[SDI-Africa] job: Species Information Service (SIS) - IUCN (deadline 23 March 05)
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Manager, Species Information Service (SIS), IUCN
Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
IUCN is commencing the implementation of the Species
Information Service (SIS), a new and innovative global
information system allowing the management and
expansion of its extensive species database. The SIS
will utilize leading edge geographic information and
database management technologies. It is based on the
knowledge network of the IUCN Species Survival
Commission (SSC) voluntary expert network and
scientific framework of the IUCN Red List of
Threatened Species. It is designed to be a day-to-day
scientific tool and information system for SSC
specialists in the field, and a decision support tool
for decision makers in the conservation, development
and business sectors. IUCN has signed a framework
implementation agreement with the partners of the Red
List Consortium composed of IUCN, Conservation
International, BirdLife International and NatureServe,
secured a donation of software and technical services
from Oracle Corporation, and has signed an
information-sharing agreement with NASA. IUCN has
developed and tested a prototype version of the SIS.
IUCN seeks a senior manager with a solid track record
in the development of large information systems and
project management, working with multi-disciplinary
stakeholders and partnerships, and fund raising. The
task is to develop and implement the web-based version
of SIS. The individual will be required to provide the
leadership and vision required to develop and
implement the project within the IUCN corporate
knowledge management framework, and within the
worldwide volunteer network of the IUCN Species
Specifically, the SIS Manager will perform the
â¢ Using the framework of the implementation agreement,
assemble and manage a SIS team to define, develop,
implement, test, distribute, operate and provide
support to the implementation phase of the web-based
â¢ Provide technical and management leadership to the
â¢ Design and implement a business plan to access and
deliver ongoing funding for the SIS. Ensure the
continuity of present fundraising efforts.
â¢ Design and implement a detailed project management
plan for the further development and implementation of
â¢ Design and implement a SIS support function to
provide technical support both to SSC Specialist
Groups worldwide, and also to potential users and
clients of SIS.
â¢ Provide regular progress reports to IUCN management,
SSC and SIS partners.
â¢ Graduate qualifications in some aspect of
information technology or science, systems engineering
preferably at masterâs level or above.
â¢ More than 10 years' experience in managing complex
projects or programmes ideally involving large scale
â¢ Demonstrated capacity for innovative and strategic
thinking and ability to provide leadership in dealing
with complex issues.
â¢ Demonstrated experience in working within
partnerships, ideally within the voluntary, private
and public sectors and an ability to achieve results
through networking in cross-cultural situations.
â¢ Demonstrated fundraising, budgeting, programme
planning and management ability.
â¢ Excellent communication and leadership skills,
capable of bringing together ideas and concepts from
â¢ Commitment to the values and conservation approaches
of IUCN and to working in an equal opportunity working
â¢ Demonstrated spoken and written fluency in English,
and preferably one or more of IUCNâs other official
languages (French and Spanish).
Applicants are asked to submit their CV and a
supporting letter of motivation in English. The letter
must specifically address the selection criteria in
the order presented above. Applicants should further
provide the names/contact details of three referees,
including one recent employer.
Applications should be submitted, preferably by email,
before 23 March 2005 to:
Director - Human Resources
Human Resources Management Group
IUCN â The World Conservation Union
28 rue Mauverney, 1196 Gland, Switzerland
Fax. ++41 22 999 0339
Email: jobapplications at iucn.org
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