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Opportunity : Programme Officer –Species Conservation

Programme Officer –Species Conservation

Vacancy #: 1498
Unit: Cameroon Programme
Organization: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location: Cameroon Country Programme Office, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Reporting to: Deputy Director – Global Species & KBA Programme
Work percentage: 100%
Function group: P1
Expected start date: 01 April 2017
Type of contract: Fixed-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date: 31 March 2017
BACKGROUND
SOS – Save Our Species is an initiative intended to be a long-term global programme to improve the conservation status of globally threatened species, their habitats and the people depending on them. It provides grants for conservation of globally threatened species. By strategically focusing on species conservation priorities identified by the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and by providing rapid action funding that can be mobilized quickly during crises, SOS provides critically-needed resources where and when they matter most.
SOS is executed through IUCN, with a small secretariat in the IUCN Global Species Programme at Headquarters and regional positions supporting some specific initiatives. SOS Calls for Proposals for Threatened Species Grants (TSG) are issued once or twice a year and applications are accepted for a period of 6-8 weeks following this announcement. All applications submitted are screened for eligibility, reviewed by experts (according to taxonomical and geographical expertise) and finally reviewed by the SOS Working Group (a technical group of experts associated to the initiative) before being submitted to the SOS Donor Council for validation and funding.
Projects selected for funding are reviewed in detail during a negotiation phase with the applicant and before a grant agreement is finalized and signed. Funded projects submit regular progress reports that require the SOS Secretariat’s review to assess progress against planned milestones and the achievement of project objectives and results.