Vacancy: National Coordinator, Seychelles

Organisation: IUCN
Location: Seychelles
Deadline for Application: 10 Aug 2017
Expected Start Date at Job Post: 15 Aug 2017

Background

Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. Co-chaired by IUCN and UNDP, MFF provides a platform for collaboration among the many different agencies, sectors and countries which are addressing challenges to coastal ecosystem and livelihood issues. The goal is to promote an integrated ocean-wide approach to coastal management and to building the resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities. 

MFF builds on a history of coastal management interventions before and after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. It initially focused on the countries that were worst affected by the tsunami -- India, Indonesia, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Thailand. More recently it has expanded to include Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Viet Nam. 

Mangroves are the flagship of the initiative, but MFF is inclusive of all types of coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, estuaries, lagoons, sandy beaches, sea grasses and wetlands. 

The MFF grants facility offers small, medium and large grants to support initiatives that provide practical, hands-on demonstrations of effective coastal management in action. Each country manages its own MFF programme through a National Coordinating Body which includes representation from government, NGOs and the private sector.

MFF addresses priorities for long-term sustainable coastal ecosystem management which include, among others: climate change adaptation and mitigation, disaster risk reduction, promotion of ecosystem health, development of sustainable livelihoods, and active engagement of the private sector in developing sustainable business practices. The emphasis is on generating knowledge, empowering local communities and advocating for policy solutions that will support best practice in integrated coastal management.

Moving forward, MFF will increasingly focus on building resilience of ecosystem-dependent coastal communities by promoting nature based solutions and by showcasing the climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits that can be achieved with healthy mangrove forests and other types of coastal vegetation.

MFF is funded by Danida, Norad, and Sida. 

Learn more at: www.mangrovesforthefuture.org

DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES 

Major Responsibilities:
1. Coordinate and support the implementation of MFF at the national level, to ensure that it operates smoothly and delivers its planned outputs effectively and efficiently and act as national focal point for MFF communications and be responsible for all MFF national communication products;
2. Liaise between the MFF Secretariat and the National Coordinating Body in Seychelles;
3. Provide support to the MFF Seychelles National Coordinating Body (NCB) and in particular provide strategic advise to NCB in relation to policy influence and MLE activities; engaging in regular interaction with MFF partners in Seychelles; overseeing the coordination, learning, monitoring and evaluation, to assist the NCB to submit their progress reports to the Regional Secretariat in a timely fashion; and facilitating the provision of technical assistance to the MFF initiative and its projects and partners in Seychelles.

Specific Duties:
1. Implementation and Management of MFF programme strategies, which include:
(a) Promote, guide and oversee the operation of MFF at the national level
(b) Liaising between the MFF Secretariat and the NCB to ensure that the Secretariat’s guidance, including the decisions of the Regional Steering Committee is effectively conveyed to the National Coordinating Body and vice versa.
(c) Plan contract and direct the work of national consultants recruited to assist MFF Seychelles.
(d) Supporting project proposal development for funding project under the MFF framework.
(e) Coordinate national MFF actions to ensure smooth operation of the initiative;


2. Support to the MFF Seychelles National Coordinating Body (NCB) and liaison with NCB members;
(a) Provide strategic advise to NCB in relation to policy influence and MLE activities.
(b) Assist NCB in preparing and implementing the annual work-plan and updating of NSAP, as required, for MFF in Seychelles
(c) Ensure administrative and technical support is provided to the MFF Seychelles NCB in a timely manner consistent with the MFF Programme document, NSAP and Annual Workplans.
(d) Function as the nodal point for NCB Members and keep them informed of MFF progress at both national and regional levels as advised by the MFF Regional Secretariat
(e) Ensure effective organization, operation, and reporting of NCB meetings and that the agreed actions are followed up;
(f) Undertaking monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the MFF work-plan.


3. Provide leadership to the implementation of the MFF Projects in Seychelles, including:
(a) Provide advise to NCB in relation to the strategic implementation of the MFF Grant Facilities 
(b) Support implementation of MFF Small, Medium and Regional projects under the guidance of the MFF Secretariat and NCB; liaise with Grantees and function as their focal point; prepare project and donor reporting, as required
(c) Conduct technical and financial monitoring and evaluation of MFF projects and other MFF supported activities; identify operational and financial problems, develop solutions and take any other necessary actions to ensure technical success and efficient use of MFF funds;
(d) Assist MFF Secretariat in ML&E activities organised by the MFF Secretariat and the NCB to be undertaken;
(e) Provide leadership in collating, documenting and sharing of lessons from the large and regional projects;


4. MFF Communication
Provide support to effectively deliver the overall MFF communications objectives at national level as laid out in the MFF Regional Communications Strategy and Visual Identity and Branding Guidelines:
(a) Function as the MFF Communications Focal Point in Seychelles and liaise frequently with NCB members, MFF regional staff and other stakeholders;
(b) Ensure the delivery of MFF communications products (NCB progress, web-stories, images, e-newsletter, Wiki content, events calendars, etc);
(c) Develop and implement an MFF National Communications Strategy and Action Plan;
(d) Ensure that Visual Identity and Branding guidelines are adhered to and ensure that MFF partners and donors are appropriately acknowledged on MFF products;
(e) Integrate communications effectively into the MFF MLE Framework.

5. Other duties
(a) Provide periodic reports on NCB activities, implementation of the work-plan and the progress of MFF Grant projects, as required by the NCB and MFF Secretariat; 
(b) Carry out any other duties germane to the MFF Initiative that you may be called upon to perform from time to time by your line manager. 

REQUIREMENTS

• A degree or an equivalent qualification in Natural Resource Management, Coastal Zone Management, Fisheries, Aquaculture or in a related field
• At least 7 years experience in a similar position, preferably with an International Organization, International NGO or similar, with at least 5 years of experience in planning, implementation , monitoring and reporting on projects.
• Excellent project management skills and the ability to meet and deliver to deadlines, as well as experience in project financial and resource management.
• Demonstrated skills and experience in fundraising
• High level of computer Literacy (Standard software, Internet, E-Mail, etc.)
• Excellent command of written and spoken English and French is essential
• Proven ability to work effectively with diverse multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
• Proven ability to cope with varied workloads, tight deadlines, and flexible working hours
• Experience in managing and maintaining websites an advantage
• Experience in producing communication products, i.e., project newsletter, fact-sheet, brochure, leaflet, etc. for programme and project communications, an advantage
• Seychelles citizenship 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION: 10 August 2017  

Applicants are requested to apply online through the IUCN HR Management System by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button at: 

https://hrms.iucn.org/iresy/index.cfm?event=vac.show&vacId=1576&lang=en

 Only short-listed candidates will be notified

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National Coordinator, Seychelles