Head quartered in Geneva, Switzerland, IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature is the oldest and largest conservation agency in the world. It operates 50 offices around the world with ten in Asia. IUCN in Sri Lanka is seeking a dynamic professional to be the National Coordinator for Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme.

Launched in December 2006, presently in the third phase (2014-2018), the mission of MFF is to promote healthy coastal ecosystems through a partnership-based, people-focused, policy-relevant and investment-orientated approach, which builds and applies knowledge, empowers communities and other stakeholders, enhances governance, secures livelihoods, and increases resilience to natural hazards and climate change.

MFF provides a platform to bring together the efforts of different countries, sectors and agencies towards long-term conservation and sustainable management of coastal ecosystems. Presently MFF operates in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

 The main responsibilities of the National Coordinator will include, among others;

·   Overall leadership in coordinating the MFF programme in Sri Lanka;

·   Support the National Co-ordinating Body in implementing the strategy and work plan;

·   Project, learning and evaluation including communications;

·   Expand the partnerships and knowledge base of MFF including the private sector and media; and

·   Enhance synergy with other IUCN and development partner programmes; and

·   Ensure long-term sustainability of MFF programme.

The ideal candidate should possess a post-graduate degree related to Natural Resources Management or Project Management with a minimum 10 years of progressive experience in project management/coordination. Excellent written and verbal communication skills is a must. Exposure to private sector, university and media plus resource mobilization experience will have distinct advantages in this position.

The National Coordinator position is open to Sri Lankan nationals only. It will be on contract basis, initially for two years. IUCN procedures on performance based extensions and discontinuation will apply.  

 Closing date for applications is 15th January, 2015. Those who have already applied do not need to apply again.


Salary commensurate with experience

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Only short-listed candidates will be notified


Only short-listed candidates will be notified