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Junior Professional

Vacancy #:   6176
Unit:   Protected and Conserved Areas Team
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
Reporting to:   Senior Manager BIOPAMA Programme and Communications
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   YP
Expected start date:   17 April 2023
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   18 November 2022
The Junior Professional positions offer an exciting opportunity to gain experience working with IUCN, the leading global organisation on nature conservation. The Junior Professional (JP) will work with the IUCN Protected and Conserved Areas Team (PCA Team) on global and regional priorities for fair and effective area-based nature conservation. The JP will help ensure close cooperation with national and sub-national partners to support on the ground project implementation.

The JP will join the PCA team, under the IUCN Centre for Conservation Action. He/She will support the implementation of the Team’s project portfolio and programme. He/she will be based in IUCN’s Headquarters in Switzerland but will be no stranger to the work on the ground. The JP will be exposed to the world of protected and conserved areas and field work, by engaging closely with our headquarters-based core team and regional staff located in our 50 regional and country offices, with the IUCN Commissions and IUCN Member organisations, and other stakeholders and partners.

The PCA Team works across all the countries and geographical zones, by implementing projects and engaging directly with local and regional actors to deliver real impact on the ground. Our key areas of work include practical support and engagement with local partners and agencies, grant-making, certification and standards for conservation outcomes, knowledge management and capacity development. These functions supported by our policy, communications and community engagement.

This work is supported by several donors and partners, including the European Development Fund of the European Union, through the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States in the BIOPAMA Programme, the German International Climate Initiative through investments to achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biodiversity, the European Commission (DG DEVCO and DG ENV) through the BEST programme and by several private organisations, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
This position is designed to provide professional development opportunities to young professionals; it will offer the incumbent the opportunity to gain career experience in an environmental international organisation.

The Junior Professional will be part of the PCA Team and will interact with the IUCN Programme Teams, Regional Offices, and key external partners. She/he will be assigned to projects and initiatives of the Team for assignments of shorter or longer term.

Specific duties and responsibilities

• Support the implementation of IUCN projects through specific and dedicated tasks.
• Assist with programmatic activities that support the implementation of the PCA team strategy.
• Support team leads in delivering on IUCN internal procedures associated with project implementation.
• Support the collation of a case studies and capturing best practices.
• Contribute to publications’ development.
• Support and lead on tasks related to website design, content management and maintenance, including the IUCN PCA, projects and initiatives specific websites.
• Help deliver PCA Team events (including virtual events: meetings and webinars).
• Support the delivery of the PCA Team communications strategy, in close collaboration with the PCA communications team and other communicators across IUCN.

Motivation letter

We want to hear your interests and career aspirations in relation to the work the PCA Team implements. Make sure you include these considerations in your cover letter.
  • Young professional with minimum 2 years’ experience in nature conservation or related field.

• Bachelor degree or equivalent in, or a very good understanding of, natural resources management, sustainable development, and/or communications. A Masters level qualification is preferred.

• Willingness to learn and to bring their skills to a multicultural and high-achieving team.

• Some working/volunteering experience in a relevant field, preferably on conservation, environment protection, natural resource management or communications.

• Excellent level in spoken and written English. Knowledge of another language, especially French and/or Spanish, is desirable.

• Proven ability to interact with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs, and sensitivity to gender and cultural diversity.

• Excellent planning and organising skills, with good attention to detail.

• Availability to address requests effectively and in a timely manner.

• Adheres to IUCN’s core values of transparency, inclusiveness, professionalism and accountability.

• Ability in writing of technical and formal documentation, including knowledge and communication products.

• Computer literate in standard software applications; proficient in the use of Office applications and web-based management systems.
The gross annual salary for this position is CHF 60'000, 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.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

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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Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and some 15,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

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