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Manager, Partnership Development for Species Conservation Action

Vacancy #:   5989
Unit:   Species Conservation Action
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Head, Species Conservation Action
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 September 2022
Type of contract:   Max-term (28 months)
Closing date:   15 July 2022 (extended)
Within the Species Conservation Action Team (SCA), which has a focus on expanding the portfolio of investment in species conservation, including IUCN Save Our Species (IUCN SOS) and the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP), the Manager, Partnership Development for Species Conservation Action will play the lead role in partnership and portfolio development managing the Team’s relationship with important partners and donors including from the private sector.
The Manager will also contribute towards IUCN's portfolio development for species conservation action as a component of the Centre for Conservation Action (CCA), and contribute to developing and implementing a communications programme for species conservation action.

1. Expand the portfolio of investment in species conservation action by developing partnerships with public and private sector actors

1.1 Identify relevant prospects and map opportunities by conducting in-depth market assessment at sector, industry and company level, based on business objectives as well as SCA’s strategic priorities; lead the negotiations and coordinate all business discussions and funding engagements with external and internal parties; conclude agreements.

1.2 Lead the implementation of the IUCN SOS Business Engagement Strategy; monitor and evaluate the strategy’s effectiveness and implement any possible adaptations; conduct due diligence on all private sector engagements as needed; oversee the portfolio of corporate engagements, acting as key account leader.

1.3 Pilot innovative ways to reach out to donors by leveraging a variety of digital tools and social media.

1.4 1.4 Develop partnership concepts tailor- made to the donor’s needs, areas of interests and requirements, whether the donors are foundations, institutional donors or corporate donors.

2. Strategic communications for partnerships in species conservation action

2.1 Lead the development and implementation of the SCA Communications Strategy, including the development of our WHOs / targets (new donors, general public, conservation community), the development of our value proposition (WHAT) and the best tools to reach our audiences (HOW); monitor and evaluate the strategy’s effectiveness and implement any possible adaptations; work in close collaboration with other Teams within the Centre for Conservation Action and with the Global Communication Unit (GCU) to promote awareness and impact of investments.

2.2 Ensure the delivery of project communication outcomes as required in donor agreements.

2.3 Ensure that the IUCN and IUCN SOS visual identities are fully applied in all communications including the dedicated IUCN SOS website; lead any legal procedures regarding IUCN SOS trademarks registration as well as litigations and claims arising from the IUCN SOS trademark, in partnership with the IUCN legal department.

3. Involvement in the implementation of species conservation action initiatives within the Centre for Conservation Action

3.1 Contribute towards the development and implementation of new investment priorities to expand the scope and reach of IUCN's Species Conservation Action portfolio.

3.2 Collaborate with other CCA Teams to ensure an integrated approach to partnership development in the CCA.

3.3 Collaborate in particular with the Knowledge Management and Library Team to maximise opportunities to learn from and communicate the outcomes of species conservation action investments.

4. Staff supervision and team development

4.1 Manage the Digital Communications Associate by providing direction, coaching, and feedback; develop the work plan and manage the yearly performance evaluation; lead recruiting processes when needed; positively contribute towards the developing of the team.

5. Representation and events

5.1 Represent IUCN at relevant meetings and events.
  • University degree, preferably at the Master’s level in communications/marketing/journalism/PR or related field;

• At least 7 years’ experience working in a comparable role;

• Demonstrated fundraising experience and success across a diverse pool of donors;

• Knowledge and interest in relevant environmental issues – an advantage;

• Expertise in private sector engagement types (sponsorship, cause-related marketing, licensing, corporate donations, etc.) and demonstrable experience in partnership building in complex multi-stakeholder environments;

• Expertise with social media and competence with the use of digital analytics to inform the development of marketing campaigns;

• Knowledge and competence with the use of digital analytics to inform the development of marketing campaigns;

• Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, such as SEO and email marketing;

• Project management experience;

• Experience supervising staff;

• Solution oriented approach: demonstrates an ‘outside the box’ attitude;

• Demonstrated ability for critical thinking, analysis and strategic planning;

• Proven ability to bring ideas from concept through to realisation and implementation;

• Outstanding writing and editing skills; strong attention to detail;

• Strong interpersonal and presentation skills;

• English – native level; French and Spanish – an advantage;

• Ability to take initiative, exercise good judgment, think laterally and resolve complex issues in a dynamic and changing environment;

• Ability to cope with varied workload and flexible working hours, and able to work independently;

• Willing and able to travel internationally as required.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 100'355 and CHF 125'444, subject to deductions for social security contributions and second-pillar pension, and before tax. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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