THOSE WITH THE RIGHT TO LIVE AND WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA.
SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION THE DUTY STATION OF HARARE, ZIMBABWE MAY ALSO BE CONSIDERED. INTERESTED CANDIDATES MUST BE LOCAL RESIDENCE IN EITHER LOCATIONS.