Project Officer for the 'Mainstreaming Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Prevention, Control and Management' project (Open to Mauritius Nationality only)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Closed on 17 Sep 2020
Location: Mauritius
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Job Description

Project Background

The project “Mainstreaming Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Prevention, Control and Management” was approved on 26 June 2019 and will be implemented under National Implementation Modality (NIM). The Implementing Partner for this project is the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security. The project will start implementation in 2020 for a duration of 6 years.

The Project

The objective of the project is to safeguard globally significant biodiversity in vulnerable ecosystems through the prevention, control, and management of invasive alien species (IAS) in the Republic of Mauritius. IAS control also has other multiple benefits, including that of curtailing crop wastage in the agricultural sector which impacts food security and sustainability. The Project identifies three impact pathways to achieve this objective

  • Creating the policy and institutional frameworks needed for effective prevention, control and management of IAS to secure ecosystem goods and services under pressure from IAS. It builds the right enabling environments (policies, institutional coordination) for mainstreaming IAS prevention, control, and management;
  • Establishing a multi-tier strategy for effective tackling of IAS - The strategy includes improved preventative measures at points of entry into the country and inter-Islands, early detection and rapid response programmes to eradicate new incursions. It also includes improved capacity to upscale proven methodologies for managing IAS on a landscape level;
  • Up-to-date information for raising public awareness and enhancing understanding of the centrality of IAS programmes for protecting biodiversity, ecosystems, the economy, and livelihoods. It ensures that knowledge management supports monitoring, assessment and learning and forms the basis for adaptive project implementation, achievement of results, impacts, and upscaling of experiences in the Republic of Mauritius and in the region. This will ensure that the interventions of the project inform and influence the behaviours of a wider IAS constituency.
Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Officer will be locally recruited based on an open competitive process following UNDP procedure, with input to the selection process from the Project partners. Under the direct supervision of the National Project Director, the Project Officer is responsible to assist and support in the implementation of project activities, while ensuring high quality, accuracy and consistency of work. He/She will be responsible for the technical implementation of project activities and achieving the results mentioned in the project document.

Whenever the Project Manager or Project Assistant is absent, the Project Officer is expected to enable the team to function smoothly and deliver expected results. The project Officer position is intended to help the project in terms of stakeholder engagement and implementing fully the Social and Environmental Safeguards of UNDP-GEF projects.

The position holder also demonstrates a client-oriented approach, tact and ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Summary of Key Functions

  • Development of gender sensitive policies to manage IAS;
  • Provide support for the effective prevention and management of IAS;
  • Knowledge Management and Learning;
  • Support to the project team.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Specific tasks and responsibilities

Development of gender sensitive policy, regulatory and institutional framework, and capacity to manage IAS effectively

  • Update the National Invasive Alien Species Strategy (NIASS) in a consultative and gender sensitive/responsive process and implementation arrangements and funding provided;
  • Support the establishment of the NIASS Apex Coordination Committee established and provided with capacities (skills, Technical Secretariat, and financial resources) to coordinate the implementation of the NIASSAP;
  • Identify how to mainstream NIASS provisions mainstreamed into the relevant policies and legislation to ensure their implementation.

Support the government in effectively preventing and managing IAS threats based on risks

  • Assist in the development and national implementation of sustainable biosecurity strategies for risk-based management of priority pathways, species and ecosystems;
  • Assist in developing Skills for improved biosecurity put in place;
  • Assist in implementing IAS control-led ecosystem restoration in 421 ha of high priority PAs to sustain populations of 38 critically threatened species - probably Flat Island (253 ha), Gabriel Island (42 ha), Gunners Quoin (76 ha), Rodrigues (Gombrani Island 46 ha) and Saint Brandon Island (45 ha);
  • Assist in managing IAS threats in 200 hectares of newly declared Mourouk Valley Protected Area.

Knowledge management and learning

  • Ensure the implementation of knowledge management and learning systems so that management and decision-making by all relevant stakeholders are well informed;
  • Contribute to the development of the National IAS Information System to inform effective IAS prevention, control, monitoring, and management, in partnership with key stakeholders;
  • Develop and implement participatory project monitoring, evaluation and learning framework;
  • Gender strategy developed and used to guide project implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Contribute and participate fully in Monitoring and Evaluation exercises;
  • Ensure a regular and systematic risk scanning and update of the project SESP.

Support the Project Manager and team in the following tasks

  • Coordination with the Project Steering Committee and other stakeholders;
  • Provision of top-quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement;
  • Ensures through the supervision of the Project Personnel and service providers, as assigned by Project Manager and UNDP that the various components of the project are implemented;
  • Provide support and technical assistance to all project staff, consultants and sub-contractors as and when required through substantive analysis and inputs;
  • Assist in all quarterly, annual reporting and communication exercises;
  • Perform any other duty relevant to the assignment.

Impact of Results

  • Effective stakeholder engagement, financial and time management have an impact on the quality and implementation of the project and programme;
  • A client-oriented and efficient approach impact on the image of UNDP in the country.


Competencies and Selection Criteria - Description of Competency at Level Required

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully

Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 4: Models independent thinking and action

Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis

Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services

Gender and Institutional Development

Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Office Administration
Ability to manage day-to-day office activities (including but not limited to travel management, facilities and asset management, policy and procedures maintenance) to meet operational needs

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Biodiversity and Eco-systems Management
Knowledge of conservation, sustainable use and access and benefit sharing of biodiversity, land, forests and oceans and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Knowledge Facilitation
Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters’ Degree in (MSc or PhD) in a subject related to natural resource management or environmental sciences is desirable;
  • A Bachelors’ Degree related to Natural Resource Management. More specifically it is preferable if the subject is related to Invasive Alien Species Management.


  • At least 5 years of experience in natural resource management (preferably in the context of wildlife conservation and law enforcement);
  • Highly computer literate and able to use Microsoft suite of software such as MS Word, Powerpoint, Excel etc;
  • Working experience with the project national stakeholder institutions and agencies is desired;
  • Highly developed Interpersonal skills and ability to effectively coordinate a large, multi-stakeholder project;
  • Ability to administer budgets, train and work effectively with counterpart staff at all levels and with all groups involved in the project;
  • Strong drafting, presentation and reporting skills;
  • Strong computer skills;
  • Excellent written communication skills.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English (written, spoken and presentation);
  • Fluency in French - Desirable;
  • Mauritian Creole desirable

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