Program Officer

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Vacancy #: 6342
Unit: Brazil Country Office – Programme
Organisation: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Brazil Country Office, Brasilia – DF, Brazil
Reporting to: Coordinador Regional de Programa
Work percentage: 100%
Grade: P1
Expected start date: 05 April 2023
Type of contract: Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date: 20 March 2023
This position will be based in the IUCN National Office in Brazil (Brasilia) and work in close coordination with the IUCN Brazil office. The Project Officer will report to the IUCN SUR Regional Program Coordinator, based in Quito, Ecuador, with dotted line reporting to the Enterprise and Investment Team and the Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge Team in IUCN HQ, Switzerland.
IUCN’s work with the private sector is guided by the IUCN Business Engagement Strategy (BES) that outlines a vision of a sustainable global economy in which businesses are committed and effective partners in achieving a just world that values and conserves nature. Business relationships in Brazil and the region have grown in the past several years, and current business engagement is addressing some of the most pressing environmental issues at hand in the region.
The project BEFoRE (Benefits from Restoration) is an ambitious initiative leaded by IUCN, in partnership with University of Sao Paulo and Iceland University, that contributes to scaling up restoration. The project research the interactions between social and ecological context for assessing success of restoration projects in different socio-ecological context, and explore how to integrate those learnings into future restoration initiatives. The project also explore how restoration initiatives may be operationalized in context of mitigation hierarchy and biodiversity offsetting, and provide some practical suggestions on its application.
Additionally, IUCN manages several regional and global relationships with the private sector, that will be supported by this position. These include work with the mining sector (Anglo American, Newmont, Vale), oil sector (REPSOL), the cement and building materials sector (Holcim) and other activities with the no-extractive sector. This position will support the generation and application of tools and innovative approaches for biodiversity conservation for deployment with high impact sectors and will contribute to strengthen and increase the portfolio of work with the private sector.
The Project Officer will play a technical support role in coordinating the activities of IUCN in Brazil and in provide technical backstopping to the team in the region in support of the multiple projects and relationships and explore how to leverage on existing and new relationships in the country and in the region in line with the IUCN priorities. The main responsibility will include providing technical support to delivery of projects results and act as a technical knowledge resource and liaison to the IUCN Secretariat and other stakeholders and contribute to strengthen the regional portfolio of work with the private sector.



• Support project management including planning, budgeting, reporting and coordination, following IUCN´s tools and policies (Smartsheet, project portal, risk managements, among others)
• Facilitate the development and implementation of strategic planning and helping ensure the alignment of all products to the priorities identified of products according to the timeline;
• Organize documentation, including on project finance and reporting;
• Support the development of regular reporting to donors;
• Lead internal project coordination with external partners and IUCN units involved, and the preparation of regular meetings
• Support the organization of project workshops and meetings in consultation with the Project Manager, IUCN staff, and project partners.
• Participate with the national, regional and global team in the generation of new project proposals associated with the private sector.

• Coordinate with partners and external experts and researchers, the production of guidelines for application of mitigation hierarchy into restoration framework, and guidelines for application of offsetting policy of IUCN;
• Provide technical input to project outputs, products and deliverables, including reviewing and reference;
• Support the translation of research outputs into practical deliverables and tools useful for non-academic audience;
• In collaboration with the partners and IUCN Communications Officer, manage an online library of documentation relevant to partners and development of project products;
• Develop oral presentations on project results;

• Support the Communication officers in dissemination and outreach activities, including the development of content for preparation of communication materials;
• Collaborate with the IUCN Regional team and the one in Brazil on a periodic basis on relevant projects, communicating with members and partners in Brazil and the region.
• Contribute to the review of communications materials and translations;
  • • At least 3-5 years of previous work experience in implementing projects with the private sector, with biodiversity and/or sustainable development issues, business engagement;
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred; Academic training in natural resource management;
• At least 3 years of project management experience;
• Excellent spoken and written Portuguese; Spanish and English is essential;
• Ability to rapid research, analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources; knowledge of research protocols and information access and management;
• Strong research and writing skills;
• Proven ability to synthetize and communicate complex information, including reports and meeting minutes;
• Ability to deal with very diverse audiences and publics from high-level management to community based teams;
• Ability to manage different opinions, be respectful of different points of view and have a team player spirit;
• Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands (must be very organized);
• Relevant IT skills, in particular with online communication platforms for video conferencing and other collaboration;
• Ability to deal with sensitive information;
• Availability for some travel required in Brazil, in South America and perhaps internationally.

The person will be contracted according to the Brazilian law (CLT), and it will include medical and life insurance.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

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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