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Vacancy #:   2835
Unit:   Sri Lanka Country Office
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Sri Lanka Country Office, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reporting to:   Country Representative, IUCN Sri Lanka
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   01 September 2018
Type of contract:   Fixed-term
Closing date:   31 December 2018
- This internship is for a period of 3 months, with possibility of renewable up to 6 months only.
- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position(s) are filled.
- This is a local recruitment. Only Sri Lankan nationals are eligible to apply.

IUCN internships aim to offer students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate university studies with meaningful work experience by supplementing their learning through a practical and on-the-job training approach. In doing so, the intern’s knowledge is supplemented through a practical learning experience while IUCN derives some level of advantage from the young professional’s services as well as the possibility of gaining new perspectives from the intern.

IUCN Sri Lanka (IUCNSL) helps to find pragmatic solutions to pressing environment and development challenges in the country. We promote nature-based solutions. In that context, IUCNSL recognizes the importance and value of investing in youth by providing opportunities to expose them to environmental sustainability and resilience principles and practices early in their lives. We trust that these initial orientations will help them as individuals, community members, citizens and as part of the global community irrespective of the professions they choose, in the future.

The intern will support the assigned line manager in tasks related to programmes and projects. He or she will provide assistance in knowledge management, communication and coordination, within a highly professional, dynamic and international environment. In return, the line manager will act as a mentor and provide guidance to the intern on a regular basis.


• Provide support in compiling information and research materials
• Assist and provide support in organizing events, field work, meetings and taking notes
• Assist in documentation, map development (as applicable) and report writing
• Provide support in managing databases, social media, web content and record keeping
• Create and maintain PowerPoint presentations, project related photo and video stories
• Carry out any other relevant tasks as assigned by, and agreed with, the line manager
  • Prospective interns must be enrolled in a university or equivalent tertiary institution. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programmes should have completed at least one (1) year of full-time study. The academic programme must be relevant and related to the duties provided in the Terms of Reference. Students in a “gap year” may be accepted as long as they are able to provide a clear intent to pursue further study at the end of the gap period.

• Strong interest in the subjects of environment conservation and sustainable development

• Proficient computer skills and knowledge of office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, etc.)

• Fluent in verbal/written English, as well as Sinhala or Tamil

• Ability to demonstrate interest to learn and develop new skills in a multi-cultural setting

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: http://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 1,300 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.