Job Description

IUCN is a world leader in developing knowledge and understanding for effective conservation action. A unique worldwide partnership, IUCN brings together states, government agencies & NGO members, & some 10,000 scientists & experts from 181 countries in a global web of networks to provide a neutral forum for dialogue & action on environment & sustainable development issues. IUCN Asia Region currently has over 400 staff members working in its offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. The IUCN Asia Regional Office is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Coordinator, Regional Forest Programme (RFP) will be a senior member of the Ecosystems and Livelihoods Group (ELG) within IUCN’s Asia Programme. The Coordinator will develop, resource, and manage IUCN’s forest conservation activities in Asia in close collaboration with relevant IUCN programmes, members, commissions and partners. Reporting to the Head of ELG 1, the Coordinator will be responsible for management of all activities of the RFP, including designing and delivering an expanded technical programme at the regional level that demonstrates and promotes an ecosystems and livelihoods approach to forest conservation. Specific duties within this programme of work include:Develop and implement the Regional Forest Programme in Asia;
-Be an active member of IUCN’s global forest programme and support implementation of global forest initiatives (such as the Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy - LLS) in Asia;
-Participate in joint planning, assessment and communication activities of the ELG;
-Provide technical advice and support on forest conservation and forest-based livelihoods to the ELG, country programmes and other IUCN component programmes, as required;
-Supervise staff and lead capacity development on forest related issues in component programmes; and
-Represent RFP or ELG, as requested, in national, regional and international fora.


The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in forestry or natural resource management with 5–10 years work experience in forestry and forest conservation in Asia (particularly in programme or project management) achieved at a senior level. Previous experience in sustainable forest management for wood industries, identification of high conservation value forests, certification, or promoting reduced green house gas emissions from forest policies and practice will be preferred. Excellent managerial, analytical, interpersonal and team building skills and experience in managing operations in a multi cultural, multi disciplinary setting will be an added advantage. Computer literacy; cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issues; fluency in written and spoken English, and a willingness to travel frequently will be essential.
Vacancies Contact
Human Resources Unit,
IUCN - The World Conservation Union,
Asia Regional Office,
# 63 Sukhumvit 39,
10110-Bangkok, Thailand.
Tel: +662 662 4061; Fax: +662 662 4389;