In view of the pressures on nature and biodiversity and based on the understanding that these pressures are multiple and caused by factors outside the environment conservation movement, IUCN is enhancing its economic capacity through the appointment of a Chief Economist.
The Chief Economist will work closely with the Chief Scientist in an integrated Science and Economic Knowledge Team, forming the foundation for IUCN’s scientific and economic analytical leadership. S/he will oversee a small number of economists in that Team and across the network of IUCN offices.
The Chief Economist will be based either in IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland or in the IUCN Washington DC Office and will have an administrative placement in Global Policy Unit with frequent substantive engagements with the Director General and her Office.
The new position of the Chief Economist with work in tandem with the Chief Scientist. Together, these two functions will provide strategic direction and quality control for IUCN Secretariat knowledge generation. Specifically, the position will help strengthen IUCN’s intellectual leadership in framing economic policy options to address the drivers of biodiversity losses.
Within the Science and Economic Knowledge Team, the Chief Economist will lead a small economic team and will be expected to:
• Provide forward looking thought leadership to help frame the Secretariat’s strategic priorities – informed by IUCN’s 2017-2020 Programme and on the Hawai’i Commitments – by enhancing the volume, quality, ambition and depth of its analytical production (studies, surveys, working papers, monographs)
• Elevate the voice of IUCN outside of the conservation community by ensuring the continued relevance of its written outputs
• Identify trends and define key topics on which IUCN Secretariat should provide new thought leadership
• Identify, actively monitor and strategize the Secretariat’s pipeline of publication projects
• Review and sign off on publication concept notes. Provide final sign-off of written products to ensure that standards and quality are acceptable
• Draft policy analysis as input to key policy fora, providing new knowledge, new policy insights and broader dimensions of understanding
• Coordinate closely with the Global Communications Unit as well as the Office of the Director General to ensure maximum reach and impact of IUCN analysis
• Represent the Director General in relevant technical fora and meetings, such as at the World Bank, OECD and relevant United Nations meetings
• Prepare and manage the implementation of research and funding proposals for identified and agreed priority work
• Provide leadership by promoting continued quality improvement in the generation of IUCN analysis
The Chief Economist, working together with the Chief Scientist, will lead the production of a periodic (in due course, annual) flagship product with the aim of creating greater awareness of and priority for the imperative of biodiversity conservation in circles outside the conservation community. In so doing, the Chief Economist will:
• Finalise the conceptual framework for a flagship report. The report would focus on conservation with each issue tackling a priority area (e.g. conflict, agriculture, urbanization, consumption) and how the conservation imperative relates to this
• Lead on the conceptual development of an index which would provide insights on country performance on aspects of conservation. Such an index would be updated with each edition of the flagship report
• Manage the production of the flagship report, including by mobilizing IUCN Senior Management, leveraging IUCN project results and connecting to knowledge generated across the Secretariat and IUCN Commissions
• Provide input to the development of associated communication products, as these are developed by the Director of Global Communications
• Fundraise for the ongoing development of the flagship report, in close coordination with the Strategic Partnerships Unit
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).
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