Project manager SUSTAIN-Africa

IUCN NL is the Dutch national committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world's largest and most diverse environmental network. IUCN harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 member organisations, uniquely composed of government, civil society organisations and business, and the input of some 15,000 experts.

Within the international IUCN umbrella organization, IUCN NL helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change and poverty. Nature is fundamental to addressing these problems. Natural capital is the foundation of our economy and our wellbeing. It provides us with food, clean water, fresh air, energy, medicine and a roof over our head. That is why the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems is at the heart of IUCN's mission.

IUCN currently has 36 Netherlands-based member organizations. In striving towards a sustainable future we work closely with these members and our network of companies, governments, southern NGOs and scientists, sharing knowledge and expertise, executing concrete projects and influencing the political agenda. We focus on four themes: nature conservation; climate, water & food; environmental justice and green economy.
The 'Sustainability and Inclusion Strategy for Growth Corridors in Africa' (SUSTAIN-Africa) will develop and demonstrate climate resilient solutions for water security and inclusive land resource and agricultural development in growth corridors and areas of intensive economic development in Africa. The programme will work with government, private sector and civil society partners to integrate water, land and ecosystem management into investment strategies and development of related small and medium-sized enterprise as well as large scale business operations
The current phase of SUSTAIN-Africa will run from 2014-2018, emphasising delivery through partnerships. The programme is coordinated by IUCN Global Water Programme and the IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands, who will work together to build and support partnerships for implementation of SUSTAIN-Africa among IUCN Members, government, business and stakeholders at all levels.
For more information regarding SUSTAIN-Africa, please see the programme brochure.
Specific Duties
Building on the SUSTAIN-Africa's Strategic Results Framework and Operating Principles, incumbent is principally responsible for:
the overall planning, coordination, reporting and the realization of IUCN NL project deliverables and outcomes;
leading IUCN NL liaison with IUCN and other partners to support overall coordination of the SUSTAIN-Africa initiative;
developing and submitting funding proposals to donors and of collaboration with IUCN and other partners in funding proposals and ultimately realizing IUCN NL's co-financing obligation;
leading partnership development and engagement and involvement of the (Dutch) private sector in SUSTAIN-Africa, and liaising across the initiative to strengthen engagement with entities ranging from local cooperatives and local and foreign small, medium and micro enterprises to large multi-national companies.
Qualifications & Skills
University degree in environmental management, political sciences, social development or a natural and/or economic science related discipline;
A minimum of 5 years in business development and working and engaging with private sector stakeholders as well as public sector and civil society;
Demonstrable track record in project management;
Proven ability to develop, implement and execute a fundraising strategy and brings a relevant network;
At least 5 to 10 years hands on working experience in Africa -with experience in Tanzania and/or Mozambique- is an advantage;
Fluency in English is required, high proficiency in Dutch, Portuguese and/or Swahili is an advantage;
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
We offer
A part time contract (24 hrs/week) for at least a year (with the possibility of extension);
A competitive salary;
Travels to the relevant regions;
A green workplace in the centre of Amsterdam.
To be considered for this position, please, submit your CV and motivation letter in English to Monique de Jong, HR manager at vacature@iucn.nl no later than 21 June 2016 12.00 CET.
Please, note that:
Interviews will be conducted from 24 to 30 June 2016. 
We offer candidates living abroad the possibility to conduct the first job interview via Skype. The second job interview will be conducted in our Amsterdam office.
For additional information about this vacancy please contact our HR Manager Monique de Jong at monique.dejong@iucn.nl
Acquisition to this vacancy is not appreciated.