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Biodiversity Conservation Officer

Vacancy #:   6673
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office Brussels
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 March 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   01 January 2024
BACKGROUND
About the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN
IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organisations and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN's work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff members in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in the public, NGO, and private sectors worldwide. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN's work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects worldwide, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policies, laws and best practices.
JOB DESCRIPTION
Responsibilities
IUCN is currently looking for a project officer for a period of 12 months, with a possibility of renewal. Under the supervision of the European Biodiversity Conservation Coordinator, the Biodiversity Conservation Officer will support the implementation of the Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge (BAK) project portfolio in Europe. Specifically, the successful candidate for this position will:

• Coordinate and manage projects and provide appropriate technical support to the implementation and development of the Biodiversity Assessment and Knowledge project portfolio, including European Red List, Pollinators Conservation and Invasive Alien Species, liaising with project partners and drawing on IUCN's knowledge network to provide inputs for deliverables as required;
• Support the implementation of the European Red List (ERL) project portfolio, including organising tasks, liaising with experts, monitoring their progress in delivering high-quality assessments, project reports, and outputs, and supporting project progress meetings. Training on the Red List assessment methodology will be provided by the team if necessary;
• Ensure high-quality project planning and reporting, including preparing service contracts, work plans, budgets, and reports and monitoring teams and experts;
• Ensure the long-term impact of projects through timely and quality delivery of project outputs and outcomes;
• Support fundraising, assist in the identification of funding opportunities, liaise with donors, lead new ideas development into thematically aligned projects;
• Support the communication of the team's work to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Lead the development of project-related communications material and content, such as web stories, presentations, project brochures and webinars, that help raise awareness of the BAK teamwork;
• Develop and maintain collaboration with IUCN Members, experts and partners across Europe and represent IUCN at external events as required;
• Support and guide the work of junior team members, including Interns and the Biodiversity Conservation Assistant;
• Support the team's day-to-day operations, including logistical services and organisation of meetings and events;
• Carry out other relevant tasks on request and agreement with the line manager.

The above job description contains the main duties and responsibilities for this position. However, in a small organisation such as IUCN, staff members are expected to show flexibility in their approach to work and be willing to undertake other tasks reasonably allocated to them but not part of their regular job description. Where any task becomes a regular part of an employee's responsibilities, the job description will be changed in consultation with the employee and the Human Resources Management Group.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and a good understanding of European conservation initiatives;

• A relevant postgraduate University degree (e.g. environmental science, biology, conservation science, social science);

• At least five years of work experience in the development and management of all phases of the project management lifecycle in the field of nature conservation, sustainable development or a related area of work;

• Sound administrative/coordination skills, including contract administration, logistical coordination and event preparation, travel planning and management of agendas, budget monitoring and reporting;

• Fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing skills;

• Thorough knowledge of modern office procedures and proven ability to work in MS Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook);

• Proven analytical, conceptual, organisation, and problem-solving skills;

• Detail- and outcome-oriented;

• Strong ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously;

• Strong ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs;

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas;

• A team player with a track record of working effectively in a multicultural and diverse environment with colleagues at all levels;

• Knowledge of European nature legislation and familiarity with EU conservation, funding and policy processes;

• Familiarity with IUCN species and area-based conservation standards and knowledge products. Thorough knowledge of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria is not essential but is an asset;

• 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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/
APPLICATIONS

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.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: https://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/


About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

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.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.

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