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Engagement Officer, Sports for Nature Action Campaign

Vacancy #:   6199
Unit:   Heritage, Culture and Youth Team
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Headquarters, Gland, Switzerland
  Primarily located in Switzerland, this position could be based in the IUCN office in Cambridge, United Kingdom. In this case, the candidate must have the right to live and work in the UK.
Reporting to:   Coordinator, Sports for Nature
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   09 January 2023
Type of contract:   Max-term (24 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   04 December 2022
The ambitious Sports for Nature Action Campaign aims to mainstream support for nature across the sporting community; and, leading by example, inspire others to contribute to the global goals for biodiversity. The Action Campaign will require working in close collaboration with the IUCN Union; donors, institutional partners, and sports organisations around the world, among others.
The Sports for Nature Action Campaign sits in IUCN Heritage, Culture and Youth Team. Working as part of a team under the supervision of the Manager of the Action Campaign, the Engagement Officer will be responsible for the outreach and uptake of the first-ever Sports for Nature Framework, its related toolkits and training as well as a broader public effort to engage key stakeholders. Specific tasks will include:

• Develop and maintain an IUCN Stakeholder Engagement Strategy with input from the core team and partners, to identify and prioritise key stakeholders for advancing each component of the Action Campaign.

• Undertake proactive outreach with sports organisations to secure their support for the Sports for Nature Framework, by conducting research, preparing briefings and attending external meetings as required.

• Coordinate with IUCN staff and Members, including a priority for youth, following up with contacts, conducting surveys, sharing information and supporting events in a timely manner.

• Manage key relationships and assist with development of the Action Campaign, including potential sponsors and other key institutional stakeholders.

• Provide input on and disseminate the Sports for Nature Action Campaign toolkit and customised training, including creating and reviewing materials, organising learning events and delivering presentations.

• Promote and compile new case studies for publication on the PANORAMA platform as well as other success stories to showcase in the communications.

• Contribute to the outreach and advocacy plan, seeking synergies and opportunities among the key stakeholders to promote the Action Campaign.

• Manage the IUCN webpages and Sports for Nature website for stakeholders, ensuring content is current and engaging, and aligned with IUCN’s policies.

• Undertake a range of administrative functions on a day-to-day basis as required (e.g., processing of invoices, contracts and financial reports, etc.).
  • A master’s degree with a focus on environmental or social science, communications or another discipline that is relevant to nature conservation and sports.

• Demonstrable understanding and interest in the engagement of sports organisations in biodiversity conservation, including ability to engage and understand motivations, and build capacity of sporting organisations by developing products and services that meet their needs.

• Knowledge of multilateral environmental agreements, particularly the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and/or in providing technical guidance to non-experts is an asset.

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN is a requirement and a strong interest in and understanding of IUCN conservation standards, tools and systems is an advantage.

• Knowledge of public policy and/or marketing and public relations is an asset.

• Excellent level of written and spoken English and another language, especially French, is desirable.

• Good organisational, administrative and reporting skills; strong writing skills; and IT literacy, particularly in MS Office.

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising on quality.

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills; and keen to voice ideas.

• A team player with strong interpersonal skills, including being able to adapt and work in a multi-cultural setting.
The gross annual salary for this position is between CHF 86'330 and CHF 107'913, 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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