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Programme Officer - Biodiversity

Programme Officer - Biodiversity

IUCN in Sri Lanka is seeking a dynamic professional as a Programme Officer specialized in Biodiversity Conservation covering terrestrial and inland biodiversity with frequent interactions with “Coastal Marine” and “Water” teams


 The Programme Officer is expected to build IUCN Country Office capacity in species conservation including field assessments, developing species conservation plans,  ecosystem studies, species rescue and restoration activities while supporting  national, regional and international policy processes.

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • A first degree in biological science, natural resource management or conservation sciences  followed by a Masters’ degree in biology, ecology, environmental science,  natural resource management, project management;
  • At least five years progressive experience of working in a reputable national or international conservation organization, academic or research institute;
  • Strong grasp of species identification and biodiversity conservation issues and methodologies, with a particular emphasis on  vertebrates and selected invertebrate groups;
  •  Sound knowledge on wetlands and wetland related fauna and flora of Sri Lanka;
  • Strong communication skills in English;
  • Project management skills with proven track record in managing field ecologists for conservation projects;
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders and part of a dynamic team;
  • Good computer skills;
  • Sound knowledge on Red List criteria and applying same at national level would be advantages;
  • The position is open to Sri Lankan nationals only and will be contract based initially for one year.  




Salary commensurate with experience

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

  Only short-listed candidates will be notified.