Regional Project Officer, Marine Plastics & Coastal Communities

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Pretoria, South Africa

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th March, 2018

Job Description

IUCN analysis stipulates that in order to control the release of plastic from different sources, in order to stop plastic pollution, different sets of solutions are required with geographical specificity.

Africa and Asia share a common set of determinants on plastic pollution that relate to the mismanagement of waste. Obviously, waste management is a huge public health and economic issue that already attracts a large amount of public sector investments. However, approaches to how the plastic component of that waste is managed, particularly in terms of mitigating coastal and marine plastic pollution tend to be lost among other broader considerations and therefore not dealt with directly.
In order to contribute to close the plastic tap in two key regions of the world, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme has launched a 4-year initiative funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) with the Marine plastics & Coastal Communities hereafter MARPLASTICCs’ project.

The MARPLASTICCs’ medium-term outcome is that governments, industry and society in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Asia Pacific regions are equipped with knowledge, capacity, policy options and plans of action to contain and reduce marine plastic pollution.

While plastic pollution is only one element of a broader waste management agenda, there is nevertheless a unique opportunity to position this issue with governments, business and society in both regions and to enable dialogue and synergies. Central to such dialogue is greater and more precise knowledge including:

  • The source, volume and nature of plastic waste – where are the main points of entry into the system and where does it end up?
  • What are the environmental social and economic implications of unregulated and unmanaged plastic pollution on aquatic and other ecosystems and on the livelihoods and health of the people, both women and men, who depend on them?
  • What are the most promising and socially and economically acceptable options to significantly reduce plastic pollution? What are the most promising options to enlist the local private sector as an ally in such measures?
  • What are the costs of poorly controlled plastic waste management, particularly with respect to impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems and livelihoods? As pollution impacts men and women’s livelihood in different way such analysis will need to be gender-differentiated.

The MARPLASTICCs project is executed by the IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme in collaboration with the IUCN regional and country offices. It is seeking 4 main outputs:

  • Understanding the state and impact of plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific regions;
  • Local and regional capacity building to facilitate national action to control plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific.
  • Supporting national and regional policy frameworks and legislative reform processes to address plastics in the Indian Ocean and Asia Pacific regions.
  • Engaging and mobilising business actors in support of effective management and reduction of plastic pollution.

The MARPLASTICCs Regional Officer, will play a key role in the daily management of the MARPLASTICCs project in the region. The position requires good communication as well as excellent organization skills to ensure that the programme is implemented and managed according to best practices. The MARPLASTICCs Regional Officer will liaise regularly with the Central Coordination team based in IUCN HQ, and the other relevant IUCN Programmes staff at IUCN Headquarters and consultants.

The MARPLASTCCs Regional officer will perform under the supervision of Regional Programme Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office and HQ the MARPLASTICCs project Coordinator and will regularly report to the central coordination team providing updates on the implementation progresses of the project.



  • Plan and implement the MARPLASTICCs in the region ensuring a daily programme management and coordination of activities.
  • Liaise regularly with the central coordination team and report on progress;
  • Provide project progress updates and detailed implementation information for the MARPLASTICCs Steering Committee meetings.
  • Coordinate the planning and organisation of regional meetings during the implementation of the project; and create the necessary linkages and partnerships with the relevant national and international institutions in the region.
  • Coordinate and track deliverables of consultants in region including ensuring necessary final approvals.
  • Assess and report on project results from the region based on the relevant measurement indicators and processes for reporting to Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
  • Manage the budget and allocation of project resources ensuring timely and accurate financial reporting in liaison with finance department.
  • Assist Communication officer on communication material, project webpages and event preparation.
  • Identify additional funding sources to further scale up the plastics programme in the region.
  • Monitor and report on project progress by regularly informing the monitoring matrix for the activities in the region.
  • Represent IUCN at relevant meetings in the region.
  • Connect and liaise with other relevant projects in the region including the SIDA Marine and Coastal resilience project for supporting synergies.


  • A Master degree in environmental sciences, sustainable development or any other discipline that is relevant to nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources;
  • Proven, knowledge and experience in marine conservation marine ecosystems resilience, waste management or circular economy is considered a great asset.
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills (other languages are an asset);
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Good organizational, administrative, reporting and communication skills;
  • A motivated self-starter with an ability to work independently and meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;
  • A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment;


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