Job opportunity: IUCN

Regional Protected Areas Programme Coordinator for Central and West Africa
Job opportunity: IUCN

Vacancy announcement for this important position, based in Dakar, Senegal.  The application link is here and only applications submitted at this link will be accepted. The closing date is 31 May 2020.


Regional Protected Areas Programme Coordinator for Central and West Africa 

Our mission: “To influence, encourage & assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity & diversity of nature & to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable & ecologically sustainable.” IUCN is a world leader in developing knowledge and understanding for effective conservation action. A unique worldwide partnership, IUCN brings together states, government agencies & NGO members, & some 10,000 scientists & experts from 181 countries in a global web of networks to provide a neutral forum for dialogue & action on environment & sustainable development issues. Following an organisation-wide decentralisation process, IUCN regional offices in Central Africa and in West Africa have been merged into a single new office: the Regional Office for Central and West Africa. IUCN Central and west Africa Region currently has over 100 staff members working in its offices in Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon, Congo DR, Congo. The IUCN Regional Office for Central and West Africa is located in Dakar, Senegal. The IUCN Regional Protected Areas Programme (RPAP) Coordinator report directly to the Regional Programme Coordinator and functionally to the Head of IUCN’s Global Protected Areas Programme. He/she will serve as both a senior member of the Regional Programme committee that delivers the technical program of IUCN in Central and West Africa and the IUCN global Protected Areas team that helps set strategic direction and define priorities for IUCN’s broader engagement on Protected Areas. The RPAP Coordinator will develop, resource, and manage IUCN’s Protected Areas programme activities in the region in close collaboration with other relevant IUCN programmes, members, commissions and partners. He/She is responsible for the overall management of RPAP activities, to ensuring that they are coherent and consistent with IUCN’s “one programme” approach, build on and align with IUCN’s Protected Area conservation framework and add value to regionally and nationally defined priorities.         


IUCN Regional Protected Areas Programme (RPAP) for Central and West Africa, PACO
 The RPAP specific duties are:
- Take a lead role in the development of the Regional Protected Areas Programme through providing vision and guidance in developing a well-defined strategic focus in the short, medium and long term, ensuring:
. effective and institutionally aligned programming and project implementation,
. systematic monitoring and evaluation of on-going programmatic activities and;
. coherent and consistent communication of lessons learnt to key decision-makers within the region.
- Provide technical advice, guidance and support on Protected Areas to Project Offices and/or Country Offices and act as the focal point for protected areas related activities particularly with members, commissions, partners and other IUCN component programmes as required;
- Work closely with IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) to develop an integrated protected areas programme in the region;
- Work closely with other IUCN Commissions, Country offices, Project Offices and other thematic programmes to develop and maintain an appropriate project portfolio and funding for implementation of the Regional Programme;
- Work with colleagues in the region and headquarter on Protected Areas issues to ensure that they function as an integrated team, that there is coherence and consistency in the policy statements, and a high quality of technical and policy advice is given to field programmes and projects;
- Coordinate the development, analysis and dissemination of Protected Areas policy relevant to the Region and other networks in the most effective way;
- Oversee the development and implementation of any relevant Protected Areas initiatives in the region and provide where needed, guidance and support to the development and implementation of other IUCN Cross Cutting Initiatives;
- Ensure that IUCN is adequately represented in relevant regional, international fora and negotiations on Protected Areas management in Central and West Africa;
- Develop and maintain appropriate collaboration and partnerships with relevant organizations on Protected Areas related issues of mutual interest and in particular ensure meaningful engagement of local IUCN members in the implementation of the RPAP.
- Lead fundraising for the Regional Protected Areas Programme through development of proposals, maintaining good relationships with donor and funding agencies so as to ensure the financial viability of the Programme;
- Oversee the development and implementation of annual budgets and work plans and provide a timely progress report of the programme financial and technical activities in accordance with IUCN’s practices;
- Participate in joint planning, assessment and communication activities of the Regional Programme committee and facilitate the development of joint programmes with members and partners.
- Capitalization and dissemination in the region of lessons learnt from our programmes and projects as well as those learnt from partners and colleagues;
- Supervise staff and lead capacity development on issues related to Protected Areas in component programmes;
- Facilitate group discussions on relevant protected areas emerging issues to position IUCN as a reference in the region;


  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated their ability to: - Candidates should possess an advanced degree in natural science related to Protected Areas conservation or related fields and at least 10 years of relevant work experience • Experience with project and programme development and management • Relevant working experience on issues related to Protected Areas conservation • Demonstrated fundraising, budgeting and programme planning ability • Demonstrated outstanding skills in network development and network administration and ability to achieve results through networking in cross-cultural situations • Lead and inspire multicultural and multidisciplinary teams • Exposure to and knowledge of major Protected Areas issues, both policy and field related • proven writing ability • Demonstrated spoken and written fluency in French and English • Advanced computer processing skills • DUTY STATION: The successful candidate will be based in Dakar-Senegal, with frequent travel across Central and West Africa. The position reports to the Regional Programme Coordinator for Central and West Africa, with an additional reporting line to the Head of IUCN’s Global Programme on Protected Areas