IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature was founded in 1948 and brings together 1,100 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 11,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique partnership worldwide. 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 including Nepal to prepare and implement national conservation strategies. IUCN has approximately 1,100 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices with around 150 working from its Headquarters in Switzerland. IUCN is represented in Nepal by IUCN Nepal Country Office.

Government of Nepal National Planning Commission (NPC), with technical support from IUCN and financial support from the Swiss Confederation represented by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) acting through Embassy of Switzerland in Nepal, has started the process to develop a National Strategic Framework for Nature Conservation (NSF). Building on the achievements of the National Conservation Strategy (1988) and responding positively to new challenges and opportunities arising from the changed social, economic, environmental and political contexts over the years, the aim is to develop an Overall National Strategic Framework which will serve as a Guiding Document for making nature conservation an integral part of all national development policies, strategies, plans and programs

Expressions of interest are sought from individual professionals with appropriate qualifications and experiences for the following assignments:

1.     Lead Consultant (Team Leader)

Team Leader will be responsible for overall coordination, guidance, planning and development including writing of the NSF.


2.     Sectoral Lead Consultant(s)

Sectoral Lead Consultants will be responsible for overall coordination, planning and development including writing of papers on the following specific sectors/ themes. We are seeking qualified lead consultants for the following areas.

 i.      Agriculture (experience in agronomy, horticulture, livestock, pasture, fishery, soil management, pest management, water and farm irrigation, agricultural marketing, EIA, food security, etc.)

ii.    Forestry (experienced in timber, non-timber, wildlife habitat management, watershed management, forest management, protected areas, genetic resources, endemic/endangered species, ecosystem, protected areas, EIA, carbon trade, etc.)

iii.   Physical Planning, Environment and Development (experienced in land use planning, infrastructure, pollution (air, water and sound), solid waste management, geology - mining and quarrying, energy, EIA, etc.)

iv.   Biodiversity and Ecosystem (experienced in genetic resources, endemic/endangered species, ecosystem, protected areas, culture and cultural heritage, World Heritage, ecosystem, EIA, etc.)

v.     Society and Indigenous Communities (experienced in education and communication, health and recreation, population, gender equality, social inclusion, community participation, human rights, environmental governance, law, constitution, peace, livelihood, etc. )

vi.   Policy and Legislation Review (experienced in legally and non-legally binding natural resource conservation and management related treaties, conventions, agreements, regional arrangements for environment conservation, national instruments for nature conservation, policy reconciliation, etc.)

vii.  Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (experienced in climate and disaster risk assessment including glaciers and glacier lakes, adaptation planning, mainstreaming climate and disaster risks management strategies in development planning, NAPA, LAPA, etc.)


3.      Thematic Consultant(s)

The Thematic Consultants will work as a Team Member and contribute to the concerned Thematic Paper. S/he will closely with, and under the overall guidance of, the Lead Sectoral Consultant. We are seeking expressions of interest for the following thematic areas and with the required skill sets .

·         Agriculture

·         Livestock

·         Water and energy

·         Tourism and industry

·         Socio-economic and regional planning

·         Forest management

·         Protected area management

·         Biodiversity and landscape management

·         Climate change and environmental governance

·         Gender equity and social inclusion

·         Anthropology and culture

·         Infrastructure development, mining and quarrying

·         Epidemic, public health and recreation

·         Environmental management

·         Policy legislation, law, peace


IUCN encourages all suitably qualified and experienced National Professionals. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men. IUCN Nepal promotes workforce diversity and applies positive discrimination to candidates from discriminated groups (women and candidates from Dalit, Janajati, Madhesi/Terai, and other minority community).

 Please go to the IUCN Nepal website for detail Terms of  Reference (ToRs) IUCN reserves the rights to reject any or all applications, and short listed professionals will be notified. Interested professionals should send their letter of interest (maximum 1 page) together with a latest CV with the name and contact details of at least two referees to Human Resources Unit by or before Friday, 31 January 2014 at




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Regarding spontaneous applications, our current vacant positions are advertised in our vacancies page (this page), or published in national and regional newspapers. We therefore encourage you to apply only for an advertised position. Nevertheless, should you have specific competencies in areas relevant to IUCN, you should send your spontaneous application as follows:

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IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Nepal Country Office, Kupondole, Lalitpur

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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