The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s leading conservation membership union established over 70 years ago, and composed of over 1,400 member- organizations of both government and civil society organizations with the input of more than 18,000 experts. IUCN’s mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. Through its Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) and related global programs, IUCN is seeking to strengthen its presence in Saudi Arabia on initiatives that align with IUCN’s mission and priorities.
IUCN ROWA is currently implementing a new project in Saudi Arabia aiming to carry out spatial and field studies on vegetation cover to identify the carrying capacity and suitable grazing systems. The project will be implemented by IUCN’s regional office for West Asia over two and half years (30 months). IUCN-ROWA will lead the technical supervision and oversight of the project, which requires a qualified employee based in IUCN ROWA-Amman with the possibility to travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Spring season (Tilad Environmental company and National Center for Development of Vegetation and Combat Desertification) for the achievement of the project goals and objectives.
The objective of this position is to conduct plant field survey inventories (e.g. species richness, frequency, density, and composition), estimate productivity and carrying capacity, estimate stocking rate, and develop grazing management plans. In addition, coordinate with other experts (GIS and plant taxonomy experts) to produce digital maps illustrating the spatial variation of the pastoral loads in different rangelands reserves in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (in total 10 sites). Also, organize training courses for the staff of the national center of vegetation development and combat desertification on plant survey inventories.
Duties And Responsibilities:
IUCN – ROWA is seeking the support of project management professionals for the effective and successful coordination of the project and the delivery of specific field activities. The position entails regular interactions with peers from national administrations, particularly the national center for vegetation development and combat desertification. The Project Technical Assistant will be working under the direct supervision of the Project manager/ Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme and will be based in Saudi Arabia (national center of vegetation development and combat desertification offices) with frequent travel to the Regional office based in Amman, Jordan. The contract duration will be for one year with a possible extension.
Below is a description of the scope of work intended for the Project Technical Assistant:
Under the supervision of the Project Manager / Programme Manager at Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme at IUCN ROWA, the Project Technical Assistant will have the following specific duties and responsibilities:
The Project Technical Assistant will play a key role in supporting the project manager/ project coordinator to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the project activities and support to conduct all needed studies as listed below, in full compliance with IUCN policies, associated procedures, guidelines and standards, and the donor requirements (Tilad Environmental company and the national center for vegetation development and combat desertification) as per the project contract. The studies are;
Under the direct supervision of the Project coordinator/Drylands, Livelihood and Gender Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for carrying out the following specific tasks:
Project implementation: In close collaboration and coordination with Tilad Environmental company and the national center for vegetation development and combat desertification, the Project Technical Assistant has to:
Coordination and Communication: In close collaboration and coordination with Tilad Environmental company and the national center for vegetation development and combat desertification, the Project Technical Assistant has to: