IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development.
The Country Representative is the head of IUCN’s operations in Nepal under the agreement between IUCN and the Government of Nepal, and has the overall responsibility of representing IUCN in Nepal and for the management of IUCN’s Programme in Nepal. S/he will be expected to work closely with the members – both governmental and non-governmental, and commission members to build relationships and collaborative arrangements with all appropriate partners. S/he will also be responsible to build a stronger organizational IUCN presence in Nepal leading to strengthening of the Asia Region’s operations.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
· Maintain an excellent relationship with the Government of Nepal; and ensure that the Host Country Agreement is valid at any given time;
· Provide membership support and services including coordination, facilitation and support to the IUCN Nepal National Committee;
· Actively work towards enhancing IUCN membership in Nepal;
· Ensure effective relationships are developed, maintained and strengthened between IUCN, governmental, non-governmental, civil society, donors, private sector and other stakeholders, as well as with the international organisations based in Nepal;
· Promote IUCN as the institution that assists Nepal members and other partners in building bridges with the Government, IUCN members and other institutions elsewhere in the world and of providing a neutral platform for debate;
· Facilitate IUCN membership and Commissions network meetings that link the IUCN constituency in Nepal to the secretariat programmes and regional and global governance;
· Ensure that the IUCN programme in the country is in alignment with IUCN’s global and regional priorities as well as to the national priorities;
· Provide leadership in programme development aligned with the ‘One Programme’ approach and take responsibility for ensuring that funding for the programme is secured, and ensure that associated programme and project documentation is produced for fund-raising purposes. This will include supervision of country specific project development activities and contribution to the development of integrated inter-country, regional and trans- boundary projects where and when appropriate;
· Ensure that the IUCN Nepal Programme achieves scientific and technical integration with the Regional Programme Support Unit and the Natural Resources Group and with other country programmes (particularly those in the South Asia Country Group), as appropriate, in support of national and regional programme objectives;
· Provide overall direction to and ensure efficient and cost effective implementation, coordination, and monitoring of IUCN’s programme in Nepal and the delivery of the expected results which contribute to the achievement of the Asia Regional component of the IUCN Intersessional Programme; including the establishment of programme, financial, and administrative reporting schedules as required by relevant agreements and partners, and ensuring that these reporting schedules are adhered to;
· Ensure that information and learning at the local level is utilized to impact on national policy and is fed into IUCN’s Knowledge Management systems to enable impacts on regional and global policies; and make regional and global knowledge available to support and inform national and local debate and decision making;
· Maintain regular contacts with Members and other partners, with a view to exploring new areas of interest for the IUCN Programme and ensure effective coordination of all IUCN Secretariat contacts with all partners;
· Effectively deploy the administrative, financial and technical resources available to the IUCN Secretariat Programme in Nepal, and ensure that these are used in conformity with relevant IUCN norms and standards, contributing to and benefiting from the integrated finance and technical resource model of the region, and provide or make available such support in this respect to IUCN units as may be necessary;
· Ensure that regular support and inputs are provided to IUCN staff in Nepal through regular on-going performance management with a view to building up a diverse and integrated team of IUCN personnel in the country which is viewed and views itself as a component of a wider South Asia Group and regional team;
· Establish regular management ,administrative and programme reporting linkages through the South Asia Group to IUCN Asia Regional Office in Bangkok, and with other IUCN programmes and administrative units or offices as required;
· Lead in change management in the Country Office as and when new regional structures and systems adjustments are put in place to group or re-group Country Offices;
· Provide support to the Regional Director, and the Deputy Regional Director on developing and implementing regional initiatives, as and when needed; and,
· Carry out any other relevant tasks as required by, and mutually agreed with, the line manager.
· A Masters Degree in natural resources management, sustainable development or a similar field.
· At least 10 years of progressive experience in senior management roles within similar organisations.
· A proven track record of managing adaptive organizations and handling complex operations and diverse teams with a special focus on strategic programme planning and project development.
· Proven programme and project development and fundraising skills. Extensive Knowledge and experience with donor funded programmes and projects.
· Excellent managerial, analytical, interpersonal, negotiating and team building skills.
· Knowledge of key conservation & development issues, government and donor networks in Nepal and South Asia.
· Ability to work under pressure and to deal tactfully with sensitive political issues including experience of handling a cross-cultural work force in a multi cultural, multi disciplinary setting.
· Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issues.
· Fluency in written & spoken English, computer literacy and willingness to travel frequently.
· Nepali citizenship is preferred.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 19 April 2015
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