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IUCN CEC Programme Officer

Vacancy #:   2622
Unit:   Membership & Commission Support
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Director, IUCN North America Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   01 January 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (36 months with possibility of renewal)
Closing date:   01 October 2017
LOCATION: PCI Media Impact Office, 777 UN Plaza, New York City, USA

REPORTING TO: IUCN CEC Chair and CEO, PCI Media Impact


The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) is one of six expert Commissions and forms an integral part of the work of the Union. The CEC is a network comprised of more than 1,200 experts world-wide and promotes effective communication and cutting-edge capacity development to create positive conservation change.

Combining modern technology, social media and international networks with traditional approaches such as face-to-face professional development sessions, CEC members promote two key ideas. First, everyone has a role to play in nature conservation. Secondly, education and communication are essential for positive environmental change. Working with experts from around the world, CEC showcases successful approaches to communicating for nature. Composed of professionals from a variety of fields — university professors, scientists, media representatives, filmmakers, communications and marketing consultants — CEC fosters collaborative partnerships in advocating for sustainability. Some of the diverse areas in which CEC members are active include capacity development, strategic communications, conservation psychology, social media, educational technologies, environmental information, environmental security, learning, leadership, and behavior change through community engagement. Details on the work of the CEC are accessible at http://cectalksnature.org and on the IUCN CEC website https://www.iucn.org/commissions/commission-education-and-communication

The candidate will coordinate and support the operations of the Commission in close collaboration with the Commission Chair, Deputy Chair and Steering Committee.
Under the overall direction of the CEC Chair, the Programme Officer will be responsible for:

CEC Programme Support

• Facilitate collaboration between CEC Chair, Steering Committee members and commission members to design, implement and evaluate CEC programmes
• Track CEC programme implementation to ensure institutional commission deliverables occur in an efficient and timely manner
• Create annual work plans, budgets and schedules for successful completion of CEC mandates
• Manage and produce communications products of the CEC
• Support capacity building efforts of CEC and proactively engage commission members
• Support the overall governance of the CEC, including membership affairs, Steering Committee meetings and reporting on the implementation of its strategic plan, and the management of Commission funds
• Coordinate with commission members to ensure programmes and CEC activities are accurately and compellingly communicated
• Collaborate with the Steering Committee, Regional Vice Chairs/task force chairs and partners to apply the M&E framework and its tools to demonstrate the impacts of the projects and activities

The Programme Officer will also provide support to the CEC’s flagship program #NatureForAll. They will:

• Play a central role in the advancement of #NatureForAll and meeting the objectives of the programme
• Facilitate and consult with the Steering Committee to help identify and implement approaches related to #NatureForAll, and maintaining the development of partner networks
• Facilitate the preparation of annual work plans and budget in accordance with the priorities established by the #NatureForAll programme and its strategic plan
• Track and report on #NatureForAll programme expenditures
• Support fundraising efforts for the programme and regional portfolio
  • Undergraduate degree in sustainability, environmental studies, social sciences, including anthropology, or communications, or a development-related field

• Experience in project management

• Experience in creating work plans and budgets

• Strong knowledge of IUCN

• Strong academic and creative writing skills

• Ability to work as part of a larger team, but also to work independently

• Ability to facilitate and manage teams

• Understanding of the context of developing countries and experience working in international settings is desired

• Demonstrated capacity to work well under pressure and successfully manage multiple deadlines and competing demands

• Knowledge and practical experience for effective development of knowledge management and other aspects of work related to Commission’s mandate

• Relevant IT skills, including website portal management, social media and perform work on the CEC BlogSpot at cectalksnature.org

• Excellent written and spoken English is essential

• Availability to travel internationally

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.