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Biodiversity Standards and Indicators Assistant

Vacancy #:   6769
Unit:   Species Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:   Biodiversity standards and indicators Manager
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   A2
Expected start date:   15 April 2024
Type of contract:   Indefinite
Closing date:   17 March 2024
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,400 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 18,000 scientists and experts from over 160 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices, and at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.
The successful applicant will be involved in Performing biodiversity analysis. He/She will use available technological systems, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Artificial Intelligence, or global and regional databases to develop a variety of communication materials. He/she will also research and review literature on the status and trends of Mediterranean biodiversity, as well as their drivers and threats for inclusion in reports and guidance material. In addition to help maintaining close contact with a wide range of stakeholders and collaborators, by email and in person, she/he will also support the organisation of workshops, meetings and travel. While the work will primarily focus on supporting the portfolio of the Mediterranean Biodiversity Standards and indicators working line, the successful applicant will also have the opportunity to contribute to the broader work of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN Med) on topics such as Nature based Solutions, Spatial Planning, Fisheries and Food production.

Under the direct supervision of the Biodiversity Standards and Indicators line manager, the Programme Assistant will support IUCN’s work in the Mediterranean, with a specific focus on:

1) Supporting the implementation of the Biodiversity Standards and Indicators Working Line portfolio (estimated dedication 80%). This includes:

Support in the development of various project activities and initiatives of the Working Line, including the preparation of reports;

Support in the organisation and development of meetings, workshops and training activities;

Support in the preparation of communication materials and in the maintenance and updating of the Working Line webpages, in collaboration with the Communications Department;

Financial, logistical and administrative support.

Specific Tasks

Establishing and maintaining sound and productive working relationships with IUCN partners involved in the projects.

Drafting of reports and documents related to project activities

Elaboration of communication material

Supporting data collection on specific elements of Mediterranean biodiversity, or on specific species

Supporting in the analysis of these data, including by using technologies such as GIS.

2) Other Support to the implementation of the Mediterranean Programme (estimated dedication 10-20%).

Support other departments of the Centre in emerging issues, including event organisation, preparation of contracts and relations with partners

Undertake any other task/emerging issues at the request of the line manager.
  • A degree (MSc) in Conservation Biology or related field.

• A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience.

• Experience in collecting, verifying, analysing, interpreting and disseminating biological and nature conservation data.

• Proven skills in logistics and administration.

• Fluency in written and spoken English and French. Knowledge of other Mediterranean Languages such as Spanish and Arabic are desirable

• Good knowledge of GIS.

• Good knowledge of global biodiversity conservation issues.

• Good organisational skills and attention to detail

• Knowledge of IUCN standards and tools.

• Proven ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

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 around 16,000 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.