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Private Sector Engagement Specialist – IBAT Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   6430
Unit:   Enterprise and investment
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Head, Enterprise and Investment Team
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 August 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (24 months)
Closing date:   10 July 2023 (extended)
This role is a position within IUCN’s Enterprise and Investment Team in the Centre for Economy and Finance. The position is dedicated to maximising the use and update of the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT). The positions is dedicated to implementing IBAT’s strategic plan and works on a daily basis with the IBAT team, reporting to the IBAT Manager.

This IBAT is the product of a ground-breaking alliance between four major conservation organisations; BirdLife International, Conservation International, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

The tool integrates data from core global biodiversity datasets – the World Database on Protected Areas, World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species – into a single portal to support decision makers from industry, finance and governments. Launched over 12 years ago, it is an innovative solution for providing biodiversity information to decision makers while channelling resources into the underlying datasets.
The Programme Officer is responsible for IBAT’s business development, user support, and marketing and communications.
Working independently, you will engage with businesses and financial institutions across a range of sectors to expand IBAT to more organisations.
You will represent IUCN and the broader IBAT Alliance at key conservation and industry events, both in person and virtually.
You will manage key relationships, both with private sector actors and within the IBAT Alliance.
You will support existing IBAT users, delivering training and providing user support to ensure organisations can use IBAT to incorporate biodiversity into their decision making.
You will work within a multidisciplinary and cross organisational team, helping generate innovate ideas based on your experience working with IBAT users to generate new products and services.
You will update IUCN’s senior managers about relevant developments and opportunities for IUCN’s programme of work and promote the use of IBAT across IUCN’s portfolio. You will coordinate and manage the work of a junior Programme Officer in the IBAT Team, hosted by BirdLife International.

The Programme Officer will be an integral part of IUCN’s Enterprise and Investment Team, ensuring that IBAT issues and opportunities are shared to maximise the update and use of IBAT within and outside of IUCN.

Key Areas of Responsibility

The main duties of the Programme Officer will be focused on business development, user support, and marketing and communication.

1.Business Development

•Research and identify new business opportunities
•Develop and implement outreach strategies for key sectors, in alignment with IBAT’s Strategic Plan
•Virtual and in-person demonstrations of IBAT to potential subscribers
•Maintaining stakeholder relations, both with IBAT subscribers and across the IBAT Alliance
•Representation of IBAT at industry events and in webinars
•Collaborating with the wider IBAT team to develop new products

2.User Support

•Respond to user queries
•Develop training materials, including tutorial videos and briefing notes
•Deliver virtual and in-person training to users
•Manage IBAT’s Client Relationship Management system
•Work with IBAT’s Technical Officer to improve IBAT’s useability

3.Marketing and Communications

•Develop and implement IBAT’s marketing strategy, in alignment with IBAT’s Strategic Plan
•Manage IBAT’s social media
•Monitor Google analytics and IBAT usage statistics
•Send out regular IBAT newsletters

4.IUCN relationship

•Engage on a regular basis with IUCN’s Enterprise and Investment Team
•Share opportunities and updates with from IBAT that can support other areas of IUCN’s work
•Support the strong internal profiling and use of IBAT within the IUCN Secretariat

Where necessary, attend relevant meetings both in the US and internationally.
  • Degree level in business studies, conservation or other relevant degree

Masters level in business studies, conservation or other relevant degree

• Minimum of 5 years relevant experience

• Experience in business and biodiversity environment

• Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal, to a range of audiences

• Fluent in written and oral English

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

• Administrative and organisational skills, including prioritisation and working to deadlines

• High levels of professionalism, imitative, energy, creativity and flexibility

• Experience in influencing business decisions for the benefit of nature conservation (Desirable)

• Experience in biodiversity and conservation – policy or action (Desirable)

• Knowledge of biodiversity metrics (Desirable)

• Knowledge of IBAT’s underlying datasets (Desirable)

• Experience working in a commercial environment (Desirable)

• Experience working in the finance sector (Desirable)

• Experience of marketing and sales plans to deliver technology-based products (Desirable)

• Experience in user support (Desirable)

• Fluency in other languages (particularly Spanish and French) (Desirable)

• In depth knowledge of IBAT biodiversity datasets (Desirable)

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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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