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IUCN Vacancy - Regional Director for Oceania


The World Conservation Union (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,290 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.  Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.  Within the framework of global conventions IUCN has helped over 75 countries to prepare and implement national conservation and biodiversity strategies.  IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices while some 150 work at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland.  IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.






Title:                           Regional Director for Oceania


Duty station:              IUCN Regional Office for Oceania, Suva, Fiji


Reporting to:             Director General


In October 2005, IUCN launched a regional programme for Oceania. This new position provides an exciting opportunity to develop a new programme with the support of IUCN’s members and partners in the region.



The Regional Director leads the strategic development and effective implementation in Oceania of the regional component of an integrated global programme, as well as contributing to the global management of the Union.  This position requires competencies across a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from organizational management and financial planning to biodiversity and ecosystem-based resource management strategies and policies.  The regional programme is implemented in collaboration with IUCN members and partners.


As the official representative of the Director General in the region, the Regional Director is responsible for maintaining a high and professional corporate profile for IUCN, particularly with IUCN members, partners and donors. As Head of the Regional Office, the incumbent is accountable for all financial, personnel and administrative matters and is also responsible for ensuring financial viability of the regional programme.




1.       Represent IUCN in the region in a manner that promotes IUCN’s mission and enhances the status of the Union among decision-making bodies, intergovernmental agencies, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

2.       Oversee preparation, implementation, evaluation and reporting of multi-year and annual programmes for IUCN’s work in the region.

3.       Develop and maintain long-term fund-raising strategies and nurture relations with the donor community in the region.

4.       Assume the operational management of all IUCN activities in the region and ensure adequate maintenance of financial, human resources and other relevant policies and procedures.

5.       Initiate and facilitate initiatives and dialogues on key issues of conservation policy based on IUCN’s regional and global priorities.

6.       Develop and maintain regular contact with governments, the Oceania Regional Committee (ORC), existing IUCN members, partner organisations, Councillors, and Commission members.

7.       In collaboration with ORC, implement the IUCN Membership strategy and develop a membership recruitment plan

8.       Liaise with IUCN’s global secretariat and Commissions for the purpose of enhancing the work of IUCN in the region.

9.       Oversee recruitment and administration of IUCN staff in the region.

10.    Contribute to the global management of the IUCN Secretariat and Programme.




-          Post graduate/advanced degree in a subject related to conservation and sustainable development.

-          At least 10 years’ professional experience in management of a conservation/sustainable development programme, of which at least 5 years in the Oceania region.

-          Extensive knowledge of global conservation and sustainable development policy issues.

-          Experience in strategic management and leadership of networks as well as fund-raising.

-          Ability to lead and motivate a team within a complex, decentralized organisation.

-          Communication, negotiation, networking and resource mobilisation skills.

-          Excellent command of English.  Knowledge of other languages is an asset.




Applicants are asked to submit their CV and a supporting letter of motivation in English.  The letter must specifically address the selection criteria in the order presented above.  Applicants should further provide the names/contact details of three referees, including one recent employer.


Applications should be submitted, preferably by email, before 7 January 2006 to:


Director – Human Resources

The World Conservation Union (IUCN)

Rue Mauverney 28, 1196 Gland, Switzerland

Fax : +4122 999 0339

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