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Mandatory internship - Forest and Grassland

Vacancy #:   6906
Unit:   Forest and Grasslands
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Germany, Bonn, Germany
Reporting to:   Senior Programme Officer, Drylands
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   15 July 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   16 July 2024
IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 17,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

IUCN’s vision is a just world that values and conserves nature. IUCN’s 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 helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. We work on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

The Forest and Grassland Team promotes the sound management of the world's forest and grassland ecosystems through the application of the ecosystem-based approaches to safeguard nature and societal benefits. The Team is part of the Centre for Conservation Action, and contributes to the goals of the IUCN's Nature 2030 Programme.
The Intern will support the implementation of the Forest and Grassland Team in 6 months, in particular he/she will provide technical, administrative and policy support to projects, including the Dryland sustainable landscapes impact programme global coordination project. She/he works closely with the members of the Team and backstops Program Assistants and consultants where necessary.

The Intern will have the opportunity to learn and work on other aspects of the Forest and Grassland Team work, including but not limited to: Land Degradation Neutrality, Forest landscape restoration, Nature-based Solutions.

We intend to offer to post-graduate students or recently graduates a work experience through a practical and on-the-job training approach. At the same time IUCN will benefit from the young professional’s services and the new perspectives from the Intern.

The Intern will be responsible for project implementation support on the following:

• Assist in collecting data, conducting data analysis and compilation of projects’ related reports
• Assist in preparation of meetings, workshops, conferences, events, and any field work
• Support the programme team with meeting minutes and follow-up action points from project meetings
• Support the programme team by drafting summary session reports and key outcomes for project’s workshops and conferences
• Assist in projects’ reports, stories writing, scientific papers and other deliverables
• Provide communications support to document project’s outputs and the work of the Team, including:
o promoting IUCN work via social media channel and storytelling; story write-ups, publications, etc.
o finalizing projects’ publications: review, editing
• Undertake any other tasks that may be assigned by the Line manager or Head of FGT

Expected outputs

• Project activities implemented as required by line manager
• Short articles, papers and web stories shared with IUCN members and other stakeholders and posted
• Relevant workshops and events attended and reports prepared
  • Minimum final-year Bachelor or recently graduated student in the field of environment/natural resources management, ecology, agriculture, or a related field would be desirable.

• 0- 3 years of relevant projects experience in the above topic at the national or international level

• Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft packages including knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, and electronic communication tools

• Good organizational, administrative and reporting skills;

• Experience in report writing, especially briefs.

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously, including across projects;

• 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 and perspective.

• Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of another language (e.g. French a plus).

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.