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Communications Officer

Vacancy #:   1202
Unit:   IUCN European Regional Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office, Brussels, Belgium
Reporting to:   Director, IUCN European Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2016
Type of contract:   Max-term (12 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   04 December 2015
The EU Communications Officer is primarily responsible for the development and the implementation of the communication strategy of the IUCN European Regional Office in Brussels, with the aim of ensuring consistency of and strengthening IUCN’s visibility and brand, and of positioning IUCN as a science and knowledge provider on nature-related policies in Europe.
The European Communications Officer’s work consists of promoting the organisation’s image and activities through a range of media and to a variety of audiences. The work aims to translate IUCN’s results and activities into effective communication messages to influence and gain the support of EU institutions, national policy makers, the media, members, partners, and donors.
S/he advises the Director and other team members on communication matters and contributes to effective internal network communications.
• Design and implement communications strategy for the IUCN European Regional Office, as an integral part of IUCN policy influencing and fund-raising strategy, in order to promote IUCN’s knowledge and positions, and increase its visibility
• In close cooperation with the Policy Officer, monitor and track EU policy developments to identify relevant communications opportunities, and manage communications calendar
• Manage IUCN brand and ensure application of global communication standards and act as focal point for and ensure regular liaison with global and programmes communication teams
• Overall quality control of all communication products; provide guidance and advice to colleagues on style and format of communication products
• Manage a communications intern
• Maintain linkages with the Global Communications Unit in terms of IUCN communication requirements and updates.

Media engagement
• Coordinate media outreach work to promote IUCN knowledge and policy with a focus on Brussels and EU Member States media and social media
• Develop and maintain contacts with journalists and media outlets to promote IUCN’s European and global messages

Communications products & events
• Develop and manage IUCN European website and ensure regular updates
• Produce newsletters, blogs, web stories, articles, brochures, fact sheets editorials and publications for IUCN and external channels
• Develop and maintain the database with key and targeted contacts
• Plan and organize events to promote IUCN’s knowledge and policy and increase visibility
• Ensure and prepare IUCN’s presence at key internal and external conferences and meetings (e.g Green Week, World Conservation Congress)

Projects, budgeting & fundraising
• Overall responsibility for the office’s communications budget
• Project management and administration: implementation of the communications components of projects that the office is engaged in ; keeping track of commitments and deadlines; liaise with other partners; producing communication materials; organizing events; budgeting and monitoring expenses
• Contribute to fund-raising by Identifying opportunities for funded communication projects; developing and preparing proposals and assisting colleagues in the preparation of project proposals and reports
  • A minimum of 5 years of previous experience in a relevant field (communications, public relations, journalism, biodiversity conservation)

• University degree or equivalent in communications, journalism, environmental science or other relevant field

• Strong writing and editing skills

• Knowledge and practical experience of approaches for effective communications; ability to present complex information in a clear and effective manner and to tailor communications to target audiences

• Highly organised, good time management and prioritization skills: Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands

• Relevant IT skills, including website management and other communications applications

• Experience in working with social media, video, ICT and/or other outreach approaches and tools

• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential (native speaker or equivalent). Knowledge of other European languages (especially French) would an advantage

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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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 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 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.