Vacancy #: 4104
Unit: Global Marine and Polar Programme
Location: European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to: Senior Grants Manager
Work percentage: 100%
Expected start date: 01 September 2019
Type of contract: Max-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date: 25 August 2019 (extended)
BEST – voluntary scheme for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Territories of European Overseas – is an EU initiative supporting the conservation of biodiversity and sustainable use of ecosystem services including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).
Funded by DG DEVCO as part of the BEST Initiative, the BEST 2.0+ Programme is a transition programme towards a more stable financing scheme. It is a direct follow up to the "BEST 2.0 Programme", a part of the B4Life flagship initiative, which has been designed to support field actions for protection of biodiversity in the EU Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). It has been developed in accordance to the overarching policy framework of the Agenda for Change, through emphasising its support to empowering civil society, improving the local governance of natural resources and promoting an ecosystem services-based green economy. It complies with the provisions of the Overseas Association Decision, which establishes the rules and modalities of cooperation of the EU with the OCTs. It is promoting the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of ecosystem services including ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation as a basis for sustainable development in the EU’s OCTs by enabling, empowering and strengthening local authorities and civil society organisations and facilitating their access to EU funds.
BEST 2.0+ is implemented by IUCN (BEST 2.0 Secretariat) with the support of Regional Focal Points. The Secretariat team in IUCN is split between the Brussels Office and IUCN HQ in Switzerland.
The Programme Officer will play a key role in the daily management of the BEST 2.0+ Programme. S/he will support the grant making-facility management and ensure that all stages of the grant making cycle are managed to a high standard and in compliance with the BEST 2.0+ Operational Manual and in line with donor and IUCN requirements. S/he will support a smooth and effective functioning of the BEST 2.0+ Secretariat team and will support the Senior Grants Manager and the Senior Finance Grant Manager as well as external contractors. The position requires excellent organizational and reporting skills, good understanding of conservation projects on the ground, good communication as well as good knowledge of EC DEVCO EFD, DCI and PRAG rules to ensure that the programme is implemented and managed according to best practices.
The Programme Officer will work closely with the BEST 2.0+ Secretariat team (2 staff) and the BEST 2.0+ Regional Focal Points as well as with individuals within IUCN working on other grant mechanism such as BEST4LIFE, BIOPAMA Action Component, and will liaise with other grant-making initiative like CEPF. Regular interactions with staff at IUCN Headquarters, particularly in charge of legal affairs and finances will be required.
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Grants Manager, the BEST 2.0+ Programme Officer will have the following duties and responsibilities:
Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button at: https://hrms.iucn.org/vacancy/4104.
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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