World Heritage – Programme Development Officer


The World Heritage Programme Development Officer will lead collaborative work to develop, negotiate
and implement proposals and project agreements in line with the IUCN World Heritage Strategy,
working with colleagues in the Team, and across IUCN Programmes, Regional Offices, IUCN Commissions
and IUCN members and partners, including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and other World Heritage
Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS and ICCROM). The position will be responsible for leading the expansion of
the portfolio of IUCN’s World Heritage work, developing innovative and effective concepts and
proposals, and managing and creating new relationships and opportunities with a range of donors and
partners. The position will also ensure provision for effective monitoring and evaluation of the
results of this portfolio.

Details of the specific tasks, and personal requirements are provided below:

1. World Heritage programme design and fundraising

1.1. Lead and support effective programme development in line with the priorities of IUCN’s World Heritage (WH) Strategy to develop creative, innovative and effective WH-related project concepts, proposals and agreements;

1.2. Investigate potential of donors and partners to fund WH-related priorities, and maintain a current awareness of funding opportunities and relationships with key donors, in conjunction with IUCN’s Strategic Partnerships Unit;

1.3 Develop, prepare and lead presentation and negotiation of successful project proposals to access new and existing funding channels from a wide range of sources including government, international agencies, philanthropic, corporate and other donors, including to:

  • Secure as the highest priority the resources and partners necessary to deliver IUCN WH
    Outlook 4 by 2025 timed to the next IUCN World Conservation Congress;
  • Collaborate across the IUCN Programmes to identify synergies and opportunities on IUCN
    Knowledge Products, including with the Green List, and develop joint programmes of activities;
  • Develop new programmatic initiatives focused on agreed thematic WH priorities including
    climate change and nature-based solutions; industrial commitments and impacts; tourism;
    species; rights, culture and indigenous heritage and geospatial technology;

1.4 Ensure effective communication, consultation and collaboration in the development, design and
implementation of WH projects across IUCN, including between Teams and Centres in the IUCN
Programme, IUCN Regions, IUCN Commissions, Members and Partners;

1.5 Maintain a current awareness of the full suite of activities that are being undertaken by the
UNESCO WH Centre and other WH Advisory Bodies (ICOMOS & ICCROM), and by other parts of IUCN
that have relevance or offer opportunities for the advancement of the WH portfolio.

2. Coordination and project management

2.1 Collaborate with the IUCN Global Programme Operations Unit (GPOU) of project coordination and
technical and financial management and reporting arrangements for funded projects;

2.2 Lead and support as appropriate negotiations with funders and partners of project proposals,
budgets and workplans as required; 2.3 Lead and support as appropriate project inception, implementation and reporting, including
through agreements with internal and external partners;

2.4 Establish effective project governance and implementation oversight arrangements;

2.5 Liaise with relevant legal, financial, human resources, IT and communications personnel in IUCN
Headquarters and regions to secure programme and project effectiveness, and adequate provision of
IUCN capacity and the relevant operating costs and overheads, and implementation in line with
relevant IUCN policies;

2.6 Lead on updating and maintaining the WH project portfolio for the Team within IUCN’s Project

2.7 Manage as necessary project and programme staff and or consultants, and related project

2.8 Ensuring implementation of relevant IUCN policies and norms in all aspects of the WH portfolio,
including necessary project assessment and safeguard processes.


  • University undergraduate degree
  • More than 5 years of demonstrable experience in programme and project development and
    fundraising in a related field of work, including partnership management and new business
    development with experience of securing funding and meeting financial targets
  • Excellent knowledge and experience with a range of different donors including
    multilaterals, bilaterals, investment banks, philanthropic donors and the private sector
  • Project management experience (development and implementation of work plans, financial and
    technical management of contracts, supervision of consultants, liaison with relevant
    stakeholders, etc.)
  • Strong communication skills including a strong aptitude and ability to communicate both
    informally (interpersonal skills and networking) and formally (presentations and meetings) as
    well as an ability to prepare high-quality written reports and correspondence in English.
  • Excellent team player and ability to work on own initiative in multi-cultural environments
  • Ability to work under stress including producing and delivering high quality products under
    tight deadlines
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good awareness of contemporary environmental issues and the wider work of IUCN
  • Ability to work fluently in English. Knowledge of other languages desirable in particular
    French as the second working language of the WH Convention, and Spanish as a working language
    of IUCN. Other language skills are an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel as required in particular for project development, negotiation and
  • Knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and its operation is an advantage
  • Must have the right to live and work in the UK

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